Three great ways to beat the blizzard blues in DINE country

Old Man Winter has been in high gear, revving up the snow engines while sending the thermometer plunging. From blizzards to polar vortex temps, New England’s winter has been marked with near-records.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have … Read more

Advice for staying warm when New England weather turns cold

Rabbit Hill Inn, VermontOld Man Winter has returned and turned the heat down with vengeance throughout New England.  Yet, don’t let the thermometer stop you from taking that romantic winter getaway to any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  After … Read more

A holiday tour of Distinctive Inns of New England – Part II

Last week, we took you on an armchair tour of the beautiful holiday decorations in our Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) member inns found in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.  This week, as we look forward to a white … Read more

A holiday tour of Distinctive Inns of New England – Part I

We’ve been so busy talking about the 12 Days of Christmas offers, we have not yet had a chance to show off the gorgeous decorations at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  However, before we move on, … Read more

Twelve Days of Christmas offers from Distinctive Inns

Distinctive Inns 12 Days of ChristmasBlack Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but for the first twelve days of Christmas, Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will feature a very special offer from each of the 12 DINE inns.  Look forward to exclusive … Read more

Sleep Secrets: Foods to fuel your dreams

Sleep secrets from DINEBy Marti Mayne

For millions of travelers, a fabulous day of exploring beautiful new landscapes may offer fabulous memories, but at the end of the day, sleep still alludes too many of us.  While wild adventure may burn all our … Read more

3 times its best to take a vacation from your phone

Take a vacation from your phone at DINE innsCellphones were once again headline news this week when Pope Francis suggested to Catholics that they lift up their hearts not their cellphones during mass. Cellphone usage has been a nemesis of the Pope for some time.  According to the … Read more

Five reasons to make Distinctive Inns your home for the holidays

Captain Jefferds Inn, decorated for the holidaysAccording to BedandBreakfast.com’s Winter Traveler survey, 24-percent of travelers are planning a holiday getaway.  That means just about one in every four travelers will not be home for the holidays. More than half of those planning to stay at … Read more

No resort fees here: DINE inns offer amenity-filled getaways

DINE inns filled with amenities, not crowded seatsWhen asked about hidden hotel and airline fees Peter Greenberg, A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter, producer, and Travel Editor for CBS News ,says “Welcome to the home of the brave—and the land of the fee.”  In his Travel Tip article … Read more

Fabulous Fall Fare

Ahhhh….fall in New England.  For foodies, therfall fare from DINE Innse’s no better time for comfort food.  Squash, apples, and everything pumpkin takes top billing on menus and breakfast tables at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) inns.  We love the … Read more

The power of positivity

Better days coming

Source: PowerofPositivity.com

It’s been one of those weeks where the news of the world rocks our very core.  Scenes of mass shootings of innocent people and massive destruction from hurricanes, on top of global and political concerns, have many of … Read more

Pet friendly New England inns and their mascots

Dog on the porch at Chesterfield InnWhether you travel with your four-legged friends or miss them terribly when you travel, fear not.  Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) has you covered.  Among the 12 DINE inns, you’ll find a number of mascots serving as not … Read more

25 gorgeous fall photos to inspire distinctive New England inn getaways

Rabbit Hill Inn wreathWith the first day of fall upon us, and Mother Nature at work turning leaves already in Northern New England, we thought it was time to get you excited about what’s about to come as autumn colors turn in DINEcountry.Read more

Advice for timing your fall foliage trip to Distinctive Inns of New England

Fall scene near Rabbit Hill Inn

A fall scene near Rabbit Hill Inn. Photo by Joe Ruddy.

Fall in New England is just about as beautiful as any place in the world can be.  Combine gorgeous harvest hues with crackling fires, sumptuous breakfasts and the most … Read more

Think twice before cancelling your inn stay

The scenario: Rain is in the forecast for your upcoming stay at one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). Your first inclination is to call and cancel.  Why is that a bad idea?  We’ll explore why.  Read on.… Read more

Coffee benefits: Get healthy, happy and smarter from a cuppa Joe or two

Pancakes with Strawberry Syrup and coffee at Captain's House InnGood news for Coffee drinkers, that daily cuppa Joe you crave each morning not only gives you the energy you need, but it makes you smarter, healthier and happier too. We at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) know that … Read more

Dessert for Breakfast, Part II: Another collection of sweet breakfast recipes

Last week we started our series about sweet breakfast treats.  We’re not sure it’s original, but we coined the term “bressert” to refer to that wonderful beginning of breakfast served at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  … Read more

Dessert for breakfast: A compendium of breakfast recipes for a sweet start to the day, Part I

Lemon Yogurt pancakes with cranberry syrup - recipe from Captain's House InnBreakfast is half our name, and at our bed and breakfasts and inns, you’ll always find a sweet start to the day.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) say bravo to “bressert”, our term for breakfast and dessert combined … Read more

Hey B&B doubters, six reasons to choose inns

Harbor Light Inn, Marblehead, MABy Marti Mayne

Recently CountryLiving.com posted a story about six reasons to never stay at a B&B.  The author criticized, grumbled and moaned about the small queen bed, breakfast that wasn’t served at the time she wanted and “grandma’s décor”, … Read more

One Tank Romantic Getaways to New England – Part IV – The Berkshires

Over the past month, we’ve been celebrating the lowest summer gas prices in years with a blog series on one-tank romantic getaways to the Distinctive Inns of New England.  Each week we featured a few of the 12 member Read more