Jump off the Covid Coaster in DINE country

roller coasterA new term was revealed recently in a conversation among Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers.  One of those in the discussion talked about her desire to jump off the Covid Coaster.  Immediately, everyone knew what this term meant … Read more

Advice from a workaholic for a restful vacation

workaholicI’m the blogger for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). I’m also a workaholic, just like my Dad was.  Among other preoccupations, that means that I bring my work along on vacation.  Each time we try to escape, I sneak … Read more

Why this is the year for your leaf peeping getaway to New England

Deerfield Inn wreathIn years past, travelers seeking a New England fall foliage inn getaway would be scrambling by now to find availability.  But 2020 is not like any other year.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) would normally be close to … Read more

DINE’s elopements and micro weddings ideas in Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut

weddings-just marriedFrom the Berkshires, White and Green Mountains to the shores of Cape Cod, Marblehead and Niantic, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) members offer the ideal venues for micro weddings and elopements.  Last week we examined all the great Read more

Garden fresh colorful summer dishes from DINE kitchens

vegetables in bowl - foodSummer is here in DINE country and the colors are beautiful.  Throughout the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), kitchens are overflowing with the colors and dishes that make summer so delicious.  From red raspberries to blueberries, the greens from … Read more

Please respect and understand the new rules: Here’s why

maskThe first half of 2020 is behind us and its been one for the record books.  A history making pandemic has led to the largest drop in GDP in the history of our country. Hundreds of thousands of lives lost, … Read more

The lady who cleaned the turtles: A pandemic story with a timely message

turtle on landIn their blog, Mark and Angel Hack Life, authors Mark and Angel Chernoff offer lessons about strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace through different stories. One in particular caught the attention of innkeepers at Distinctive Inns Read more

Meet the Chefs: Chef Andrew Hunter and Sous Chef Joseph Ganley at Rabbit Hill Inn

Dishes cooking on the stove at Rabbit Hill InnWe are on to the third of our series focused on the amazing chefs you’ll meet on your visit to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with the introduction of Chef Andrew Hunter and Sous Chef, Joseph Ganley from … Read more

Meet the Chefs: Executive Chef Cal Hingston, Grafton Inn

Grafton Inn-outside diningTechnically, we started the Meet the Chefs series back in February with a description of the all-female “badass” kitchen staff at the Gateways Inn back in February.  Then the pandemic hit, and we had to put our chef series … Read more

Social Distancing means privacy during your next DINE getaway

Do not disturb signIf you’d asked any of the innkeepers from Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE)  what the term social distance meant a year ago…or even six months ago…they would likely have scratched their heads and guessed it had to do with … Read more

The new inn experience 2.0

Open sign No aspects of travel will be quite the same in the aftermath of the Coronavirus…whenever the aftermath arrives.  In the meantime, the entire travel industry is scrambling to re-open safely and carefully, including the 11 Distinctive Inns of New EnglandRead more

Three muffin recipes, perfect for spring and summer from DINE kitchens

Rhubarb Strusel muffins from Captain's House InnWe’re all spending more time in the kitchen as we’ve hunkered down during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Try to find flour on the grocery store shelves – it’s right up there in value with toilet paper and has been conspicuously missing … Read more

State by State Guide to Re-opening in DINE Country

Flags - Memorial DayIn any other year – and hopefully in future years – Memorial Day weekend is a busy start of the summer season for members of Distinctive Inns of New England.  With spring fully underway, gardens blooming, boats going into … Read more

Travel 2.0: Guest etiquette advice as DINE inns re-open

Back to business signWhile re-opening dates vary from state to state throughout New England, soon the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will be allowed to welcome guests back.  During the initial stages of re-opening, state-ordered limitations will be strict, creating a new Read more

The “new normal” for DINE inns and why they should be your first getaway this summer

people with masksThe COVID-19 pandemic has seeped its way into the corners of every business in America, including the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Closed right now but poised to re-open in the coming weeks, the 11 DINE inns are busy … Read more

DINE innkeepers check in during the pandemic – updates on their lives – Part 2

Brian Mulcahy at his deskLast week we started our series offering insight into the day in the life of a Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeeper during the Coronavirus shut down.  While most DINE innkeepers are finding themselves with more personal time, they … Read more

What do DINE innkeepers do during quarantine – Part I

The Covid-19 pandemic has shuttered lodging in the six New England states.  Since early April, lodging properties and restaurants have been closed per state orders.  While the mandates have varied from state to state, all of the Distinctive Inns of Read more

A compendium of quarantine distractions from Distinctive Inns of New England

Groundhog with signIt’s amazing to think back just a little more than two months ago to Groundhog Day when the most important prediction in our lives was how many more weeks of winter we’d have to endure. And even when March came … Read more

Spring inspiration from Distinctive Inns of New England

Spring bouquet at Inn at English MeadowsAfter nearly a month of social distancing and staying at home, we’re willing to bet that a little inspiration will go a long way. Just as Easter signals rebirth, so does springtime in New England. While all of the Distinctive Read more

Meet the Innkeeper: Angela Comstock of Grafton Inn

Angela Comstock, Innkeeper at Grafton InnSpend any amount of time at the Grafton Inn and you will certainly have the good fortune to meet the innkeeper, Angela Comstock.  You’ll recognize her by the broad smile on her face and the friendly welcome.  Whether engaging with … Read more