Muffins and breakfast bread ideas from DINE kitchens

Muffin photoAs the thermometer dips and inside time is on the rise in the winter months, innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) take to the kitchen to bake wonderful goodies to add to breakfast table.  Winter is all about … Read more

3 ways DINE inns can support your new year resolutions

New year's resolution listJanuary is the year of resolutions, and we at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) understand those can be tough to uphold.  It’s easy to make new year’s resolutions; the tough part is fulfilling them. Even tougher is when you … Read more

What we can learn about travel from Betty White’s secrets

For nearly 100 years, Betty White inspired the people who surrounded her with optimism, smiles and her iconic good nature.  Everyone knew and loved Betty White and related to her wholesome “fun lady” characters played on TV.  The innkeepers at … Read more

DINE inns open the door to 2022

New Year's eve celebrations at DINE innsAs the calendar turns from 2021 to 2022, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) get ready to open the door to a new year.  Perhaps nothing is more evocative of hospitality than a welcoming door to one of ten Read more

Ode to the holidays from DINE inns

Merry Christmas bannerAs we close in on Christmas 2021, the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) can’t help but break into song as they watch the festivities unfold at their inns.  Guests from throughout the country have chosen to stay … Read more

Five reasons to choose DINE vs Mom and Dad’s sofa this holiday season

couple sitting on sofa There’s nothing better than home for the holidays, unless of course that involves sleepless nights sharing the sofa with Mom and Dad’s cat. Instead, let the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) be home away from home. Spend all the … Read more

Three good reasons to give the gift of a DINE getaway this holiday season

Holiday packageThe Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have the answer to that quandary for what to get the boss, your employees or your mother-in-law who has everything but praise for you. This holiday season, give the gift of getaway, and … Read more

DINE inns offer quintessential holiday experiences – Part III – in Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut

Holiday planter at Chesterfield InnFor weeks we’ve focused on the fabulous Hallmark experiences the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offer to those seeking that quintessential New England holiday setting.  We started with the beautiful experiences offered by inns in Maine. Next we … Read more

Great ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers from DINE kitchens

Thanksgiving foodNeed some ideas for what to do with all the Thanksgiving leftovers? Let Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers offer some recipe advice once the clan grows weary of turkey sandwiches.  From a creative all-the-leftovers-in-one pot idea for Turkey … Read more

We gather together to count our blessings

DINE group photoEach year near Thanksgiving time, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers gather to review the past six months and plan for the winter and spring marketing.  The meetings are dynamic, analytic yet also filled with the friendship and … Read more

DINE inns offer quintessential holiday experiences – Part I – in Maine

Ornaments on the Christmas tree at Rabbit Hill Inn.Innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) wish they had a nickel for each time they answer the question, “Do you offer a Hallmark movie experience?”. The answer, Virginia, is yes! There is a Santa Claus, along with … Read more

No skimpflation during your DINE getaway

Less is more graphicThe term “shrinkflation”, a term for spending more and getting less, was coined in a recent NPR article. The article portends, “It’s a situation where we’re paying the same or more for services, but they kinda suck compared Read more

Pumpkins, Halloween and fall fun in DINE country

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina's porchWhile post-Halloween often signals a shift to holiday season, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) continue to celebrate pumpkins, ghosts and fall fun throughout November.  Hayrides, pumpkin patches and Witches Balls give rise to fall food tours, farm stands … Read more

The Great Pumpkin – Part II – baking with pumpkins

Photo of pumpkins at a farmLast week, we took an armchair tour of the creative ways Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers decorate their inns with pumpkins, corn stalks and mums.  They offered tips for ways that you can use pumpkins to decorate your … Read more

DINE innkeepers share Great Pumpkin decorating tips and recipes

grafton Inn rockers and pumpkinsWhen it comes to fall, it’s not just the brilliant foliage that makes the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) glow. Pumpkins adorn mantles, porches and steps at the 10 DINE inns, along with mums of all colors and … Read more

The evolution of DINE marketing

Frustration witih computerBy Marti Mayne

Earlier this week, Facebook went down for hours  As if that’s not bad enough for millions of Distinctive Inns of New England’s friends, Instagram, Whats app and others in the Facebook wheelhouse went down too. For … Read more

DINE innkeepers say “Yes” to the guests

“I’m a people pleaser,” says Angela Comstock, General Manager of the Grafton Inn in Grafton, VT, one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). In a recent zoom meeting, DINE innkeepers talked about operations while Covid continues to be … Read more

Isn’t it time to be inspired again?

Quote about hopeTravel planning has been on hold for many for so long it’s hard to remember what it felt like to anticipate that next trip to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  While summer felt like a time … Read more

Tips for safe inn travel during fall 2021

Rabbit Hill Inn room view

Fall is one of the favorite times of year for the guests of Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  The days are sunny and warm, nights are crisp and the colors have already just started to change in part of … Read more

The Tart of the Meal from Distinctive Inns of New England

funny lemon comicWhile some boast of the Art of the Deal, when it comes to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), it’s all about the Tart of the Meal.  Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, it’s … Read more