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

One Tank Romantic Inn to Inn getaways – Part III – Connecticut to the Cape

waterfront rooms at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaWith gas prices the lowest they’ve been in a decade of summers, we’ve been focusing in on one-tank inn-to-inn itineraries, perfect for that New England romantic getaway this summer. We started with an inn-to-inn escape in Northern New England, … Read more

One tank romantic getaways to New England Distinctive Inns – Part II – Marblehead, MA to Camden, ME

Last week we talked about how AAA had declared a 12-year low for gas prices at the beginning of the summer.  Since this is the summer for road trips, we’re exploring all the fun one-tank inn-to-inn romantic escapes.  In Part … Read more

One tank romantic getaways to New England Distinctive Inns – Part I – Northern New England

One tank romantic inn to inn itineraries at Distinctive InnsWith gas prices at a 12-year low for July 4th weekend,  AAA says that 44.2 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, with the vast majority on the road via car or motorcycle travel … Read more

Look what’s in store for the summer at DINE inns

Now that the calendar has officially turned to summer, you can move into vacation mode and start planning for your summer romantic escapeTwelve Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) await with everything from drinks on the porch to … Read more

FAQs for first-time inngoers: Busting the B&B myths

Couple enjoying puzzle at Rabbit Hill InnToo often we in the B&B industry hear that travelers don’t choose to stay at inns because they don’t want to have to talk to anyone, or they’re afraid they’ll have to sit at a breakfast table with strangers and … Read more

Vegan Recipes from DINE innkeepers – Part II

Farm delivery to Rabbit Hill InnWe asked our newsletter readers what they’d like to see covered in the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) blog, and we heard back that more vegan recipes would be appreciated.  Last week we covered vegan breakfast recipes.  Today … Read more

Vegan Breakfast Recipes from DINE innkeepers – Part I

Vegan recipes from DINE innkeepers As our loyal blog readers know, we love to feature recipes on the DINE blog.  With 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), we’ve gathered quite an impressive compendium of recipes.  Best of all, every one of the recipes featured … Read more