Four little known holidays to spur your winter DINE getaway

Romantic getaways at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandMove aside Valentine’s Day, you’re so overdone.  And what happens to the 40 million singles who shun the hearts-and-chocolates day? They are left out.  You may “get lucky” on St Patrick’s Day but if you’re not a green beer fan, … Read more

Advice for 2020 from DINE inns: Take the trip!

2020 logoAs we close out 2019, we can’t help but think about goals and plans for 2020. After all, it’s not just the end of a year, but the conclusion of a decade.  This is the year to make important new … Read more

Twas the night before Christmas in DINE country

Twas the holiday season and all through the distinctive inns

The innkeepers were stirring, sweeping and mixing the gin (and tonics)

 

The guests were all nestled all snug in the parlors and rooms.

And at dining room tables enjoying … Read more

Holiday Hot Deals – The best offers of the year from DINE inns

photo of hands typing on a keyboardFor those who say bah humbug to Black Friday, guess what? You can sleep in this year. And no need to worry about finding Cyber Monday offers either. When it comes to great deals during the holiday season, Distinctive Inns Read more

Captain’s House Inn: The perfect shop, stay and play getaway in Chatham Cape Cod

Christmas tree in dining room at Captain's House InnAs we careen toward the holidays, a series dedicated to innkeepers’ tips on amazing shopping seems timely. Thus, this is the third in our series about innkeepers’ favorite shopping locations featuring the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  In … Read more

DINE’s solution to health impacts of Daylight Savings Time ending

Day Light Savings Time end reminder to turn the clocks backTwice a year, when Daylight Savings Time starts and ends, our bodies are jerked out of rhythm and for days afterward, we suffer through impacts ranging from lack of sleep to depression.  Prepare yourselves, friends, you’re about to go through … Read more

Creative French Toast Recipes from Distinctive Inns of New England

As the weather turns from fall to winter, innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England start thinking about hearty breakfast recipes to fuel guests for a day of exploring New England hillsides and beaches.  While the tradition of baking … Read more

Oh my gourd! Mum’s the word. Amazing fall color at New England Inns

Fall is the season of color for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and many say this is one of the most brilliant fall foliage seasons in memory.  Prior to the big N’oreaster that hit New England this week, there … Read more

Four important reasons not to skimp on cheap lodging

Are you starting to plan for that memorable celebration vacation?  PerhaPiggy Bank with words "why skimp" next to itps instead, you’ve decided on a last minute getaway.  Either way, one of the first things you think about is where you’ll stay.  You want your New England … Read more

Un-be-LEAF-able places to view fall foliage in DINE country – Part II

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina's porchLast week, we started our armchair leaf-peeping tour through the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with Part I of the journey to Vermont, the Berkshires and Camden Hills.  This post will complete the journey with ideas for amazing ways … Read more

DINE inns bust the B&B myths once again

By Marti MayneSign saying Life is too short for B&B myths. DINE inns bust them.

Wrap up stories about B&Bs always catch my eye.  The minute I see the word “inn” or “B&B” in the headline, I’m compelled to read on to see whether the story will bless or bash the concept … Read more

Way more than six reasons to stay at an inn or B&B

Photo showing Couple at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaRecently a story appeared on the Capital One blog about six reasons to stay at a B&B on your next trip.  The author, Rachel Hartman, did a great job of explaining some of the top reasons people stay at … Read more

Tomatoroma:  Three perfect recipes for gardens overflowing with tomatoes

Photo of colorful tomatoes at Rabbit Hill InnAs we think about turning the calendar from August to September, it’s not only those shorter days that remind us that fall is coming.  One peek into the garden, replete with ripened tomatoes, reminds us that fall is almost here.  … Read more

Work sucks, the boss sucks – DINE will fix that

Photo of woman writing - Trust yourself - Be the boss".From time to time, every working traveler has muttered that works sucks. When you’d rather be traveling, work really can suck.  And for those who are not the boss, it’s not uncommon that the boss sucks from time to time … Read more

2 great reasons to visit DINE country – Escape the traffic and noise

Sunset over Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaAccording to Peter Greenberg, CBS Travel Correspondent and Guru, Los Angeles is the worst city for noise pollution in the U.S. And Forbes.com says, Boston owns the claim to fame for suffering the worst highway congestion in the nation.  … Read more

Dog Daze of Summer DINE Deals:  Exclusive offers for DINE readers

Dog Days of Summer Deals - Dog with tennis ballFor many, the dog days of summer refer to the end of summer when weather is warm and travelers scurry to fit in last minute getaways.  Perhaps that means for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers they work like … Read more

Hot August?  Cool off with a DINE getaway

According to WBZ/CBS Boston, not only did the hottest month of the year just come to a close, but this past July was the hottest month of any year. Weather experts at WBZ  Boston explained that the city experienced  nearly … Read more

Three ways to save at Distinctive Inns of New England

We know that travelers are looking for the best deals they can find.  Today’s Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) blog is dedicated to helping you navigate the offers and specials from the 11 DINE inns that DistinctiveInns.com offers.  While … Read more

Jump inn and cool off: Beaches, lakes & natural swimming holes at DINE inns – Part II

Last week we explored all the great ways to cool off in pools and man made ponds found at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  This week, we’re going to explore all the fabulous ocean and lakeside beaches plus … Read more

Jump Inn & Cool Off:  Great swimming pools at DINE inns – Part I

It’s summer. The thermometer is rising and already we’ve had a record number of 80+-degree days in a row.  The sunny days of summer are upon us and we say bring on the heat! You’ll find plenty of ways to … Read more