What happens at DINE meetings? Innkeepers smile

Three blonde DINE innkeepers

The blonde innkeepers! Sue from Harbor Light Inn, Sarah from Captain Jefferds Inn & Janis from Camden Maine Stay Inn.

Twice a year the innkeepers and owners of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) meet to go over … Read more

What the world needs now is love sweet love from innkeepers

What a tumultuous few weeks we’ve had.  Between campaign ads bombarding our airwaves, and the sad news of bombs invading our politicians’ mailboxes and guns infiltrating our places of worship, it feels like there’s no place we can get away … Read more

Shoptember: November is for shopping in DINE country

“But what is there to do in November?” ask guests considering a visit to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  The ideal activity to add to a romantic getaway filled with plenty of time with hot toddies … Read more

Five things you’ve always wanted to know about innkeeping: DINE innkeepers answer

Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers at Chesterfield InnSo, you want to be an innkeeper when you retire?  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers hear it all the time.  It’s the image of merrily baking muffins, greeting guests with lively and interesting conversation, and making new … Read more

In Gourds We Trust: Fall decorating ideas from DINE inns

We can not allow fall in New England to pass us by without adding some decorating ideas from the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers.  A trip to any of the 12 DINE inns during any of the autumn … Read more

DINE inns include so much when airlines and hotels continue to gouge

It seems like every travel article we read covers some kind of new fee.  From resort fees at hotels to baggage fees on airlines, we’re left thinking, “what’s next?”.  In the ever-increasing list of fees, we at Distinctive Inns of Read more

A day in the life of a DINE innkeeper – no Labor Day-off for them

While most enjoy a day of rest on Labor Day, innkeepers and staff at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are busy at work, making memories for their guests.  No rest for the weary at the DINE inns Read more

DINE innkeepers offer 150 years of innkeeping wisdom

DINE innkeepers gather at Rabbit Hill InnWe knew that the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) were owned and managed by an savvy bunch, but until we added up all their years of innkeeping experience, we didn’t realize the collective wisdom there was.  No wonder … Read more

Why you don’t miss your chance to win 12 mini-getaways to Distinctive Inns of New England

Lord Hobo-DINE promotion and Rabbit Hill Inn's Facebook artIf you follow Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) on social media, you’ve been hearing all about the “Crafted in New England” campaign where DINE is giving away the grand prize this week.  It’s big enough that we think … Read more

Distinctive Inns of New England team up with Lord Hobo Brewing to promote New England style

What does it mean to be “crafted in New England?”.  That’s the question that Distinctive Inns of New England is teaming up with Lord Hobo Brewing Co. and its partners to answer. New England has its own brand of … Read more

Why DINE vacations are healthy: Catch up on sleep

Reese the cat with a guest from Rabbit Hill Inn

Reese, the Rabbit Hill Inn’s feline innkeeper, enjoys 40-winks along with a guest, as they both catch up on some sleep!

We all know that a good night’s sleep is one of the most important ways to stay healthy. We’re … Read more

Three great ways to master the art of travel to New England inns

Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers show compassionNow that we’re in the heart of the summer travel season, we thought it might be worth taking a step back and exploring what travel expert and advocate, Christopher Elliot refers to as “the art of travel”. In his columnRead more

A dozen great ways to beat the heat in DINE country

Recently, the temps in Southern Maine reached levels not seen for the past 107 years! New Englanders have been suffering through one of the warmest summers in decades. Yet innkeepers at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England are taking … Read more

Twelve “Instagramable” moments from Distinctive Inns of New England

“Today’s traveler wants more than ever from their vacations,” says Dave Labrie at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  “it’s all about the “Instagrammable” moments,” agrees Leslie Mulcahy at the Rabbit Hill Inn. In fact, recently the Urban … Read more

Berry Blue Breakfast Recipes for Summer

Blueberry breakfast recipes from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandEvery romantic getaway to the Distinctive Inns of New England comes complete with a hand-crafted breakfast each morning.  Meant to fuel you for the day, the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offer some of the most delicious and … Read more

Why Dads love DINE

Ask any guy what they love about inn/B&B getaways and they’ll give you “the look”. That expression that says, “I think you know what I love about going to a romantic B&B”. Besides the obvious answer about what guys love … Read more

Five great ideas for sizzling savings at Distinctive Inns of New England

waterfront rooms at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaNow that June is busting out all over, all eyes and calendars are turning to plans for summer vacation.  Let this be your summer for bucket list getaways, starting with Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). The 12 DINE innsRead more

Going Healthy with Spinach: Breakfast pies from Distinctive Inns of New England

Spinach Pie from Harbor Light InnAs we kick off the summer season and watch the seedling spinach plants start growing into salad-sized, we thought it might be helpful to share some of our best breakfast pie recipes featuring this healthy ingredient.  After all, every romantic Read more

Ten of the best kitchen hacks ever from Distinctive Inns of New England

Bill Bagwill, breakfast chef at work at the Cliffside Inn.While the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are experts at providing romantic getaways and personalized hospitality, they’re also wizards in the kitchen with a pinch of Yankee ingenuity.  Invention rises from necessity, and for most of … Read more

Brew-Inn: Part VI: Favorite Microbreweries in Vermont

Pouring beer at Phelps Barn, Grafton Inn VT

Phelps Barn at Grafton Inn

This is the last in our series about innkeepers picks for favorite microbreweries, wineries and distilleries in New England. The 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have offered up quite the arm chair beer, … Read more