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

A message of caring from Distinctive Inns of New England

Connections via handsCoronavirus has crept its way into every moment of our lives.  From TV, newspaper, radio and online messaging to the very lifestyle we’re all now adapting to, the new normal is anything but normal.  Yet, despite the psychic whiplash we … Read more

Tips for staying healthy while traveling in DINE country

Girl offfering appleIn light of the Coronavirus pandemic, staying healthy and traveling have unfortunately become divergent concepts. While travelers throughout the world struggle to find some sense of optimism, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are here to offer any small … Read more

DINE welcomes Inn at English Meadows, its newest member

https://englishmeadowsinn.comInn at English meadows with lights onThe Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are delighted to welcome the Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunk Lower Village, ME as their newest member.  This elegant inn offers contemporary décor in a beautiful setting within walking distance … Read more

Go Red with Recipes for American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day  

February marks two important holidays of the heart.  First, throughout the month we celebrate American Heart Month.  Second, on February 14th Valentine’s Day celebrates heart-felt love.  Red is the color of both of these holidays, and the Distinctive Read more

February is for lovers and winter getaways at Distinctive Inns of New England

Dessert buffet at Harbor Light Inn.We all know that February is for lovers and Valentine’s, but don’t lose track of the winter beauty that New England offers too.  The ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offer the ideal location for lovers to celebrate Valentine’s … Read more

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