Brew-Inn, Part IV: Favorite microbreweries, distilleries and wineries in Connecticut

Beer tasting at Outer Light Beer company in CT

Photo credit: Outer Light Brewing Company

We’ve been taking the ultimate beer tour of New England in the DINE blog, which has expanded beyond craft brews to include distilleries and wineries too.  This is quite the “spirited” tour and it … Read more

DINE celebrates 12 Days of Christmas with best deals of the year

12 Days of Christmas offers from DINEForget Black Friday.  Step aside Cyber Monday – you’re both so short-lived.  When it comes to great deals during the season of savings on the best New England romantic getaways, Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) has pulled out … Read more

Hold the gluten, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us

Captain Jefferds Inn heart shaped cookiesWhat’s the difference between a New England vacation rental or hotel and Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE)?  Probably the largest difference you’ll see is the level of hospitality.  Another obvious difference between New England hotels and Distinctive Inns of … Read more

Four things NOT to do in a restaurant. Dining tips from DINE

Diining at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandWe must admit, our inspiration for this blog posting came from a segment on the TODAY Show where Matt Lauer shared pet peeves from wait staff about the most annoying customer behavior. Being in the business of taking care of … Read more

Porch sitting, the newest sport in DINE country

The dog days of summer are upon us in DINE country, and we thought we’d bring you an armchair view of what’s happening at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). From patio or porch dining and from … Read more

INNside or out, we have you covered in DINEcountry this winter

Rabbit Hill Inn porchOh baby, it’s cold outside.  And this winter there have been days after a new snowfall when it’s wonderful to be outside, walking through the woods beneath new snowfall.  Other times, it’s just too cold.  The 12 Distinctive Inns of Read more

Five Reasons to Dodge Distinctive Inns

We know that inns and B&Bs are not for everyone.  Some people choose to stay in other kinds of accommodations because they’d rather sleep in a tent or in a bunk.  Others choose hotels because that’s where the conference is.  … Read more

Eleven signs that summer is still going strong in DINE country

Over and over we hear our guests lament that this summer in particular went by way too quickly!  It went by so fast, in fact, that we’re out to prove that while Labor Day may be the unofficial end of … Read more

End of the summer news from DINE inns

Distinctive Inns websiteAs we approach the most colorful season of the year, and the leaves begin to change to their fall wardrobe, we at Distinctive Inns of New England are sporting a new look too! In case you have not visited DistinctiveInns.com Read more

Hotels once again try to imitate inns but can’t come close

There they go again! Hotels are once again turning to inns and B&Bs for best practices in personalized service. According to an article in Forbes, a number of hotel chains are moving away from the traditional front desk check-in … Read more

Five tips to a great DINE vacation

Everyone needs time to regroup and revitalize. The 11 DINE inns each specialize in proving the ideal environment for rest, relaxation and romance. To insure that you make the most of your DINE getaway, here are a few tips on how to prepare for the perfect vacation.

Easter recipes perfect for springtime entertaining too

One of the reasons that Distinctive Inns of New England are so well loved is because of the fabulous food guests discover upon each visit.  Afterall, the don’t call this group DINE for nothing! Of course, if you’re looking for … Read more

Innkeeping: Dream or drudgery?

oday's innkeepers still go out and shovel snow - sometimes for days on end - while they also juggle everything from restaurant management to social networking, something good ol' Bob Newhart hadn't even conceived of yet. From time to time, they're up all night holding court with older guests regaling stories of their younger years on aircraft carriers or taking guests who fell out of bed to the hospital.