DINE’s elopements and micro weddings ideas in Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut

weddings-just marriedFrom the Berkshires, White and Green Mountains to the shores of Cape Cod, Marblehead and Niantic, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) members offer the ideal venues for micro weddings and elopements.  Last week we examined all the great Read more

Garden fresh colorful summer dishes from DINE kitchens

vegetables in bowl - foodSummer is here in DINE country and the colors are beautiful.  Throughout the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), kitchens are overflowing with the colors and dishes that make summer so delicious.  From red raspberries to blueberries, the greens from … Read more

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

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

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

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

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

Pair Holiday Shopping with inn getaways in Vermont

Rabbit Hill Inn Christmas Tree in the Parlor with 1800 white lightsA National Retail Federation recently predicted that holiday spending will be up by 4-percent this year for an all-time high of $730.7 billion dollars in total holiday spending.  Their survey conducted in October also found that an astonishing 39-percent of … 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

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

Spring into summer with fabulous light desserts from DINE

After an awfully rainy and cold spring, a few days of warmer weather are tempting us into believing summer may finally come to New England. The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are poised and ready to welcome summer with … Read more

Elopements, small weddings & recommitments at New England inns – Part II, Vermont

Wedding carriage at Grafton InnWe started our series about New England elopements, small weddings and recommitment ceremonies last week.  Part I of our series focused entirely on small weddings and elopements in Massachusetts.  Since June will soon be busting out all over with … Read more

Winter fun in DINE country, Part 2 – romantic New England mountain getaways

Last week we covered romantic winter getaways at coastal New England inns and B&Bs – all members of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). That story offered the ideal New England coastal inn-to-inn itinerary, traveling from Cape Cod to … Read more

Make 2019 the year of bucket list vacations: Pair adventure and romance with a DINE inn

New year's resolution listJanuary is resolution month.  And the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have solutions for your resolutions.  We’re willing to bet that at least one of your resolutions has to do with more travel, more adventure or perhaps more romance.  … Read more

Pie Recipes: From traditional apple to pie-themed bars and hand pies to DINE on

We’ve entered that food-filled period from harvest to holiday.  This is a foodie’s idea of heaven, and the innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are serving up all the wonderful fall-themed foods you can imagine.  When we … 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

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