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

DINE inns offer the ideal kick off to summer with specials and packages

Summer bench at Rabbit Hill InnSpring has finally sprung throughout DINEcountry, and the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are celebrating with a collective promotion called the DINE kick-off to summer.  Only once or twice a year do so many of the 12 Read more

Brew-Inn, Part V: Favorite microbreweries and distilleries in New Hampshire

Beer tasting at Whetstone Brewing.

“”We’re here for the beer” say Whetstone Station brewers in Brattleboro, VT. Whetstone Station photo.

We’ve been taking quite the New England arm chair beer tour over the past month in the DINE blog.  Originally, we started with craft breweries, … Read more

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

Microbreweries in Massachusetts: Favorite picks from DINE innkeepers

DINE innkeepers choices for best microbrews in MassachusettsFrom Cape Cod’s microbreweries to nano-brews in the Berkshires, Massachusetts is filled with craft brewing options for beer lovers.  Pair a tour of Massachusetts microbreweries with a stay at any of the Distinctive Inns of New England members located in … Read more

5 ideas for great weatherproof getaways when it seems like spring will never arrive

March snowstorms in #DINEcountryHow many of you are saying “enough is enough”?  Two Nor’easters in a row and now talk of another one next week?  For many travelers, this weather is getting old, unless of course, you’re a skier, snowmobiler or fatbiker.   The … Read more

DINE Inns offer Olympic Level Adventure – Part II

Last week we introduced the world to our own world of adventure and Olympic-level athletic sports at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  In Part I of this series, we talked about everything from Olympic-level trivia and … Read more

Start planning your 2018 vacations on National Plan For Vacation Day – Jan 30

Americans universally say that their vacation days are important, yet more than half (54%) of U.S. employees leave time on the table, according to Project Time Off, a coalition dedicated to telling the story of the value of vacations. … Read more

Three great ways to beat the blizzard blues in DINE country

Old Man Winter has been in high gear, revving up the snow engines while sending the thermometer plunging. From blizzards to polar vortex temps, New England’s winter has been marked with near-records.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have … Read more

A holiday tour of Distinctive Inns of New England – Part II

Last week, we took you on an armchair tour of the beautiful holiday decorations in our Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) member inns found in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.  This week, as we look forward to a white … Read more

There’s no app for good hospitality

Click on the photo to hear video.

Recently, while reading about how hotels have created apps for customers to browse menu ideas and find their way around town, we got to thinking about how all that technology impacts the experience … Read more

25 gorgeous fall photos to inspire distinctive New England inn getaways

Rabbit Hill Inn wreathWith the first day of fall upon us, and Mother Nature at work turning leaves already in Northern New England, we thought it was time to get you excited about what’s about to come as autumn colors turn in DINEcountry.Read more

Advice for timing your fall foliage trip to Distinctive Inns of New England

Fall scene near Rabbit Hill Inn

A fall scene near Rabbit Hill Inn. Photo by Joe Ruddy.

Fall in New England is just about as beautiful as any place in the world can be.  Combine gorgeous harvest hues with crackling fires, sumptuous breakfasts and the most … Read more

One Tank Romantic Getaways to New England – Part IV – The Berkshires

Over the past month, we’ve been celebrating the lowest summer gas prices in years with a blog series on one-tank romantic getaways to the Distinctive Inns of New England.  Each week we featured a few of the 12 member Read more

One tank romantic getaways to New England Distinctive Inns – Part II – Marblehead, MA to Camden, ME

Last week we talked about how AAA had declared a 12-year low for gas prices at the beginning of the summer.  Since this is the summer for road trips, we’re exploring all the fun one-tank inn-to-inn romantic escapes.  In Part … Read more

Look what’s in store for the summer at DINE inns

Now that the calendar has officially turned to summer, you can move into vacation mode and start planning for your summer romantic escapeTwelve Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) await with everything from drinks on the porch to … Read more

FAQs for first-time inngoers: Busting the B&B myths

Couple enjoying puzzle at Rabbit Hill InnToo often we in the B&B industry hear that travelers don’t choose to stay at inns because they don’t want to have to talk to anyone, or they’re afraid they’ll have to sit at a breakfast table with strangers and … Read more

Honeymoons & Mini-moons in Massachusetts – It’s all about you. Fourth in the series

bridal couple at Grafton InnToday we’ll continue our series dedicated to combining the perfect honeymoon with Distinctive Inns in Massachusetts.  For those who don’t have time for a full honeymoon, a Massachusetts mini-moon is the perfect answer.  You’ll find four of the 12 Distinctive Read more

Distinctive Inns of New England honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Month

DINE inns honor teachers during teacher appreciation MonthThroughout May we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month, a tradition that dates to 1985 when the NEA declared the first week in May Teacher Appreciation Week.  At Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), we like to extend a week-long celebration to … 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