In 2023 opt for experiences not more stuff

New year fresh startRecently, an article on WellnessMama.com appeared and really got us thinking here at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). It was shocking to read all the statistics about how much stuff people in America  have and accumulate. We at the … Read more

A virtual tour of holiday decorations at DINE inns – Part III – Maine & CT inns

Gold holiday trees at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaHanukkah is upon us and Christmas is not far away.  The innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have decked the halls and are bringing on the Figgy Pudding.  With last week’s storm, we have a white Christmas … Read more

A virtual tour of holiday decorations at DINE inns – Part I, Vermont & NH

Mantle for holidays at Grafton InnTis the season to be jolly around the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). We’ve decked the halls with boughs of holly and the bells are certainly jingling as trees, wreaths, pine boughs and more go up around the nine Read more

Holiday festivities & specials in DINE country – Part III, Vermont festivals and packages

holiday on tree at Rabbit Hill InnIt’s tough to find two more quintessentially New England towns than Grafton and Lower Waterford, VT, and when it comes to a Norman Rockwell inspired New England holiday towns, these are two very special places.  We continue our blog series … Read more

Holiday festivities & specials in DINE country – Part II, NH festivals and packages

Photo of holiday tree at Chesterfield InnWith snow falling in the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont as we write this, we can’t help but think it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) want to let you in … Read more

Holiday festivities in DINE country – Part I, Massachusetts holiday events

Nautical Santa at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaHoliday shopping season may have started before Thanksgiving, but what we like to call the Harvest to Holidays time of year is getting underway now.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) embrace the holiday season with beautiful décor, festive … Read more

Fall recipes leaving you asking “Cran I please have more”

Apple cranberry crisp recipe - pixabay photoFall is in full color in and around the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). Our nine member inns are replete in the harvest hues of orange, red and gold.  Throughout DINE country, guests are enjoying the beautiful scenery … Read more

Nine fine ways to celebrate Mom in DINE country this Mother’s Day – Part I

I love MomShe brought you into the world and she’s there for the kids. This Mother’s Day, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offer up nine great ideas to celebrate the lady that’s there for you and your family 365 days … Read more

Green themed recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from DINE kitchens

 St Patrick's Day dogTis the season for all things green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.  Step aside corned beef and cabbage, your friends at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have other ideas for the day of the leprechaun. We’re all about green … Read more

Perfect Date Night ideas and deals from DINE inns in Maine and Connecticut – Part I

couples holding handsValentine’s Day was just a warmup.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are dedicated to creating the perfect date night throughout the month of February and March.  Don’t let the flame flicker out just because the holiday of hearts … Read more

Five reasons to choose DINE vs Mom and Dad’s sofa this holiday season

couple sitting on sofa There’s nothing better than home for the holidays, unless of course that involves sleepless nights sharing the sofa with Mom and Dad’s cat. Instead, let the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) be home away from home. Spend all the … Read more

Great ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers from DINE kitchens

Thanksgiving foodNeed some ideas for what to do with all the Thanksgiving leftovers? Let Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers offer some recipe advice once the clan grows weary of turkey sandwiches.  From a creative all-the-leftovers-in-one pot idea for Turkey … Read more

DINE inns offer quintessential holiday experiences – Part II – in Massachusetts

Deerfield Inn wreathThe holidays are coming and each of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offers that perfect traditional New England experience.  DINE innkeepers get calls each day asking where travelers can find that perfect “Hallmark experience.”  Rest assured, Hallmark lovers … Read more

DINE’s unique Christmas carol mix

Grafton Inn Vermont fireplaceAs we careen toward the holidays, the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England find themselves humming Christmas carols as they go about the day.  However, we often hear a unique set of lyrics coming from the 10 DINE inns,Read more

An armchair tour of Christmas decorations in DINE country

Holiday planter at Chesterfield InnIt’s not beginning to look like Christmas at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). We’re thick in the heart of the holiday season here.  From whimsical to traditional to exquisite, the 10 innkeepers at DINE inns have once again pulled … 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

Distinctive Inns of New England presents Holiday Hot Deals

Holiday Hot Deals announcementCongratulations, you’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, now it’s time for the best deals of all.  For 11 days starting with December 4th through December 18th – each DINE inn will announce a … Read more

Holiday Hot Deals – The best offers of the year from DINE inns

photo of hands typing on a keyboardFor those who say bah humbug to Black Friday, guess what? You can sleep in this year. And no need to worry about finding Cyber Monday offers either. When it comes to great deals during the holiday season, Distinctive Inns Read more

Shop tax-free and stay with inn getaways to New Hampshire

Last week we started a series exploring the ideal places to shop and stay in smaller towns offering unique stores for that hard-to-shop-for person, starting in Vermont.  After the National Retail Federation surveys showed holiday shopping will increase by … 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