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

Congratulations and farewell to 2 DINE innkeeping couples

With the new year come new innkeepers in the Distinctive Inns of New England‘s (DINE) ranks. We bid a bittersweet farewell to Erik and Sarah Lindblom of the Captain Jefferds Inn and to James and Jill Meyer of the … Read more

Oh my gourd! Mum’s the word. Amazing fall color at New England Inns

Fall is the season of color for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and many say this is one of the most brilliant fall foliage seasons in memory.  Prior to the big N’oreaster that hit New England this week, there … Read more

Un-be-LEAF-able places to view fall foliage in DINE country – Part II

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina's porchLast week, we started our armchair leaf-peeping tour through the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with Part I of the journey to Vermont, the Berkshires and Camden Hills.  This post will complete the journey with ideas for amazing ways … Read more

Tomatoroma:  Three perfect recipes for gardens overflowing with tomatoes

Photo of colorful tomatoes at Rabbit Hill InnAs we think about turning the calendar from August to September, it’s not only those shorter days that remind us that fall is coming.  One peek into the garden, replete with ripened tomatoes, reminds us that fall is almost here.  … 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 and cool off: Beaches, lakes & natural swimming holes at DINE inns – Part II

Last week we explored all the great ways to cool off in pools and man made ponds found at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  This week, we’re going to explore all the fabulous ocean and lakeside beaches plus … Read more

New England inns offer Babymoon packages

Babymoons from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandOver the moon with the arrival of your new bundle of joy?  Who wouldn’t be?   Yet, the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England – many parents themselves – know that for many new parents the thought of the arrival … Read more

Elopements, Small Weddings & Recommitments at New England Inns, Part V – Connecticut

waterfront weddings at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaWe’ve had fun exploring the options for elopements, small weddings and recommitment ceremonies at New England inns in our Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) blog series.  This is the final chapter in the series.  After offering some great options … Read more

Beautiful bountiful breakfasts from Distinctive Inns of New England

This blog was inspired by a recent photo shoot at Grafton Inn in Grafton, Vermont, one of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  When reviewing the photos, it occurred to us that even breakfast food can be a … Read more

Chocolate-filled experiences at DINE inns in February

Chocolate words on Scrabble boardNothing says “I love you” better than chocolate.  And if the way to his or her heart is through a sweet tooth, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE)  have a variety of chocolate filled experiences that just might do … 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

Your guide to ringing in a distinctive 2019 at a DINE inn

Your guide to New Year's Eve at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandNew Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating old and new acquaintances and creating memories to never forget them.  There’s no place better than one of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) to ring in the new year … Read more

What happens at DINE meetings? Innkeepers smile

Twice a year the innkeepers and owners of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) meet to go over business, promotions and new ideas.  If your ears were burning earlier this week, they may have been talking about you … Read more

Shoptember: November is for shopping in DINE country

“But what is there to do in November?” ask guests considering a visit to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  The ideal activity to add to a romantic getaway filled with plenty of time with hot toddies … Read more

In Gourds We Trust: Fall decorating ideas from DINE inns

We can not allow fall in New England to pass us by without adding some decorating ideas from the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers.  A trip to any of the 12 DINE inns during any of the autumn … Read more

A day in the life of a DINE innkeeper – no Labor Day-off for them

While most enjoy a day of rest on Labor Day, innkeepers and staff at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are busy at work, making memories for their guests.  No rest for the weary at the DINE inns Read more

DINE innkeepers offer 150 years of innkeeping wisdom

DINE innkeepers gather at Rabbit Hill InnWe knew that the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) were owned and managed by an savvy bunch, but until we added up all their years of innkeeping experience, we didn’t realize the collective wisdom there was.  No wonder … 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