Three muffin recipes, perfect for spring and summer from DINE kitchens

Rhubarb Strusel muffins from Captain's House InnWe’re all spending more time in the kitchen as we’ve hunkered down during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Try to find flour on the grocery store shelves – it’s right up there in value with toilet paper and has been conspicuously missing … 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

A compendium of quarantine distractions from Distinctive Inns of New England

Groundhog with signIt’s amazing to think back just a little more than two months ago to Groundhog Day when the most important prediction in our lives was how many more weeks of winter we’d have to endure. And even when March came … 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

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

Go Red with Recipes for American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day  

February marks two important holidays of the heart.  First, throughout the month we celebrate American Heart Month.  Second, on February 14th Valentine’s Day celebrates heart-felt love.  Red is the color of both of these holidays, and the Distinctive 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

Un-be-LEAF-able places to view fall foliage near New England inns – Part I

Deerfield Inn wreathWe’re getting closer and closer to prime fall foliage season in Northern parts of DINE country while it’s still summer time in the southern part of New England.  All 11 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are offering up fabulous … Read more

Way more than six reasons to stay at an inn or B&B

Photo showing Couple at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaRecently a story appeared on the Capital One blog about six reasons to stay at a B&B on your next trip.  The author, Rachel Hartman, did a great job of explaining some of the top reasons people stay at … 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

Dog Daze of Summer DINE Deals:  Exclusive offers for DINE readers

Dog Days of Summer Deals - Dog with tennis ballFor many, the dog days of summer refer to the end of summer when weather is warm and travelers scurry to fit in last minute getaways.  Perhaps that means for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers they work like … 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

The one thing Mom really wants for Mother’s Day – B&B getaways

She’s the most important person in the world – to you and to your kids. Whether you’re her soul mate and she’s the mother of your children, or you’re lucky enough to be one of her kids, you want to … 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

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

Thinking outside the box: Small corporate retreats at New England Inns

Meeting at Deerfield InnBy Marti Mayne

This is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart because some of the best meetings I’ve ever been to have been held at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) member inns.  As a former … 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