Elopements, small weddings & recommitments at New England Inns – Part I, Massachusetts

April, May and June are months when love springs eternal. Elopements and recommitment ceremonies are meant to be small gatherings of those you love most, and spring is a perfect time to celebrate in New England.  A small and intimate … Read more “Elopements, small weddings & recommitments at New England Inns – Part I, Massachusetts”

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 “Microbreweries in Massachusetts: Favorite picks from DINE innkeepers”

February is for lovers at New England’s Distinctive Inns

Valentine's Day at DINE innsWhile it may be the shortest month of the year, February is long on love.  February is American Heart Month, and National Creative Romance Month! There’s no better way to get the heart beating than a romantic getaway to … Read more “February is for lovers at New England’s Distinctive Inns”

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

Bucket list summer adventures at Distinctive Inns in Massachusetts

Jane Howard, at Deerfield InnIt may still be spring, but summer travel is increasingly on everyone’s minds.  With lower gas prices and warmer temps already underway in the six New England states, travelers are looking toward New England summer vacations. The 12 Distinctive Inns Read more “Bucket list summer adventures at Distinctive Inns in Massachusetts”

Distinctive Inns of New England offer tax time packages to make travel EZ

Tax time packages from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandLet’s face it, there’s nothing fun about taxes. Tax time can be a stressful time for most people.  Perhaps that’s why April has been named Stress Awareness Month. But there’s a pay-off that comes in the middle of the month. … Read more “Distinctive Inns of New England offer tax time packages to make travel EZ”

Resolution Solutions: Two DINE inn packages offering resolution success

Resolution solutions from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandSomething like 95-percent of Americans make resolutions at the beginning of the new year.  And something like 95-percent of that 95-percent don’t make it past the first month in fulfilling those resolutions.  The 12 members of Distinctive Inns of New Read more “Resolution Solutions: Two DINE inn packages offering resolution success”

Cyber Monday offers from Distinctive Inns of New England

Cyber Monday offers from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandThe Monday after Thanksgiving has popularly come to be known as Cyber Monday, a form of online “Black Friday”.  Last year the Distinctive Inns of New England got in on the Cyber Monday fun making their best offers of the … Read more “Cyber Monday offers from Distinctive Inns of New England”

Is it sweater weather yet?

What to pack for the upcoming fall New England getaway may be top on the mind of many travelers anticipating a leaf-peeping holiday. After all, if you’re flying to your destination, space is tight in order to fit everything into … Read more “Is it sweater weather yet?”

Fall foliage getaway tips from Distinctive Inns of New England

Wreath at Rabbit Hill InnWith Labor Day being the unofficial end to summer, we’re gearing up for a colorful fall foliage season in DINEcountry.  According to Yankee Magazine, wizards of New England fall foliage predictions,  we can look forward to  peak foliage coming … Read more “Fall foliage getaway tips from Distinctive Inns of New England”

Electric car owners get charged at DINE properties

As Tesla and other electric cars gain popularity, the need grows for a network of charging stations throughout the U.S. No one is more concerned about this than Tesla Motors, makers of the luxury electric cars. Determined to eradicate … Read more “Electric car owners get charged at DINE properties”

Introducing the newest Distinctive Inns member:  Harbor Light Inn

Made up of two Federal-era homes, Harbor Light Inn is in the heart of Marblehead, MA's historic district.There’s a new kid on the DINE block. If you have visited DistinctiveInns.com recently, you’ve probably noticed that the ranks of membership have swelled from 11 to 12 inns with the addition of the Harbor Light Inn in Marblehead, MA. … Read more “Introducing the newest Distinctive Inns member:  Harbor Light Inn”

It’s beginning to look like fall in DINE country

Fall colors have come a little earlier to DINE country this year.  And while we’re experiencing beach weather throughout all of New England this weekend, the cooler temps, especially in the North Country, jump-started the color especially in the last … Read more “It’s beginning to look like fall in DINE country”

Recipe of the Day: Earl Grey Chocolate Cake from Captain's House Inn

Tea time is a special occasion at the Captain’s House Inn.  Served daily, guests look forward to this afternoon tradition at the Captain’s House.  Thus, it’s no surprise that their featured recipes would include a favorite tea. Try it … Read more “Recipe of the Day: Earl Grey Chocolate Cake from Captain's House Inn”

In honor of American Chocolate Week, two great recipes chock filled with cocoa

We're celebrating Day #2 of American Chocolate Week with two recipes that're not only delicious but beautiful too. Today we present Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding from the Cheterfield Inn and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies from the Deerfield Inn. Wow! What a line up of fabulously decadent desserts to celebrate the week. Just to make you feel better, we'll remind you that chocolate helps you lower blood pressure and live longer too. So bake to your heart's content and celebrate American Chocolate Week with recipes from DINE member inns.

Countdown to Chocolate Week: Deerfield Inn's Lavender Truffles

Just two more days to the outset of American Chocolate Week (March 14-20, 2011).  If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve undoubtedly been collecting recipes all week.  If you’re just discovering it now, be sure to scroll down and gather … Read more “Countdown to Chocolate Week: Deerfield Inn's Lavender Truffles”

Resolution Solutions for Travelers – Part I

According to USA.gov , taking a trip is among the top New Year’s resolutions year after year. About.com Pittsburgh contends that recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. This would lead one to believe that taking a trip to spend more quality time with friends and family rates high on many resolution-making travelers’ minds this year.

A Blast From the Past in Historic Deerfield, MA


Flashback to at least seven generations before us in a walk through Historic Deerfield located in the 330-year-old New England Town of Deerfield, Massachusetts. Back in the 1930’s, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flynt migrated to the small town wishing to … Read more “A Blast From the Past in Historic Deerfield, MA”