Let DINE homes be your home for the holidays

Fall decorations at Deerfield InnHoliday season 2020 will be a little more distanced this year.  While spikes in Covid-19 are on the rise, traditional Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings are being given a second look.  Sadly, some families have decided not to gather for the … Read more

Celebrating CROCKtober with soup recipes from DINE kitchens

Hands holding a bowl of soupThis week we interrupt our series on romantic fall packages to bring you some comfort food that just may be needed as we face the end of daylight savings time and election day all in a row! We will resume … Read more

Romantic fall packages in DINE Country, Part I: Maine, Connecticut & Vermont

While many believe that fall colors end in early October, that’s simply not the case everywhere in New England.  In the Northern parts of DINE country, fall color may be past peak, but it’s definitely not gone. In the … Read more

Updates on travel restrictions and safety procedures at Vermont Inns

handwashingThis is part three in our series updating travelers about travel restrictions and all of the safety precautions put into place at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). We covered Massachusetts – from Cape Cod to Cape Ann and … Read more

Fall foliage New England inns photo tour

Fall mums and pumpkinsWe interrupt our series on Covid precautions and travel updates at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) to bring you a glimpse of the beauty of fall in DINE country. While fall color has been a little early … Read more

Fall Crisps, cakes and cookies from DINE kitchens

Mums and pumpkins at the entrance of Chesterfield InnWhile we are still enjoying warm weather at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) properties, the shorter days clearly signal that fall is on its way.  We love the most colorful season of the year in DINE country, as … Read more

Why this is the year for your leaf peeping getaway to New England

Deerfield Inn wreathIn years past, travelers seeking a New England fall foliage inn getaway would be scrambling by now to find availability.  But 2020 is not like any other year.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) would normally be close to … Read more

DINE’s elopements and micro weddings ideas in Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut

weddings-just marriedFrom the Berkshires, White and Green Mountains to the shores of Cape Cod, Marblehead and Niantic, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) members offer the ideal venues for micro weddings and elopements.  Last week we examined all the great Read more

Garden fresh colorful summer dishes from DINE kitchens

vegetables in bowl - foodSummer is here in DINE country and the colors are beautiful.  Throughout the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), kitchens are overflowing with the colors and dishes that make summer so delicious.  From red raspberries to blueberries, the greens from … Read more

Meet the Chefs:  Phyllis Grech and Brill Williams in the Rabbit Hill Inn Kitchen

Brill and Phyllis - Rabbit Hill InnWe’ve focused our recent blog series on the talented chefs in the kitchens at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Each of the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England offer talented chefs and innkeeper creating fabulous breakfasts and afternoon … Read more

Meet the Chefs: Chef Andrew Hunter and Sous Chef Joseph Ganley at Rabbit Hill Inn

Dishes cooking on the stove at Rabbit Hill InnWe are on to the third of our series focused on the amazing chefs you’ll meet on your visit to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with the introduction of Chef Andrew Hunter and Sous Chef, Joseph Ganley from … Read more

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

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

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

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

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