Elopements, small weddings & recommitments at New England inns – Part II, Vermont

Wedding carriage at Grafton InnWe started our series about New England elopements, small weddings and recommitment ceremonies last week.  Part I of our series focused entirely on small weddings and elopements in Massachusetts.  Since June will soon be busting out all over with … Read more “Elopements, small weddings & recommitments at New England inns – Part II, Vermont”

Green themed recipes for St. Paddy’s Day

Green Goblins at Deerfield InnAs we approach St. Patrick’s Day in New England, we can’t help but think of all those green-themed recipes being whipped up in the kitchens at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  While our first choice for you on … Read more “Green themed recipes for St. Paddy’s Day”

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 “Beautiful bountiful breakfasts from Distinctive Inns of New England”

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 “Winter fun in DINE country, Part 2 – romantic New England mountain getaways”

DINE’s recipes for a romantic Valentine’s Day

Romantic getaways at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandAs we approach the month of love, we thought it might be a great idea to offer some ideas for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) recipes from the heart.  After all, the stomach is simply a by-pass when it … Read more “DINE’s recipes for a romantic Valentine’s Day”

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 “Chocolate-filled experiences at DINE inns in February”

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 “Make 2019 the year of bucket list vacations: Pair adventure and romance with a DINE inn”

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

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 “What happens at DINE meetings? Innkeepers smile”

Pie Recipes: From traditional apple to pie-themed bars and hand pies to DINE on

We’ve entered that food-filled period from harvest to holiday.  This is a foodie’s idea of heaven, and the innkeepers at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are serving up all the wonderful fall-themed foods you can imagine.  When we … Read more “Pie Recipes: From traditional apple to pie-themed bars and hand pies to DINE on”

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 “Shoptember: November is for shopping in DINE country”

Five things you’ve always wanted to know about innkeeping: DINE innkeepers answer

Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers at Chesterfield InnSo, you want to be an innkeeper when you retire?  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers hear it all the time.  It’s the image of merrily baking muffins, greeting guests with lively and interesting conversation, and making new … Read more “Five things you’ve always wanted to know about innkeeping: DINE innkeepers answer”

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 “In Gourds We Trust: Fall decorating ideas from DINE inns”

C is for Cookies at Distinctive Inns of New England

Valentine's Day at DINE innsYou don’t have to wait for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on May 15th or National Cookie Day on December 4th to enjoy some of the best cookie recipes offered at New England inns.  Every day is cookie … Read more “C is for Cookies at Distinctive Inns of New England”

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

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 “DINE innkeepers offer 150 years of innkeeping wisdom”

Got Buttermilk? Sweet summer recipes for leftover buttermilk

How many times has it happened to you?  A recipe calls for a small amount of buttermilk, then you have the majority left over in the container.  Some people enjoy drinking buttermilk, but most don’t, but love it mixed into … Read more “Got Buttermilk? Sweet summer recipes for leftover buttermilk”

A dozen great ways to beat the heat in DINE country

Recently, the temps in Southern Maine reached levels not seen for the past 107 years! New Englanders have been suffering through one of the warmest summers in decades. Yet innkeepers at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England are taking … Read more “A dozen great ways to beat the heat in DINE country”

Twelve “Instagramable” moments from Distinctive Inns of New England

“Today’s traveler wants more than ever from their vacations,” says Dave Labrie at the Inn at Harbor Hill Marina.  “it’s all about the “Instagrammable” moments,” agrees Leslie Mulcahy at the Rabbit Hill Inn. In fact, recently the Urban … Read more “Twelve “Instagramable” moments from Distinctive Inns of New England”

Berry Blue Breakfast Recipes for Summer

Blueberry breakfast recipes from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandEvery romantic getaway to the Distinctive Inns of New England comes complete with a hand-crafted breakfast each morning.  Meant to fuel you for the day, the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offer some of the most delicious and … Read more “Berry Blue Breakfast Recipes for Summer”