Muffins and breakfast bread ideas from DINE kitchens

Muffin photoAs the thermometer dips and inside time is on the rise in the winter months, innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) take to the kitchen to bake wonderful goodies to add to breakfast table.  Winter is all about … Read more

DINE inns open the door to 2022

New Year's eve celebrations at DINE innsAs the calendar turns from 2021 to 2022, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) get ready to open the door to a new year.  Perhaps nothing is more evocative of hospitality than a welcoming door to one of ten Read more

DINE inns offer quintessential holiday experiences – Part III – in Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut

Holiday planter at Chesterfield InnFor weeks we’ve focused on the fabulous Hallmark experiences the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) offer to those seeking that quintessential New England holiday setting.  We started with the beautiful experiences offered by inns in Maine. Next we … Read more

Great ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers from DINE kitchens

Thanksgiving foodNeed some ideas for what to do with all the Thanksgiving leftovers? Let Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers offer some recipe advice once the clan grows weary of turkey sandwiches.  From a creative all-the-leftovers-in-one pot idea for Turkey … Read more

Pumpkins, Halloween and fall fun in DINE country

Inn at Harbor Hill Marina's porchWhile post-Halloween often signals a shift to holiday season, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) continue to celebrate pumpkins, ghosts and fall fun throughout November.  Hayrides, pumpkin patches and Witches Balls give rise to fall food tours, farm stands … Read more

The Great Pumpkin – Part II – baking with pumpkins

Photo of pumpkins at a farmLast week, we took an armchair tour of the creative ways Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers decorate their inns with pumpkins, corn stalks and mums.  They offered tips for ways that you can use pumpkins to decorate your … Read more

DINE innkeepers share Great Pumpkin decorating tips and recipes

grafton Inn rockers and pumpkinsWhen it comes to fall, it’s not just the brilliant foliage that makes the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) glow. Pumpkins adorn mantles, porches and steps at the 10 DINE inns, along with mums of all colors and … Read more

The evolution of DINE marketing

Frustration witih computerBy Marti Mayne

Earlier this week, Facebook went down for hours  As if that’s not bad enough for millions of Distinctive Inns of New England’s friends, Instagram, Whats app and others in the Facebook wheelhouse went down too. For … Read more

DINE innkeepers say “Yes” to the guests

“I’m a people pleaser,” says Angela Comstock, General Manager of the Grafton Inn in Grafton, VT, one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). In a recent zoom meeting, DINE innkeepers talked about operations while Covid continues to be … Read more

The Tart of the Meal from Distinctive Inns of New England

funny lemon comicWhile some boast of the Art of the Deal, when it comes to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), it’s all about the Tart of the Meal.  Not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, it’s … Read more

Come sit a spell in DINE country – a pictorial essay

Camden Maine Stay guestroomAs we begin to feel more comfortable to roam and travel to places we love once again, we can’t help but crave those places that bring us comfort, especially at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Wooded hikes, rushing … Read more

Add ons to make your stay even more special – Part 1

couple - holding fingersAfter fourteen months of the same four walls, isn’t it time to bust out of the place that’s become home, classroom, office and restaurant all in one?  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) await to help you dip your … Read more

Recipes for a Perfect Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in bedMom’s special day is coming up.  Doesn’t she deserve the best, starting with breakfast in bed! We’ve scoured the recipe files from the kitchens of Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and offer a variety of great ideas for Mom’s … Read more

New travel guidance loosens restrictions for travel to DINE country

girl with maks ready to travelAs more and more people are vaccinated, travel becomes possible for those yearning for vacations to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  Surveys show that more than 80% of would-be travelers are anxious to hit the road for vacationsRead more

Five perfect ways to celebrate spring at Distinctive Inns of New England

Tulips and daffodils at Rabbit Hill InnNew England offers such beauty as spring comes slowly yet intently to this beautiful part of the country. The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) make the perfect home base to explore the fifty shades of green that emerge during … Read more

State by State Guide to Maple Sugaring Celebrations in New England Plus Recipes

Maple syrupMarch is the month for maple syrup making in and around the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and the ten DINE inns invite guests to visit sugar shacks throughout New England. As the days get a little longer and … Read more

Celebrating National Heart Month: Colorful heart-healthy recipes

Cape Porpoise, Maine lobster trap tree with heartsEach February,  from coast to coast we celebrate American Heart Month.  It’s a time when  by Americans are encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Focusing on your heart health is so important now more than ever. People … Read more

Spotlight on Rabbit Hill Inn

Rabit Hill Inn - winter Last week we started a series on the blog focused on spotlighting members of Distinctive Inn of New England (DINE). The series started with a spotlight on the Manor on Golden Pond, offering inside tips on “the mystery of … Read more

DINE innkeepers shut the door on 2020 and welcome in 2021 in ten words

Hello 2021Throughout New England the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are gleefully shutting the door on 2020, easily the most difficult year for all of them, and welcoming 2021 with cautious optimism.  As they join revelers throughout America … Read more

Cookie recipes from DINE kitchens even Santa can’t resist

high tea at Captain's House InnIt’s certainly looking like Christmas with pine boughs, simmering mulled cider and plenty of fresh holiday wreaths and trees at the ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  And with the fresh pine smells come scents of Christmas cookies baking … Read more