Social Distancing means privacy during your next DINE getaway

Do not disturb signIf you’d asked any of the innkeepers from Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE)  what the term social distance meant a year ago…or even six months ago…they would likely have scratched their heads and guessed it had to do with … 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

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

Three ways DINE inns offer vacations that are all about you

hotel check inRecently we at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have been hearing commercials on the radio about how Westin Hotels offer stays “all about you”.  We in the innkeeping world find the notion of a hotel chain, with hundreds of … 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

DINE’s solution to health impacts of Daylight Savings Time ending

Day Light Savings Time end reminder to turn the clocks backTwice a year, when Daylight Savings Time starts and ends, our bodies are jerked out of rhythm and for days afterward, we suffer through impacts ranging from lack of sleep to depression.  Prepare yourselves, friends, you’re about to go through … Read more

Four important reasons not to skimp on cheap lodging

Are you starting to plan for that memorable celebration vacation?  PerhaPiggy Bank with words "why skimp" next to itps instead, you’ve decided on a last minute getaway.  Either way, one of the first things you think about is where you’ll stay.  You want your New England … 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

Jump inn and cool off: Beaches, lakes & natural swimming holes at DINE inns – Part II

Last week we explored all the great ways to cool off in pools and man made ponds found at the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  This week, we’re going to explore all the fabulous ocean and lakeside beaches plus … Read more

New England inns offer Babymoon packages

Babymoons from Distinctive Inns of New EnglandOver the moon with the arrival of your new bundle of joy?  Who wouldn’t be?   Yet, the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England – many parents themselves – know that for many new parents the thought of the arrival … Read more

Elopements, Small Weddings & Recommitments at New England Inns, Part V – Connecticut

waterfront weddings at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaWe’ve had fun exploring the options for elopements, small weddings and recommitment ceremonies at New England inns in our Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) blog series.  This is the final chapter in the series.  After offering some great options … Read more

Elopements, Small weddings and recommitments at New England Inns – Part III– New Hampshire

Wedding couple in front of Manor on Golden PondWe started our series of blog stories about elopements, small weddings and recommitments at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with a story about packages and offerings from inns in Massachusetts.  From there, we wrote about offerings from DINE member … Read more

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 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

When is a B&B not a B&B? When it’s an Airbnb

romance at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandMake no mistake about it.  An Airbnb is not a bed and breakfast.  Interestingly, the Airbnb concept chose the name because of all benefits and positive images that B&Bs conjure up.  Yet, beyond the name, there are few similarities between … Read more

Winter fun in DINE country – romantic New England inn coastal getaways

The Beach Boys sang, “Al the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray, I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day”.

And that’s just what the guests of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) love to do … Read more

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

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

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