Spring Flings at Distinctive Inns of New England

spring means flowers with snow this MarchIt may seem like spring is a long way off with all the snow we’ve received in DINE country! Anywhere from under a foot to 40” of the white fluff has fallen around the 12 Distinctive Inns of New Read more

5 ideas for great weatherproof getaways when it seems like spring will never arrive

March snowstorms in #DINEcountryHow many of you are saying “enough is enough”?  Two Nor’easters in a row and now talk of another one next week?  For many travelers, this weather is getting old, unless of course, you’re a skier, snowmobiler or fatbiker.   The … Read more

Create the perfect romantic dinner: Recipes from 5 DINE inns for Valentine’s Day and beyond

romance at Distinctive Inns of New EnglandFebruary is for lovers. February is also for lovers of food.  And for those who love love and food, this blog post is for you!  Ask anyone what they’re doing for Valentine’s Day, and at least 50-percent will respond that … Read more

Start planning your 2018 vacations on National Plan For Vacation Day – Jan 30

Americans universally say that their vacation days are important, yet more than half (54%) of U.S. employees leave time on the table, according to Project Time Off, a coalition dedicated to telling the story of the value of vacations. … Read more

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

Three great ways to beat the blizzard blues in DINE country

Old Man Winter has been in high gear, revving up the snow engines while sending the thermometer plunging. From blizzards to polar vortex temps, New England’s winter has been marked with near-records.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have … Read more

Advice for staying warm when New England weather turns cold

Rabbit Hill Inn, VermontOld Man Winter has returned and turned the heat down with vengeance throughout New England.  Yet, don’t let the thermometer stop you from taking that romantic winter getaway to any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  After … Read more

DINE celebrates 12 Days of Christmas with best deals of the year

12 Days of Christmas offers from DINEForget Black Friday.  Step aside Cyber Monday – you’re both so short-lived.  When it comes to great deals during the season of savings on the best New England romantic getaways, Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) has pulled out … Read more

3 times its best to take a vacation from your phone

Take a vacation from your phone at DINE innsCellphones were once again headline news this week when Pope Francis suggested to Catholics that they lift up their hearts not their cellphones during mass. Cellphone usage has been a nemesis of the Pope for some time.  According to the … Read more

Five reasons to make Distinctive Inns your home for the holidays

Captain Jefferds Inn, decorated for the holidaysAccording to BedandBreakfast.com’s Winter Traveler survey, 24-percent of travelers are planning a holiday getaway.  That means just about one in every four travelers will not be home for the holidays. More than half of those planning to stay at … Read more

No resort fees here: DINE inns offer amenity-filled getaways

DINE inns filled with amenities, not crowded seatsWhen asked about hidden hotel and airline fees Peter Greenberg, A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter, producer, and Travel Editor for CBS News ,says “Welcome to the home of the brave—and the land of the fee.”  In his Travel Tip article … Read more

25 gorgeous fall photos to inspire distinctive New England inn getaways

Rabbit Hill Inn wreathWith the first day of fall upon us, and Mother Nature at work turning leaves already in Northern New England, we thought it was time to get you excited about what’s about to come as autumn colors turn in DINEcountry.Read more

Hey B&B doubters, six reasons to choose inns

Harbor Light Inn, Marblehead, MABy Marti Mayne

Recently CountryLiving.com posted a story about six reasons to never stay at a B&B.  The author criticized, grumbled and moaned about the small queen bed, breakfast that wasn’t served at the time she wanted and “grandma’s décor”, … Read more

One Tank Romantic Getaways to New England – Part IV – The Berkshires

Over the past month, we’ve been celebrating the lowest summer gas prices in years with a blog series on one-tank romantic getaways to the Distinctive Inns of New England.  Each week we featured a few of the 12 member Read more

One Tank Romantic Inn to Inn getaways – Part III – Connecticut to the Cape

waterfront rooms at Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaWith gas prices the lowest they’ve been in a decade of summers, we’ve been focusing in on one-tank inn-to-inn itineraries, perfect for that New England romantic getaway this summer. We started with an inn-to-inn escape in Northern New England, … Read more

One tank romantic getaways to New England Distinctive Inns – Part II – Marblehead, MA to Camden, ME

Last week we talked about how AAA had declared a 12-year low for gas prices at the beginning of the summer.  Since this is the summer for road trips, we’re exploring all the fun one-tank inn-to-inn romantic escapes.  In Part … Read more

One tank romantic getaways to New England Distinctive Inns – Part I – Northern New England

One tank romantic inn to inn itineraries at Distinctive InnsWith gas prices at a 12-year low for July 4th weekend,  AAA says that 44.2 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home, with the vast majority on the road via car or motorcycle travel … Read more

FAQs for first-time inngoers: Busting the B&B myths

Couple enjoying puzzle at Rabbit Hill InnToo often we in the B&B industry hear that travelers don’t choose to stay at inns because they don’t want to have to talk to anyone, or they’re afraid they’ll have to sit at a breakfast table with strangers and … Read more

Honeymoons & Mini-moons in Rhode Island– It’s all about you. Final in the series

We’ve spent the last few weeks writing about customized honeymoons and mini-moons in New England. Today we’ll wrap up our series dedicated to combining the perfect honeymoon with personalized hospitality at the Cliffside Inn. And for those who don’t … Read more