Jump off the Covid Coaster in DINE country

roller coasterA new term was revealed recently in a conversation among Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers.  One of those in the discussion talked about her desire to jump off the Covid Coaster.  Immediately, everyone knew what this term meant … Read more

The lady who cleaned the turtles: A pandemic story with a timely message

turtle on landIn their blog, Mark and Angel Hack Life, authors Mark and Angel Chernoff offer lessons about strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace through different stories. One in particular caught the attention of innkeepers at Distinctive Inns Read more

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

DINE innkeepers check in during the pandemic – updates on their lives – Part 2

Brian Mulcahy at his deskLast week we started our series offering insight into the day in the life of a Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeeper during the Coronavirus shut down.  While most DINE innkeepers are finding themselves with more personal time, they … 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

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

DINE welcomes Inn at English Meadows, its newest member

The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are delighted to welcome the Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunk Lower Village, ME as their newest member.  This elegant inn offers contemporary décor in a beautiful setting within walking distance of … Read more

Congratulations and farewell to 2 DINE innkeeping couples

With the new year come new innkeepers in the Distinctive Inns of New England‘s (DINE) ranks. We bid a bittersweet farewell to Erik and Sarah Lindblom of the Captain Jefferds Inn and to James and Jill Meyer of the … 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

Advice for 2020 from DINE inns: Take the trip!

2020 logoAs we close out 2019, we can’t help but think about goals and plans for 2020. After all, it’s not just the end of a year, but the conclusion of a decade.  This is the year to make important new … Read more

Twas the night before Christmas in DINE country

Twas the holiday season and all through the distinctive inns

The innkeepers were stirring, sweeping and mixing the gin (and tonics)

 

The guests were all nestled all snug in the parlors and rooms.

And at dining room tables enjoying … 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

Oh my gourd! Mum’s the word. Amazing fall color at New England Inns

Fall is the season of color for Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and many say this is one of the most brilliant fall foliage seasons in memory.  Prior to the big N’oreaster that hit New England this week, there … 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

DINE inns bust the B&B myths once again

By Marti MayneSign saying Life is too short for B&B myths. DINE inns bust them.

Wrap up stories about B&Bs always catch my eye.  The minute I see the word “inn” or “B&B” in the headline, I’m compelled to read on to see whether the story will bless or bash the concept … 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

2 great reasons to visit DINE country – Escape the traffic and noise

Sunset over Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaAccording to Peter Greenberg, CBS Travel Correspondent and Guru, Los Angeles is the worst city for noise pollution in the U.S. And Forbes.com says, Boston owns the claim to fame for suffering the worst highway congestion in the nation.  … 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

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

Three things daylight savings time allows us to do at DINE properties

Reminder to move clocks forward for Daylight Savings TimeDaylight saving time, or DST, starts for 2019 this weekend. Across the country (with a few notable exceptions like Hawaii and Arizona), people will be moving the clocks forward an hour in the quiet hours of the morning on Sunday, … Read more