What to expect on your next DINE getaway

Couple taking a road trip to a DINE innAs we move farther into spring, the ten Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are hearing the loud cry from travelers ready to hit the road once again.  Study after study of traveler sentiment have proven there’s plenty of pent … Read more

Spotlight on Camden Maine Stay Inn in Camden, Maine

Camden Maine Stay InnToday we will shine the light on the Camden Maine Stay Inn on the Mid-Coast of Maine.  We’ve created this spotlight series to offer up-close and personal views of what make the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) so special … Read more

Confessions of a masked traveler

Rabbit holds toilet paperBy Marti Mayne

It’s been well over a year since I left New England and the confines of Northern New England. As the administrator of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) I was in the process of visiting all … Read more

When is it safe to travel?

Tavel safe graphicAs vaccinations roll out, and CDC guidance tells us that vaccinated adults can feel safe gathering in smaller groups, all travelers’ eyes are turning toward Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  While each of the New England states are still … Read more

Spotlight on The Deerfield Inn, Historic Deerfield, MA

Deerfield Inn, holiday decorThroughout our series, we’ve created profiles of DINE members.  Today we will focus on the Historic Deerfield Inn, located within a living museum offering insight into colonial America.  We’re delighted to have created spotlights on each of the Distinctive Inns Read more

Spotlight on Grafton Inn, Grafton, VT

Grafton Inn winterTo date we’ve had the opportunity to spotlight three of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) on the DINE blog. We started our series with a focus on the Manor on Golden Pond. Next in line was an article … Read more

Spotlight on Chesterfield Inn

Chesterfield Inn holiday decorWe are moving into week three of our series spotlighting each of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE)  Each week we hope to offer some insight into what makes the ten DINE inns so special. We’ll explore their history, … 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

Spotlight on: Manor on Golden Pond

Manor on Golden Pond - springThis January, as the pandemic sadly rages on, travelers are spending time dreaming of their next Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) getaway rather than planning it.  The ten DINE inns understand that for now, imagining your next visit to … Read more

DINE inns awarded Best Luxury Inn Collection distinction by LUXlife Magazine

LUXlife Award logoDistinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are happy to announce that the organization has been named an award winner in LUXlife Magazine’s 2020 Resorts & Retreats Awards. The DINE inns were recognized as the Best Guest Luxury Guest Inn Read more

DINE’s unique Christmas carol mix

Grafton Inn Vermont fireplaceAs we careen toward the holidays, the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England find themselves humming Christmas carols as they go about the day.  However, we often hear a unique set of lyrics coming from the 10 DINE inns,Read more

An armchair tour of Christmas decorations in DINE country

Holiday planter at Chesterfield InnIt’s not beginning to look like Christmas at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). We’re thick in the heart of the holiday season here.  From whimsical to traditional to exquisite, the 10 innkeepers at DINE inns have once again pulled … Read more

Heading into the holidays, DINE innkeepers give thanks

Thankful signIt’s been a year like no other in every innkeepers mind, especially among the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) members. The Covid-19 pandemic shut down inns across the country, and the 10 DINE inns spent months developing new safety, … Read more

Three things that make DINE innkeepers grateful this holiday season

Appreciate what you haveThere’s a graphic circulating around social media that says “This holiday season, it’s not about what you want, it’s about appreciating what  you have.” If there was ever year filled with wants and appreciation it would be 2020. While many … Read more

Update on Covid protocols, new procedures and state-mandated travel orders for Massachusetts & Maine DINE members

hand cleaningThere have been some updates, easing and changes to the travel restrictions for visitors to the six New England States since our last state by state update in June. Since then, restrictions have been lifted in every New England … Read more

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