A new year’s resolution you’ll want to keep: DINE even more in 2023

making resolutions in 2017Did you make a resolution on January 1st and are finding your determination waning right about now? The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are here to rescue your resolution resolve. Throw out those old notions of “shoulds” and … Read more

The DINE mantra for 2023: Kindness

Innkeepers are kind to guestsKindness does not come as a new concept to the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). In fact, the nine DINE innkeepers are among the most kind-hearted people you’ll ever meet. Recall the Tea & Sympathy story on … Read more

A virtual tour of holiday decorations at DINE inns – Part I, Vermont & NH

Mantle for holidays at Grafton InnTis the season to be jolly around the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). We’ve decked the halls with boughs of holly and the bells are certainly jingling as trees, wreaths, pine boughs and more go up around the nine Read more

Holiday festivities & specials in DINE country – Part III, Vermont festivals and packages

holiday on tree at Rabbit Hill InnIt’s tough to find two more quintessentially New England towns than Grafton and Lower Waterford, VT, and when it comes to a Norman Rockwell inspired New England holiday towns, these are two very special places.  We continue our blog series … Read more

Travel trends of 2022 and beyond – Are you a “redefined traveler”?

2017 is the year of Distinctive Inns travelThe pandemic put a kibosh on travel, and we all know the relief among travelers once they felt free to roam once again. While Covid still remains a concern among travelers, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) will testify … Read more

Five gift ideas to take home from your DINE getaway

gift giving coupleLike it or not, we’re already on the countdown to the holidays.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are preparing to help guests celebrate this year with beautifully decorated inns, plenty of fanfare and some great gift ideas to … Read more

DINE inns still the best choice in a pandemic world – here’s why

Travel quoteThe worst of the Covid 19 pandemic is hopefully behind us with the introduction of vaccines and boosters for all above 6-months old. Travelers have returned to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) with a thirst for getaways that … Read more

Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of DINE country

Hearts on the beachWith story after story of breaking news hitting us with tragedy and heartbreak this week, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) want to offer some solace to those suffering through so much bad news. It’s easy to lose track … Read more

Best spring and summer packages and enhancements from Massachusetts inns

Purple lilacs on a desk at Deerfield InnWith warm weather and May flowers comes the spring itch to travel.  We’ve surveyed the innkeepers at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) for their most popular and well loved packages and enhancements.  Some of the ideas they offered will … Read more

Best spring and summer packages and enhancements from Vermont and Maine inns

Spring’s warmer weather and budding trees spark an itch to travel to New England inns.  It happens every year and the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are looking forward to one of the busiest summers for travel in a … Read more

DINE inns buck inflation and offer guests $50 toward their next stay

Sample DINE $50 Reward CerticateWhen is the last time your hotel or vacation rental handed you $50 toward your next stay on your way out the door?  The  Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are betting that doesn’t happen very often. Yet, while other … Read more

DINE’s looking for a few good inns

DINE members photo 2022Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) is poised to expand its membership.  One of the oldest and established inn associations in the Eastern United States, DINE celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020, and is now carefully seeking interested inns … Read more

Nine fine ways to celebrate Mom in DINE country this Mother’s Day – Part II

Mother's Day greetingIn Part I of our series on how to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day, we offered ideas from four of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE).  This week, we’ll fill in the full nine fine ways to tell Mom … Read more

Four great ways to ensure high gas prices won’t ruin your getaway

gas tank with moneyIt’s no secret that gas prices are at an all-time high, but they don’t have to spoil your plans for that special getaway to any of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). According to USA Today, as of … Read more

Green themed recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from DINE kitchens

 St Patrick's Day dogTis the season for all things green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.  Step aside corned beef and cabbage, your friends at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have other ideas for the day of the leprechaun. We’re all about green … Read more

Perfect Date Night ideas and deals from DINE inns in Maine and Connecticut – Part I

couples holding handsValentine’s Day was just a warmup.  The Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are dedicated to creating the perfect date night throughout the month of February and March.  Don’t let the flame flicker out just because the holiday of hearts … Read more

Three reasons to give the gift of getaway for celebration vacations

Heart wreathWith Valentine’s Day right around the corner, are you finding yourself scratching your head for a meaningful gift?  Perhaps there’s a special anniversary or significant birthday coming up in your future.  What do  you give that special person who already … Read more

3 ways DINE inns can support your new year resolutions

New year's resolution listJanuary is the year of resolutions, and we at Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) understand those can be tough to uphold.  It’s easy to make new year’s resolutions; the tough part is fulfilling them. Even tougher is when you … Read more

What we can learn about travel from Betty White’s secrets

For nearly 100 years, Betty White inspired the people who surrounded her with optimism, smiles and her iconic good nature.  Everyone knew and loved Betty White and related to her wholesome “fun lady” characters played on TV.  The innkeepers at … 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