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

The power of positivity

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It’s been one of those weeks where the news of the world rocks our very core.  Scenes of mass shootings of innocent people and massive destruction from hurricanes, on top of global and political concerns, have many of … Read more

Pet friendly New England inns and their mascots

Dog on the porch at Chesterfield InnWhether you travel with your four-legged friends or miss them terribly when you travel, fear not.  Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) has you covered.  Among the 12 DINE inns, you’ll find a number of mascots serving as not … 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

2017 is the year of distinctive inns travel

2017 is the year of Distinctive Inns travelWant to be a gazillionaire?  Go on vacation, says Catharine Hamm, Travel Editor at the LA Times.  In her article entitled Will 2017 will be the year of magical travel? Hamm points out that the ideas for Instagram and Dropbox … Read more

Basic is no bonus for romantic getaways

HappinessPeter Greenberg, highly acclaimed travel expert, writer and CBS News Travel Editor, recently stated, “I’ve argued for years that the branding message for many airlines should be “we’re not happy until you’re not happy.” In his story on PeterGreenberg.comRead more

Vacations & Kindness: Therapy for the Soul

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Images of violence have filled the airwaves of morning and nightly news this week.  Each morning we’ve awoken to another image of excessive force and violent behavior from law enforcement and toward law enforcement. From political rallies to … Read more

July 4th travel advice

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The Grafton Inn offers up a good old fashioned Summer Carnival on July 3rd.

As we approach the “unofficial” start of the summer vacation season, we’re looking forward to parades, fireworks and guests arriving for July 4th weekend.  According … Read more

Summer 2016: Time for a Distinctive Inns road trip

Road trip graphiAccording to all the travel pundits, 2016 is supposed to be the year of the road trip, perfect timing for romantic New England getaways and outdoor exploration.  The 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) are excited to learn … Read more

Five things guest love most about DINE guest rooms

Harding Room at Captain's House Inn, Chatham, MAStay at any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE), and we’re pretty sure that the beautiful guestrooms will be among the top memories you have for your romantic getaway. While usually the food and the welcoming … Read more

Here’s what to do with the bumper crop of apples this year

Apple Crisp recipe from Inn at Harbor Hill MarinaThe Distinctive Inns of New England are excited about the bumper crop of apples expected in the region this fall. According to the New England Apple Association blog, the 2015 New England apple crop is estimated to be approximately … Read more

What’s new at Distinctive Inns of New England – Part II

Last week we shared news of what’s new at our Northern inns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  With so much news about new additions and ever changing features at our12 inns, it takes two blog posts to share … Read more

Porch sitting, the newest sport in DINE country

The dog days of summer are upon us in DINE country, and we thought we’d bring you an armchair view of what’s happening at the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). From patio or porch dining and from … Read more

Why you should keep a penny in the freezer when you visit DINEcountry

frozen pennyFrom time to time, we like referencing other blogs.  We thought this one was a particularly good one, helping you to prepare for your next DINE getaway.  Coming to us from TravelingMom.com, this advice will help you to prepare

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Six things DINE does that hotels don’t

Carolyn Conway has joined Harbor Light Inn

Let’s face it, there are a number of benefits you’ll find at our inns that you simply won’t find at chain motels or hotels. When it comes to hospitality and extras, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) have it … Read more

Spring News from DINE

Just in case you missed the DINE newsletter, we thought we’d share news from Distinctive Inns of New England on our blog. Throughout the winter, DINE innkeepers have been busy updating and renovating rooms, grounds and baths throughout our 12 Read more

Why we love those who love inns

Distinctive Inns of New England innkeepers love their job It seems that Yahoo Travel is poking some fun at the B&B industry with its “True Confessions of a Fed up Innkeeper” articles.  In a series of postings fictitious innkeepers, “Bob and Emily” are offering some inside scoop into the … Read more