Hot Deals and other packages from Distinctive Inns of New England – Part II

Drinks on the patio at Chesterfield InnAsk any of the 12 Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) innkeepers, and they’ll tell you that travelers love packages.  By bundling meals and entertainment/adventure together, DINE inns create almost the same offerings as an all-inclusive New England resort.  Packages … 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

A preview of Distinctive Inns of New England summer gardens – Part II

We took you on an armchair walk down our garden memory lane, offering a peek into spring gardens throughout DINE inns in last week’s blog article.  This week, we’ll continue the tour in an effort to continue getting you … Read more

A preview of summer gardens – Part I

Cliffside Inn's mascot Koty, sitting in the spring daffodilsSpring has sprung, the grass is riz (in some parts of #DINEcountry), DINE inns are where the birdies is! At long last, spring has come to the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) and sunshine plus warmer temps mean spring … 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

Spring forward with maple recipes from syrup-central

New England is the capital of all things maple and ’tis the season for the sap to be running throughout DINEcountry.  After the tough winter we’vew had the maple season got a late start due to colder-than-usual temps.  The … 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

How do DINE gardens grow – Part 2

This week, we're heading to Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts! While reading and photos help to give you an idea of the beauty of our gardens, seeing them in person is really the way to go. Have you planned your June getaway to any of the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England? Now is the time to come while days are warm, nights are cool (perfect for snuggling) and gardens are just beginning to bloom.

How do DINE gardens grow

With an unusually cold winter and spring, the gardens at the 11 Distinctive Inns of New England are a bit behind, but Mother Nature played catch up for a few days recently and warm sunshine helped to make those gardens pop. Spring time has definitely come to Northern New England DINE inns, and summer is on it's way to reaching our Southern DINE members. Time to start planning your spring and summer getaways to DINEcountry!

In honor of the Derby

While mint juleps might be the drink of the day during the Kentucky Derby, this delicious pie will hold up as the "other" official dish of the Derby! Coming to you from the Chesterfield Inn, be sure to add a piece of this to your Derby party this year.

Everyone loves a good mystery

If you are not yet following Distinctive Inns on Facebook, start now. Simply click here and "like" the page. You'll not only find ways to win free stays and other prizes, but we promise to delight you with our Monday Morning Ha-Ha cartoons and our Wine Wednesday missives. It's a lot of fun to follow DINE on Facebook. You'll be the first to know deal alerts and last-minute availability announcements for your quick romantic New England getaways! And you'll have the chance to solve our Mystery Photo contest too.

Dyed devil eggs and other Easter ideas

This year we thought we'd offer an idea brought to us from Cliffside Inn for colorful dyed deviled eggs. You've purchased that extra dozen eggs to dye with the kids and grandkids. How about decorating with half the dozen and enjoying a colorful spring treat for the table with the other half? Here's a step-by-step guide for dying then deviling eggs.

Spring Fling Recipe Collection

In our last two DINE blog entries, we visualized spring via a collection of flower photos.  For a short moment it helped us forget the snow outside our windows.  Slowly but surely Old Man Winter himself is even growing weary, … Read more

Part II: Visualizing Spring

Throughout New England birds are returning, tiny buds are beginning to show, and spring getaways to romantic New England inns are on the mind. Each of the 11 DINE inns are ready to welcome travelers with everything from outdoor getaways to culinary capers. Even if you don't see spring in your backyard, we're making it easy to see it in ours. Just visualizing spring and summer gardens puts spring in our steps and a smile on our faces. We hope it does the same for you!

Visualizing spring in DINE country – Part I

We may have just received upwards of two feet of snow in the Northern parts of DINE country, but it doesn't mean we can't still look forward to spring. Given the winter we've had, spring may not spring forth anytime in the next month, so we thought it might be fun to show you what you have to look forward to. Nothing gets you psyched for spring like a view of the colorful flowers you'll find at the eleven Distinctive Inns of New England. And nothing beats a romantic spring getaway at one of the DINE inns either. We promise it won't be too much longer until you see scenes like this when you visit #DINE country.

Celebrate all things maple in March

From the looks of it, most of the Northern New England states will hold festivals to celebrate the maple syrup running on the weekend of March 21 – 23. This is the time of year when the sap starts running through the New England maples, and sugar houses open up to not only sell but demonstrate how to make maple syrup. March 21-23 is the weekend to schedule your sweetest visit of the year to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England. Not only are you very likely to be served some of that fresh maple syrup, created from trees nearby, but you will also enjoy a fun itinerary including visiting sugarhouses across the state.

Easter recipes perfect for springtime entertaining too

One of the reasons that Distinctive Inns of New England are so well loved is because of the fabulous food guests discover upon each visit.  Afterall, the don’t call this group DINE for nothing! Of course, if you’re looking for … Read more

DINE inns welcome spring with sun and snow

Depending on where you were in DINE country on the first day of spring, you were either welcomed with a foot of snow or flowers in the yard.  The photos on Facebook were a keen reminder that from one end … Read more