We know it’s planning time for your New England summer getaways, so we wanted to bring you up to date with what’s new at the Distinctive Inns of New England. All ten DINE member inns have been busy updating guest rooms and in some case rebuilding them! There are new items on the menus and new menus to behold too. Over the next few weeks we’ll bring you all the news from all the Distinctive Inns of New England. We hear that travelers are planning on average 2-3 romantic getaways this summer, we hope your plans will bring you to one of the ten Distinctive Inns of New England to enjoy a getaway package, some culinary adventure or just plain R&R.
One important addition at DistinctiveInns.com is the re-working of the DINE Availability Page. You can check on availability for any of the ten Distinctive Inns of New England from one easy location at www.distinctiveinns.com/Availability.html. Simply click through to each member’s online availability pages from one central location.
As most know, the historic Deerfield Inn was severely damaged in August 2011 by the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, but we are excited to announce that the Carriage House opened as of June 2012. While the complete restoration of the main inn and restaurant are still underway, guests will be welcomed with construction rates staring at $170.50 and Deerfield Inn’s special No-Hunger Package (one of 7 No Hunger packages being offered by DINE member inns). The carriage house includes 12 gorgeous guest rooms of various types and sizes, all individually decorated with comfort and relaxation in mind along with air conditioning, private bathrooms, flat screen televisions, and wi-fi. Three rooms have two queen beds and there are also several family-friendly connecting rooms available this summer. One king room is fully handicapped accessible. The king-bedded suite has a queen sleep sofa, gas stove, and DVD television in the adjoining living room which has a pocket door for privacy. Best of all this Deerfield, MA hotel/inn is pet friendly and welcomes well-mannered small to medium-sized dogs and all sizes of children, too! While the restaurant re-construction is underway a breakfast basket with fresh fruit, pastries, yogurt parfait, and orange juice will be placed outside your door each morning. Coffee and tea is available 24-7 via Keurig coffeemakers in the hallway.
Soon the summer menu at Chesterfield Inn will be unveiled with a host of delicious dishes featuring locally grown and sourced ingredients. We’ll share the summer menu with DINE fans as soon as it’s ready. Meanwhile, a few new creations have been unveiled in the Chesterfield Inn’s Dining Room. For those who love the sumptuous desserts there, look for Pecan Praline Torte and Sweet Potato Cake with Maple Buttercream. In addition, the latest breakfast omelet creation is Herb Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese. I’m sure you join us in looking forward to a taste of all three very soon!
Rabbit Hill Inn’s Newest Room – the Sterling Room
Leslie and Brian Mulcahy, co-owners of the Rabbit Hill Inn, have been busy transforming what was previously the Victoria Room into the newly unveiled Sterling Room. With a nod toward 1920’s art deco design, the Sterling Room offers a king pencil-post bed, mirrored nightstands and sofa table, an empire sofa and grey leather club chairs reminiscent of the prohibition hideaways of the era. A gas log fireplace and full private bath plus shared porch access with views of the White Mountains top off the amenities here at your own private speak easy. Awaiting the final décor touches and wall art, the Sterling Room will soon be ready to welcome you for your next Northeast Kingdom getaway. When asked where the name Sterling came from, Leslie responded “The name “Sterling” popped into my head because the room has a very soothing silvery shimmer. The art deco mirrored accent furniture adds a cool reflective effect. It reminded me of a beautiful piece of pure sterling silver jewelry”. Leslie went on to describe the lower walls in the Sterling Room are soft matte black color. “One could just melt into soft grey leather deco club chairs,” she adds. To top it off, the renovation allowed the bathroom to be expanded with a larger footprint allowing a vanity sitting area to be added.
This is just the beginning. News from additional DINE inns is coming soon. Look for news and what’s new from other DINE member inns next week on the DINE blog.