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The 31st ANNUAL CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - Sunday, February 23, 2020

Join us for the Sweetest Day on the Trails!

Chosen as one of the "11 Delicious Chocolate Tours Around the World"

LOTS OF CHOCOLATE -
Participants in the 2019 event enjoyed dozens of different chocolate treats prepared by many area businesses including trailside members and other area bakers along with a tasting of Tuckerman's beer brewed locally in Conway, NH which were all included FREE with the purchase of their Festival Ticket. In addition, two trailside stops also offered chocolate martinis for sale.
Don't Miss the 2020 Event ... Mark Your Calendar for Sunday, February 23, 2020.

Wow... it is exciting to think this event has been gaining popularity for more than thirty years! People come from great distances to cross country ski, snowshoe or drive from inn-to-inn along the trails of our 45 KM network to enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats at stops throughout the network, most located along the trails.

Known by many as the 'Sweetest Day on the Trails", this may be the only day of the year when chocolate indulgence is totally guilt-free! Chocoholics cross country ski or snowshoe the trails to enjoy chocolate prepared every way imaginable. Many return year after year to enjoy the Chocolate Festival, often returning with a larger group of friends each time! Trailside businesses prepare a variety of goodies from hundreds of pounds of chocolate!

Chocolate Festival treats

The chef at the Samuel O'Reilly House, the newest stop on the tour, served hot chocolate in their homemade chocolate cups made with a variety of chocolate. Chocolate covered bacon was only one of the treats offered at the 1785 Inn. Chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate fountains and fondue, brownie sundaes, and chocolate cookies of all kinds are just some of the treats you'll enjoy at the trailside stops between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Take a minute to view the Festival Map online. Every participant will have a Festival map and brochure for each trailside business to validate to confirm your stop. Visit each of the trailside stops to enter the drawing for a $200 gift certificate to be used at any participating member business. More treats await the chocoholics that have completed the tour! Present your Festival pass on the day of the event to other North Conway area businesses for more special offers. Check back for details about other area stops.!

Avoid the crowds and SAVE when you purchase your ticket in advance.
Sorry, all season pass holders must purchase the Festival Pass
to enjoy the chocolate treats!

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
   

 

Festival Links:     
Chocolate Stops
Festival Tickets
Festival Trails & Map
Shuttle & Parking
Equipment Rental
Trailside Food & Beverage
Lodging Packages
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
     


 
 
 
   
       
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      2020 EVENT DETAILS
(Event details are now being finalized for 2020! Check back for updates)
 
             
  2020 Chocolate Stops:
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There will be a number of trailside chocolate stops that will be offering chocolate treats from 11 am - 4 pm. Other area businesses offering their chocolate specialty to Festival ticket holders will be listed along with their times of service.

2020 TRAILSIDE CHOCOLATE STOPS: Open from 11am - 4pm

Visit each of these stops to enjoy the trailside treats.
1785 Inn Adventure Suites Eastern Inns Stonehurst Manor the Starlight Lodge
Old Field House Riverside Inn B&B Tuckerman's Tavern at New England Inn the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment

the Whitaker Woods Meeting House.- chocolate will be provided by Mckaella's Sweet Shop as well as Veno's Specialty Foods & Meats with the helping hands of Kennett High School students..

OTHER AREA STOPS:
Buttonwood Inn on Mt. Surprise - winner of BedandBreakfast.com's Best Food Award for 2009 -10 is well worth a visit between 1 - 5 pm. Travel Hurricane Mt. Road for a short distance off Route 16 then turn left at the sign to the Buttonwood Inn.
Samuel O'Reilly House - stop by to visit our newest lodging member located on Route 16 just minutes from Whitaker Woods between 1 - 5 pm.
Sugar Shack at 100 Acre Woods conveniently located on Route 16 between the northern stops and the Touring Center. They will be open from 11 am - 4 pm on Festival day.

 
       
  Map for 2020 will be finalized soon.  
   
   
       
       
       
       
             
  Tickets:
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COST of FESTIVAL PASS:   
Advance Purchase - $30 per person
Tickets are available online at the advance price.

Actual tickets purchased online will be mailed to you.
Be sure you provide your correct mailing address.

Tickets ordered online after February 9th
will be held for pick up on Feb. 22nd or 23rd at the Touring Center.

Purchse the Day of the Event - $35 per person
Tickets are available the day of the event at the Touring Center, Whitaker Meeting House
or any other trailside chocolate stop.


This event is a fundraiser... tickets are non-refundable.

 

 
 
 
 
 
  Festival Trails & Map:
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FESTIVAL TRAIL SUGGESTIONS:
Skiers and snowshoers can decide which trails they want to utilize for going between stops.  
Between the Old Field House / Riverside B & B and Ragged Mountain the Intervale Trail is the only way.
From Ragged Mountain to the lower end of the network the shortest link is the Intervale Trail to the Pasture Trail to the 1785 Trail.
The Stonehurst Trail connects the 1785 Trail via the Adventure Suites to the Stonehurst Inn and east to the Powerline Trail.
From the 1785 Inn or Stonehurst Manor, take the Powerline Trail to Whitaker Lane then Bancroft Loop.  The Bancroft Loop will take skiers directly to the Whitaker Meeting House.
For Eastern Inns skiers turn off the Bancroft Loop and go a very short distance on the Bancroft Connection before turning right on the Eastern Inn Trail to go to the Eastern Inns. Skiers going to the Eastern Inn need to watch for a signs directing them off the Bancroft Loop to the Eastern Inn Trail. Directional signage will be placed by Sunday to help skiers in Whitaker Woods.
 
 

Total distance is approximately 15K or 9K if you ride the shuttle between the Touring Center and the 1785 Inn.

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Festival Map

   
     
     
     
     
     
     
       
       
             
  Shuttle & Parking:
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Our complimentary shuttles will operate from noon - 5 pm.

Watch for the yellow school buses which will begin a continuous loop at the Stonehurst Manor at noon. Other stops in order will be the Riverside Inn B&B, the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment, 1785 Inn, Adventure Suites, the John Fuller School parking lot next to the Whitaker Meeting House, and Easern Inns.

Watch for the yellow school buses! The shuttles will accommodate skiers and snowshoers but space is not available for pulks or sleds of any kind.

Planning is Important:
Whenever possible, ride the shuttle as early as possible in the day as seats are in great demand towards the end of the event. It is also helpful if you can plan your ride to get you to the next stop rather than occupy a seat for several stops.

Parking: There is a limited amount of parking at each of the trailside stops. Additional parking is available next to the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment in the NH Electric parking lot. Limited parking is available at the Whitaker Meeting House with overflow space available at John Fuller School and public parking area bordering Whitaker Woods trails, and at Eastern Inns..

 
       
       
       
       
       
       
  Equipment Rental:
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Rentals of cross country ski packages and snowshoes will be available at the Touring Center (603-356-9920), Jackson Ski Touring Foundation in Jackson Village (603-383-9355) and REI in North Conway (603 356-0475). REI will accept reservations for snowshoes but not skis. Great American Ski Rental in North Conway Village (603-356-6040) has limited snowshoe availability by advance reservation. EMS (603-356-5433) in North Conway also has limited snowshoe rentals available but advance reservations are not accepted.  
       
             
  Trailside Food & Beverage:
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In addition to the complimentary chocolate treats offered during this event, there will also be a few stops that will be offering food and beverage for sale for those who might want something that is not sweet! Locations and details will be added upon receipt.

  • The bar at the Stonehurst Manor will be open selling their very popular chocolate martinis served in a martini glass drizzled with chocolate.
  • The bar at the 1785 Inn will be open selling beer, wine and chocolate martnis
  • NEW THIS YEAR ... The bar at Tuckerman's Restaurant and Tavern at the New England Inn will also be open serving chocolate martinis.
  • NEW THIS YEAR ... The recently opened White Horse Saloon at Adventure Suites will be open selling beer, wine, cocktails and a limited menu of pub food.
 
       
             
  Lodging Packages:
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Here is a list of the 2020 Chocolate Festival Lodging Packages that include Festival tickets and more. Please consider one of our members when making lodging reservations for this event.  
       
             
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If you still have questions about this event that has not been answered, you can send us an email or call the Touring Center at (603) 356-9920.  
       
             
 

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