The 31st ANNUAL CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL - 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!
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.
Avoid the crowds and SAVE when you purchase your ticket in advance.
Festival Trails & Map
Shuttle & Parking
Trailside Food & Beverage
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|2020 Chocolate Stops:
|Map for 2020 will be finalized soon.|
COST of FESTIVAL PASS:
|Festival Trails & Map:
||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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|Shuttle & Parking:
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:
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..
||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:
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.
||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.|
||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.|
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe
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