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26th Annual Chocolate Festival - Sunday, February 22, 2015

Join us for the Sweetest Day on the Trails!

Wow... it is exciting to think this event has been gaining popularity for more than twenty-five 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!

Chocolate Festival treats

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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  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.

2014 TRAILSIDE CHOCOLATE STOPS: Open from 11am - 4pm

Visit each of these stops to enjoy the trailside treats.
1785 Inn Adventure Suites Eastern Inns The Local Grocer
Old Field House Riverside Inn B&B New England Inn
Stonehurst Manor the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment

the Whitaker Woods Meeting House with chocolate treats provided by McKaella's Sweet Shop!

OTHER AREA STOPS in 2014:
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.
Briarcliff Motel - stop by to visit a recently added lodging member between 1 - 5pm located on White Mountain Highway south of North Conway Village and just 1.5 miles south of the trails in Whitaker Woods.
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 - 5 pm on Festival day.

 
       
       
     
     
       
       
       
       
             
  Tickets:
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All participants must purchase a 2015 Festival Ticket . . .
includes daily trail pass, chocolate treats offered at participating stops, use of the shuttle, and chance to win a $200 gift certificate to be used at any participating member business..

 
Secure Online Ordering
will open December 1st.



 
   

COST of FESTIVAL PASS:   
Advance Purchase - $30 per person
Purchse the Day of the Event - $35 per person

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


Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the Touring Center
or the day of the event at any trailside chocolate stop.



 
 
 
 
             
  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.

Click to view
2014 Festival Map

   
     
     
     
     
     
     
       
       
             
  Shuttle & Parking:
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A complimentary shuttle van will operate from 1 - 5 pm.
The shuttle will begin a continuous loop at the Stonehurst Manor at 1:00 pm. Other stops in order will be the New England Inn, the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment, 1785 Inn, Adventure Suites and the Whitaker Meeting House at the John Fuller School parking lot.

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. Parking is available at the Whitaker Meeting House with overflow space available at John Fuller School and public parking area bordering Whitaker Woods trails.

 
       
       
       
       
       
       
  Equipment Rental:
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Rentals of cross country ski packages and snowshoes will be available at the Touring Center (603-356-9920) and New England Mountain Sports (603-733-5241).  
       
             
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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. Please check back!

 
       
             
  Lodging Packages:
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Please consider one of our members when making lodging reservations for this event. Check back for a list of members that will be offering Chocolate Festival Lodging Packages that include Festival tickets and more.  
       
             
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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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