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27th Annual Chocolate Festival - Sunday, February 28, 2016

Join us for the Sweetest Day on the Trails!

Expanded Shuttle Service: Look for the Yellow School Bus providing shuttle service this year. Service will begin an hour earlier at 12 noon and continue circulating between select stops until ending at 5pm.

Trail Conditions: On the northern end; Intervale Trail has been groomed all the way to the Old Field House on 16A. A short portion of the trail has not been groomed from the Birchlea road crossing to RT 16 but that will be likely be groomed tomorrow morning with the small machine. Skiers will have to cross RT 16 on foot as the bridge underpass has washed out. But skiers will be able to ski from the Touring Center to RT 16A and the Old Field House and, as usual, walk the short distance from the Old Field House to the Riverside Inn. Ski condition on these trails are for the most part pretty good with a icy patch of trail on the east side of RT 16 which can be skirted okay. The Intervale Trail is going to be in pretty good condition all the way, with some short bare spots and ice behind LA Drew and some bare spots on the fields. But overall the trail is darn good with such little base to work with.

On the southern end; The Hills: The hill from the 1785 down to the bridge has icy patches on the very bottom section. Only strong skiers should attempt this. Less brave ones should walk the road, up or down, to the pump house. The Stonehurst trail hill from the arch bridge up to Adventure Suites is closed and should not be attempted on foot, or on skis. The hill from the arch bridge up to the Local Grocer should only be attempted by strong skiers, or on foot. There is quite a bit of icy patches on the top section of this hill. The Stonehurst Trail from the Powerline to the Manor is icy in sections. From the Manor the hill down to RT 16 and Adventure Suites is closed and should not be used on foot or on skis, it is too icy. I would suggest that only strong skiers attempt to ski to the Stonehurst and only by coming in from Powerline. FOR SKIERS GOING BETWEEN LOCAL GROCER, ADVENTURE SUITES & STONEHURST: It may be the best idea on Sunday to walk along the road and use the Stonehurst entrance road (or use the shuttle). The Eastern Inn Trail is groomed from the Bancroft Trail to the Inn, there are some bare sections of trail but they can be crossed on foot. The Bancroft Trail to Whitaker House in good condition.

To wrap up the trail report,
it is like late season conditions. Bare spots and icy spots should be expected. The best skiing will be found on the Intervale Trail or on the Powerline, Bancroft and Whitaker Woods trail sections.

Trail Closed: Stonehurst Trail behind Adventure Suites will be closed due to icy conditions, however skiers will be able to make it up the spur trail to the Local Grocer and walk back to Adventure Suites.

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:

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.

2016 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 Stonehurst Manor
Old Field House Riverside Inn B&B the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment

the Whitaker Woods Meeting House with chocolate treats provided by #piewholestuffer.

Buttonwood Inn on Mt. Surprise - winner of'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 - 4 pm on Festival day.


Advance Purchase - $30 per person
Purchse the Day of the Event - $35 per person

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

Online Ticket Sales is now CLOSED.

Advance tickets will be available to purchase in person at the Touring Center.
Sorry, no phone orders please.
Tickets are available the day of the event at any Chocolate Stop.


  Festival Trails & Map:
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:

Our complimentary shuttle will operate from 1 - 5 pm.

This yearwe have rented a school bus for our shuttle for more capacity. Watch for the yellow bus which will begin a continuous loop at the Stonehurst Manor at 1:00 pm. Other stops in order will be the Riverside Inn B&B, the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment, 1785 Inn, Adventure Suites and the John Fuller School parking lot next to the Whitaker Meeting House.

Watch for the yellow school bus! The shuttle 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. 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:
Rentals of cross country ski packages and snowshoes will be available at the Touring Center (603-356-9920), New England Mountain Sports (603-733-5241), and Jackson Ski Touring Foundation in Jackson Village (603-383-9355).  
  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.

  • 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 and they will be serving a light menu of salads and sandwiches for purchase in their dining room.
  • The Local Grocer Cafe, the only all-natural cafe and deli in the area, will be open from 8am - 3pm and their deli and juice bar will be open until 6 pm
  Lodging Packages:
Take a minute to review our 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.  

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