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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Join us for the Sweetest Day on the Trails!

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

Participants in the last event held in 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.

Don't Miss the 2023 Event ...
Mark Your Calendar for Sunday, February 26, 2023

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

These are some of the treats served for the 2022 Festival participants. Gluten-free dark chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate ganache topped with chocolate dipped strawberry were offered at The Buttonwood Inn (top left). These homemade Belgian Chocolate Cups (top right) used to serve hot chocolate topped with whipped cream have become a tradition at the Samuel O'Reilly House, one of the stops just a short walk from the trails. The Bavarian Chocolate Haus offered both dark and milk chocolate nonpareils topped with raspberry crunch (bottom left) at Adventure Suites. For the first time, a s'mores buffet was offered by Veno's Specialty Foods & Meats at Ragged Mountain Equipment. Their homemade vanilla and chocolate marshmallows made them extra special. Chocolate truffles, cupcakes of all kinds, brownie sundaes, chocolate cookies and even chocolate stout were just some of the treats enjoyed at stops throughout the tour.

More treats await the chocoholics that have completed the tour!
Present your Festival pass on the day of the event to other participating North Conway area businesses for more special offers. Check back for details about other area stops.!

Check back 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.

Tickets will be limited and only available to purchase online
or with a package at one of our member lodging properties.

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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COST OF FESTIVAL PASS: $45 per person

The number of tickets to be sold will be limited
and only available for purchase online or
as part of a Festival Package offered by one of our lodging members.

Online sales will begin December 15th.
Tickets for the 2022 Festival were sold out by the end of January
so be sure to make your plans early!

      2022 EVENT DETAILS
  2022 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.

2022 TRAILSIDE CHOCOLATE STOPS: Open from 11am - 4pm

Visit each of these stops to enjoy the trailside treats.
Old Field House
the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment

    featuring chocolate prepared by Veno's Specialty Foods & Meats

the Starlight Lodge
Adventure Suites
   featuring chocolate prepared by the Bavarian Chocolate Haus and much more!.
   White Horse Saloon will be open from 11am serving pub food and libations for purchase
   including chocolate martinis and peanut butter chocolate cupcakes..
  .Visit Adventure Suites to read all about their plans. You won't want to miss this one!
The Local Grocer
   Also a great place to grab lunch in their café along the trails!
Cathedral Ledge Distillery
Whitaker Woods Meeting House
  featuring chocolate prepared by the Mystic Sugar Bakery

OTHER AREA STOPS: Please check back for times of service at these businesses
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.
Samuel O'Reilly House - stop by to visit one of our newest lodging member located on Route 16 just minutes fromthe trails in 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.
Ledge Brewing Company located across from the Sugar Shack on Town Hall Road. Just a short walk from the Old Field House. They will be open from 11 am - 4 pm on Festival day.
Eastern Inns - accessed by the trails in Whitaker Woods but not a trailside stamp stop. Watch for signage on the trails. They will be open from 11 am - 4 pm on Festival day.

  Festival Trails & Map:
Skiers and snowshoers can decide which trails they want to utilize for going between stops.  
Between the Old Field House 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.

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

Click to view the
2022 Festival Map

  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 John Fuller school at noon. Other stops in order will be the Old Field House, the Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment, Adventure Suites, then back to John Fuller School parking lot next to the Whitaker Meeting House. Be sure to check back for updates to the stops.

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.

  Equipment Rental:
Availability of cross country skis and snowshoes has been greatly impacted by the current supply and demand issues. If you don't have your own equipment, please try to bring rental equipment with you and not depend totally on area availability. Information on rental status will be updated as the event approaches so please check back.

Rentals of cross country ski packages and snowshoes will be available at Great American Ski Rental in North Conway Village (603-356-6040), and REI in North Conway (603 356-0475).
  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!. Two members will

  • The Local Grocer Cafe is open from 8am - 6pm offering organic breakfast and lunch, smoothies, juices, and coffee drinks with plenty of vegan and gluten free options.
  • Whitehorse Saloon at Adventure Suites serving pub food and libations will be open from 11am - 10pm
  • Wild Rose Restaurant at the Stonehurst Manor opens daily for dinner at 5pm
  Lodging Packages:
If you need lodging for the event, please check back for our 2023 Chocolate Festival Lodging Packages. One and two night packages for two are offered with varied features and all include Festival tickets. 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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