Skiing for Chocolate: A Sweet Weekend for Couples at the Chocolate Festival in Mt. Washington Valley
Skiing through pine woods, across a valley surrounded by snow-covered mountains and stopping at cozy country inns to savor chocolate treats — it’s a winter getaway made for chocoholics. This annual Chocolate Festival takes place in New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington Valley, and as you ski you’ll see the white-capped summit of the northeast’s tallest mountain as a backdrop to the scenic valley. Stay at one of the inns on the tour and you’ll likely have the same mountain view from your window.
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Off-season is the best time to enjoy a leisurely couples’ getaway on Cape Cod. In September and early October the summer crowds have left, but the weather is still warm enough to enjoy the beaches on a sunny day. The region’s many historic homes, museums and tourist attractions are still open, and the shops are having end-of-season sales, so it’s a great time for shoppers to visit.