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How to Spend Valentine's Day in Mt. Washington Valley

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As Valentine’s Day closes in, look no further than Mt. Washington Valley, NH, where ‘feelin’ the love’ was never so fun, easy, or worry free.

Spend the day with friends, gal-entines, your special someone, or yourself! Just know that when it comes to celebrating this holiday, there’s plenty of ways to say “I love you” with chocolates, outdoor activities, spa specials, and more! A getaway to Mt. Washington Valley is a great Valentine's Day gift idea, and here are some ideas on how to plan a romantic getaway in the mountains!


1.    Fall in Love…with Chocolate!

Chocolate lovers should make plans to join Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation on February 26 for the Chocolate Festival, a long standing chocolate tradition at the Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation.  Participants can cross country ski or snowshoe from inn-to-inn plus stop at businesses along the festival route to enjoy a variety of chocolate treats. How sweet! Purchase tickets in advance at http://www.mwvskitouring.org.

Those looking to spoil their loved ones with unusual chocolate delights can stop by the Bavarian Chocolate Haus in North Conway Village for decadent handmade treats sure to satisfy your loved one’s sweet tooth. Watch the chocolate makers of The Bavarian Chocolate Haus create sweet treats by hand in their on-site workshop before custom creating your own chocolate gift box. Choose from the variety of freshly made sweet treats and give your loved only the best.

The Local Grocer in North Conway also serves decadent chocolates and sweets that are homemade using high quality ingredients - many from local farms! You'll also find a cafe and deli where you can take sandwiches to-go and plan a picnic while going on a short hike in the surrounding area. Pick up a bottle of wine or canned cocktail to bring back to your room for later!

2.    Head into the Woods!

Book a full moon snowshoe tour and romance the one you love with a moonlit walk through fields of freshly fallen snow on at Great Glen Trails. This fun and adventurous experience will take participants through backcountry trails on a nighttime winter walk led by an Appalachian Trail Naturalist, using only the light of the moon. You'll learn to navigate by using your senses, learn new animal sounds and calls, and test your  night vision. There is a minimum age of 8 years old to participate, and Great Glen Trails offer snowshoes for rent. The program lasts 90-minutes, and you'll finish the tour having learned something new. Once you're done, make the trek across the street to The Glen House Hotel for dinner, and piping hot cup of hot cocoa.

Purity Spring Resort, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation  also offer guided snowshoe tours.

The AMC offers many activities, one of them being a family guided snowshoe tour! This all inclusive adventure is designed for families in search of a fun winter experience on snowshoes. The trip begins with an orientation session and overnight at AMC's Highland Center. You'll spend Saturday and Sunday exploring Crawford Notch on snowshoes, and will travel through the forest in search of animal tracks. The terrain is beginner to moderate and the pace will be comfortable with plenty of time to explore and learn. No prior snowshoe experience is required.

While snowshoeing at Purity Spring Resort, you'll enjoy an approximate 1-1.5 hour guided snowshoe tour (moonlit tours are a bit longer) of the NH Audubon's Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary Loop. Equipment rentals are available, and must be made in advance. Click here to learn more, and see which dates are available for guided tours.

Mt. Washington Ski Touring Foundation hosts regular guided snowshoe tours that depart every Saturday from its Touring Center at Ragged Mountain. Tours start at 1:00 pm, and are ideal for first-timers and novices interested in learning basic techniques.

The guided snowshoe walk takes you along the East Branch and Saco rivers. Tours last between 1.5 - 2 hours covering a distance of less than 2 miles at an easy pace. This activity is suitable for all ages and abilities. Learn about the trees and wildlife and search for animal tracks while learning basic snowshoeing technique and bushwacking skills. Click the link to learn more.

You can also opt to try something new through Fat Biking on the trails in Whitaker Woods through Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring or at Great Glen Trails.


3.    Pampering For You or Two!

Treat yourself and the one you love with a couple’s massage or a day in the spa. Choose from one of the excellent day spas and book a day of self-care with a massage, manicure or pedicure, and facial; or make it a couple’s excursion and multiple this day of rest and relaxation by two! Some ideas for you to consider when booking with a spa in Mt. Washington Valley, include...

Tola Massage offers Swedish and Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Technique, Trigger Point Therapy, Lymphatic and Circulatory Drainage, as well as Reflexology. Appointments can be booked in 30, 60, 75, or 90-minute options. Annette works out of her private studio in North Conway, NH, in a truly relaxing setting. Her open studio is welcoming, and warm, and located above the shop, Designed Gardens Flower Studio. Before or after your massage, enjoy walking around the store - you're guaranteed to be entertained by everything Designed Gardens offers!

The Root Cellar is an Aveda concept salon located in North Conway, NH. It doubles as a hair, massage, and nail salon as well as a boutique for jewelry and accessories. Enjoy a hair appointment with stylists who have been cutting and coloring hair for 20-plus years. Or schedule a shampoo and blow-dry to enjoy a relaxing service, and then make the most of it by taking your fabulous hair out for a beverage!

Make an appointment at Debony Salon for a Spa Pedicure! Sit by side by side, while you enjoy dual services that include a hot steam towel treatment, massage, and more! 

Lodging properties like White Mountain Hotel offers a spa getaway package that includes a massage righting the premises of the hotel, meaning you're just a stones throw from your room and minutes to a moment of relaxation.

The Tower Spa at Mountain View Grand is an opulent experience that offers facials, massages, hand and body care, and body treatments. Book a Romance Package at Mountain View Grand which includes The Grand Tower Experience with a 50-minute couples Swedish or Aromatherapy massage. After your service, retreat to the tranquility of the lounge with your partner, thoroughly relaxed and de-stressed.

The Spa at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods is a one-of-a-kind experience that offers a "Simply Spa-Tacular" lodging package which includes luxurious accommodations, a special welcome gift, and a $150 spa credit per adult. Indulge in services that run the spectrum of relaxtion such as the Mount Washington Signature Body Ritual with their seven-jet Vichy shower’s that relaxes your muscles in a virtual waterfall. A triple exfoliation includes dry brushing and Mountain Mist, the Omni's signature body line, followed by a hot oil scalp massage, time in their Swiss Shower and a tension-melting, full-body hydration application. Massage, facials, body treatments and nail services are also available.

If you're thinking about surprising a loved one these Valentine's Day gift ideas from Snowvillage Inn help get you started! Stay at this romantic inn in quaint Snowville, NH, and enjoy breakfast made for you every day while you take in views of Mount Washington as you enjoy your morning coffee, take a snowshoe trip around the property, and more.

4.    Sleigh Rides and Dog-Sled Rides

Make the perfect spots to snuggle! Cuddle up in the back of a vintage Victorian carriage and take a journey through acres of snowy pastures, forest and riverside property amidst beautiful mountain scenery. Lean into one another as you sit in the sled pulled by twelve beautiful huskies in the fields and mountains of Jefferson, NH.

Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods offers sleigh ride excursions that showcase the Presidential Mountain Range, and majestic grounds of the Omni Mount Washington, spend quality time with the one you love by snuggling up under the blanket for a peaceful ride through the winter wonderland!

Muddy Paw Dog Sled offers one-and-a-half hour tours that take riders 5 miles throughout th White Mountains. At the end of the experience, guests will have 10-15 minutes to say thank you to the sled dogs by giving belly rubs and treats!

5.    Date Night Where You Can Show Up in Jeans, but Your Food Will be All Dressed Up!

Enjoy a night out with your special someone at one of over 70 restaurants in Mt. Washington Valley. With dining options ranging from fine cuisine in historic manors to independently owned, Valley Original restaurants and pubs, the Mt. Washington Valley has something for every taste - whether you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the entire family or prefer a quiet night out alone. Some ideas for a special night out include..

A true farm to table restaurant, with a farm on the premises the Thompson House Eatery is a James Beard Award nominated restaurant. It's menu changes regularly with what's available from its farm, but you're always promised a one-of-a-kind experience with drinks, entrees, and desserts that defy traditional flavor pairings, and are as locally sourced as possible, and hand made, baked and crafted.

Stone Mountain Arts Center is a way to a gift a truly unique evening to your date! It's a hybrid of a theater and restaurant, featuring nationally known acts in a beautifully built timber-frame barn. Its menu is off the charts delicious with portions that defy expectation, and the staff are so warm and welcoming. Enjoy dinner and a show at Stone Mountain Art Center, where your experience will stay with you long after you leave.

The Oxford House Inn is another restaurant offering a real culinary experience. Located in Fryeburg, Maine, just a fifteen minute drive from North Conway, NH, dining at The Oxford House offers a formal restaurant and a speakeasy in its basement which features granite walls and a crackling fireplace. The same menu is featured in both restaurants so you can still enjoy favorites such as the Hoisin Duck with Scallion Pancakes, a Grilled Ribeye with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes or a Cider Braised Pork Shank with Cranberry Gremolata.

Stonehurst Manor is a great option for a date night in North Conway, NH! Arrive early to your dinner reservation so you can enjoy a martini in its library lounge. Its main bartender is a longtime local, who has been shaking, stirring and pouring beverages at Stonehurst Manor for years. You'll find a well-balanced drink to enjoy by the lounge's fireplace before you're called in for your dinner reservation!

6.    Come on baby light my fire!

When it comes to romance, fire is usually not too far away.  From a warm up after a day of skiing at the base lodge of your XC Center or ski resort to your own private fireplace at a romantic inn or B&B, you will find many options to warm your toes and the cockles of your heart near the fire in Mt Washington Valley.  

Splurge on spending your getaway at an inn where every where every guest room offers up a private fireplace, such as the Notchland Inn!

Or warm up in the lobby of places like The Wentworth, Stonehurst Manor or The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel where you can also enjoy a martini made by longtime locals who are legendary drink-makers!

Mt. Washington Valley is home to many lodging properties that offer something special when it comes to Valentine's Day getaways.


For complete trip planning resources and information, visit visitmwv.com or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH) to talk to a Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce rep.  To learn more about New Hampshire vacations, go to www.VisitNH.gov.

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