CONWAY — Since 1996, the “C” for Christmas has also stood for cookies, candy and collectors’ ornament. This year, the Country Inns in the White Mountains celebrates their 23rd annual Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour.
Held Dec. 14 and 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., this special event will draw holiday revelers from around the country. It’s a one-of-a-kind event combining overnight stays at beautiful inns with a scrumptious tour of 12 beautiful and historic properties, plus decorating ideas and take home recipes.
All of the inns on the tour also will feature special demonstrations, and artists or craft sales for holiday shopping.
Cookie Tour tickets are available now by reserving a lodging package from participating inns. Those not wishing to reserve an overnight package may purchase tickets through Dec 10, at $35 per person, by calling (800) 338-1356 or (603) 356-2642.
Tickets are limited and must be reserved in advance. Tickets reserved by phone will be available for pickup at designated locations. There will be no ticket sales on the day of the event, as tickets generally sell out.
Each of the 12 inns on the 23rd Annual Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour will feature holiday cookies and candies, along with exquisite decorations offering tourgoers the bonus of taking home holiday decorating ideas along with cookie and candy recipes for themselves.
The participating inns have developed original recipes for everything from sweet to savory holiday treats. And to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of this event, tour-goers will receive a keepsake collection of recipes for sweet treats from each inn in a keepsake cookbook.
With special holiday shopping opportunities at each inn, including artisans, authors and crafters demonstrating and displaying homemade item, the tour also offers the chance to bring home a unique and locally created gift for those on your holiday shopping list.
The Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour stretches from Jackson to Eaton and Tamworth to Fryeburg, Maine. No inn is more than 15 minutes from the next, with many much closer.
The inns participating in the 2019 tour include the Darby Field Inn in Albany, Inn at Crystal Lake and Pub in Eaton, Snowvillage Inn in Snowville, Inn at Ellis River in Jackson and 1785 Inn in Intervale.
In North Conway, visit the Eastman Inn, Old Red Inn & Cottages, Cranmore Inn, White Birch Inn and the Samuel O’Reilly House.
Start or finish the tour in Fryeburg, Maine, at the Admiral Peary Inn B&B or — new this year — at The Farmstand B&B in Tamworth.
Each participating inn will offer a Cookie Tour package. Packages will include:
-- Two nights accommodations.
-- Breakfast each morning.
-- Two Cookie & Candy Tour tickets and map (a $70 value).
-- Keepsake cookbook.
-- Custom-made Cookie and Candy Tour ornament.
-- A chance to win a drawing for a $250 Country Inns in the White Mountains gift certificate.
Each inn’s package varies in inclusions and price.
Some inns have added dinners, extra nights, sleigh rides and additional gifts to their packages.
Two-night packages start at $258 per couple and vary depending on the inn chosen. Additionally, some inns offer a one-night package starting at $197 per couple.
A portion of the sales from the Mount Washington Valley Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour are donated each year to a local non-profit. As last year, this a portion of proceeds from the tour this year will be donated to the 68 Hours of Hunger Program, which ensures that food-insecure schoolchildren have enough to eat.
Those interested in booking the Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour package may make reservations directly at the inn of their choice any time.
To learn more about the tour and the inns’ lodging packages, go to countryinnsinthewhitemountains.com.