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The annual Chocolate Festival is always a crowd-pleaser. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)

CONWAY — If the way to romance is through the stomach, then Mount Washington Valley is the place to enjoy Date Nights throughout February. Why celebrate romance on just Valentine’s Day when opportunities to sip and taste throughout the valley with the one you love are on the calendar throughout the month of February? Combine tastings with skiing, painting, and train rides. Where else can you love the one you’re with and get your fill of fine food and drink too?

Here are some ways to taste, sip, recreate and love in the valley.

• Romantic sleigh rides: Sleigh and carriage rides (conditions permiting) at the Omni Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods (603-278-1000; brettonwoods.com); Farm by the River/Alpine Moose Cottage with Stables (603-356-2694; farmbytheriver.com); and the Nestlenook Farm and Resort (603-383-7101; nestlenookfarmsleighrides.com).

• Feb. 14: Cupid’s Express Dinner Train, Conway Scenic Railroad: Invite the one you love to step back in time and find romance on the rails. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal, made to order on board. Private tables accommodate two or four people, ages 21 plus only during two rides at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Reservations are required. The $70 fare includes first-class seating, a three-course dinner, and 9 percent state rooms and meals tax. Meal gratuities, beverages and beverage taxes and gratuities are additional. For information, call (603) 356-5251 or go to conwayscenic.com.

• Feb. 15: Sip & Paint with the one you love at Tuckerman Brewing: Combine two things you love — a painting class and a beer-tasting room – with the one you love. Enjoy Paint and Sip Night with Doodlin’ Di — in the Tasting Room at Tuckerman Brewing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It’s $50 per person including supplies, prizes and raffles. Beer tastings in addition. Proceeds go to Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park. For more info and other Tuckerman Tasting Room events, call (603) 447-5400 or go to tuckermanbrewing.com.

• Feb. 16: 10th annual Cupcake Battle: The 10th annual Cupcake Battle, a fund-raising event for Mount Washington Valley Promotions, will take place at the North Conway Community Center from 1-3:30 p.m. when bakers will square off in four categories (professional, home, teen and child) with a winner selected in each division. The $12 tickets entitle tasters to sample one cupcake from each baker and to cast a vote for their favorite in each of the categories. Tickets may be purchased from the bakers or from Lisa DuFault by calling (603) 374-6241 or valleypromotions@gmail.com.

• Feb. 21-22: Evening of Ice and Dancing: Everyone loves an ice bar, and this one is presented by Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. Dress warmly and be prepared to snuggle outside in the 100-Acre Wood as you enjoy the Ice Bar by Ice Breakers Ice Carving. Warm up with signature cocktails and take a tour of the amazing ice sculptures featuring classic characters from the 100-Acre Wood, plus music from a live DJ. It all happens 4:30-9:30 p.m. Note: This event is for 21-plus only; tickets $25. It’s part of the Believe in Books Winter Entertainment Series; you’ll find the full schedule for the winter at believeinbooks.org or call (603) 356-9980.

• Feb. 23: 31st annual Chocolate Fest: You’ll find love on the trails of the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation during the annual Mt. Washington Valley Chocolate Festival.  Burn those chocolate calories as you ski, snowshoe, walk or drive between stops along the trail, enjoying a wide variety of chocolate treats along the way. You’ll sample chocolate candy, hot chocolate, chocolate cakes and cookies, plus more. If you love to cross-country ski or snowshoe and love chocolate, grab the one you love and enjoy both. For information, call (603) 356-9920 or go to mwvskitouring.org.

Single? There are still plenty of events throughout the month of February for our single visitors too. Go to mtwashingtonvalley.org and click on events for a wide range of different events.

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