CONWAY — February is for lovers, so while we close in on Valentine’s Day, those looking for romance need look no further than Mt. Washington Valley.
Here are some great ideas for finding love in all the right places in Mt Washington Valley.
• “Single?” “Single?” it’s a common refrain in the lift line. If you are looking for the ski bum of your dreams, make haste to Black Mountain in Jackson today (Feb. 9 for the annual Black Mountain Chairlift Speed Dating event. This matchmaking event combines socializing, music and prizes with an afternoon of skiing and riding the “Lift of Love.”
If there are no sparks with your chairlift mate on the five-minute ride up, simply ski or ride down and try again with the next person in line.
The event starts at noon and is free to all with the purchase of a lift ticket, and then all are welcome to enjoy “love potions” from the bar.
A couple who met at this event a few years ago got married a year later. That could be you. For information, go to blackmt.com or call (603) 383-4490.
• If you have been looking for love in all the wrong places, visit the Conway Area Humane Society in Conway and meet the adoring animals waiting to be adopted into a loving home.
We’re quite sure that those looking for love will definitely find endless kisses from the four-legged Valentines waiting to be adopted at the Conway Area Humane Society. Remember, pets make great Valentine’s Day gifts, too. For more information, go to conwayshelter.org or call (603) 447-5605.
• Customize a fragrance for your sweetie. A great way to celebrate your love is to custom design a personalized fragrance for your Valentine at Fields of Ambrosia, Body, Bath, Aroma (603-356-3532 or fieldsofambrosia.com). Show her she’s one of a kind, with a one-of-a-kind fragrance.
• Fall in love with chocolate. Chocolate lovers should make plans to join Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation on Feb. 24 for the 30th annual Chocolate Festival, a long-standing chocolate tradition at the Mount 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. Shuttle service will be available. Purchase tickets in advance at mwvskitouring.org or call (603) 356-9920.
In addition, those looking to spoil their loved ones with unusual chocolate delights can stop by the Bavarian Chocolate Haus (603-356-2663 or bavarianchocolatehaus.com) 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.
• Pampering for two: Treat yourself and the one you love with a couple’s massage or a day in the spa. Spa packages and couples retreats offer the ideal way to reconnect. Plan to leave the little ones behind and make a date just for the two of you. Choose from one of the excellent day spas or book a relaxation or spa getaway package at one of the many lodging properties in Mt. Washington Valley.
From the SoakingPot Infusion Spa (603-356-2400) at Settlers Green and the Christmas Farm Inn and Spa (603-383-4313), to the Wentworth Country Inn, (800 637-0013), The Inn at Thorn Hill and Spa (603-383-4242) and the Spa at Omni Mount Washington Resort (877) 278-2920), to name a few, there’s a world of pampering to be savored here in Mount Washington Valley.
• Sleigh or SnowCoach rides: Craving some romantic alone time? Snuggle 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.
Sleigh rides are offered at Nestlenook Farm Estate (603-383-7101), the Stables at the Farm by the River (603-356-6640), Purity Spring Resort (603-367-8896) and the Omni Mount Washington Hotel and Resort (603-278-1000).
Spend quality time with the one you love by snuggling up under the blanket for a peaceful ride through the winter wilderness of Mount Washington Valley.
For those who seek a little more peak, consider a ride on Great Glen Trails’ SnowCoach (603-466-2333 or greatglentrails.com), a specially outfitted van ready to take you halfway up the snow-covered Mount Washington Auto Road for a fabulous and unique winter sightseeing tour.
• Dinner for two: 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, Mt. Washington Valley’s local flavor will be all you need to find romance.
• “Love Letters” at M&D Playhouse: What’s romance without a little drama? M&D Playhouse is presenting Russo in a special Valentine’s production of “Love Letters,” Feb. 14 through 16 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday Matinee Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Written by A.R. Gurney and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and featuring Karen Gustafson and Rich Russo in the M&D production, the play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Using the epistolary form sometimes found in novels, they sit side by side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards — in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats — that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. For tickets, go to mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.
• 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 cross country ski 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.
Consider the Notchland Inn, where every guestroom offers a private fireplace, or warm up in the lobby of places like Darby Field Inn, The Wentworth, Stonehurst Manor or The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel.
If your inner Cupid is looking to sweep the one you love off their feet without breaking the bank, consider booking a Romance, Bromance or Valentine’s Day vacation special throughmtwashingtonvalley.org.
From candlelight dinners and chocolates to romantic sleigh rides through fields of snow, Mount Washington Valley offers ot all at a price that will make your heart swoon.
Need help planning your special getaway? Give the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce a call at 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364), where well informed locals are happy to offer suggestions on how to get the best deals the Mount Washington Valley as to offer.
For more information on Mt. Washington Valley, including area attractions, lodging, dining, events and great tips for romance visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.
Marti Mayne is public relations director for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.