“C” is for Christmas and also for cookies, candy, collectors’ ornaments and cards with recipes this holiday season in Mt. Washington Valley, just three hours from most points in Boston. When innkeepers from the Country Inns in the White Mountains wish their guests sweet dreams on the second weekend in December they can guarantee that visions of sugar plums, holiday cookies and beautifully decorated trees will dance in their heads. December 8-9, 2012 is the weekend the Country Inns in the White Mountains assure holiday revelers the ultimate in sweet dreams at the 16th Annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour® held from 11 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Participants will not only tour inns decked in all their holiday finery offering signature decorations, holiday cookies and candies, but this year they will also view beautifully decorated trees created by local businesses in honor of their favorite nonprofit organization.
With a “Magic of Christmas” theme, the Country Inns in the White Mountains hope to coax a few more snowflakes this winter by offering a collector’s brass snowflake ornament to each person visiting all participating inns. Additionally, tourgoers go home with a collection of recipe cards featuring photos of the cookies from each inn. Chosen by editors of New Hampshire Magazine as “The Best Sugar High”, here’s one chance to participate in the ultimate cookie walk.
Each of the thirteen inns on the 16th Annual Inn to Inn Cookie & Candy Tour will feature original holiday cookies and candies, along with exquisite decorations offering tour goers the bonus of taking home holiday decorating ideas as well as scrumptious cookie and candy recipes for themselves. The participating inns have developed original recipes for everything from sweet to savory holiday treats, with each inn featuring a new recipe for this year’s tour.
This year, local businesses are being recruited to create and sponsor decorated trees. Participating businesses will either internally create the themed trees or recruit artists or school groups to create them. Tour goers will then vote for their favorite, and the winning tree will receive $300, $200 or $100 donations for the non-profit organization to which the tree is dedicated.
The tour stretches from Harts Location, to Chocorua, NH, with thirteen inns opening their doors to those in search of fabulous holiday treats, recipes and decorating ideas. No inn is more than fifteen minutes from the next, with many much closer.
Each participating inn will offer a Cookie Tour package. Packages will include:
• Two nights accommodations
• Breakfast each morning
• two Cookie Tour tickets (a $54 value)
• Color recipe collection
• A chance to win a drawing for a getaway gift certificate
Some inns have added dinners, extra nights, and gifts to their packages. For a complete list of cookie tour packages, click here.
Tour tickets are available in advance by reserving a lodging package from participating inns and this is the best way to secure a ticket for a weekend of cookie, candy and holiday tree fun. Those not wishing to reserve an overnight package may purchase tickets December 1-6, 2012 for $27 per person by calling 800-338-1356 or 603-356-2642. Tickets reserved by phone will be available for pick up at designated pick up locations. Tickets are limited. Any unreserved tickets will be sold for $27 per person on the day of the event at the 1785 Inn, Notchland Inn and Riverbend Inn.
Those interested in booking the Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie & Candy Tour package may make reservations at the inn of their choice. To learn more about the tour and the inns’ lodging packages, call 800-338-1356 or 603-356-2642or visit www.countryinnsinthewhitemountains.com .
When you go:
Participating inns include:
Notchland Inn, Hart’s Location, NH
Covered Bridge House, Glen, NH
Inn at Ellis River, Jackson, NH
Glen Oaks Inn, Intervale, NH
1785 Inn, Intervale, NH
Eastman Inn, North Conway, NH
Old Red Inn & Cottages, North Conway, NH
Admiral Peary House, Fryeburg, ME
Darby Field Inn, Albany, NH
Riverbend Inn, Chocoura, NH
Snowvillage Inn, Snowville, NH
Inn at Crystal Lake, Eaton, NH
Brass Heart Inn, Tamworth, NH
Directions from Boston: Take 95 North to the Spaulding Turnpike near Portsmouth, NH. The turnpike becomes Route 16 North. Continue into Chocooura and start at the Riverbend Inn.