Mt Washington Chocolate Festival

Mt Washington Valley Ski Touring Chocolate Festival

Ski + Snowshoe + Chocolates and More! It Must be North Conway!

Mt Washington Chocolate Festival

Every February people come to ski, snowshoe, walk, or ride from Inn to Inn and receive free chocolate treats at each inn. Stay at least 2 nights at 1785 Inn that weekend and receive 2 comp tickets to Mount Washington.

1785 Inn & Restaurant is a quaint country inn nestled in the White Mountains of NH and well-known for its spectacular mountain views, fine dining, cozy pub, friendly service, comfortable lodging rooms, and reasonable rates.

Call 603-356-9025 to reserve. Event Fee $35 per person.

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vermont country store

Christmas Card List Turns Into Great Idea!

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 The Vermont Country Store

In 1945, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalog. It was just 12 pages and 36 products, but they mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list! The rest as they say is history!

Founders Vrest and Ellen  Orton  built a business as purveyors of the practical and hard to fin. Vrest was a frugal Yankee at heart and insisted that the merchandise be durable and above all practical. His wife Ellen, who grew up on the Wilcox dairy farm in nearby Manchester, Vermont made certain the new business was as practical as the products it sold. Decades latter….the Orton family still holds this value.

To compliment the catalog mail order business Vrest and Ellen Orton opened The Vermont Country Store in Weston which was inspired by childhood memories of Vrest’s fathers’ General Store in North Calais Vermont that opened in 1897. The Weston shop was the first restored rural general store in the north!

“I can still remember my father’s store, where most of the men came in the evenings to wait for the horse drawn stage that brought the mail from Montpelier thirteen miles away” Vrest recalls. “The store was warm and cozy. It smelled of harness, coffee, smoky kerosene lamps, tobacco and pine wood burning in the big stove”.

Today, the Vermont Country store is owned by Lyman Orton and sons Cabot, Gardner and Eliot, 7th and 8th generation Vermonters and 4th and 5th generation storekeepers. They still adhere to the old fashioned values set forth by Vrest and take pride in being the purveyors of the practical and hard to find. The Vermont Country Store serves a global economy and searches throughout the nation an abroad to fine goods that fill the needs of American and international customers.

They are known for Apparel, Home Goods, Food and Candy and more! They also have a second location in Rockingham, Vermont.


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stowe resort

Winter Horseback Trail Riding, Sleigh Rides & Skiing…This is PARADISE

Vermont is the GO-TO Winter Wonderland Experience! 
Vermont Sleigh Ride

With numerous ski resorts, unique country roads and magnificent views! Here are a couple of options to think about.


The Mountain Top Inn and Resort is just 11  miles from Killington and Rutland. It is Vermont’s classic four star resort located in central Vermont.  Set on 350 acres of majestic views including a sweeping view of Green Mountain National Forest.

Known for destination weddings, the resorts rustic elegant barn, lake and the above mentioned Green Mountains as a backdrop. Vacation Rentals include trail-side cottages with all amenities. Take YOGA  classes in the barn, Sip delicious wines and dine in their restaurant.

Mountain Top Nordic Ski and Snowshoe center is one of the first community cross country ski touring centers in the east! Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides are available Wednesday – Sunday between 9am – 5pm. Private rides are also available. 

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  Stowe Mountain Lodge is Vermont’s destination resort!

Winter Horseback Riding, Sleigh Rides and skiing…This is Winter Paradise! Enjoy Winter Horseback riding trails with breathtaking views of Mount Mansfield while crossing Black Creek to water your horse! This 1 hour winter horseback riding trail is a great relaxing outdoor activity! STOWE MOUNTAIN LODGE is home to the finest Dining and voted “BEST OF NEW ENGLAND” – BOSTON MAGAZINE.

Winter Sleigh Rides are available on 2 horse open sleighs with blankets and other infamous farm animals to greet you! Enter the hardwood forest where you can hear only silence! Stowe also offers Nordic Skiing that features an inter-mountain transfer gondola connecting Mt. Mansfield with Spruce Peak. New trails, new beginner area, two new high-speed detachable quads and new fully automated snow making on Spruce Peak has reinforced STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT’S position as the east’s premier skiing and snow boarding vacation resort!







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