Valentine's Day Events in New England
Boston's Original Chocolate Tour
Old Town Trolley Tours offers decadent excursions on Saturdays from early January through April featuring three chocolate-sampling stops. You'll even get to enjoy Boston Cream Pie at the place where it was invented: the Omni Parker House Hotel.
Chairlift Speed Dating at Black Mountain
On Saturday, February 16, 2013, meet your match on the slopes as New Hampshire's Black Mountain hosts its seventh annual Chairlift Speed Dating event. Registration is free with purchase of a lift ticket. Live music and love potions are on tap at an après ski event in the Lostbo Pub, and prizes will be awarded for new couples and the day's best pick-up line.
Cheese and Wine Lovers Weekend
This Valentine's Day Weekend, February 9-10, the Keuka Lake Wine Trail in New York's Finger Lakes region hosts a Cheese and Wine Lovers Weekend, an opportunity to sample paired wines and cheese dishes at eight wineries along the trail.
Chocolate & Wine Weekend
On February 8-10, 2013, sample two of the finest things in life at participating wineries along the Seneca Lake Wine trail in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Cloud Nine Nuptials
Say "I do" for the first time, or renew your vows at the top of Cloud Nine, then ski down this trail at Vermont's Mount Snow with a crowd of newlyweds and reweds this Valentine's Day. You'll need to purchase a lift ticket and meet at the bottom of the Sunbrook Lift at 10 a.m. for the group ceremony, which concludes with complimentary cake, hot chocolate and coffee at the Double Diamond bar. RSVP by February 10, 2013, and have all of your paperwork in place if you want your exchange of vows to be official.
DARK & Decadent
Connecticut's Jonathan Edwards Winery hosts DARK & Decadent, a Valentine's weekend event featuring music, nibbles, Connecticut-made artisan chocolates and a glass of DARK, the winery's port-style dessert wine, or another selection of your choice. Buy tickets in advance for this annual sell-out.
Fairfield Chocolate Festival
The 20th annual Fairfield Chocolate Festival on Saturday, February 9, in Fairfield, Maine, is an affordable, family-friendly Valentine's weekend event featuring "all things chocolate."
Moosehead Lake Chocolate Festival
On Sunday, February 17, 2013, enjoy a memorable Valentine's Day on Maine's Moosehead Lake at the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber's annual Chocolate Festival. More than 30 area chefs will prepare decadent desserts, and your $10 entry fee allows you to sample 12 of them. That's right: a dozen chocolatey desserts!
Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt
Looking for adults-only fun in Boston this Valentine's Day weekend? Spend an afternoon on February 9 or 16, 2013 participating in Watson Adventures' Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. You'll scrutinize paintings, sculptures and period rooms as you search for everything from randy Romans to Gauguin's island girls to a god with Venus envy. No knowledge of art is required to participate in this unblushing look at nudity in the arts.
Romance at the Manse
Enjoy special romance-themed tours of the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, on Sunday, February 10, 2013. You'll visit areas of this historic home that are rarely open to visitors and hear tales of love surrounding the home's former inhabitants, including newlyweds Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. Musical interludes will be led by the Scarlet Letter author himself!
Sex at the Zoo
Boston's Franklin Park Zoo takes a voyeuristic look at animal courtship during an adults-only (21+) lecture on February 15, 2013 from 5-9 p.m. Go stag or bring a date to this lively session, and learn about wild lust. You may even pick up a few pointers about friendship and romance from the zoo's animal inhabitants.
Wine & Chocolate Weekend
The Chautauqua Lake Erie Wine Trail hosts a Wine & Chocolate Weekend February 15-17, 2013. Tour 23 wineries, sampling sumptuous chocolate creations and regional wines.