Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chocolate and Beer

The first thing that I think of when someone mentions Valentine’s Day is chocolate. The entire month of February is a legitimate excuse to splurge on chocolate and not feel bad about it! And this month the men won’t feel left out because beer is also celebrated at the Winter Brewer Fest. Spending time in February at a Lancaster Pennsylvania bed and breakfast is the perfect getaway for couples. From events at Stoudt’s Brewery in Adamstown to a tour of the Wilbur Chocolate Factory, or dinner at the CafĂ© Chocolate of Lititz, February is sure to be a romantic month.

Stoudt’s Brewery is hosting a Folk Festival  on February 19 from 4 to 10 pm. A wide selection of music ranging from folk, jazz, rock, and alternative country music will benefit the Hospice of Lancaster County. Stoudt’s winter brewer’s fest will be Friday February 26 from 7 to 11 pm. Various breweries will have winter warmers and specialty aged beers for tasting during a gourmet dinner. Live music by "The Octavia Blues Band” will set the mood for this Winter Brewer Fest!

Visiting the Wilbur Chocolate Candy Factory will be entertaining and educational, not to mention delicious! There is a self-guided video tour that describes the chocolate making process from beginning to end. Walking through the museum you’ll catch a glimpse of nostalgic tins and slogans and even an antique collection of rare chocolate pots from around the world. Make sure to spend lots of time in the store and don’t leave empty handed!

After a chocolate tour, you’re sure to be craving more chocolate, so stopping at the Cafe Chocolate of Lititz only seems like the next logical place for a meal! Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course dessert, the cafe is committed to sustainable agriculture, so you know you’re getting fresh/local produce. Even if you’re not a fan of chocolate, you should go just for the ambiance of the chocolate fountain or to peruse the shop.

There aren’t many romantic weekend getaways where you can enjoy beer and chocolate with that special someone. Be sure to take advantage of staying at a luxury bed and breakfast, near Stoudts, and be pampered when you’re not out savoring chocolate!
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