Cashmere and pearls. Champagne and caviar. Martinis and chocolate. Each of these suggests a mood, memories and great company, and martinis and chocolate suggest the makings for a fantastic getaway. This tour highlights an authentic culinary experience while pairing some of New Hampshire’s artisan chocolatiers with unique recipes from some of the state’s finest mixologists.
Plan your getaway, drink responsibly, drive safely and indulge your taste buds as you sip and sample your way around New Hampshire.
15 Main Street, Peterborough
Stop in to Vicuña, a local bean-to-bar chocolate factory serving tasteful, ethically-sourced delights. They start with authentic heirloom cocoa beans from Central and South America which are roasted, cracked, winnowed, and stone ground. The cocoa is then tempered, molded, and packaged on-site to create Vicuña’s premier 70% dark chocolate bars, along with truffles, bonbons, and incredibly indulgent sipping chocolates.
The Stage Restaurant & Café
30 Central Square, Keene
At the Stage Restaurant, you can sip on contemporary cocktails in a relaxed, artistically-inspired atmosphere. The mixologists keep things interesting with new creations and high-end twists on the classics to cater to your dynamic tastes. Be bold and try the Big Sexy – one of the restaurant’s most popular martinis combining blueberry, pomegranate, and citrus vodkas, triple sec and pomegranate juice with muddled blueberries under a splash of bubbling champagne!
917 Elm Street, Manchester
Dancing Lion’s master chef is a true artist, using chocolate as a medium to produce one-of-a-kind sweets beautiful enough to grace an art gallery. These artisanal chocolates are crafted using extremely rare ingredients paired with locally-sourced components to deliver an unforgettably flavorful experience. Delight in a freshly poured chocolate bar, a box of unique truffles, or sample one of their many wonderful pastries.
827 Elm Street, Manchester
Make a stop at XO Bistro, where internationally inspired cocktails and a dedicated martini list will please any palate. Treat yourself to the popular French Kiss Martini to indulge in the timeless fantasy of a romantic starry night in Paris. Notes of warm vanilla from Stoli Vanilla Vodka tango with Chambord raspberry liqueur and a splash of pineapple juice to create this irresistibly luring cocktail!
259 Endicott Street North, Weirs Beach
Kellerhaus is a true icon of the Lakes Region, where some of the state’s most legendary chocolate creations have been crafted up for over a century. Treat yourself to a selection of more than 100 premium chocolates and old fashioned candies made fresh, in house daily since 1906. Savor a piece of Kellerhaus’ signature buttercrunch, non-pareils, enrobed chocolate truffles, or something special from their sugar-free variety and enjoy!
300 Daniel Webster Hwy, Meredith
Head north from Kellerhaus to sip on a Melted S’mores Martini at Camp. This concoction was crafted by staff to mimic the cozy Meredith restaurant’s best-selling s’mores dessert. A blend of vanilla vodka, white crème de cacao, and hot chocolate, this creation makes for the perfect adult treat. Located in the Chase House at Mill Falls at the Lake, Camp is themed after a summer camp experience, and is a proud member of the Common Man Family in New Hampshire.
3351 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
At the Library Lounge in Stonehurst Manor, the resident bartender Michael knows a thing or two about martinis. From original recipes featuring herbal gin or vodka with bitters and dry vermouth, to new concoctions like Mr. Bigelow’s Basil-tini, all your martini dreams will come to life. For a chocolatey twist, try Michael’s Chocolate Martini, prepared with Vanilla Vodka, Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur topped with an enticing Chocolate Cigar garnish.
Bavarian Chocolate Haus
2483 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
At the Bavarian Chocolate Haus, things are done the old-fashioned way. Each incredible chocolate confection is made by-hand, ensuring every chocolate is fresh and perfectly authentic. For over 30 years, locals and tourists alike have delighted in the rich truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit, delectable fudge, and the many other sweets offered at this established chocolatier. Stop in and try for yourself!
43 Main Street, Littleton
Get your next chocolate fix at Chutters in downtown Littleton. As home of the World’s Longest Candy Counter, you’ll find an unbelievable assortment of candies and treats here! But the real lure is Chutters’ famous fudge. One bite of their soft, homemade chocolate fudge and you’ll be in love. And we can’t forget their amazing house-made chocolates featuring hand-dipped fruit and delicious chocolate truffles!
Chang Thai Café
77 Main Street, Littleton
Just two minutes from Chutters, you’ll find an authentic gem nestled in downtown Littleton. The Chang Thai Café serves an incredible collection of contemporary cocktails, with unique combinations you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Seasonal mixes keep the menu spicy all year, but their signature cocktails are not to be overlooked. If you’re craving something deliciously indulgent, try the Choctini where vodka and Godiva liqueur flirt with crème de cocoa under a flurry of cocoa dust and chocolate drizzle.
2 East Wheelock Street, Hanover
Signature spirits are a specialty at PINE, where a seasonally-inspired menu introduces plenty of new flavors and there’s always a fresh cocktail to try. With a drink list full of both modern and classic mixes, there’s something to satisfy every taste. Not sure where to start? Try PINE’s delicious Dry Martini where Monkey 4 Gin, Linie Aquavit, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Preserved Lemon and Grape Seed Extract comingle for a tasteful rendition of a timeless classic.
44 South Main Street, Hanover
Behind the doors of this Upper Valley chocolate shop, you’ll find a world of beautiful Brazilian treats. The shop specializes in brigadeiros (bree-gah-day-ros), which combine milk, sugar, butter and chocolate to create incredibly luscious chocolate truffle balls that are out-of-this-world. With only the finest ingredients sourced both internationally and from local farms, these special sweets are sure worth a taste!