Valentine’s Day 2021 will be rather contrary. On the one hand couples will want to snuggle close with each other, but on the other hand hope to stay distant from those they don’t know. With seemingly endless outdoor recreation, there are plenty of places to get chummy far from the maddening crowds this year.
Eight great places to snuggle safely in Mt Washington Valley, NH:
Go take a hike!
We mean that in the most affectionate way! With 770,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest surrounding Mt Washington Valley, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a secluded winter hike. Be sure to bring all the necessary items for winter hiking (including masks in case you come across another couple) and perhaps a picnic lunch to enjoy by a frozen waterfall. Click here for a list of popular hikes or consult your favorite hiking guidebooks for appropriate hikes for your level.
Go backcountry skiing
Backcountry skiing, riding and touring has become the new rage among advanced skiers and riders in the Valley. Thanks to the Granite Backcountry Alliance and other stewards of the forest, trails and chutes are well maintained and monitored. Here’s a great way for advanced skiers to find unskied terrain to enjoy for a rush together and a kiss at the end.
Snug on a sled
With recent snowfall in Mt Washington Valley, snowmobile trails offer the perfect way to get out and enjoy amazing views. Snowmobile outfitters, Northern Extremes Snowmobiling in Bartlett and Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals in Gorham, NH or Fryeburg, ME offer sled and gear rentals and sales, and can offer advice on trail conditions. Then take off together, sharing a sled with someone in your pod, and scenic memories will result.
Pampering for two
Treat yourself and the one you love with a couple’s massage. For those who want to stay away from others, check with your lodging property for in-room couples massages where the therapists offer massages in the privacy of your room. Many of Mt Washington Valley’s inns and B&Bs and resort hotels offer couples massage packages with all the necessary Covid protocols in place. In addition, all of the excellent day spas in the Valley have worked hard to develop safety protocols to make all massages safe, private and romantic.
Dinner by Candlelight
Enjoy a night out with your special someone at one of over 70 restaurants in Mt. Washington Valley. With dining options ranging from fine cuisine in historic manors to independently owned, Valley Original restaurants and pubs, the Mt. Washington Valley has something for every taste. For a more secluded option, order a take-out dinner from many of the fabulous restaurants offering to-go dinners and enjoy it fireside or by candlelight in your room or vacation rental – the perfect romantic Valentine’s Date Night!
Come on baby light my fire!
When it comes to romance, fire is usually not too far away. From a warmup after a day of skiing at the base lodge of your XC Center or ski resort to your own private fireplace at a romantic inn or B&B, you will find many options to warm your toes and the cockles of your heart near the fire in Mt Washington Valley. Consider the Notchland Inn, where every guest room offers up a private fireplace, or warm up in the living room or lobbies of places like like Darby Field Inn, The Wentworth, Stonehurst Manor or The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel.
When you visit Mt Washington Valley, be sure to throw the snowshoes in the back. You can also purchase them at many of the ski or sporting goods shops in Mt Washington Valley or rent them at most XC Centers. There are plenty of secluded snowshoe trails, starting with the six XC Centers in Mt Washington Valley, or find another perfect trail for a secluded snowshoe soiree.
Fat is not an insult when it comes to fatbiking!
Your mate won’t cringe when you refer to fat on the fatbiking trails! The fatter the tires, the better time you’ll have exploring the trails together on fatbikes. Rentals are available at Great Glen Trails and Stan and Dan’s Ski Shop in North Conway, and fatbiking trails are found throughout the Valley. You’ll find plenty of space to spread out on the local fatbiking trails throughout Mt Washington Valley.
If your inner cupid is looking to sweep the one you love off their feet without breaking the bank, consider booking a ‘Romance’, “Bromance” or ‘Valentine’s Day’ vacation special through www.mtwashingtonvalley.org. From candlelight dinners and chocolates to romantic sleigh rides through fields of snow, Mt Washington Valley has it all at a price that will make your heart swoon! Need help planning your special getaway? To learn more about romantic getaways to New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.