Chocolate Week Full of Sweet Surprises

Starts Feb. 10 in LBI Region
Feb 06, 2019

Taking a cue from Cupid, Chocolate Week zings some sweetness into the LBI region’s winter scene Feb. 10-17.

A creation of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, the series of special offers and events brings unique opportunities to treat yourself and special others.

Coinciding with Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend, Chocolate Week entices out-of-area visitors and makes mid-February more memorable for local residents as well.

The focus is on simple pleasures that tie in with cozy mid-winter escapes, said chamber Executive Director Lori Pepenella. Think open houses and classes, chocolate-themed sales, beverage specials and creative menu items.

The chamber encouraged its member businesses and organizations to create a sweet vibe, and the result is dozens of choices on the website at as well as on social media at @southernoceanchamber and @lbiregion. Follow them for the latest updates.

This year packs in spa treatments, museum exhibits, real estate tours, menu specialties, the Coco Cup mini-golf tournament, performances and chocolate drink items.

In addition to special activities, the chamber has added business events as well. Feb 12 is Chocolate Week After Hours at Health Village Imaging, complete with a Chocolate Fountain. On Feb 13, it’s an open house at the chamber’s Ship Bottom office with locally baked treats, brand new Land & Sea guides and chocolate week lists.

“With offerings for every palate, Chocolate Week helps build an itinerary for visiting friends and family as well as vacationers,” noted Pepenella.

The chamber notes that a good place to start for all who are 21 and over is the Southern Ocean Made Surf and Sip Brew Trail. It features offerings and events from three local craft breweries as well as surf experience-related galleries, shops and hands-on exhibits that remind all that summer will be coming. For families looking for something to do with the under-21 set, Passport of LBI offers a passbook-style itinerary for local historical and educational groups.

All are invited to stop into the chamber’s visitor center at 265 West Ninth St. for a sweet treat through the week, and pick up the latest maps, guides and business information. The phone number is 609-494-7211.  —M.S.



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