What’s Not to Love About Chocolate Week Around Valentine’s Day?

Jan 25, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Chocolate Week is coming, to melt away the winter and explore the sweet side of the Long Beach Island region this February. Open houses, special events, offers and activities for Chocolate Week, Feb 11 to 18, correspond with Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend.

Back by popular demand, Chocolate Week sweetens the deal for out-of-area visitors; it also serves local residents. It’s a Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce destination marketing initiative, supported by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism.

“Keeping the focus on simple pleasures that tie in with Valentine’s Day and mid-winter escapes, the Southern Ocean County chamber coordinates local businesses and organizations to extend special promotions, offers and classes ... to create a sweet vibe throughout the Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore from Barnegat, Long Beach Island, Stafford and Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor,” invites the chamber.

Imagine chocolate-inspired spa treatments, drink specials jazzed up with chocolate, creative chocolate items on restaurant menus, a Cocoa Cup Winter Mini Golf Tournament at the Tuckerton Seaport, and you’ve got the irresistible idea.

To find the schedule chockful of that and more – chocolate-filled open houses and themed sales, even brownies waiting for sale at Surflight Theatre’s Feb. 17 production, “Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison”  – see the website visitLBIregion.com or the Facebook pages “Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce” and “LBI Region,” or follow on Twitter at @southernoceanchamber and @lbiregion.

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center will host a chocolate-themed open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are invited to stop in and say hello. The chamber is located at 265 West Ninth St. in Ship Bottom.

Chocolate Week recently got a statewide shout-out online. The website onlyinourstate.com called it “the sweetest event of the season.” Like the chamber social media sites, the article highlights several of the specific spots that are observing exceptional sweetness.

The chamber adds that “a good place to start for all (ages) 21 and over is the Southern Ocean Made Surf and Sip Brew Trail featuring offerings and events from three local craft breweries as well as surf experience-related galleries, shops and hands-on exhibits.” Download the brew trail info at southernoceanmade.com/brew-trail/.

“For families looking for something to do with the under 21 set, Passport of LBI is loaded with nonprofit cultural organizations that will have movie screenings, demos and events to make your stay even richer. Pick up a copy at our visitor center and make a winter connection.” —M.S.

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