This Valentine’s Day, take your sweetie to a delicious destination that’s sure to satisfy your craving for adventure, as well as snacks! Ready your tastebuds and check out these dreamy getaway suggestions for luscious locales where you can treat your sugar to a little sugar.
Delight in Melt-in-Your Mouth Goodness in Pennsylvania
When it comes to chocolate, there’s no more iconic destination than Hershey, Pennsylvania. Here you’ll find an entire theme park dedicated to this renowned brand of chocolatey goodness, including the world’s largest Hershey’s store. The entire Hershey area is a chocolate-lovers’ dreamland, and just 25 miles down the road you can find even more to love at the Wilbur Chocolate Museum in the town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. Shop, learn about the world of chocolate, get a glimpse into the rich history of the confectionery industry and, of course, sample even more deliciousness. You can even spend the night in the building that used to house the Wilbur Chocolate Company factory. The Wilbur Lititz, Tapestry Collection by Hilton features preserved details and the factory’s original brickwork. Or if you’re more a fan of savory treats, the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is just a half-mile away.
Treat Yourself to America’s Favorite Jellybeans in California
Halfway between the California metropolises of San Francisco and Sacramento you’ll find the Jelly Belly candy factory. A stop here is one you’re sure to remember, not only for the informative self-guided factory tour that features a variety of interactive exhibits and games, but also because of the amazing Jelly Belly Bean Art Gallery! Want to see your favorite Harry Potter characters immortalized in Jelly Belly form? How about a sweet recreation of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies? You’ll find it all here, along with a store, café, and even a chocolate and wine experience. While in town, book a stay at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn Fairfield, which is also just a 25-minute drive from another well-known culinary mecca: Napa Valley.
Indulge in a Variety of Captivating Confections in Colorado
Even if the name Hammond’s Candies doesn’t immediately ring a bell, you’ve likely tried many of their products. Located in Denver, Colorado, Hammond’s is best known for its handmade candy canes and nostalgic hard candies, which they’ve been crafting for more than 100 years. Equally irresistible is Hammond’s wide selection of licorice, packaged cookies and snack mixes, chocolates, lollipops, flavored popcorn and more. Those with braver palates can even try the chicken and waffles flavored chocolate bar! Embark on a free factory tour, where you can watch as your favorite candies are pulled, twisted, shaped and packaged by hand. Bag up some snacks to enjoy as you explore the Mile High City, or to savor as an after-dinner treat at your hotel. The Art Hotel Denver, Curio Collection by Hilton is a chic spot to enjoy your scrumptious souvenirs while taking in expansive mountain views.
Delight in Fun, Fruity Flavors in Connecticut
Quirky, whimsical and colorful, PEZ is an iconic brand that offers packaging that’s every bit as appetizing as the candy itself. Originally invented in Vienna, Austria in the 1920s, PEZ made its way into production in the United States in 1973 in the small town of Orange, Connecticut. Today, Orange is home to a more than 4,000-square-foot building dedicated to all things PEZ. Stroll through the extensive PEZ memorabilia collection, see a custom-built PEZ motorcycle, view the candy production area, and challenge yourself to PEZ trivia before facing the seemingly impossible challenge of deciding which delightful PEZ dispensers should come home with you. When it comes time to call it a day, settle in at the nearby Homewood Suites by Hilton Orange New Haven, which is located next to the equally charming Yale West Campus.