The Hippo


May 30, 2020








The Inn at East Hill Farm treats tour-goers to homemade cookies. Courtesy photo.

Cookie tours

Mount Washington Valley Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour
When: Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 11 participating inns
Admission guaranteed with purchase of a participating inn lodging package. For day tickets only, call to see what’s available the day of the tour. See
Currier and Ives Cookie Tour
When: Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 16 participating Monadnock region locations
Tickets cost $12, cash preferred. See

Trip for treats
Hit the road for a cookie tour

By Allie Ginwala

Nineteen years ago, a consortium of inns in the Mount Washington Valley was looking for a way to encourage guests to visit during the quiet December weekends. They came up with an inn-to-inn tour that culminated with a luncheon at the 1785 Inn, where each inn contributed a dish. 

“There were 100 people that took part in that tour, but our meal didn’t come together that well — it was more of a potluck than we wanted it to be,” said Marti Mayne, who handles publicity for Country Inns in the White Mountains. 
The next year they decided to focus on a food that could be served at each inn, and it “didn’t take long for holiday cookies to come to the top of the idea pool,” Mayne said.
This year’s annual Mount Washington Valley Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour is on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
The Currier and Ives Cookie Tour, a separately run tour inspired by the Mount Washington Valley holiday tradition, will take place at inns and small businesses in the Monadnock region also on Saturday, Dec. 12. 
“We’ve had little gift shops and art studios and a variety of places, not just inns,” said Holly LeClair, marketing manager for the Inn at East Hill Farm, one of the stops on the Currier and Ives tour. 
The self-guided tours allow guests to visit places they may have never been to enjoy a sweet treat and holiday decorations.
“The side benefit of the inn-to-inn cookie tour is getting great ideas from innkeepers who are very talented at decorating,” Mayne said.
She noted that for the inns in the Mount Washington Valley, guests can sample cookies and a beverage when they arrive (each inn will have coffee, hot chocolate, punch or another drink), then take a tour. 
“The 1785 Inn, they have many common areas and have been written up in national magazines for the incredible decorating they do,” she said. “You would spend some time going through the common areas, seeing some of the guest rooms and then enjoying the cookies.”
In previous years, tour-goers on the Mount Washington Valley tour have been treated to truffles, fudge, peppermint bark and all manner of cookies made onsite.
Monadnock region guests may try mint truffle cookies, brownies, oatmeal cookies and molasses cookies. This year the Inn at East Hill Farm is making shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate. 
Both tours are self-guided so guests can choose the order and number of stops they visit. It’s also recommended that guests bring a cookie tin or tupperware along for the ride. While you’ll typically get one treat at each stop — not to mention the recipe to try at home — the sweets can add up after the first few stops, so many people like to take them home to enjoy.
Both tours have guests coming from all over New England to see the Christmas-clad inns, though most travel from other parts of the state to sample and explore. 
“It’s a good turnout. It’s nice … to bring this many [people] to the state, to this area,” LeClair said.

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