Road Trip! Destination: Hershey, Pa.
Although the original Hershey chocolate factory closed a few years ago, the legacy of Milton S. Hershey — who added a chocolate coating to his caramels in 1894 and called his new enterprise the Hershey Chocolate Co. — flavors the town bearing his name in Dauphin County.
Hershey — with chocolate-theme street names and attractions, including Hersheypark amusement park and Hershey's Chocolate World — delights cocoa fans year round. But the Valentine's Day season brings even more chocolate-theme activities with the monthlong Chocolate-Covered February celebration. The event, which involves many participating venues, celebrates all things chocolate with activities for all ages.
You can take a romantic Valentine's Day escape with your sweetheart, take a family trip with the kids, or enjoy a trip solo or with friends. Many activities are offered at steady times throughout the month. For information about regional February activities, visit www.chocolatecoveredfebruary.com
For information about the town called “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” visit www.HersheyPA.com or call 800-437-7439.
Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at email@example.com or 412-320-7824.
The Hotel Hershey — a four-star, four-diamond resort — offers many Chocolate-Covered February activities. If you like to cook, try one of the complimentary chef's demo sessions, at 11 a.m. every Saturday this month. The hotel offers a chocolate tea at 3 p.m. Saturdays for $31.50 per person, a wine and chocolate pairing (21 and older) at 4 p.m. Saturdays for $42 and a dessert buffet from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays for $36.50 or $15 for ages 3 to 8. Reservations are required for all events at the Hotel Hershey. If you want to stay the night at the hotel, overnight packages are available, starting at $415. Details: 717-534-8800 or www.thehotelhershey.com
Do you want to be pampered with spa treatments? The Spa at The Hotel Hershey certainly offers something sweet. There are calorie-free chocolate treatments and packages for people who would rather bathe in and wear chocolate than eat it.
The spa offers the two-hour chocolate orange buttercream manicure and pedicure through Feb. 28 for $130 Mondays through Thursdays, and $140 Fridays through Sundays.
The chocolate spa sampler, available in February and March, offers a whipped cocoa bath or chocolate hydrotherapy for men, a chocolate sugar scrub or chocolate-bean polish, a 50-minute massage and lunch in The Oasis, a guest-only dining room. The three-hour package costs $205 to $215.
Year-round, you can get chocolate spa treatments, including the 90-minute chocolate immersion — with chocolate-bean polish and chocolate fondue wrap — for $190 to $205, and the 90-minute chocolate-dipped strawberry, with strawberry-parfait scrub and chocolate-fondue wrap, for $190 to $205. Reservations are required. Details: 717-520-5888 or www.chocolatespa.com
Hershey Lodge — a 100,000-square-foot resort with 665 guest rooms — offers something good for families: Chocolate-Covered Children's Tea, a family activity at 11 a.m. Saturdays in February for $43 per adult-child pair and $20 for each additional person. Another family attraction is the Hershey's character breakfast, from 7 to 10 a.m. Feb. 23 only. Cost is $18; $11 for ages 9 to 12; $9 for ages 4 to 8. Hershey Lodge also offers a complimentary chef's demo at 2 p.m. Saturdays in February. Adults-only events combining chocolate and alcohol include the chocolate and spirits pairing at 3 p.m. Saturdays for $45, martini mixology at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 and 21 for $45 and beer and chocolate pairing at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 and 28 for $30. Reservations are required for all events at Hershey Lodge, which offers overnight packages starting at $299. Details: 717-533-3311 or www.hersheylodge.com
A world of chocolate
Hersheypark, the big amusement park, is closed until spring, but the nearby Hershey's Chocolate World attraction hosts the whimsical Hersheypark chocolate parade at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays throughout February. Guests can enjoy the free parade and dance along with Hershey's product characters and the Hersheypark Band. Also on Saturdays and Sundays in February, kids can enjoy a free, interactive story time and hot cocoa at 1 p.m. Details: 717-534-4900 or www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld
History of Hershey
You can't go to Hershey without hearing the history behind the chocolate empire and the man who started it, Milton Hershey. You can get that by visiting “The Hershey Story, the Museum on Chocolate Avenue” and its Chocolate Lab, which hosts regular classes. This month, the lab offers courses that include “Truffles for Couples” Feb. 13 to 16, for $35 per couple; $20 for a single. For $5, museum guests can visit the Chocolate Bear's colorful den to assemble chocolate cookie mix to take home or give as a gift.