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Wine and Chocolate Tour of Southern New Hampshire

When: Saturdays, Feb. 11 and March 11, departs at 11 a.m. 
Where: The tour covers southern New Hampshire and will launch from 125 S. River Road, Bedford, in the former Macy’s parking lot up the hill from Whole Foods Market. 
Cost: $59; registration is required by the Monday before the tour. 
Contact: 660-8427, traveladventureswithtammy.com 
Private tours with a minimum of six people can be booked at any time. 




Take a tasty tour
Guided day trip visits local wineries, chocolate makers

02/02/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Whether you’re unfamiliar with the wineries and chocolate makers in the area or you’re curious about how your favorite local wines or chocolates are made, you can get a closer look during the Wine and Chocolate Tour of Southern New Hampshire, the next of which is happening Saturday, Feb. 11.

“Since I do this for a living, I go to all these different places all over the country,” said Tammy Downing, tour director and owner of Out of the Box Tours, which is based in Manchester and hosts the Wine and Chocolate Tour. “But I live in southern New Hampshire, so I wanted to bring a tour here, too. You don’t always appreciate what is in your own backyard, but we have a lot to offer here.” 
The tour will launch at 11 a.m., from the parking lot near Whole Foods Market in Bedford. It lasts around six hours, depending on how long the tourists stay at each stop. It usually includes four to six stops. Downing said she tries to keep things fresh by featuring some different stops for each tour, although that’s not always possible since she has to work within the businesses’ availability. The February tour and the next one, on March 11, will both feature the same four stops: Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester, Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry, LaBelle Winery in Amherst and Nelson’s Candies in Wilton, visited in that order. 
These two tours will be the first to feature Nelson’s, which Downing only recently discovered. Exploring new places, she said, is a big part of what makes the tours fun, both for her and for the tourists. 
“I had never heard of Nelson’s until my sister told me, and the reason she knew about them was because she lives around the corner from them,” she said. “Except for places like LaBelle, which everyone drives by on [Route] 101, a lot of these places are ones people have never heard of and didn’t even know existed. But after the tour, people know they’re there and can help support them.” 
At each stop, someone from the business may show tourists around the facility, talk about the history of their product and explain how it is made. Then, there will be a chocolate or wine tasting before the group departs. The stop at LaBelle Winery will include time for tourists to grab lunch in the Bistro (not included in tour cost). At the end of the tour, everyone will be transported back to the Bedford parking lot. 
Now in her second year hosting the Wine and Chocolate Tour, Downing said the feedback has been very positive and she plans on keeping the tour as one of her primary offerings. 
“What is life without chocolate and without wine?” she said. “They are a lot of fun. Put the two together and it’s appealing to the masses.” 





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