What You'll Get
The tradition of heart-shaped chocolate boxes can be traced to the Aztecs, who coated enemy tickers in cocoa before sacrificing them to the gods of fertility, war, and coconut-cream filling. Appease epicurean spirits with today's Groupon: for $21, you get two tickets to the 2011 Chocolate March from Inns of the Valley (normally $21 each in advance, $25 at the door, including tax). Choose from four dates; available locations change depending on date:
- Sunday, March 6
- Sunday, March 13
- Sunday, March 20
- Sunday, March 27
Hosted by an eclectically elegant collection of inns and museums peppered throughout the St. Croix River Valley, the 2011 Chocolate March launches guests on self-guided, cocoa-centric excursions. Guests munch on chocolate delicacies and take in architectural desserts with chocolate-dipped innkeepers at five separate stops, one of which will feature a wine pairing, on the Sunday jaunts (different destinations are featured each weekend). Depending on their chosen date, chocolate hunters can relax under the mannered, leaf-shaded porticos of Rosewood's Queen Anne mansion, take in the brick-draped Gilded Age grandeur of the Water Street Inn, or plot a sweet rustic retreat or candy-coated coup d'état by Wissahickon Farms' general store façade and peppermint-stick split-rail fence.
MidwestWeekends featured the 2010 Chocolate March:
- Not only are they waiting for you, they're waiting with plates full of chocolate. – Beth Gauper
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for date purchased. Subject to availability. Purchasers provide own transportation. Tax included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.