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Spring is in the air — yet not quite here. Are you longing for balmy weather and an escape into a new season? Welcome spring with a small, satisfying getaway anywhere you can see the sunset. Here's our recipe for a spring evening escape, with lanterns to light the way, and a bar of chocolate tucked in your picnic basket.

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This sunset picnic doesn't need to take you far away to make it a restorative escape on a weeknight. Most of us are cooped up indoors all day at work, and rush home straightaway. Why not take a moment to pack a basket, grab a couple friends, and go watch the sunset?

This could be anywhere -- the roof of a parking garage, a river bank, a park with cozy benches and tables to spread out a picnic.

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We went on a picnic last week on the banks of a river, at a favorite park, and watched the sun set while sipping hot mulled wine.

We packed a simple picnic basket with a few snacks:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Havarti cheese
  • Hot mulled wine
  • Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate

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We split the chocolate up and nibbled on it, since it's very dark and the flavors have to be savored slowly.

It was just the right indulgence for a quiet escape at sunset as we look forward to a whole new season of picnics and gatherings, outdoors and in, enjoying the spring and summer ahead.

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Do you ever go on picnics in early spring, bundled up around lanterns or a campfire? What are your picnic basket must-haves for an indulgent mini-escape?

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Escape With Ghirardelli Chocolate: A Spring Picnic at Sunset


Photographs: Justen Clay Photography - Atlanta, Georgia