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5 Places to Get Your Ice Cream Fix This Summer

Jun 03, 2021 07:13PM ● By Tracey Hull

Whether you call it a creamy, soft-serve, jimmies, or sprinkles, there’s no denying that summer isn’t complete without your local ice cream spot.  Here are 5 local ice cream shops you must visit this summer.  

Gladstone Creamery in Fairlee, VT

This absolutely adorable ice cream shop is right off the highway in Fairlee, Vermont. They offer flavors like Cherry Chocolate Chip, Almond Joy, and Grapenut. The most enjoyable flavor that is often hard to come by is the Maple Coffee soft-serve twist. Well, Gladstone has got it, and theirs is flavored with local maple syrup and locally roasted Vittles coffee. Even their hard-serve is local from Giffords (Maine) and Slicks (Woodsville, NH).

Gladstone Creamery is locally owned. The store brings the local community together through a fun, feel-good environment and has raised money for local families in need.

Mac’s Maple at McNamara Dairy Farm in Plainfield, NH

McNamara Dairy is a household name around here for their thick and creamy chocolate milk, maple cream donuts, and eggs from Mac’s Happy Hens. Purchased in the 1950s, this farm has grown tremendously but continues with good old-fashioned techniques like their wood-fired maple syrup, which flavors their delicious Maple Creamee at Mac’s Maple Farm Store.

Not only can you visit the farm, see the animals, and enjoy the beautiful view, but Mac’s Mac's Maple has a Food Truck that travels around for local events. You can see where they will be next on the Event page of their website.

Mountain Creamery in Woodstock, VT

Can homemade ice cream get any better? When it’s flavored with Vermont Maple Syrup, yes, it can. Mountain Creamery is a locally owned restaurant and ice cream shop that makes ice cream using milk from their own cows at Hinterland Farms in Killington, Vermont.

In addition to their Vermont Maple Walnut ice cream, they offer 15 other flavors, including Toffee Crunch, Mint Oreo, and Mocha Chip. Not feeling adventurous? How about keeping it traditional with a big scoop of Vanilla on top of their Mile-High Apple Pie?

Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream in Sunapee, NH

Enjoying ice cream can be difficult if you are lactose intolerant or watching your waistline. No problem! Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream has dairy-free, sugar-free, gelato, and low-fat ice creams available, so you can still enjoy this sweet summer treat with your family and friends.

In addition to eating ice cream, you can spend the whole day at Sanctuary Farm hiking, blowing bubbles, climbing apple trees, and feeding the animals. This is a place for the whole family to enjoy.

Fore-U Golf Center in West Lebanon, NH

If you’re craving a big dish of ice cream while visiting West Lebanon, you must go to Fore-U Golf Center. Their staff is always friendly, and they have a long list of flavors with new soft-serve combinations every week.

It’s the perfect location to take a break and enjoy some cold ice cream on a hot day while gathering with friends or running errands. Need to move around after eating all that ice cream? No problem. The kids can run around on the playground or play on the jungle gym. Maybe try your luck at mini-golf or the driving range. They even host parties with ice cream sundaes included. Yum!

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