Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to White Farms Homemade Ice Cream in Gloucester, Massachusetts. White Farms Homemade Ice Cream just recently opened in April of 2018.
We had a delicious Adventure to the White Farms Homemade Ice Cream stand. I was hardly up the steps to the window when the employee asked if the dogs could have some ice cream. Of course I agreed, and Shadow and Wilma quickly gobbled up their ice cream as we both watched the adorable licks.
The menu was unique with flavors grouped by colors. I was anticipating ice cream, but decided to order an orange sherbert shake, as there were no seating opportunities for guests. The perfect to-go treat that I savored on our drive home, just delicious (Rating: dog ice cream: 4, Shake: 4, Location: 3).
Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I went to Kimball’s Farm in Westford, Massachusetts. We have been to Kimball Farm many times over the years.
Kimball’s Farm began as a dairy farm in 1908, with the Kimball family selling milk whole sale. In 1939 they opened an ice cream parlor, and began making handmade ice cream. Kimball Farm has grown over the years, and now has three additional locations. The Kimball Farm continues to be family owned, and has expanded to sell food, and provide entertainment, including: a zip line, a golf course, a driving range, bumper boats, volleyball courts, a country store, and a seafood and grill shack.
I was excited to FINALLY head to Kimball’s for our first visit of the season. We were lucky to find a moment when the lines were short, and although a cloudy, dark day, the weather was just right. I ordered my favorite peppermint stick, and of course two plates of dogilicious ice cream. The pups guided us to our seats, and we quickly devoured our tasty ice cream. It is always a memorable experience being at Kimball’s as it was a place we frequented, growing up locally. Almost a little too crowded nowadays, but we still visit once or twice a year, and treasure many wonderful memories with family and friends. It is really unbelievable how it has grown, even a declared tourist attraction in the area.
After finishing up our ice cream, we decided to walk around to check on the latest additions to this marvelous family dynasty. Definitely an Adventure strolling by the goats as Wilma squealed, and barked, even standing on her back paws to catch a glimpse. We carefully made it past and on to the path beyond. We peaked around a bit before heading back to the car. Always a lovely, and tasty Adventure at Kimball’s Farm (Rating: 5, dog ice cream: 4).
PS – I could not resist including our Buster in the midst of today’s photographs. He had special times at Kimball’s too! We sure do miss him!
Today Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Sully’s Ice Cream Stand in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Sully’s Ice Cream Stand has been family owned since 1986, and is known as “home of the super scoopers”. Sully’s has over 100 flavors, even including several sugarless options.
We enjoyed our little outing to Sully’s Ice Cream stand. The stand was very quiet, and we were able to place our order at the window immediately. There were many flavor choices but I settled on coconut chip, while Shadow and Wilma’s ice cream came with a treat frozen into the ice cream. There was limited seating, and the stand was right on a busy road so I elected to take our ice cream home. As soon as we arrived home, we quickly gobbled up our ice cream, enjoying every bite! I expect we will venture to Sully’s Ice Cream Stand again (Rating: 4).
Yesterday we made a stop at Frosty Scoops in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Frosty Scoops is an adorable little ice cream stand on Main Street that sells homemade ice cream. They are connected to the Common Man Inn and Spa, a well known Inn, Spa and restaurant in the area.
We were very happy to find an ice cream shop with a window to get a treat to cool down on a nice warm day. I was pleased, and surprised to see the dog ice cream was free, and although just a tiny little scoop, Shadow and Wilma sure did not complain. I myself decided to order a frappe. We then found a nice corner, shaded area to sit, sip, and devour. The set-up for this outdoor area was perfect, with fun music blasting, a sandbox for the kids to play, picnic tables, outdoor games, and benches for guests. There was even a retro truck on display. Definitely a fun atmosphere to enjoy some ice cream on a summer day (Rating: 4, Dog Ice Cream: 3).
One year ago, Shadow and I, adopted the amazing Wilma Mae from a local rescue agency agency. A suspected lab/hound, and the wild one of her pack of three, this Alabama lady stole our hearts. There of course were moments of adjustments, but Shadow and Wilma quickly became best buds. Wilma immediately joined us on our adventures, and journeys, and fit in perfectly to our active lifestyle.
Thankfully Shadow and Wilma balance one another well. They enjoy playing, sunbathing together, and are often found sleeping in synchronized position. Wilma longs to be just like Shadow, following his every move. I often hear people say Wilma is keeping Shadow “young” at heart, and although I initially felt this an odd statement, I do see how her energy inspires him. Although a high energy, and often stubborn puppy, there is no doubt that Wilma is our perfect puppy. We celebrate this wonderful anniversary today, with of course some photographs to share with our followers.
I encourage that you consider rescuing a dog, as they will be your best friend, always loyal, and loving. I have been going through some medical challenges recently, and Shadow and Wilma have provided me constant therapy, smiles, and encouragement. They keep me active, and motivated. My world became a better place when I became a dog Mom. Celebrating our adoption anniversary today!
Some of my favorite Wilma puppy photographs:
Adorable sideways (oops!) video of puppy Wilma:
Some of my favorite photographs of young Wilma and Shadow:
Two of my favorite photographs of me with young Wilma:
One of our first family photographs:
Tonight Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Sullivan Farms in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. I had heard they were a dog friendly ice cream stop, so thought we would check it out. Sullivan’s makes their own ice cream, and have a small menu of meal items. There is an outdoor window to order, picnic benches, and a gazebo in the back to sit, eat, and relax. Sullivan’s Farm is located on a busy road, but the seating in the back helps to provide a bit more of a quiet atmosphere.
Shadow and Wilma were immediately excited upon arrival. I guess that happens everywhere we go, but yet I do believe they knew some tasty ice cream was on the way. Customer’s were happy to greet them, which always makes me smile. Shadow and Wilma each had their own dish, each cup with two treats adorning. Definitely the perfect dog ice cream option! It was raining, but we were able to find a bench under a tree that kept us reasonably dry. It is amazing how fast they inhale a cup of ice cream. Definitely two happy, and refreshed pups. I myself decided to get an ice cream float, quite a delicious treat on a Saturday night. I expect we will visit Sullivan Farms again (Rating: 4, Dog Ice Cream – 5)