September 19 – Depot Deli – New York

Today Wilma, I and our friend Adventured to Depot Deli in Copake Falls, New York. Depot Deli is a store that sells ice cream, sandwiches, deli items, and camping supplies. It has been under the same ownership for 35 years. Depot Deli is across from Taconic State Park, and is a stop on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.

We had an unexpected Adventure to Depot Deli, locating it on our way to Bash Bish Falls. We stopped at the Depot Deli after our Adventure to Bash Bish Falls. The Depot Deli was full of unique artwork on the building, and on the picnic benches for dining. It was colorful, fun, and creative. I was surprised to find Wilma was permitted in the Deli allowing us to go in to order our ice cream. We then went outside and the ice cream was delivered through the outdoor window. The employee then asked if Wilma would enjoy and ice cream and of course I enthusiastically agreed. My friend and I ordered soft serve with sprinkles, and we all devoured our treats quickly – Wilma even getting some leftovers in addition to her tasty sweets. It was a beautiful day to sit outdoors and enjoy good company. The Depot Deli is a unique location and a nice surprise on our day of Adventures (Rating: 4).

September 21, 2019 – Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  Aunt Carrie’s serves dinner, ice cream, and has a gift shop, parts of which are opened seasonally.  The restaurant was built in 1920 and has been family owned since opening.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream.  I was quit thrilled to easily locate an ice cream stand for a snack, and a cool-down on this hot day.  Shadow and Wilma were quite warm so they both enjoyed laying down in the shade of the counter while I ordered our goodies.  I chose coffee ice cream with whip cream, while Shadow and Wilma ordered vanilla (haha).  After receiving our ice cream we found a shady table to sit and devour our treats.  We appreciated the shade and our delicious ice cream, and Shadow of course partook in a happy roll as we departed.  We were all quite happy to locate Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream for our Adventure today (Rating:  3.5).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 6, 2019 – Gary’s Ice Cream – Massachusetts

Tonight Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Gary’s Ice Cream in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Gary’s Ice Cream was founded by Gary Frascarelli who is a hands-on owner, creating, designing, and selling his products.  Gary’s Ice Cream is known for making each and every flavor of their ice cream.

We had a stomach-filling Adventure to Gary’s Ice Cream. We could not resist another ice cream Adventure after a hot and stormy day. Upon arrival we were not surprised to see few visitors with the storm just barely having passed through. The dogs put in their order (haha) while I decided to go for a root beer float. I was a bit disappointed to see store bought dog ice cream, although I guess that is not fair of me to complain as they did offer dog ice cream! A treat was also added to their order!

After receiving our goodies we headed over to the picnic tables in the grass. It was raining, but I did not see any lightning so we relaxed for a bit, savoring our refreshing deserts! There was a tiny scenic bridge, and some lilies, but overall a simple setting. We walked around after Shadow and Wilma finished their ice cream.  I then decided to bring home the remainder of my very large, and sticky float. I think my favorite part of Gary’s Ice cream was their dog loving ice cream cup!  It was nice to find yet another local ice cream shop on this stormy evening (Rating: 3).

 

June 30, 2019 – Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Heritage Farm has homemade ice cream, burgers, and sandwiches.  It was established in 1976 by the current owners, however previous to that date it was an ice cream shop as well.  Heritage Farms is known for sponsoring free entertainment, for their Classic Car show, and for being a contributing member of the community.

We had a refreshing Adventure to the Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant.  I started the weekend feeling quite frustrated, again having car issues which forced me to cancel our weekend Adventures.  However, I decided to risk a somewhat local stop providing some variety to our daily neighborhood walks and backyard fun.

We definitely appreciated our visit to Heritage Farms, which had a vintage, and patriotic vibe. I quickly ordered two dog ice creams, and decided on an orange sherbert cooler for me.  Only one size available for my cooler creating an extra-large experience, but of course I did not have any problem sipping it down.  The Farm was very quiet, so we were able to sit for a bit and enjoy our tasty treats.  There was a cute little merry go around for the little ones, and some mechanical cars for riding.  The “Farm” was nicely decorated, with white petunias, american flags, and colors preparing for this July 4th week.  I would have preferred the “Farm” to be away from the main drag, however, a bit unrealistic in an urban setting like Lowell.  A unique stop, and although the ice cream was quite pricey, the taste was well worth the cost.  If we are ever in the area again, we might just visit have round to at Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant (Rating:  Ice cream: 5, Outdoor Restaurant:  4, Location:  3).

 

June 1, 2019 – Crescent Ridge Dairy – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma and I Adventured to Crescent Ridge Dairy in Sharon, Massachusetts.  Crescent Ridge Dairy is a Farm that includes a shop, farm animals to view, and an ice cream stand.  They specialize in local produce, and homemade products.

We had a mouthwatering Adventure to Crescent Ridge Dairy after our nearby hike at The Bradley Estate.  It was great to arrive at this ice cream stand to find no lines!  I checked out the menu and quickly decided to choose cookie doe ice cream with whip cream, and of course a dog ice cream for my two best friends.  Once our order was ready we headed over to a shady area to gobble up our ice cream.  So tasty!  I was actually unable to finish my ice cream, however packed it up for a future treat.  We walked around the property and found some benches in the back, and farm animals on the side.  Wilma was thrilled to see the goats, and it appeared as if she wanted to play with them.  It definitely brought a smile to my face.  Shadow was more interested in trying to find leftovers under the tables, my always hopeful boy!  We were quite happy to visit Crescent Ridge Dairy today (Rating:  4, Dog Ice Cream:  5)

May 27, 2019 – Granny’s Ice Cream – New York

I am a bit behind on my blog from the weekend as we had a busy weekend of Adventures.  Therefore I will be sharing these Adventures throughout the week.

On Monday Shadow, Wilma, My friends, and I Adventured to Granny’s Ice Cream on Route 29 in Johnstown, New York.  Granny’s Ice Cream is part of the Royal Mountain Campground, and offers soft serve ice cream and other light food items.

We had a tasty Adventure to Granny’s Ice Cream to begin our Memorial Day.  I would say Granny’s Ice Cream is in somewhat of a remote area, however was quite busy, likely due to the campground, and popular motorcyle route.  Wilma seemed a bit unsure of this unfamiliar environment so she hung out with one of my friends, while our other friend, Shadow, and I waited in line.  (Maybe because there was a big wandering around on a leash – haha!)  I decided to try the cotton candy soft serve, and of course two dog  friendly ice creams.  Shadow and Wilma gobbled up their ice cream quickly as we sat in the grass.  I savored my cotton candy ice cream, until Wilma, had a moment of excitement and ended up IN my ice cream.  The aftermath left her quite thrilled as she was able to lick up this new flavor on her covered foot!  Luckily I was just about full, so I guess the moment could remain humorous.  We sat for a bit socializing with our friends,  relishing the last day of our vacation.  Nothing too fancy, but definitely glad to chow down on some ice cream, something I had been hoping for since the weekend began.  It was a delicious stop on our journey back to Massachusetts (Rating:  3, Dog Ice Cream – 5, Company:  Just right!)

 

April 20, 2019 – Kimball Farm – Carlisle, Massachusetts

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Kimball Farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts.  We have been to Kimball’s in Westford, but this was our first visit to the Carlisle location.  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 Carlisle is one of their expanded locations. The Kimball Farm continues to be family owned.

We had a delicious Adventure to Kimball Farm- Carlisle – on this humid and rainy day.  I was excited to check out this location, a much quieter spot in the world of Kimball’s.  I ordered our favorites – peppermint stick and dog ice cream.  We enjoyed our tasty treats, and walked around the building checking out the location.  There were benches, and some farm animals over to the side.  Wilma was far from a fan of the goat so we did not spend time near the animals.  It was nice to see the beautiful flower arrangements, singing spring.  We definitely will be back to this tasty, quiet spot (Rating:  4).

 

September 2, 2018 – Dimitri’s Pizza – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma and I visited Dimitri’s Pizza in Contoocook, New Hampshire. Dimitri’s is a family owned restaurant with a casual dining experience, and outdoor seating along the Contoocook River. They have a variety of menu items, including: pizza and home made ice cream.

We were not planning on ice cream today, but why not eat some ice cream at a beautiful riverfront location. We found Dimitri’s after our Adventure to the Contoocook Railroad Bridge, located directly next door to the Bridge. The place was bopping, with many pizza pick-ups coming and out. There was an outdoor window and quick service for ordering. I am always humored at how Shadow and Wilma anticipate the ice cream from the counter. I of course ordered them each a dog ice creams, and mint chocolate chip for myself. We then headed to the riverfront seating to enjoy our tasty ice cream. Other guests to Dimitri’s were quite entertained viewing Shadow and enjoy their ice cream, lick by lick. It the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of our weekend of Adventures (Rating: 3, Dog Ice Cream: 4)

 

July 19, 2018 – Massachusetts – Sully’s Ice Cream Stand

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).

 

 

July 13, 2018 – New Hampshire – Frosty Scoops

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).