North Carolina April 23, 2017
This Mouthwatering Ice Cream Trail In North Carolina Is All You’ve Ever Dreamed Of And More
It’s summertime and that means one thing (among many) – ice cream! The beloved sweet treat is perfect for grabbing something sweet and cooling off during a hot summer day. While it seems there’s an ice cream shop on every corner, a few are just better than the rest. This (relatively) short ice cream road trip can be done in particular areas in a day (say, the triangle and then move on to Charlotte region, next, mountains) or, if you find yourself driving across the state for a beach or mountain trip, include a couple of these on your way!
Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coconut cream; it’s about to get extra sweet
on this particular road trip.
1. Sunni Sky's Homemade Ice Cream, Angier
You might want to come to this one more than once, with over 120 homemade flavors to choose from, there's no shame in wanting to try them all! (Ice cream bender, anyone?) With that being said, Sunni Sky's is SO amazing we did a whole feature article on it,
2. The Parlour, Durham
Everything deserves a 'fancy' side, including ice cream! If you want to take your sweet treat up a level, including a totally Instagrammable place, The Parlour in Durham is an amazing experience. From classic to inventive (beet ice cream, for example) The Parlour is classic meets modern retro in a chic space.
3. Homeland Creamery, Julian
Reserve a whole day for this one because not only are you eating ice cream - you'll get to take an entire tour of where it comes from! From a hayride, to petting the cows, to getting a peep behind the scenes - read what to expect on this one-of-a-kind trip
4. The Berry Patch, Ellerbe
Home to the "World's Largest Strawberry," the Berry Patch serves some delicious, homemade ice cream right from inside their landmark! Don't forget to browse the fresh produce and assorted goodies to take home.
5. Tony's Ice Cream, Gastonia
Throughout the years, Tony's Ice Cream has developed a loyal following, and for good reason! From travelers to locals, everyone loves Tony's. If you're there, make sure to try their famous 'grape milkshake.'
6. Harry's Grill and Piggy's Ice Cream, Hendersonville
Part novelty part ice cream part experience - this one destination is one of the quirkiest places you'll visit in North Carolina. What seems almost like an ode to every fast food statue known to man, Harry's Grill and Piggy's Ice is an unbeatable experience. Read about it
7. Dolly's Dairy Bar & Gift Shop, Pisgah National Forest (Transylvania County)
Just when you leave the thick brush and winding roads through the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest, like a beacon of light you'll see Dolly's. From people renting tubes to a long line waiting for ice cream, it's hard to miss. If you're coming to or from a mountain adventure in this area, definitely stop by! You'll find it about 30-45 minutes from Looking Glass Rock Overlook and Skinny Dip Falls off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
8. Rocky's Grill & Soda Shop, Brevard
Since 1955, Rocky's has been a staple of downtown Brevard. In the beginning, it was part of Varner's Drugs and today still retains the original vintage vibes. From delicious ice cream to the old-school soda fountain and even an original pimento cheese sandwich from Mrs. Varner's recipe, Rocky's is a pretty 'sweet' blast from the past. You might want to have more than just ice cream here!
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Well, that sounds certainly delicious! While many of you might be saying, “There’s none at the beach?!” Just wait, we’ll soon be releasing a customized ice cream trail down the Outer Banks and onto Wilmington…yum!