Though the state is famous for its maple syrup, Vermont does another sweet treat just as well: ice cream. Vermont ice cream makes car rides shorter and hot days cooler, with scoop shops and creemee stands flanking the edges of nearly every town. No two of these five favorite stops are quite alike — you'll have to visit all five to get a taste of the different varieties and flavors of ice cream Vermont has to offer.
Photo: The Creemee Stand
The Creemee Stand
If you want to try Vermont ice cream that is totally unique, you need to stop by the Creemee Stand on Route 100 outside Wilmington. Though you might know it as soft-serve, a Vermont creemee is a unique treat that delights locals and visitors alike. For the authentic Vermont experience, try a maple creemee, made with Vermont maple syrup from Wilmington-area sugar houses.
A true local favorite, Wahoo’s
is an old-school burger grill with a great menu and classic flair. During the summer you’ll find Wahoo’s busy and bustling with diners enjoying their fresh burgers and their delicious homemade ice cream. A wide array of options, including the possibility of getting your ice cream sandwiched between homemade chocolate chip cookies, means you’ll be able to go back again and again without running out of new treats to try.
Chelsea Royal Diner
Not satisfied with ice cream flavors like chocolate, vanilla, or coffee bean? Why not try the Toasted Coconut, Maple Latte, or Green Monster at the Chelsea Royal Diner outside Wilmington? This high-end homestyle diner makes its own ice cream with locally produced milk and cream, and they feature dozens of flavors to choose from, including seasonal specials you won’t get anywhere else.
Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
For ice cream in a truly classic Vermont setting, make a stop at the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop
. Along with genuine Vermont ice cream, you can get plenty of other products and gifts such as authentic Vermont maple syrup, local cheeses and honey, and maple candies and treats. You can even top your ice cream with maple drizzle. And as nice as the shop itself is, you’ll enjoy the gorgeous views from the Hogback Scenic Overlook even more.
Though it started as a pick-your-own blueberry farm, the Blueberry Haus
just outside Guilford is a great place to get some delicious Vermont ice cream as well. The quaint little farm is a great way to while away an afternoon with the family, and you can also find quality Vermont produce such as sweet corn and vegetables in the new building next to the ice cream stand.
Vermont ice cream is just one reason to check out the Green Mountain State in the warmer months — it's the perfect topping for a day of hiking, mountain biking
, or just enjoying the scenery around your southern Vermont rental home
. Here's to a tasty summer!