Lancaster County is known for its Dairy Farms, resulting in an abundance of fresh and flavorful local milk for folks to enjoy. But it’s always a welcome treat when farmers take it a step further and use it to whip up creamy, mouth-watering ice cream. In this blog, we’ve highlighted ice cream stops and shops that feature locally made ice cream that are definitely worth a visit. What better way to spend a summer getaway than sampling ice cream while staying at one of our Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County?
|Oh, hello there, Pine View Dairy Cow|
Pine View Dairy is located at 2225 New Danville Pike, Lancaster, and not only churns some of Lancaster’s best ice cream, but they also invite customers onto the farm. The dairy offers over 25 flavors to choose from including butter pecan, orange creamsicle, maple walnut, classic flavors and much more. In addition to its ice cream, Pine View sells a variety of flavors of milk, local produce, baked goods, sandwiches and other items. You can enjoy your ice cream on the patio or take a stroll around the farm and watch the cows being milked. Visit Pine View’s website for hours and more information.
|Ice cream and a view at Fox Meadows|
Surrounded by picturesque farmland in Ephrata is Fox Meadows Creamery and Country Market, which offers an array of classic flavors, but also kicks it up a notch by creating innovative flavors like honeyed lavender, banana cream pudding, and brown butter almond. In addition, they offer the baked fox (ice cream stuffed into a chocolate chip cookie or brownie), the Fox Meadow affogato (vanilla ice cream, espresso, whipped cream and a pirouette) or custom milkshakes. Ice cream is made on site for guests to watch, you can purchase local and novelty items at the market, or enjoy light fare from their menu. Visit the website for more information about Fox Meadows.
Relatively new to Downtown Lancaster is Penny’s, scooping locally made Carmen & David’s ice cream and creating amazing sundaes with homemade confections and sauces. There is indoor and outdoor seating at Penny’s or keep an eye out for the Penny’s ice cream truck, often spotted at events or downtown.
|Lots of options at Penny’s|
For an authentic Lancaster County experience, check out Lapp Valley Farm in New Holland. The farm is located on rolling pristine farmland with dairy cows, farm cats and kittens, bulldogs and even a peacock roaming around the grounds. Enjoy your ice cream on the wrap-around porch overlooking the farm or get it to-go from the drive-up window. For hours and additional information, call 717-354-7988.
|Peacocks and ice cream at Lapp Valley|
Enjoy a unique ride through Lancaster trying different ice creams during a scooter tour with Strasburg Scooters. After a lesson on driving a scooter, you’ll follow along with a group on an ice cream tour beginning at a local dairy where you’ll receive a lesson on how to make ice cream, followed by a few stops at local ice cream shops. Book a scooter trip during your next visit, you won’t regret it.
Other spots to visit for local ice cream include Chestnut Hill Cafe, 532 W. Chestnut Street, Lancaster; Oregon Dairy, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz; Lickity Split, 209 E. Main St., New Holland; Scoops Ice Cream & Grille, 312 Primrose Lane, Mountville; Boehringer’s Drive-In, 3160 North Reading Road, Adamstown; Strasburg Creamery, 1 W. Main St., Strasburg; and Isabella’s Ice Cream Parlor, 110 E. Main St., Lititz.
Wherever you find yourself while visiting an Authentic Bed & Breakfast of Lancaster, be sure to put an ice cream date on your list of things to do. You’ll be glad you did.