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One often-repeated but hard-to-verify factoid states that New Englanders consume more ice cream per capita than folks anywhere else in the country, but if you need proof, just visit a New England cone shop in winter. There’s nothing like the sight of red-cheeked Yankees with a sugar cones clenched firmly in gloved hands to confirm that our love for this frozen treat knows no seasonal limits.

In the days before electric refrigeration, large blocks of pond or lake ice were cut in winter and stored throughout summer for use in making it. This home court advantage guaranteed that a steady supply of affordable ice cream stocked New England drugstores and soda fountains during the early 20th century, dispensing sweet sundaes and frappes as fast as they could be scooped and blended. Before long, brands such as Hood and Brigham’s were local mainstays. And later, restaurants such as the Friendly’s and Howard Johnson chains gained popularity beyond their New England origins.

Even so-called “gourmet” ice cream has its roots in New England, most notably in the form of childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who took a $12,000 investment in 1978 and opened their first parlor in Burlington, Vermont. The result (Ben & Jerry’s, of course) has since grown into one of the most popular premium brands in the world, lauded for its creamy texture and toothsome chunks.

New Englanders love ice cream of most any variety, but our corner of the country is also known for several distinct New England flavors. Coffee, maple walnut, black raspberry, and Grapenut—which features nutty, soft bits of Grape-Nuts cereal. Whether you like your scoops plain, in a sundae, or topped with chocolate jimmies, the New England tradition is both long and sweet.

And if you prefer a main course before you get to the dessert, check out our FREE guide, Best of New England Seafood Recipes: How to Cook Scallops, How to Make Clam Chowder, Cooking Lobster Tails, Cod Fillet Recipes, Haddock Recipes and More!

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19th Century Apple & Cheese Harvest Festival

Award: Top 10 2016 Fall Events, Vermont Chamber of Commerce!Come celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday! Bring the whole family to a harvest festival at the Justin Morrill State Historic Site that features gardens, exhibits, an icehouse, ice pond and a historic home decorated with gingerbread designs. Make your own cider in

Paris Picks | The Best Restaurants and Bakeries

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Paris Picks | The Best Restaurants and Bakeries

I’m taking a step away from the usual recipes today because I just got back from a trip to Paris, and since my main question in planning the trip was, “Where should I eat?” I thought some of you might want some fresh recommendations as well.

The following picks stood out

Tour de Farms | Vermont Bicycle Farm Tour

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Tour de Farms | Vermont Bicycle Farm Tour

ACORN’s Tour de Farms is one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours and follows the pastoral landscape of the Champlain Valley. This year’s Tour has two routes: its flagship 30-mile route and a brand new, family-friendly 14-mile route. Over 25 local farms, food businesses and restaurants will be participating. Sample

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Bishop’s Homemade

The specialty of this big house is a particular New England favorite: Grape-Nut ice cream, complete with crunchy bits of the earthy cereal within a mellow vanilla confection. Always happy to accommodate, the counter staff will set your cone into an old wooden holder while you pay. Bishop’s maple sundae

Auburn Day and 24th Annual Duck Race

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Auburn Day and 24th Annual Duck Race

Enjoy a fun-filled day for the whole family with a celebration for the town of Auburn featuring the famous duck race, Salmon Falls apple pie contest, antique car show, New Hampshire artisans, crafters and vendors, children’s activities, food and more. Music will be provided by DJ Paul Lepine.

There will be

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Walpole Creamery

Echo Moon Farm delivers fresh milk daily from rBGH-free cows to this producer and “scoop shop,” where local ingredients such as maple and pumpkin are blended into rich flavor. You can watch the ice cream churning right there at the stand, too. 532 Main St., Walpole. 603-445-5700; walpolecreamery.com

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21st Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival

Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from hundreds of different vendors, all made from -you guessed it – garlic and herbs!Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every

Glocester, RI: Lydia Walshin

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Glocester, RI: Lydia Walshin

In early December 2003, Deborah DeBare, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) in Warwick, received a call from a woman who wanted to make a donation. For DeBare, whose agency oversees shelters around the state, it wasn’t an unusual inquiry. What was different this time,

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FOUR DAYS OF DOG SHOWS ! VT Scenic Circuit

FOUR DAYS OF DOG SHOWS! The Woodstock & Green Mountain Dog Clubs will be sponsoring an official AKC Event – “Good Old Fashioned Dog Shows” with Conformation Classes with Best in Show; Companion Events, Obedience & Rally, for both purebred and mixed breed dogs. Best Puppy & Best

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Nature’s Own Carpet
Your brief piece on diverse vs. monoculture lawns [“Ask the Naturalist,” July/August 2008, p. 30] merited full-length treatment.
For some years, I’ve cultivated wildflowers throughout my yard, even turning the entire front lawn into a carpet of eco-friendly color. Neighbors may think I’m odd, if not radical, but the

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Ames Farm Inn

BEST PLACE TO UNPLUGSince it opened in 1890, generations have flocked to this Lake Winnipesaukee inn. Take your breakfast or lunch in the former farmhouse, catch a movie in the barn, or purchase an ice cream in the gift shop.

Bay Wrap

Intriguing possibilities, such as an Asian-influenced samurai salmon, go far beyond the usual meat-and-veggie wraps. Don’t miss the baked goods and John’s homemade ice cream. Wraps: $6.50 small, $7.50 large.

Bearskin Neck

Bearskin Neck

At Bearskin Neck, you can always find something to do. Sweeping out to protect the harbor of Rockport, Massachusetts, Bearskin Neck is both a place where you will find fishermen and artists. Rustic shops dot the landscape selling everything from seafood to jewelry. Stop in at Bearskin Neck Leathers (7

Bed and Breakfasts of the Mystic Coast and Country

Bed and Breakfasts of the Mystic Coast and Country

The Bed and Breakfasts of the Mystic Coast and Country invite you to visit any of our member B&B’s/inns and experience the gracious hospitality of some of the finest bed and breakfasts located in Mystic, Stonington, Ledyard, Pawcatuck, Lisbon, Niantic, Bozrah, Preston and Poquetanuck. Each B&B offers a unique Mystic

Berry Manor Inn

Not only do guests enjoy an expansive breakfast, but they also have access to pantries stocked with Maine-made Gifford’s ice cream and the inn’s renowned homemade pies, such as to-die-for blueberry, mixed berry, and apple. Rates: from $145. Best Anytime Pie

Bishop’s Homemade

The specialty of this big house is a particular New England favorite: Grape-Nut ice cream, complete with crunchy bits of the earthy cereal within a mellow vanilla confection. Always happy to accommodate, the counter staff will set your cone into an old wooden holder while you pay. Bishop’s maple sundae

Bristol Harbor Inn

Bristol Harbor Inn

Lloyd Adams is your host at this elegant, boutique-style 1997 waterfront Federal inn, located at Thames Street Landing. Many rooms offer spectacular views of the harbor and Narragansett Bay, ranging from queen- or king-size with fireplace to suites. Thames Street Landing houses a variety of on-site shops, including a day

Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen

Chris Bunten grew up in this handsome brick farmstead before working in restaurants nationwide and marrying classically trained chef Bruce Balch. Today, the couple turn super-rich milk from their Devon cattle into butter, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream, served with other local ingredients. Entrees: from $22.

Burger Boy

Retro Burger Boy has been serving fresh ground burgers, fried chicken and seafood, house-made fries, ice cream, and delicious shakes since 1968. Eat in the jukebox-themed dining room or opt for the drive-through. Burgers: from $2. Best Throwback Burger Joint

Coplin Dinner House

Savor light fare, such as fish tacos or burgers, or heftier entrees, like rack of lamb or char-grilled hanger steak, in a beautifully restored farmhouse. Don’t miss the blueberry pie with cinnamon ice cream. Entrees: from $12. Best Fine Dining in the Western Mountains

Fast Eddies

Best Nifty FiftiesCarhops deliver burgers, shakes, fries, and homemade ice cream, but don’t miss the dining room, where James Dean, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Boop preside over a cool collection of 1950s memorabilia. The Wednesday night cruise-in draws vintage vehicles and a crowd.

Fort Hill Farms

The land here has been farmed for more than 300 years. Pick organic blueberries, wander through more than 70 display gardens, or take a class in medicinal herbs. But the highlight is a trio of soul-soothing labyrinths created with more than 1,500 lavender plants.Best Lavender Patch PlusFeel calm after circling

Four Seas Ice Cream

Four Seas Ice Cream

Four Seas Ice Cream on Cape Cod has been serving the finest homemade ice cream since 1934, founded by W. Wells Watson. It’s one of the three oldest ice cream shops in New England and was once a blacksmith shop back in the day. The store was named for part

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Gifford’s refers to its original stand, opened in 1980, as the “ice cream center of the known universe,” and it’s hard to argue with this four-time World Dairy Expo Ice Cream Grand Champion. BEST ICE CREAM STAND.

Holiday Hill Motor Inn

Best Motel With Mini-GolfHoliday Hill has been luring duffers of all ages to play its nautically themed miniature-golf course since 1959. Meticulously maintained rooms are spacious enough for families, and the on-site video arcade, bumper-car pavilion, and ice-cream stand almost make this a self-contained resort.

Jordan Pond House

The view of Jordan Pond and across it to the two “Bubbles” mountains offers plenty of reason to visit, but the popovers with strawberry jam are legendary.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010BEST MAINE TRADITIONAfter hiking one of Acadia’s peaks or biking the carriage trails, reward yourself with tea and popovers ($9.25) on

Kimball Farm Ice Cream & Restaurant

Best Kiddie ConeParents get their money’s worth with immense kids’ portions of homemade ice-cream flavors such as raspberry-chocolate chip and peanut-butter chocolate. And if that’s not enough to win over the younger set, look for low-flying propeller plans coming in for a landing at Silver Ranch Airpark next door.

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Where else but in Vermont can you get artisanal ice cream made with yolks from eggs laid on the premises? This tiny shop mixes up small batches with fanciful flavors such as salted caramel and Black Mascara Tears. BEST HOMEMADE ICE CREAM.

Mac s on the Pier

No matter how long the lines are at the order counter, there’s always a picnic table free on the adjacent sand when your number is called. This is the spot to indulge in steamers, lobster, fried fish, onion rings, or even a fish taco. The sunset is free, and you

Masa

Masa

Masa is Southwestern dining in Boston at its best. With a dish like Braised Lamb Shank with Cranberry Mole, you can’t go wrong. Masa offers an award-winning menu of “new Southwest” cuisine, combining the zest of the Southwest with the down-home flavors of New England. Masa was awarded “Best New

Meletharb Ice Cream

Dozens of flavors, made on the premises in small batches, attract a steady stream of ice-cream lovers, in weather both fair and foul. The shop’s creativity is best displayed in the honey-accented flavor with chunks of baked baklava blended in. Delicious! From $3.75.

Mitchell’s on the River

There’s no denying the summery pleasure of cheap eats at a breezy seafood shack. A mere stone’s throw from the Connecticut River, this seasonal al fresco joint hosts a laid-back crowd, noshing on fried fish, burgers, and ice cream at picnic tables overlooking the historic Glastonbury/Rocky Hill ferry launch. Entrees:

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

In Vermont, almost every drive on a warm summer night leads to a creemee stand. The soft-serve ice cream comes in dozens of flavors, but maple reigns supreme—and at Morse Farm, that iconic ingredient comes from the family’s own sugarbush. BEST MAPLE CREEMEE.

Northfield Creamie

An Upper Pioneer Valley institution for more than 50 years, this family-run take-out stand features dairy treats of all kinds, from regional ice cream brands to frappes made with farmfresh milk. The rich, creamy soft serve is a musthave, dipped in one of a half-dozen flavored coatings and sprinkles.

Penny Lane Pub

Penny Lane Pub

English-style fare with light options (pear salad and gorgonzola!) and a neighborhood atmosphere.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012WINE AND ROSES:What used to be Joe’s Diner in a nondescript shingle-sided building has blossomed into Martin and Karen Cappiello’s Wine and Roses, an Old Saybrook surprise. Bold menu specialties have raised eyebrows here in

Richardson s Ice Cream

To see a family farm at its best, stop at Richardson’s, where a family member has milked cows every day since 1695. To taste ice cream at its best, order a cone with farm-fresh strawberry from the ice-cream stand. Then check out the adjoining mini-golf courses, driving range, and batting

Riverside Farm Market

BEST SOUP-TO-NUTSFarm, vineyard, coffee bar, ice-cream stand, bean-hole bean source, wine shop, deli, cafe: Riverside Farm Market provides one-stop shopping and eating.

Salvation Cafe

Best Rooftop BarThe tiki bar has gotten balmier with a new version on the roof. Sip under the stars with a forkful of sailor’s delight: chocolate banana purses with ginger ice cream.A funky interior and seasonal dining on the patio—with tiki bar—complement the eclectic multiculti menu, which crosses borders from

Sea Swirl Seafood Restaurant and Ice Cream

Sea Swirl Seafood Restaurant and Ice Cream

Celebrating 25 years! Featured in the New York Times & The Boston Globe “Sea Swirl is another classic of its kind, that sidelines great pints of fried clams,” – The Boston Globe. Visited by Rachael Ray of the Food Network Channel’s $40 A Day. Fresh seafood, burgers, fries, chowder

Shoeniverse

A 20,000-square-foot showroom with equivalent warehouse space below makes Shoeniverse New England’s largest shoe store. More shoes than you’ve ever imagined—in an insane range of styles and sizes for all—make it a shoe lover’s Shangri-la. Everything’s discounted even before the frequent sales. Owner Judy Legare is on a mission to

Squam Lake Inn

When fall blazes across the countryside, it’s like a clash of beautiful titans, a riot of red, orange, yellow. Pick a spot, any spot, but why not the Lakes Region? How about a setting so gorgeous that On Golden Pond was filmed there? Bingo, Squam Lake—second-largest in the state. And

Susanna’s Ice Cream

What makes Susanna’s ice cream extraordinary aren’t just the flavors, which are seasonal, often exotic, and intense: white peach and ginger, Damson plum, strawberry-champagne. It’s also the hard work that goes into sourcing, prepping, and hand-mixing every ingredient. Many ice creameries–even local, award-winning ones–buy commercial bases of cream, sugar, and

The Bernerhof Inn Bed & Breakfast

Best RenovationRecently remodeled from head to toe, this Victorian lady has been given a jolt of modernity with luxurious high-thread-count linens, flat-screen TVs, and eco-friendly fireplaces in every room. Rates: from $98, including full breakfast.With perfect-size portions of five different dishes at this snuggled-away restaurant, you’ll get a taste of

The Farmer s Cow Calfe

Fresh from a statewide co-op, taste ice cream, sandwiches, breakfast, and flavored milk drinks. A clever menu includes the “Moo-zzarella Panini” and “Heifer-Nutter” (PB&J). BEST DAIRY BAR.

Toscanini

Depending on the season, you can find Belgian chocolate, “Rather Dark Chocolate,” Aztec chocolate, or Mexican chocolate ice cream at this iconic Cambridge ice-cream shop. Then there are the malted vanilla, French vanilla, and sweet-cream flavors. And fruit? How about lemon pistachio or mango ginger? The Tosci’s team is always

UCONN Dairy Bar

Scoop up the basketball-championship team’s namesake: Husky Tracks. Or choose from more than two dozen flavors after watching the creamy confection being made at this mid-campus spot. Always a winner. BEST ICE CREAM.

Walpole Creamery

Echo Moon Farm delivers fresh milk daily from rBGH-free cows to this producer and “scoop shop,” where local ingredients such as maple and pumpkin are blended into rich flavor. You can watch the ice cream churning right there at the stand, too.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

We-Li-Kit

Best Ice Cream“Apes Delight,” “Chipmunk Tracks,” and two dozen other flavors in scoops so creamy they almost moo. There’s a whiff of hay and flowers in the air at this country roadstand, bordered by barns and a greenhouse full of hanging baskets.

Wellfleet Drive-in Theatre

Wellfleet Drive-in Theatre

The Wellfleet Drive-In is the only drive-in movie on the Cape. And by day, it turns into a flea market! The Wellfleet shows first-run double features on its 100-foot screen every summer night. Complete with a snack bar, a playground, and a miniature golf course. Beer and wine is available,

West End Drug Co.

In a town of $4 ice cream cones and $7 sandwiches, this old-fashioned soda fountain offers a grilled cheese for less than $2 and a one-scoop cone for $1.49.

Wild Blueberry Land

Step inside a humongous roadside blueberry to find freshly baked Maine wild-blueberry pies, muffins, and scones; blueberry jams, syrups, spreads, butter, truffles, ice cream, and more; plus blueberry-scented candles and blueberry-themed everything else. BEST BLUEBERRY EVERYTHING.

Willowbrook Museum Village

BEST TIME TRAVELExplore 25 National Register of Historic Places buildings assembled in a 19th-century country-village setting. Mosey through furnished homes, and explore barns brimming with restored carriages, sleighs, themed exhibits, even an 1894 carousel. Shop the country store, then refuel at the ice-cream parlor.

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