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    North Carolina’s One-of-a-Kind Food & Beverage Trails- Ice Cream!

    Welcome to the first of a blog series of four exploring the wonderful Food and Beverage Trails of North Carolina!

    Are you looking for an adventure without having to travel too far?  Look no further than your own backyard!  It’s no secret that North Carolina is home to some of the most delicious ice cream, trendy breweries, stunning wineries, and mouth-watering BBQ stops in the country.  But did you know that these trips can be conveniently turned into a great road trip?  Get ready to pack up your friends and family and hit the road for some delicious and mouth-watering fun!  Let’s hear that cheer- I scream You Scream We all scream for… That’s right, the first of four installments in this series on North Carolina’s Food and Beverage Trail is everyone’s favorite dessert- ICE CREAM!

    The North Carolina Ice Cream Trail

    Take a trip through the Triangle area and then up to the mountains for the best mouth-watering ice cream that North Carolina has to offer!  Let’s start in my backyard:

    • The Parlour – Durham   
      • The Parlour takes ice cream to a completely different level.  Between the new-age ambiance and inventive flavors, you’ll never get bored with their ice cream. It’s located in the trendy 9th St district near Duke University’s East Campus- a delightful place to walk off those tasty calories!
    • Sunny Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream – Angier 
      • This is an ideal starting spot for the journey.  With over 120 homemade flavors, you’ll find it’s difficult to choose just one!  So give in and order a double … or even triple scoop and give your tastebuds a run for their money!  Sunny Sky’s is typically open through December 1st.  
    • Homeland Creamery – Julian
      • This particular stop could easily turn into a day-long adventure!  Not only will you enjoy the creamiest homemade ice cream but you’ll also be able to take advantage of everything a local farm has to offer.  From petting some of the animals to enjoying a hayride and getting a behind the scenes look- the ice cream adds a nice cherry on top! 
    • The Berry Patch – Ellerbe 
      • As homemade as it could get.  The Berry Patch’s Ice Cream is made right inside the produce shop and you can instantly smell the flavors right when you enter.  Home to the “World’s Largest Strawberry”, make sure to pick up some award-winning produce while you’re there!
    • Tony’s Ice Cream – Gastonia 
      • Tony’s ice cream is homemade directly next to their made-to-order restaurant.  Known for their grape milkshakes, you will definitely want to give that a try and bring a pint of your favorite flavor home! 
    • Harry’s and Piggy’s – Hendersonville 
      • The novelty of Harry’s and Piggy’s is worth the stop in itself.  Originating in 1979, the ice cream parlor is home to some of the most eclectic antiques and old-fashioned memorabilia in the area.  
    • Dolly’s Dairy Bar and Gift Shop – Pisgah Forest 
      • What lies at the end of the mountains in Pisgah National Forest is a hidden treasure that will surely leave you wanting more.  Whether you’re enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery or a tubing adventure, don’t make the mistake of passing on this national forest staple!
    • Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop – Brevard 
      • Rocky’s vintage aesthetic appeal is just about as classic “old-school” as you can get.  Step back in time to this 1955 drugstore, decorated to honor its roots.  We recommend getting the ice cream first but also try your favorites from their classic diner menu! 

    Stay tuned for the next in our series…The incredible North Carolina BBQ Trail!

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