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The Top 5 Ice Cream Shops in Harwich
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, September 9, 2019

Ice Cream in Harwich

Your Cape Cod vacation just isn't complete without enjoying some ice cream after a long day spent soaking up the sun. Luckily, there are plenty of ice cream shops found all over the Cape, and Harwich is no exception. A walk through the heart of Harwich will bring you to a few different locations from which to choose, so whether you'd like to grab a cone while you wander down Main Street or sit in a restaurant for an after-dinner dessert, you've got options.

Here are Harwich's top five ice cream shops.

1) Sundae School

Just northwest of Wychmere Harbor in Harwich Port is Sundae School, a trendy shop serving homemade ice cream in dozens of different flavors. You can enjoy your treat in a waffle cone, dish, or cup, depending on where you want to eat it, or you can go all out with a sundae, banana split, or float.

It's not only Cape Cod that loves Sundae School, as the USA Today's 10Best website named it the fifth-best ice cream shop in the country. The website officially listed the Dennis Port location, but they both have the same products, so we’ll count it here. Either way, that's some pretty hefty praise for a small local ice cream parlor.

Since Sundae School is incredibly popular, it can be a bit of a wait if you arrive during peak hours. It'll all be worth it, however, once you taste the outstanding quality that is available here.


2) Schoolhouse Ice Cream

You'll find Schoolhouse Ice Cream just to the east of Wychmere Harbor, and it has a very similar story to Sundae School. For starters, they make all of their ice cream and frozen yogurt on-site, ensuring that you have access to the freshest treats in the area. You'll also see that they offer dozens of flavors, some of which are highly unique menu items that you don't find anywhere else. Schoolhouse is creative, and that's one of the things that makes this such a great shop.

The store is on Main Street, and keep in mind that they only accept cash and check as forms of payment. You can order a sundae, banana splits, waffle cones, chocolate-dipped cones, and malts here, as well. Have a look at their menu and see what stands out.

3) Dairy Queen

While you might not be into a chain restaurant when searching for the best ice cream shops on Cape Cod, there's something to be said for familiarity and ease of access, and Dairy Queen provides both. You won't find unique flavors or a local atmosphere here, but we all know that DQ has excellent soft-serve cones, sundaes, and frozen treats.

There are two main benefits to choosing the Dairy Queen in Harwich. First, this particular restaurant is in a historic building, so at least the exterior has some individuality. Next, there is a drive-thru, so if you're in a hurry or the kids are acting up, you can swing by for a quick dessert without waiting in line at a local shop.

The Dairy Queen sits in a convenient position on Main Street, just northeast of Allen Harbor.


4) A&W

Yes, it's another chain restaurant, but A&W has seriously stepped up its dessert game in recent years. Growing up, you probably remember A&W having chocolate, vanilla, and, maybe, swirl soft-serve ice cream, but today they have a lot more available.

Currently, A&W has root beer floats, sundaes, polar swirls, freezes, and milkshakes for dessert, so you'll have a lot more selection than ever before. And, just like the Dairy Queen, you won't have to spend 20 minutes in line waiting for your dessert because it's less busy than the local shops.

Keep in mind, however, that this restaurant doesn't have a drive-thru and is only open seasonally. The Harwich A&W is on Main Street, right across the street from the Trampoline Center.

5) The Weatherdeck Restaurant

Finally, we have another local ice cream shop to visit. Well, not exactly. The Weatherdeck Restaurant isn't exactly an ice cream parlor, but it is a popular local eatery that has some delicious desserts. The Weatherdeck is actually known, first and foremost, for its seafood, but locals appreciate that its hamburgers and ice cream are also worth trying.

In fact, you can play a round of mini-golf here during the day, and follow it up with a couple of scoops of hard ice cream, which you can take to-go or sit down to enjoy. Adults love The Weatherdeck, too, because they serve beer and wine, in addition to local favorites like lobster rolls and seafood pails.


You’ll Love That Ice Cream

With so many excellent ice cream parlors on Cape Cod, choosing one or two to visit can be challenging. But, hey, you'll be in Harwich for a week or longer, giving you plenty of time to sample all the local favorites.

Don't miss out on checking out Harwich's ice cream scene because it's sure to be one of the best aspects of your vacation to the Cape.

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The Top 5 Places to Get an Ice Cream in Falmouth, MA
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, April 8, 2019

When on Cape Cod during the summer months, getting an ice cream will surely be a priority. After all, it gets hot here in July and August, and there’s no better way to cool off than with a cone of your favorite flavor. But, where do you go for that perfect ice cream cone? There are plenty of options for ice cream all over the Cape, but if you’re in the Falmouth area this summer, check out one or more of the following shops that have been rated as the area’s best.


1) Somerset Creamery

As its name suggests, Somerset Creamery is based in Somerset, Massachusetts. It has had a shop in Cataumet since 1997, however, that serves perhaps the best ice cream on the Upper Cape. Although Cataumet is technically part of Bourne, Somerset Creamery is within walking distance of North Falmouth, so we'll count it as part of this list.

What makes this place unique is that every flavor of ice cream at Somerset Creamery is created using homemade ingredients. These flavors include their famous Cranberry Bog Ice Cream, which uses local cranberries, in addition to walnuts, craisins, and dark chocolate, to create a taste not available anywhere else. With over 30 flavors of ice cream, in addition to sherbet and frozen yogurt, you're sure to find something that you love at Somerset Creamery.


2) Lazy Sundaes Lazy Sundaes Ice Cream

Lazy Sundaes Ice Cream is also located in Cataumet, but is even closer to North Falmouth and has some delicious ice cream that makes it worth a visit. There's also an amusement center featuring bumper boats, mini golf, a batting cage, and a pitching booth with a radar gun on-site at this venue so that you can make a day of your visit in the summer.

The ice cream served at Lazy Sundaes is made at Richardson's Dairy in Middleton, Massachusetts, a world-class farm that has been in business since 1695. Although this ice cream shop sits at number two on this list, they claim to have the best ice cream in the world, and anyone with that much confidence in their products deserves a chance. This shop closes every winter and opens back up in early April in advance of the summer season.


3) Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream

At Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream, you'll have the chance to experience a real small-town ice cream shop in East Falmouth. Everything about Smitty's moves at its own pace, as you can sample as many of the delicious flavors as you wish before making your choice and enjoying your cone under a tree on their large lawn area or grabbing a picnic table.

There are more than 30 flavors from which to choose and the line moves quickly, perhaps due to their cash-only policy. This business closes for the season at the end of September, but if you’re on Cape Cod in the summer, make sure you check it out. For some high-quality ice cream and an authentic slice of life on Cape Cod, Smitty's is unmatched.


4) Ben & Bill’s

Right in the heart of downtown Falmouth is Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium, which has been around since the 1950s and now has stores in Massachusetts and Maine. The ice cream here is made fresh daily, and since a variety of dessert options are available, you don't have to be a fan of ice cream to love Ben & Bill's.

In total, you'll find over 60 flavors of ice cream and 12 types of gelato, so it’s easy to locate the perfect dessert anytime to head to Ben & Bill’s Main Street address. You can also make this shop part of your night on the town in Falmouth, as it is within easy walking distance of many restaurants along Route 28.


5) Dairy Queen

Yes, it’s part of a multinational restaurant chain, but this particular Dairy Queen has been in the same location on Main Street in downtown Falmouth for over 60 years and is reminiscent of ice cream parlors of the past. It doesn’t have the cookie-cutter appearance shared by most newer Dairy Queen stores and, in fact, doesn’t even serve food, as it is a dessert-only shop.

In addition, this Dairy Queen is one of Falmouth’s most popular places to get soft serve ice cream, as people line up down the block for a cone filled with their favorite treat in the summertime. Blizzards and sundaes are also on the menu, and you’ll find Mary Ellen's Portuguese Bakery behind the shop, should you want to pick up some baked goods at the same time.


Ice Cream in the Summer

While most of these shops close in the fall and don’t open again until the spring, if you’re visiting Cape Cod in the summer, you’ll have plenty of choices in Falmouth and area when searching for the ideal ice cream cone. The good news is that you can easily sample all of these great shops from your vacation rental on this year’s holiday and decide for yourself which one is the best.

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