Little Rachy had an unhealthy obsession with ice cream. It seems like it was always around for the big occasions in life—birthdays, first dates, any and all dates, reunions, celebrations, crying sessions, everyday/just because/random times. The plethora of amazing ice cream shops are just one of the things I miss about home in the summer. Here’s a little roundup for those in the SGF/Queensbury/Gansevoort area this summer (and also just because I like to talk about ice cream and home and exercise my expertise on the topics).
This hometown staple will always be #1 in my heart because I grew up on it and lottery tickets and beer are also available for purchase. Basically a one-stop dream shop. I did have a minor meltdown when they discontinued my all-time favorite flavor, Box of Chocolates, but I’m almost over that (I mean not really, but anyway…). Personally I enjoy the G’Voort (entertainment) and Bluebird Road (overall atmosphere and optimal seating) locations. Go here for: milkshakes and hand-packed or pre-packed pints. COOKIE WHIRLED IS MY FAVORITE IN THE WORLD.
Oh, Mr. Bill’s. I love you and hate you, but I can’t deny that you have the BEST brownie sundae in town. Two things I’ve learned about this place: don’t go here unless you want to see half your graduating class, and they close at 9, so unless you want to be the jerks sitting at the picnic tables with the lights off as I’m half-proud to admit we’ve done, don’t count on this place as a late-night spot. Go here for: brownie sundaes, banana milkshake, large order of curly fries.
I know people argue about Rob and Deb’s vs. Martha’s, but in my opinion, Frozen Dreams takes the ice cream cake. My dad and I always go before Eagles’ baseball games and try to sneak it in but it never works as we’re not the stealthiest and Dad likes to follow the rules. Be sure to grab multiple copies of their flavor calendar so you know exactly when to show up. They also have delicious ice cream cakes. Go here for: medium orange cream twist or banana in a dish with chocolate dip.
I saved the best for last. This is the hidden secret of all the land. It is cheap, it is delicious, and it has cool swing chairs. What I love most about this place is they have SO many flavors of homemade hard ice cream. It also takes about 20 minutes to get there from my house, so it’s perfect for a car jam session with the windows down right around dusk. Go here for: Oreo.
Bob’s in Lake George is a solid choice if you’re up there.