Dairy Bar!

I’m sitting in a very comfortable motel room in Wolfeboro New Hampshire, which I’m sure you know was the first resort town in the United States. We found a wonderful little place on the lake, where Emma and Denise are relaxing in a gazebo, on the lawn, watching some kids being delightedly dragged and tossed about the lake on some big rubber boat by their irresponsible parents.

We finished some takeout for lunch and two pints of hand-packed Morrissey Ice Cream, followed by a nap. Now, I’m ready to get down to some serious Bible study, following this post.

Ever since our first trip to New England, Denise and I have trained our eyes to detect each and every dairy bar along the road, in search of the best soft serve and homemade or local dairy’s hard ice cream. Maine abounds with the stuff, as does New Hampshire. The Morrissey mocha almond fudge was just right, but I think the peppermint stick was just a bit too sweet. I like the peppermint “hot.”

Last Sunday, I preached at a small church in Bangor. Following the service, pastor Joe, Tricia and their grandson Austin took us all out to Nick’s for lunch and we followed that up with a trip to the Gifford’s stand on Broadway, over by the Bangor Mall. They serve up some of the best hard ice cream I’ve had, in a variety of flavors. I’m a bit of a purist and go for something simple for evaluation and review. Their chocolate chip is a superb blend of rich, creamy vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate chips that are just the right size. They tend to be on the large size, which other chocolate chip fans will agree is the proper way to make it. As you can see from the photo on the left, Austin’s decision for chocolate lover’s chocolate was an excellent choice.

Denise usually gets something with maple in it while we’re in the area and Emma generally goes for the peppermint stick ice cream. Gifford’s excels at both.  Dutch Treat, on the road to Bar Harbor, makes their own ice cream right there and it’s a Salisbury favorite. We all like soft-serve and found Lodie’s on Deer Isle for the first time. It’s creamy, firm and comes in a variety of flavors and swirls. Of course, we still love our Blizzards at Dairy Queen and even McDonald’s will do in a pinch.


  1. Sista Di said:

    sounds like a fun time! That’s a sweet photo of lil Emma 🙂

    August 31, 2008
  2. Donna Webster said:

    I found my own little ice cream heaven off the beaten path in Raleigh.
    I usually indulge with a scoop after meeting up with my cycling group for a weekend morning ride. It’s the neatest little roadside store with fresh vegetables sold outside and inside is the homemade ice cream. I usually get the chocolate mint chip but it was a toss up today between the Carolina Crunch and Mango but the Mango won out. They have picnic benches outside to sit and enjoy on so it was the perfect start to a day.

    September 1, 2008
  3. pietyhill said:

    Emma is kinda cunnin’, isn’t she?

    I think a weekend ride merits a scoop… or a half gallon, in my case. I love mango ice cream. What’s Carolina Crunch?

    September 1, 2008
  4. Gdaddy said:

    (Wolfeboro) Lake Winnipesaukee is the site of my baptism in 1979. I didn’t know there was ice cream close by. I may have celebrated with a half gallon or two had I know……

    September 3, 2008
  5. pietyhill said:

    Actually, I didn’t mention it, but there are historical plaques all over New England… George Whitefield Preached Here, Home of Jonathan Edwards, Site of the First Baptist Church in the United States… stuff like that. Down at the town wharf in Wofeboro, at the park, there’s a monument commemorating the baptism of Pat, right there by the Brewster Academy.

    September 4, 2008

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