Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin is hosting a tour July 25.
What's the perfect foil for steamy July days? Ice cream! Here are five places to savor the frozen confection during National Ice Cream Month.
1. Salt & Straw, Portland, Ore. Billed as "farm-to-cone ice cream," the delectable and creative flavors mean there are regularly lines out the door, as patrons debate their favorite concoctions. Cousins Kim and Tyler Malek use local, sustainable and organic ingredients for their handmade, small batches of Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero, Cinnamon Snicker Doodle and Double Fold Singing Dog Vanilla. This summer, Salt & Straw created a collection of beer-infused ice creams. Contact: 971-271-8168; saltandstraw.com
2. Velvet Ice Cream's Ye Olde Mill, Utica, Ohio. This 99-year-old, family-owned spot celebrates National Ice Cream Month with activities that include 99-cent cone day, barbershop quartet performances, magicians, clowns, tastings and a special sundae celebration.
The company, in Licking County, churns out more than 5 million gallons of ice cream each year on the 25-acre grounds of Ye Olde Mill, where visitors can tour the ice cream and milling museum. The playground, picnic area and fishpond are popular with families. Contact: velveticecream.com
3. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, S.D. Thomas Jefferson is known for service to his country, efforts that included writing the Declaration of Independence and serving as president. But few know that he was one of the first in the new country to enjoy ice cream year-round, having learned how to make it while he was ambassador to France.
This summer, Xanterra Parks & Resorts will serve the vanilla recipe that Jefferson offered his guests at a state dinner at Monticello. Monumental scoops of "TJ's Ice Cream" are available throughout the summer at the Memorial Team Ice Cream shop. Contact: nps.gov/moru; mtrushmorenationalmemorial.com
4. Birchwood Dairy, Abbotsford, B.C. Koralee Teichroeb, author of "Everything Goes With Ice Cream," taps the 150-acre Birchwood Dairy as her go-to spot. "This little neighborhood farm and dairy sells the best homemade ice cream ever," declares the frozen-treat aficionado. Visitors can take a farm tour or enjoy petting small farm animals before enjoying a scoop of Candy Cane or Caramel Wave. Contact: birchwooddairy.com
5. Little Man Ice Cream, Denver. Visit this Coney Island-inspired creamery for handmade and locally sourced treats, made in a 28-foot-tall silver cream can. Little Man is committed to a Scoop for Scoop program. For every scoop of ice cream purchased, the organization provides a scoop of rice or beans to those less fortunate in developing parts of the world. Contact: littlemanicecream.com
- Dallas Morning News
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» Jack Voight of the Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin, N2550 State 47, Appleton,will host a tour 6-7:30 p.m.. Learn how the seven-acre butterfly garden was established. Randy Powers of Prairie Future Seed Co. will be on hand to answer questions. Free. Visit www.butterflygardensofwisconsin.com.