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Best of The Rivah - Meet the Winners - Ice Cream

Stevie’s Ice Cream - Kilmarnock

1. Stevie’s Ice Cream
With summer at full blast, Stevie’s in Kilmarnock is our reader’s choice for 2017’s best place for frozen treats to beat the heat. 

This charming little establishment operates out of a tricked-out trailer. It’s hard to miss the red roof and what looks like an eclectic 40s style diner meets sprinkles wonderland. The one-of-a-kind design stems from childhood memories of a similar ice cream stand, said owner Steve Billmyer. The name is a nod to his grandmother, the only person who called him Stevie. 

Outdoor seating is usually full of people savoring cones towering with freshly made soft serve ice cream. It’s a great place to catch up with friends or enjoy a game of checkers while sipping on a hand-mixed milk shake, smoothie, snow cone, latte or the popular Bay Blast—ice cream laced with candy pieces. Stevie’s serves plenty of toppings to personalize a banana split or sundae—like strawberry shortcake or cherries jubilee sundaes. The choices seem endless.

Stevie’s is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any kid—from 3 to 93.

  • 469 North Main Street, Kilmarnock. Open noon to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, times apply Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Bethpage Miniature Golf and Ice Creamery - Urbanna

2. Bethpage Miniature Golf and Ice Creamery
Try to decide from 20 tasty flavors of hand-dipped Hershey’s ice cream at this ice creamery near Urbanna. 

Do you prefer a creamy scoop of ice cream atop a waffle cone made on the premises, a decadent sundae, soft-frozen custard or yummy banana split? How about sipping on a float, smoothie or hand-spun milk shake? Lucky you, they are all available a short drive from wherever you’re staying in Rivah country. Play a round of Cowtopia mini-golf while you’re here!

  • 4817 Old Virginia Street in Urbanna, near Bethpage Campground. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., during the summer. After Labor Day, open Fridays 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

3. Short Lane
There’s simply nothing that can replace the taste of slow-churned homemade ice cream to float your banana boat. Short Lane Ice Cream Company in Gloucester is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.

Short Lane - Gloucester

Also featured are Gelato, Italian ice, sorbet, and sugar-free frozen yogurt—and any kind of cone imaginable. Don’t overlook the milkshakes, malts, sundaes and soda floats.

  • 6721 George Washington Memorial Highway, Gloucester. Open March through October. Tuesdays throughThursdays 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays 1 to 8 p.m. Closed Mondays. No credit cards.
posted 07.27.2017

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