There’s no right way to eat ice cream, except with a smile. Anytime of the year, this treat is one of our favorites in the River Realm. Here, you can polish off a farm-to-table meal with a custard sundae, order a cone for your pup, or take home a tub of homemade butter pecan. It might be messy, but it’s always good.
Here are our favorite places to get a lick (or a hundred!)
16273 General Puller Highway, Deltaville
Chef Helen Elizabeth Ward shares her passion for homemade family recipes passed down by generations at her restaurant, The Table at Wilton. That passion pours into the restaurant’s soft serve frozen custard. They serve up the classic flavors, chocolate and vanilla a variety of ways. Get a swirl on top of a homemade waffle cone, slurp down a coke beer float, dig into a brownie sundae or take a bite out of an ice cream sandwich.
469 North Main Street, Kilmarnock
This is an all American River Realm classic. The classic, funky vibe of Stevie’s is infectious. Pull up and park the car to treat the family, even the dogs! Ask for the “pup cup” if you have a furry friend with you! For the humans, you can enjoy soft serve ice cream, sundaes, and more. Go ahead and indulge. That’s what vacation is all about.
139 South Main Street, Kilmarnock
Sometimes the sweeter things in life are best enjoyed with a cup of Joe. You’ll find a special combination of ice cream and coffee at Front Porch Coffeehouse. This quaint and welcoming meeting spot always smells good–they roast their own beans on site! Be sure to snap a photo out front with the large-than-life ice cream cone.
62 Irvington Road, Kilmarnock
Brace yourself for these one-of-a-kind treats. NN Burger may be known for its wild and filling burger menu, but we think the real fun is in the sweet section. The Kilmarnock classic serves up rich and decadent hand-spun shakes. You can make it a Freakshake with a pastry, candy, and chocolate drizzle on top. For a boozy treat, add a shot of rum to any milkshake.
213 Virginia St, Urbanna, VA
Something Different is well known for its barbeque–you can smell it smoking from down the street! There’s something for your sweet tooth here, too. The restaurant carries homemade ice cream made from South Mountain Creamery in classic southern flavors like butter pecan with caramelized organic sugar butter. You can have it over a homemade pie after dinner or take some home for later in a tub.
795 Rappahannock Drive, White Stone
This little haven is chock full of sweet surprises. As you walk through the gardens out front and into the store inside, you’ll find so many flavors of homemade fudge and Hershey’s ice cream, everyone in your crew will walk away happy. They offer gluten free ‘scream too! Order a milkshake or classic cone and enjoy them outside this cute little sanctuary. Bring home fudge flavors like Key Lime, Orange Cream, and White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake.
50 Cross Street, Urbanna, VA
Time slows down when you walk into this old-fashioned family drugstore. Take a seat on a swiveling stool behind the retro bar and order up a milkshake. They’ve been making them here since 1929, alongside other classics like hot dogs, shrimp salad, limeades and more. While you’re waiting for your shake, walk around and discover a large collection of coastal gifts, daily essentials and nostalgic items like Silly Putty.
4817 Old Virginia St, Urbanna
There are memories waiting to be made here! Set next to one of our favorite campgrounds, this fun celebration of all things dairy is adorable and delicious. Cowtopia is a farm-themed miniature golf course designed by sculpture artist Mark Cline. On the golf course, you’ll find photo opps with carnival cows, funny farm animals fountains and a train. Inside, you can indulge in 20 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream and homemade waffle cones, sundaes and shakes, yum!
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