A Sweet RV Trip: Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

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Ice Cream RV Trip
July presents warm weather for RV camping, but did you know it’s also National Ice Cream Month?  According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the US ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and 9% of milk produced by US dairy farmers is used to make ice cream.  In 1984 Ronald Reagan designated July as the month to celebrate America’s favorite dessert.

Creative family trips in your motorhome are a great way to create lifelong memories.  There are hundreds of ice cream manufacturers across the country, and in honor of National Ice Cream Month, add one to your list of destinations and try some ice cream America has to offer.

Ben and Jerry’s
Waterbury, VT
Located in Vermont’s Green Mountains, Ben and Jerry’s has been in business since 1978.  Stop by in the summer for outdoor activities and picnicking.  Half hour guided tours for $3 between 9 am and 9 pm include a sample of the flavor of the day.  Everyone has their favorite flavor, such as Chunky Monkey or Half Baked, and in 2011 they debuted Late Night Snack with chocolate covered potato chips!

If you travel an hour south of Waterbury, you’ll reach North Hartland Lake and Quechee Village.  The 215-acre lake is surrounded by dense trees and meadows and rich with wildlife.  Quechee/Pine Valley campground offers a place to set up your RV with full hook ups and Wi-Fi. 

Blue Bell Ice Cream
Brenham, TX
This true Southern treat uses the finest milk, cream and sugar to produce old-fashioned-tasting ice cream.  Blue Bell is the second-best selling ice cream in the US and that’s with distribution to only 20 states!  California RVers are unable to snatch up a pint in local grocery stores, so add this stop when traveling through Texas.  Headquarters are in Brenham, TX, halfway between Austin and Houston.  45 minute tours for $5 are available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm.  Year round flavors include classics like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, but you’ll find rotational distinctive flavors like Southern Blackberry Cobbler and Banana Pudding.

Just 20 minutes north of the facility is Lake Somerville Marina and Campground, where you can bring your ice cream back with you and enjoy in your travel trailer.  Brenham is home to Washington CountyFairgrounds, which hosts the “Oldest County Fair in Texas”. 

Boulder Ice Cream
Boulder, CO
Nestled in the heart of Boulder, this ice cream company boasts organic local ingredients and green sustainable procedures.  Boulder Ice Cream uses recycled products, works with local distributors and even operates on wind-powered electricity.  Tours are by appointment only, Friday and Saturday mornings.  You can see how their ice cream is made and, of course, get a free ice cream tasting.  They have interesting flavors including Green Tea and Mexican Chocolate.

While in Boulder, take the time to take a hike through ChautauquaPark to absorb the stunning flat iron mountain views.  Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes, CO is about an hour north and hosts several campgrounds.  Up there you’ll find plenty of hiking and outdoor activities in the high altitude – plus elk, moose and bighorn sheep sightings along the road.

La Mesa RV has been providing RVs and trailers for almost 40 years.  We’d love to hear about your favorite destinations!  Visit one of our locations in California, Arizona or Florida and share your traveling experiences with us.

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1 comment:

  1. Touring all these places in pursuit of ice cream tasting sounds sweet indeed. The National Ice Cream Month will now be my favorite month of the year.

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