Fall may be just around the corner but summer isn’t over yet so be sure to treat yourself to one of the best desserts that summer has to offer: Ice Cream! Savor the last weeks of summer with us at Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast in Michigan where we’re surrounded by some of West Michigan’s best creameries.
Allegan County is home to three Best Ice Cream manufacturers, so we think it’s safe to say, we love our Ice Cream in this part of Southwest Michigan. With seasonal flavors like Pumpkin or Hot Apple Pie, we encourage our guests to take a taste testing experience at each of our local creameries before summer ends.
1. Hudsonville Ice Cream is one of the most well known brands, sold throughout four states. The creamery started in Hudsonville, MI in 1926 with 6 flavors, but is now located in Holland, MI with over fifty different varieties and flavors. Whether you’re looking for a classic vanilla or chocolate, or looking for something more adventurous like Blueberry Cobbler, Caramel Turtle Cheesecake, or Grand Traverse Bay Cherry Fudge, they surely have something for everyone! They also feature 12 seasonal flavors, like fall’s Pumpkin or Country Apple Pie. Hudsonville Ice Cream is sold at most local grocery stores and many of the ice cream parlors in Holland, Saugatuck, and South Haven feature it as well. Be sure to bring a carton back with you to enjoy in your Whirlpool/Fireplace Suite or under the Iron Gazebo with Miss Abby.
2. Plainwell Ice Cream is located just 20 miles from our 65-wooded acre property in Plainwell, MI. Voted to have the best ice cream in the Kalamazoo area in an Mlive.com poll. Plainwell Ice Cream will definitely hit the spot in these remaining summer days. They currently have great seasonal featured treats, such as Pumpkin Ice Cream and Hot Apple Sundaes. They also offer other great flavors like Key Lime Pie, Toasted Coconut, and a few non-dairy items as well. At their main location on M-89 just east of the downtown Plainwell area, they are open until 9:00 pm each night now through October 31st, and will reopen on March 1st, 2013. You will also be able to enjoy Plainwell Ice Cream at The Boardwalk Ice cream parlor in downtown Allegan and at Around the Corner ice cream parlor in downtown Saugatuck.
3. Sherman’s Ice Cream is located just 30 minutes away from our Michigan bed and breakfast in South Haven, MI. Made the old fashioned way, without the use of high tech machines, Sherman’s Ice Cream is rich and creamy and full of great flavor and natural ingredients. With flavors like Butter Pecan, Chocomania, and Cappuccino, so how could you go wrong with Sherman’s? Their Dairy Bar is open through October from noon until 9:00pm on weekdays, and noon until 10:00pm on the weekend.
Here’s our best suggestions for Summer’s best dessert at an ice cream parlor near us, so come and check our availability at our Castle in the Country Inn before the summer’s end, and we’ll point you in the right direction for making your own taste test of the Best of Allegan County Creameries.