Allegany County, Maryland, Launches New Ice Cream Trail
Nine local ice cream establishments across the region are featured in this self-guided road trip
July 9, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD – It is officially summer and it is officially July, which means it is National Ice Cream month. So what is one to do to officially celebrate? Dig into the sweet flavors of a cooling scoop of ice cream. And, look no further, because Allegany County Tourism has launched an official Ice Cream Trail that features nine area establishments and stretches from one end of the county to the other.
“Food trails and culinary-focused travel are popular reasons for road trips,” stated Ashli Workman, Director of Tourism for Allegany County, Maryland. “Destinations across the country boast their beer, wine, and coffee trails. Here in Allegany County, we have an abundance of great ice cream locations, so we thought, why not highlight and create our very own experience for travelers.”
The featured ice cream locations include:
- Oak Barrel Café – Little Orleans, Maryland
Don’t judge a book by its cover! While the outside may appear to be a convenience stop and gas station off I68, the inside reveals a café, which includes a menu of great ice cream classics.
- Twisteez – Cumberland, Maryland
Known for their unique flavor combinations such as the Fireside S’mores, Peanut Butter Pretzel, and Apple Strudel.
- Queen City Creamery & Café – Cumberland, Maryland
The Creamery may be known for their homemade frozen custard and “flavors of the day,” but did you know they feature a “grown-ups only” drink menu, with items such as the Frozen Dirty Banana featuring vanilla custard, Kahlua, banana liqueur, bananas, and milk?
- Livvy’s Soft Serve – Cresaptown, Maryland
With a motto of “Start your diet tomorrow,” Livvy’s is home to the generous portion sized cones and indulgent sundaes!
- FRO-YO Factory – LaVale, Maryland
Featuring frozen yogurt with a self-serve, build-your-own sundae bar, plus, gluten-free options.
- Mountain City Coffeehouse & Creamery – Frostburg, Maryland
Hand-dipped cones, milkshakes, sundaes, and floats, featuring locally made ice cream sourced from Lakeside Creamery in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland.
- Princess Restaurant – Frostburg, Maryland
The Princess may be known for their Truman Booth, which is dedicated to the 1953 visit of President Harry Truman and his wife Bess, but today, the restaurant is shaking things up with their Super Shakes, which are loaded with ice cream and sweets.
- Frostburg Freeze – Frostburg, Maryland
Home to the Boston Shake! Is it a hot fudge sundae inside a milkshake or is it a milkshake poured over top a hot fudge sundae? That’s the question we hope you can help us answer when you visit.
- Busters Treats – Lonaconing, Maryland
A pop-up ice cream stand featuring homemade peanut butter sauce and fresh toppings.
Originally, Allegany County Tourism launched the trail through their blog – http://mdmountainblog.com/ice-cream-trail, and shared on their social media channels.
“The response was immediate and overwhelming with the reaction being one of pure affection for the idea,” shared Workman.
Because of the public’s feedback, a rack card was developed, which features the route of the trail on the front and a list of the nine businesses, their phone numbers, and addresses, on the back. Rack cards are available for pick up at the Allegany County Visitor Center, located at 13 Canal Street, Cumberland, Maryland, as well as other area establishments.
For more information, please contact the Visitor Center at (301) 777.5132, or visit www.mdmountainside.com.
Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics
Top five places to enjoy a great margarita in Mountain Maryland. (In no particular order).
Rio Grande – 1217 National Highway, LaVale, MD
Offering a wide array of old-world classic favorites to creative new dishes, Rio Grande welcomes diners to a friendly atmosphere with commendable service. Margaritas come in traditional, strawberry, peach, and pina colada flavors, and be sure to check out the jumbo margarita and margarita pitchers!
El Jinete – 501 N. Mechanic St., Cumberland, MD
Bringing family recipes from Jalisco Mexico to Allegany County, Maryland, El Jinete provides flavorful spices and exquisite traditional dishes. Touting a world-class tequila selection, you are sure to enjoy a classic margarita when you stop by this establishment on Cinco de Mayo.
Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant – 11 Bowery Street, Frostburg, MD
Established in 1979, Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant has become a locals favorite, serving vibrant and flavorful dishes to enjoy on a spectacular outdoor patio, perfect for dining in the warm weather. The fully stocked bar serves quality-crafted cocktails, including a delicious margarita on the rocks. Be sure to try it with a Grand Marnier floater!
Mezzos – 114 S. Center Street, Cumberland, MD
This tapas style restaurant features a relaxing atmosphere with an American-style menu that includes many shareable plates and appetizers. Mezzos is “the place to meet” this Cinco de Mayo to enjoy specialty cocktails and great margaritas!
El Canelo – 167 E Main Street, Frostburg, MD
The chips and salsa and Vallarta Special are second-to-none. El Canelo offers authentic Mexican cuisine and all the margarita staples, including frozen variety, margaritas on the rocks, and pitchers of margaritas.
From Mexico, all the way to the mountains – Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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This summer, ease the heat along Allegany County Maryland’s Ice Cream Trail!
We may be located in the breezy mountains of Mountain Maryland, but that doesn’t spare us from the sultry dog days of summer. Whether you’re biking through Allegany County on the Great Allegheny Passage or just want a sweet retreat from the mountain’s summer sun, Allegany County, Maryland, is home to some notable ice cream stops.
Oak Barrel Cafe – 35206 National Pike NE, Little Orleans, MD
Don’t let the outside trick you! Located right off Exit 72 from Maryland’s Interstate 68, this charming cafe goes above and beyond convenience-stop fare with a spectacular food menu, complete with all the ice cream classics, including soft-serve ice cream cones and cups, specialty sundaes, coffeehouse chillers, milkshakes, floats, smoothies, and more!
Twisteez – 11506 Bedford Road NE, Cumberland, MD
With combinations like the Fireside S’more, Peanut Butter Pretzel, and Apple Strudel, this seasonal ice cream stand, located minutes from downtown Cumberland, is “the twist you can’t resist!” Stop by this neighborhood favorite!Queen City Creamery & Cafe – 108 W. Harrison Street, Cumberland, MD (0.3 miles from mile marker 0, Great Allegheny Passage)
Offering some of the Cumberland area’s best homemade frozen custard, Queen City Creamery provides a creative “flavor of the day” menu with flavor combos from Kahlua Mocha Cheesecake to Lemon Poppy Muffin and White Russian to Caramel Old Bay. While you are sure to be delighted by a cone with the “flavor of the day,” what makes the creamery even more appealing is their “Grown-ups Only” Drinkery menu, with drinks like the Frozen Dirty Banana – a mixture of vanilla custard, Kahlua, banana liqueur, bananas, and milk.
Livvy’s Soft Serve – 13125 Warrior Dr., Cresaptown, MD
Known for their rotating soft-serve “flavors of the day” like yellow cake batter and salted caramel, their generous portion sizes, and indulgent sundaes like the “Start your diet tomorrow” sundae or the “Half Nuts” sundae, Livvy’s is a Cresaptown-area favorite stop. Nestled in a small neighborhood right off Route 220, Livvy’s offers big taste with all the classic offerings.
Fro-yo Factory – 1223c National Highway, LaVale, MD
Newly opened, locally owned and operated, this frozen yogurt shop features Honey Hill Farms – all gluten-free – frozen yogurt. Make your way through the self-serve line to build your sundae with a selection of toppings like m&ms, chocolate chips, crushed Oreos, gummy bears, syrups, and more.
Mountain City Coffeehouse and Creamery – 60 E Main Street, Frostburg, MD – (0.8 miles from the Frostburg Trailhead on the Great Allegheny Passage) Mountain City Coffeehouse and Creamery, boasting unique Gothic architecture and a cobblestone patio for outdoor dining, sits right in the heart of downtown Frostburg. Featuring locally made ice cream, sourced from Lakeside Creamery at Deep Creek Lake in nearby McHenry, MD, Mountain City Coffeehouse and Creamery serves hand-dipped cones, milkshakes, sundaes, and floats!
Princess Restaurant – 12 W. Main Street, Frostburg, MD – (0.9 miles from the Frostburg Trailhead on the Great Allegheny Passage)
A Pappas family tradition for four generations, the Princess Restaurant is packed with history. A Frostburg favorite past-time, you can often find Frostburg residents pulled up to the diner counter, sipping on milkshakes and malts or spooning assorted sundaes and banana splits. New to the menu are the super shakes, built with decadence in mind, with rotating specialty shakes like the Cookie-Cookie Super Shake and the Super Fudge Chocolate Brownie Shake!
Frostburg Freeze – 225 W. Main Street, Frostburg, MD – (1.5 miles from the Frostburg Trailhead on the Great Allegheny Passage)
What is that Boston Shake? Is it a hot fudge sundae inside a milkshake or is it a milkshake poured over top a hot fudge sundae? That’s the question we hope you can help us answer when you swing by the Frostburg Freeze. Family owned and operated for over 50 years, The Frostburg Freeze is a seasonal community hub, serving the area’s best soft-serve to patrons on an outdoor patio, along Old Route 40 National Road. With “oldies, but goodies” like the Boston Shake and root beer floats to the new “pick your own” flavor bursts in a soft-serve cone, you will not regret making this a priority stop on a hot summer’s day.
Busters Treats – East Main Street, Lonaconing, MD
Historic Lonaconing, home to the Lefty Grove Memorial Park, boasts this pop-up ice cream stand along the Main Street drag. Known for their homemade peanut butter sauce and fresh toppings, Busters Treats serves all the soft-serve classics from milkshakes and sundaes to malts and ice cream sandwiches. Animal Lovers – Bring your four-legged friend for a dog-friendly summer treat!
This is one trail that will lead you to an ultimately sweet landing. Enjoy!
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