This summer, ease the heat with a sweet retreat along the Allegany County Ice Cream Trail.
Start: Oak Barrel Café – 35206 National Pike NE, Little Orleans, MD 21766
Finish: Princess Restaurant – 12 W Main St, Frostburg, MD 21532
Distance: 1 day, 4 stops, 38.3 miles
35206 National Pike NE, Little Orleans, MD 21766
Don’t let the outside fool 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! A stop here guarantees everyone in the car will find something crafted with care that they absolutely love.
108 W Harrison St, Cumberland, MD 21502
Offering some of the Cumberland area’s best homemade frozen custard, Queen City Creamery provides a creative “flavor of the day” menu with 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 boozie creations like the Frozen Dirty Banana–a mixture of vanilla custard, Kahlua, banana liqueur, bananas, and milk. Need to walk off these delicious concoctions? Queen City Creamery is located in the heart of Cumberland and puts you right next to a variety of wonderful shops, historic sites, and restaurants!
1223c, National Hwy, La Vale, MD 21502
Locally owned and operated, this frozen yogurt shop nestled along the beautiful mountain landscape of La Vale features Honey Hill Farms–all gluten-free–frozen yogurt. Journey along the self-serve line and fire up your imagination to build a truly memorable sundae with a selection of toppings like M&Ms, chocolate chips, crushed Oreos, gummy bears, syrups, and more! Looking to “shake” it up a bit? Enjoy all your favorite froyo flavors as a milkshake or a float. You can’t go wrong!
12 W Main St, Frostburg, MD 21532
A Pappas family tradition for four generations, the Princess Restaurant is packed with history. A Frostburg favorite pastime, you’ll often find residents and visitors alike 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! Let your troubles (but not your ice cream) melt away with every delicious scoop at this true local legend.
These locations are Mountain Maryland’s year-round operating ice cream stops. For a full list of participating businesses, visit the Allegany County Ice Cream Trail. This road trip will lead you to one sweet stop after another, and the mountainous beauty you’ll see along the way makes the perfect cherry on top.
About the Author
Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is the state’s premier location to enjoy 70,000 acres of majestic nature, internationally recognized bike trails, three centuries of American history, a diverse food, brewery, and winery scene, and an endless amount of outdoor adventure. To learn more, visit www.mdmountainside.com.