Whether you are a local to Lake Sunapee or a tourist passing through, be sure to stop for a tasty treat at one of the area’s unique ice cream shops. With a passion for creating smooth, creamy ice cream using quality products, these ice cream experts know how to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream
Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream started out as a childhood dream for Beck Johnson, also locally known as the “ice cream kid”. Growing up on a farm that was built around the 1700’s, he had an idea to create an ice cream shop in the old sheep barn. With the support from family and friends, his childhood dream came true.
The family-run ice cream shop prides itself on using farm fresh products and creating an inspiring family environment for customers to eat their ice cream and appreciate nature. Located on 750 acres, parents can enjoy gorgeous views while children play in the sandbox under the apple trees. The farm is home to a variety of welcoming animals that kids can meet and greet with including: chickens, geese, cows, donkeys, sheep, pigs, and many more.
Customers on Trip Advisor say, Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream is the ‘smoothest and creamiest ice cream they have ever eaten”. However, this little ice cream shop serves more than just homemade ice cream. Be sure to check out the frozen yogurt and sorbet as well.
You can get your frozen treat served up in a homemade waffle cone, a cup, float, frappe, or banana split. The shop offers ice cream pints that customers can enjoy at home along with a variety of other farm-fresh products such as: eggs, butter, cheeses, milk, vegetables, maple syrup, and bread.
Customer Favorite’s on Trip Advisor: The ginger ice cream, apple pie ice cream, root beer floats, and banana splits. Flavors include: Banana, cookie dough, coconut, maple cream, mocha chip, rum raisin, mango, and lots more.
Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream
209 Rte. 103, Sunapee, NH 03782
Make sure you don’t leave Lake Sunapee without stopping for some gelato at Marzelli Deli in Newbury. According to customer reviews on Trip Advisor, it’s the “greatest gelato in the world”, even better than Italian gelato shops in Italy.
Marzelli Deli is family owned and everything is made from scratch. They create gelato and other desserts from recipes passed down from generation to generation in Italy. Serving 36+ flavors, customers have a diverse selection to choose from. If you are in the mood for some other tasty treats, be sure to check out the Italian cakes and sorbetto. In addition to the dessert menu, there is also a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu as well.
Customer Favorite’s on Trip Advisor: Coconut, chocolate, and blood orange. Flavors include: Tiramisu, pistachio, strawberry, kiwi, coconut, Tuscan crunch, and a ton more.
889 New Hampshire 103, Newbury, NH
No visit to Sunapee Harbor in the summer would be complete without a visit to the Quack Shack ice cream stand. The Quack Shack serves Gifford’s ice cream, with the option of soft served or hard. Customers have noted on their Facebook page how great Gifford’s creamy ice cream is and the variety of flavors.
Locals especially love the Quack Shack for the deck overlooking the beautiful Sugar River and harbor where customers can enjoy the scenery while enjoying their ice cream. There is even a water fountain for dogs and a ring toss game. In addition to an ice cream menu, there is a lunch/dinner menu where customers can grab a bite to eat before dessert.
Customer Favorite’s on Trip Advisor: Lobster shack cone
Quack Shack Ice Cream
74 Main Street, Sunapee, NH 03782
Please note: Cash Only
Jolly Molly’s Ice Cream at Bubba’s Bar & Grille
After eating some famous clam chowder at Bubba’s Bar and Grille, save room for the ice cream at Jolly Molly’s. There are 20 flavors of Hershey’s Ice Cream to choose from, some which are very unique (listed below). Hershey’s Ice Cream uses fresh cream, fruit, and nuts to make their delectable treats.
Customers can eat their ice cream on picnic tables while enjoying the views of Newbury Harbor and Lake Sunapee. Whether it’s a family night or date night, nothing hits the spot better than some ice cream at Jolly Molly’s.
Customer Favorite’s on Trip Advisor: Homemade hot fudge
Flavors include: Peach cobbler, malt crunch, chocolate frosted cupcake, cotton candy, etc.
Bubbas’ Bar and Grille
976 New Hampshire 103, Newbury, NH