By Jonathan Eckelberg
Wisconsin is the dairy state, so it's only natural that many of the state's ice cream parlors have been around for decades. Here are a few old fashioned Wisconsin ice cream parlors, many of which may be older than you!
The homemade ice cream, sundaes, malts and shakes are to die for at this 1930s soda fountain and confectionery. Flavored fountain sodas are made from scratch, and handmade chocolates are sold by the piece or the pound. The swinging sounds of Tommy Dorsey's big band and the croons of Billie Holiday fill this shop. Mosey on over to the other side of the store to find a coffee shop featuring a variety of teas, gourmet coffees and hot beverages in the same setting of an era gone by.
A hundred years ago, this Door County shop known for excellent food and ice cream treats also was a source for local information. Today, the owners of this 1912 institution ship their chilly treats to anywhere in the continental U.S. Stop in during production hours to watch ice cream being made! The factory has more than 30 flavors to choose from, along with a long list of sundaes and other specialty offerings. They also serve sandwiches, homemade pizza, soup and salads, so you might as well just eat your whole meal there and finish (or start!) with dessert.
There are many reasons to experience this nostalgic little place. Its bright red and white-striped awnings, flower-lined front porch and old-fashioned storefront look much today like they did in 1906. Home-brewed root beer floats are among the most popular treats, but the Cherry Berry Delight also is a crowd favorite. You are in Door County, so it's only natural that you eat as many cherries as possible!
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