One of the Best Ice Cream Spots By Minnehaha Creek

This week's forecast is promising a nice hot running streak in the 80 degree range.  For someone like me, this kind of weather is perfect.  Give me a lake to cool off in, a good book, and a hammock under a tree, and I am all about the heat.  I would rather sweat any day of the week than be cold.  But I do realize that sweltering isn't most people's first choice when it comes to comfort.  For almost everyone I know, weather like this means plopping in front of the AC vent and just sitting until the heat breaks.  

In the meantime though, there's another way to cool off: ice cream!  And what better way to enjoy ice cream than to do it right along Minnehaha creek where you can dip your toes in the icy cold water and sit in peace underneath endless tree shade?!  Answer: there is no better way.

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Several years ago, my mom and I discovered for the first time the sugary goodness that is Grand Ole Creamery in St. Paul (I'm originally from out of state).  So whenever she'd come to town, we'd have to make a trek across the river to Grand Ave to get a few scoops (rain or shine, snow or sun, blizzard or hail...you get the picture).  Then, last summer, I happened upon their Minneapolis location.  It was like seeing the holy grail.

Only about a 5-7 minute drive from my house, Grand Ole Creamery's location along the creek at Cedar Avenue is the perfect excuse to just "run some quick errands" and pop over there on the way for a malted milk ball-filled waffle cone topped with chocolate fudge brownie ice cream.  Or you can be open about your ice cream habit (I'm working up to that level) and invite a friend along for the ride!  Then, the two (or more) of you can snag a cone and go for a stroll along the greenway (hooray for outdoor activities and beating the heat without driving up the electric bill)!

So whether you are a sorbet connoisseur, or a choco-holic, Grand Ole Creamery has you covered with 25 flavors and a million different ways to combine all of your favorites.

This week's forecast is promising a nice hot running streak in the 80 degree range.  For someone like me, this kind of weather is perfect.  Give me a lake to cool off in, a good book, and a hammock under a tree, and I am all about the heat.  I would rather sweat any day of the week than be cold.  But I do realize that sweltering isn't most people's first choice when it comes to comfort.  For almost everyone I know, weather like this means plopping in front of the AC vent and just sitting until the heat breaks.  

In the meantime though, there's another way to cool off: ice cream!  And what better way to enjoy ice cream than to do it right along Minnehaha creek where you can dip your toes in the icy cold water and sit in peace underneath endless tree shade?!  Answer: there is no better way.

Several years ago, my mom and I discovered for the first time the sugary goodness that is Grand Ole Creamery in St. Paul (I'm originally from out of state).  So whenever she'd come to town, we'd have to make a trek across the river to Grand Ave to get a few scoops (rain or shine, snow or sun, blizzard or hail...you get the picture).  Then, last summer, I happened upon their Minneapolis location.  It was like seeing the holy grail.

Only about a 5-7 minute drive from my house, Grand Ole Creamery's location along the creek at Cedar Avenue is the perfect excuse to just "run some quick errands" and pop over there on the way for a malted milk ball-filled waffle cone topped with chocolate fudge brownie ice cream.  Or you can be open about your ice cream habit (I'm working up to that level) and invite a friend along for the ride!  Then, the two (or more) of you can snag a cone and go for a stroll along the greenway (hooray for outdoor activities and beating the heat without driving up the electric bill)!

So whether you are a sorbet connoisseur, or a choco-holic, Grand Ole Creamery has you covered with 25 flavors and a million different ways to combine all of your favorites:

Lychee Sorbet
Rum Raisin
Taro
Black Cherry
Raspberry Chocolate Flake
Black Cherry
Raspberry Lemon Sorbet
Mango
Coconut Chip
Chocolate Chip
Cotton Candy
Birthday Cake
Cookies n Cream
Cookie Monster
Marshmallow Man
Strawberry
Snickers
Black Hills Gold
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Peppermint Bon Bon
Coffee Break
Cookie Dough
Chocolate
Mac Daddy
Sweet Cream

As the heat index creeps up higher and higher this week (and your grass subsequently begins to take on a brownish hue of sadness - not your lawn? Oh, ok...me neither), take a much-deserved ice cream break at the Grand Ole Creamery on Cedar Ave.  It's the best spot around!

Guest post by Megan Warner