Ice Cream! Top 10 Places in Cumberland County

July 13, 2017

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July 16th is National Ice Cream Day, and one of my first assignments as a summer intern here at the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) was to compile a list of the top 10 places to find some frozen treats. (Pretty great first assignment, eh?) Tucked away in every corner of Cumberland County, I discovered everything from freshly churned ice cream to brightly colored snow cones and even creamy gelato. These places, listed below in no particular order, offered a perfect way to cool off while enjoying all the summertime recreation in the area. Come with me to discover some cool treats this summer!

#1 – Gillis Hill Farm, Southwest Fayetteville

This family-owned working farm offers many different flavors of homemade ice cream on-site. Bring the whole family and enjoy the flavor of the month, white chocolate raspberry, with a free walking tour of the farm, featuring some friendly farm animals.

#2 – Big T’s SnoBalls & Food Trucks, Town of Hope Mills

This local favorite is known for its flavored ice and snow cones. They have over 70 flavors, ranging anywhere from cherry, strawberry, and mango to fan favorites like the Carolina Tarheel or the ECU Pirate. Big T’s is also a full-service grill—have a hot dog with your snow cone!

#3 – Andy’s Homemade Ice Cream at Cedar Creek Post Office, East Fayetteville

The next time you need to get some stamps, but also have a craving for some ice cream, Andy’s is the place to go. Owner Andy Jackson, one of the friendliest people you’ll meet, showed me where he uses a John Deere tractor to churn his very own ice cream to sell in the post office. A deliciously hidden gem!

#4 – Ann’s Sno-Cone and Cream at Lake Rim Lawn & Garden, Southwest Fayetteville

Out by Lake Rim Park, you’ll find your next frozen treat destination. This little ice cream stand will satisfy any of your sweet-tooth needs with its snow cones and ice cream treats.

#5 – Colombo Frozen Yogurt at the Exxon Gas Station, Central Fayetteville

As you go up to the counter to pay for gas, consider ordering a cup of frozen yogurt in this little convenience store to brighten your day. Or, better yet, walk around and visit the nearby shops in the historic Haymont district.

#6 – Arctic Sno SnoBalls, Town of Spring Lakeice cream

One of the best places in Spring Lake to cool off and get some frozen treats, this colorful storefront features an equally colorful seating area to enjoy the local favorite, Sno Cream. This husband-and-wife team have been in business for years and serve Italian ice, Sno Cream, and the best hot dogs in the area!

#7 – LocoPops at Pressed – A Creative Space, Downtown Fayetteville

A new trending topic in the area is LocoPops, which are fruity frozen treats hailing from Mexico. They come in many unique flavors, like lavender cream and orange mango.  Once you’ve satisfied your sweet-tooth, browse around the store—your business here is truly local, with these military spouse owners.

ice cream#8 – Stedman Soda Shop, Town of Stedman

This full-service eatery is packed with great food, good people, and an established presence in the area—serving locals since the 1940s. Enjoy, like I did, one of their ice cream sundaes—complete with whipped cream and a cherry on top!

#9 – University Dollar Store at Fayetteville State University (FSU), Northeast Fayetteville

If you are visiting the FSU campus, or you just really want some good ice cream, this little shop sells homemade ice cream, along with fresh fruit smoothies, gelato and frozen yogurt. And yes, it only takes a dollar to enjoy one of their ice cream cones!

#10 – The Coffee Scene, Central Fayetteville

End your day with some delicious gelato at this cozy coffee shop. They serve up a wide array of fresh gelato—mix and match flavors, like peach and raspberry, for the perfect combination of a sweet treat.

While I won’t lie and say that the best part of this assignment wasn’t taste testing some of these great spots, I will say that this quest was a great way to take in all the different sights, sounds, and tastes of Fayetteville. I discovered new places and frequented old stomping grounds, but the common theme tying all these places together was the friendly, hometown feeling that you can only find in this area. So, while you’re out enjoying the sun at one of our “Swimming Holes,” stop by any one of these places for a cool treat—they’ll be happy to have you.

This blog was researched, photographed, and written by the FACVB’s Communications Intern, Paige Pryor.

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