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Ice Cream Capital of the World


Photo of a pile of blue stuffed bunnies.Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

Last week, I had an opportunity to attend a Love & Logic (TM) conference in Golden, Colorado, which I reluctantly took advantage of.  Oh, all right.  I most definitely was not reluctant.

As I was researching whether I should drive or fly, I mentioned the pros and cons of each to my husband.  Who promptly replied, “Wait, if we drove wouldn’t we drive through Le Mars, Iowa?”  I didn’t have the heart to tell him no.  I mean after all, who wouldn’t want to go to the Ice Cream Capital of the World?

Let me back up here for a moment.  You might ask how in the world did we discover the ‘Ice Cream Capital of the World’, especially when it’s a few miles off of the highway, and honestly I had never heard of it before.  Well, it was all because of a road trip we were taking to Lincoln, Nebraska.

Le Mars, Iowa

Approximately two hours south of Marshall, Minnesota, a highway sign that read, ‘Ice Cream Capital of the World’ appeared out of nowhere, and the car automatically took exit and drove us right there.  (Those are my husband’s words and he won’t tell it any other way, so they must be gospel.)  Ever since then, road trips are planned out on whether or not we can drive through Le Mars, Iowa.

The Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlour has changed location since that first trip, Large statute of a blue fluted ice cream glass with scoops of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate mint ice cream in it. but the change did nothing but increase the feeling of walking into an era gone-by.  The first thing you see when you pull up, is the ice cream sundae statute out on the sidewalk, and the American Flag flying next to the marquee sign announcing your arrival.

Walking down Photo of an American Flag floating in the breeze in front of the Blue Bunny Ice Cream building signthe sidewalk to the front doors, you can catch a glimpse of the sundae statue in the reflection of the windows and a peek of the yumminess inside.

 

Gone With the Wind

Wooden staircase with landings to the left and right at the top of the stairs.

As you walk through the front doors, you are immediately greeted by what one can only refer to as a “Gone With the Wind” staircase (well at least that’s what came to MY mind).

Hanging above the staircase, is a fabulous chandelier shining down, illuminating the way to ice cream heaven.

Photo of an old fashioned chandelier

Love that chandelier!

Glancing to your right, you see what appears to be an original soda fountain seating arrangement (if you’re a wood fanatic, the wood is incredible!).  

Walking past the counter seating, the creamy, yummy, cool goodness awaits you; but the hard part is yet to come!  Which flavor shall you choose?  Do you want a sundae?  A shake?  A dish, a waffle cone, a dipped waffle cone?  The choices appear to be endless.  Many a customer stand in front of the ice cream cooler weighing their options as they make their decision.  Mouths start watering just thinking about standing at that counter!

Back of customers looking in to the ice cream display case

Photo of a worker reaching into the ice cream case scooping out ice cream.People waiting in line to order their ice creamy goodness

 

 

 

 

Ice Cream Flavors Galore

And it doesn’t stop there, because once you have that cone, sundae, or shake in your hand; your tongue starts doing a little happy dance as it awaits that first lick/bite/spoonful!  And then voila!  Close your eyes and see a fantastic display of fireworks as your tongue, tonsils, and tummy make a huge sigh of gluttony and contentment.  (Disclaimer:  Fireworks and huge sighs of contentment and gluttony are specific to each individual and neither the author of this blog, nor Blue Bunny Ice Cream, guarantee them at any time.)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long before the ice cream is gone, and the last crumbs from our chocolate dipped waffles cones Waffle cone dipped in chocolate filled with ice creamare gone.  And a sign of sadness now escapes your lips.  Wait!  Could it be? It is!  The Blue Bunny Gift Shop!  Where not only can you satisfy your ice cream cravings; but you can quench your shopping addiction as well!

From towels, to t-shirts, to socks, sweatshirts, The Blue Bunny Gift Shop has it all.  The best part is, you can bring a little of the Blue Bunny with you (seriously, you can.  They sell blue bunnies!).  Definitely worth a drive!

(And though we have not taken part in other activities in the area, the Le Mars, Iowa page on Travel Iowa shows other attractions and activities to plan a stay in their area.

Until next time, capture life kreatively!

Myra

 

At 50 years old I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. I am currently NED (no evidence of disease), and trying to spend every day reviewing the world through the new lens I wear as a breast cancer survivor.

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