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, 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.
Gone With the Wind
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.
Love that chandelier!
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!
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 are 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!
Until next time, capture life kreatively!