Sanctuary Dairy Farm

Sanctuary Dairy Farm is a place I hadn’t heard of before starting this blog, but since then, I’ve read a lot about them. The origin story is pretty great. Based in Sunapee, NH on a farm, the ice cream shop began with a nine year old boy’s dream. Beck is the head ice cream maker and now has a degree in ice cream science!

The farm is in the middle of nowhere, in an absolutely gorgeous spot in Sunapee. It’s perfect for kids – they can run around a bit, feed the animals and play. The prices are reasonable, at $4 for two scoops.

Here are the flavors I settled on:

Butterscotch Crunch Yogurt – This is fun and very unique. I’m not sure exactly what was in it – peanut butter chips? Crunchy stuff? I think it was probably a vanilla base with butterscotch. Maybe some shredded chocolate? Pretty great.

Maple Cream Ice Cream – Unfortunately while this was smooth and tasty, the maple is much too light for my taste. Needs more grade b syrup perhaps?

This ice cream (and yogurt) had a great mouthfeel and wasn’t too fudgy or thick, so I would be happy to try others. Also, the Town of Newbury has an awesome parking area with places to explore or picnic on the water – though it’s a ten minute drive, that’s where I ate mine and it was awesome!

Have you visited Sanctuary Dairy Farm? What’d you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Chillin’ on the Seacoast – An Epic 3 Part Adventure of Violence, Seafood and Ice Cream (Part 3)


It has been FAR too long since my last post – so sorry for the delay, life has been crazy – so let’s get right back into it. As you may recall from parts 1 and 2, we visited two ice cream places and the beautiful Hartley Mason Reservation on the ocean.

Next we headed into Ogunquit, ME – and since the season hadn’t started yet, parking was free! But unfortunately many of the stores I love were closed, and almost all of the ice cream places in Wells and Ogunquit were closed. But it’s a beautiful beach town and I’m always happy for a pretty walk, so we enjoyed our quick stop. Appropriately, as we went from Ogunquit to our next destination, we saw a rainbow rhino lawn decoration! (Ogunquit is a popular destination for gay men, if you’re not aware.) Unfortunately it was too quick for a photo, but I loved it!

img_2497Our final ice cream destination was Shain’s. Unlike many of my favorite ice cream places, their ice cream is premium, not super premium, so it isn’t quite as creamy (or fatty) by design. But what an operation! They have a great location, serve lunch and dinner options, have tons of indoor seating (and indoor ordering) and really fun t-shirts. They also have fabulously fun movie poster decorations!

img_2508Since we’d already had ice cream twice that day, we went with one flavor each. A kiddie was a good amount of ice cream and a steal at $2.05 plus tax!

img_2514Ross went with Confusion. It’s a special similar to “Tornado”, but with cookie dough…so it’s vanilla with all of their candies, Oreo and cookie dough! It’s super fun, makes you feel like a kid in a candy store.

I went with Whoopie Pie. I love Whoopie pies, and they’re such a staple treat in Maine that I couldn’t resist learning about their take on it. It was vanilla ice cream with pieces of Whoopie pie, and it tasted like there were ribbons of cake icing as well. Quite tasty, although it wasn’t as distinctive or Whoopie pie-sequel as it could have been. The pie pieces were a little cakey, but the right texture. I did wish they were a bit more moist.

After all the ice cream, we figured we’d end the night with some “real food” aka lobster bisque and clam strips at The Beach Plum in Hampton! The chunky bisque was perfect, with huge moist pieces of lobster tail in it, and the strips were tasty too. They carry Richardson’s ice cream (a huge selection) which we skipped.

Our Seacoast ice cream adventure was epic. Having Ross’ car hit was a major bummer – in fact, the insurance company ended up totaling the car – but it was an amazing day of vacation, ocean and ice cream. I highly recommend it! And there are plenty of other ice cream places you can visit along the way too. Just try to skip the car accident part.

Thanks so much for reading!

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