Chillin’ on the Seacoast – An Epic 3 Part Adventure of Violence, Seafood and Ice Cream (Part 2)

If you’ll recall from Part 1 of this adventure, my husband and I embarked on a epic day trip to the NH & ME Seacoast area, with the goal of getting ice cream three times in one day. In part one, we found the Seacoast, after a false but wonderful start, and then indulged in some delicious Lago’s ice cream.

 

 

We pulled out of Lago’s and followed our phones toward the Seacoast. Within minutes, we stopped at a red light only to have the car behind us slam into us (and push us into the Jeep in front of us a bit). This obviously was not what we’d hoped for when we set out this morning. A relaxing day of beach & ice cream had turned more sinister.

Oh well. With frustration, and in my case, a sore head from some whiplash, we pulled over, got out out of the car and began the routine of calling the cops, taking photos, etc. The woman who hit us felt horrible about it (she’d never been in an accident) and the cop actually said that he’d just attended to an accident at the same intersection, so apparently it’s a common spot that takes people by surprise.

Lucky for us, although the trunk was really beaten up and some of our fancy locks and such weren’t working correctly, we had a driveable car. Rather than give up and go home, Ross said he’d like to continue our adventure if we could. We were already an hour from our home base, so who was I to argue with that?

After some adventures in duct tape & locating a Home Depot, we eventually continued on, without a useable trunk but eager to find some more ice cream.

We made another stop by the ocean to inhale the air and take a few photos. As we drove through Kittery, we flirted with the idea of outlet shopping a bit but the crazy crowds deterred us. And then I saw this sign, for Mrs. & Me, homemade ice cream. It wasn’t on my list – the list was somewhat arbitrary, places I’d known of, read of, or had people refer me to. But we knew we should stop and check it out.

Given the commercial zone we were in, Mrs. & Me actually felt like an oasis, with lots of trees, tables and an old-fashioned ice cream feel even though it’s attached to Dunkin Donuts. We each had a small bite to eat – veggies, peanut butter sandwich – before we prepared ourselves for ice cream #2.

Mrs. & Me is old school. They’ve been around since 1948! Our ice creams were only $3 each, a good price for the size.

 

 

Here’s what we got:

Wild Maine Blueberry Pie – I knew this was a Ross flavor! Wild Maine blueberries are perfectly captured here. It’s a nice pie crust weave…if you like wild Maine blueberries, you’ll love it. It’s a very creamy ice cream base but not too heavy or rich.

Coffee/Chocolate Soft Serve Twist – They told me this is low fat ice cream. They also make some soft serve yogurts with the same milk. The consistency of the coffee was a little bit watery, but it’s just about the perfect coffee flavor. The chocolate is simple, not too rich. It’s good, but not life-changing. Overall, the consistency was just a little too watery. A standard full fat vanilla will taste better. But if you’re craving a coffee flavor, this is just right, and a place that gets that flavor by adding in a mix to their soft serve won’t be able to match this. (For the record, the best coffee/chocolate soft serve twist can be found at the Wright Place, in my humble opinion.)

After our second stop, we continued on, hugging the coast, and we found the most gorgeous park that we’d never heard of. Be sure to check out the Hartley Mason Reservation. There is plenty of street parking if you come in the off-season, like we did, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous place to enjoy the ocean and this beautiful park with unique and beautiful art. We had such a great time – and finding it accidentally only added to the magic.

 

 

Next time, I’ll talk about our stop in Ogunquit and our final ice cream destination, amongst other things. Thanks so much for reading!

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Chillin’ on the Seacoast – An Epic 3 Part Adventure of Violence, Seafood and Ice Cream (Part 1)

My husband and I will both be working at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln this summer. It’s a traditional summer stock model, which means for the uninitiated that I will be living and breathing theater this summer, and my husband Ross, although he’ll have more non-theater time than me, will be getting a taste of the strange world of professional theater that I spent many years working in.

Due to this upcoming schedule change, it’s become especially important to me to visit a new ice cream place each week and “bank” some visits. It was with all of this in mind, plus the realization that we should head to the beach now because we wouldn’t have a vacation or time to visit the beach for many months – that inspired this adventure.

Our plan was fairly straightforward. Head north along the coast, getting as much sea air and as many ocean views as possible in, and visit at least three ice cream places along the way(!). So armed with addresses & hours for ice cream stands in NH & ME, our phone as a GPS and each other, we began our epic adventure. (After all, even public radio nerds need their sea air!)

Obstacle number 1? As we drove on Route 101 East, I started asking questions. We quickly realized that neither of us actually knew how to get to the coast. I had a vague memory that we wanted Route 1. We were in no rush to get, there, of course. Which is a good thing, because after wandering Route 1 for a while, stopping at a phenomenal candy store (Sanborn’s Fine Candies) and a charming cafe & bookstore next to it, Ross said something like, “You know what? I think we’re actually supposed to be on Route 1A.” So after rejoicing that we’d gone Route 1 and found these awesome places in Hampton, we headed to the actual coast for some beach driving, with a pause of course to actually get out, stand on the rocks and admire it all. It was gorgeous, as usual, and after some viewing of most of New Hampshire’s 8 mile coast line, it was time to head to our first destination – Lago’s.

Lago’s Ice Cream in Rye, NH and I go way back. Back about 8 years, to be exact, when I would frequently stop at Lago’s for a delicious if indulgent meal of ice cream. I also fondly remembered their frozen yogurt selection. And of course, it’s all homemade. So with a much more seasoned palate than I had back then, we followed the GPS – and didn’t find it. After I followed my nose a bit, we DID find it (the GPS overshot things, but we were very close) and we eagerly headed over to the menu.

I remembered that Lago’s had gargantuan portions. Knowing that we had a long day of eating ahead of us, we decided to go with a baby cone each. And honestly, that was just fine! Plenty to satiate us for a while, and I’d brought some healthier lunch/snack stuff in case we needed it later.

I knew that at a baby size, one flavor would make sense, but I did ask to try the Black Raspberry Oreo yogurt. It’s a very bright, fun raspberry flavor. It’s “real-ish”, but not the best black raspberry I’ve had all year – that goes hands down to the Wright Place, of course. But oreo with raspberry is an absolutely fantastic combination, and they were really generous with the oreos! Glad to see my memories of their yogurts were validated. The baby cones were cheap. With tax for the two of us, it came to $6.54 ($3 each without). Ice cream is always a little bit more expensive on the Seacoast (maybe everything is?) but we were satisfied with the price overall.

Here’s what we ended up getting:

Tag-a-long: Ross ordered this one, inspired by the Girl Scout cookie of course. It’s very complicated, with a cake batter ice cream, chocolate fudge, vanilla frosting, peanut butter, chips ahoy cookies etc. I only had a bite, but it was very tasty and Ross seemed pleased although he doesn’t usually go for such things. “A cocktail of candy designed to honor the third best Girl Scout cookie” was his description. It’s very smooth and full of stuff!

S’Mores: The vanilla base is pretty heavenly, it melts in your mouth. The big and tasty chocolate chunks are high quality, and there were some actual marshmallows too. The base actually tasted a lot like marshmallow to me, but upon further reflection I decided it must be vanilla. This is a light and fluffy ice cream. Very good overall. The consistency here of mixins isn’t always stellar, but it’s generally a very satisfying, high quality ice cream.

I love the flavor list here, it’s more than 40 different types of ice cream plus yogurts, a dozen specials etc., and they have both indoor and outdoor seating. Keep in mind that it’s cash only! Also, they make their own whipped cream. Which means we basically failed because we didn’t get it, so you should do that!

To learn about the violent turn that our epic adventure took, you’ll have to stay tuned for part 2 in a future blog post. Thanks so much for reading!