Summer's favorite way to keep cool - ICE CREAM!

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You scream - I scream … you know the rest. Almost everyone has a favorite ice cream shop they love to go to for a special treat. There are plenty of places in the Northwoods to satisfy that craving for something cold, creamy and delicious. Here is information on some of the “hot” spots to eradicate those cravings.

In Eagle River there are quite a few selections. There is the good ole standby, Dairy Queen at the intersection of Highways 70 and Railroad St. This is a Grill and Chill so there are food selections in addition to the frozen treats.

For a taste of real nostalgia, head north of Highway 70 to 125 S.Railroad St. to find Soda Pops. Featuring Chocolate Shoppe Ice cream, Soda Pops showcases an old fashioned soda fountain and you name it ice cream treats. There is even one call the Eagle River Water Tower that will challenge the heartiest of ice cream aficionados.

Their food is pretty good there, too — owners are the Meinholz’s of the Riverstone Restaurant. To learn about their hours call (715) 479-9424. Also, check out their website

Head north on Highway 45 to Duck Lake or steer your boat on the Eagle River chain to Duck Lake, two miles north of downtown Eagle River and discover Lakeside Ice Cream Shoppe located at Pirates Hideaway. There you will find 16 flavors of ice cream, shakes, malts, candy and treats.

They are located at 1998 Highway 45 and there is parking available. For more information call (715) 479-6756 or visit their website

In downtown Eagle River a real favorite is the Country Store Ice Cream and Candy Shops at 116 E. Wall St. For more than 50 years  this shop has been satisfying every customer’s sweet tooth with their assortment of homemade candies, ice creams, bulk candles and old fashioned treats.

They open at 9:00 a.m. daily and closing hours vary nearly every day. Call  715-479-9226 for more details.

Traveling west to St. Germain is the locals and visitors favorite, Cathy’s Ice Cream  and Candy Shoppe on Highway 70 just north of the curve. Cathy’s now is serving Cedarcrest Ice Cream in addition to premium chocolate candies as well as novelty candies from many years ago.

Their ice cream section is fantastic — they even have dairy-free ice cream! Their creative staff take their flavors to a higher level with their own scrumptious ice cream concoctions. Be sure to follow Cathy’s on Facebook  to enter in their Win It Wednesdays to win ice cream! Be sure to get up early!

Cathy’s is open seasonally and daily from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. For more details call 715-479-3492.

Also in St. Germain on Highway 70 on the far east side is Fudd’s Big Dipper, located on the east edge of Elmer’s Fun Park. (Get if - Elmer’s - Fudd’s). The staff here also creates unique flavors and challengers anyone to finish the Big Dipper - 10 scoops of ice cream, three toppings, whipped cream, and a cherry on top!

To learn more about Fudd’s Big Dipper call 715-477-0244 or visit their Facebook page.

What better way to cool off from 18 holes of golf, a quick par 3 nine-hole round or a fun miniature golf game? With ice cream, of course. Located at the 19th Hole is the 19th Hole Ice Cream Shop featuring 32 delicious flavors of ice cream.

Sayner has a location for those in search of unique ice cream parlors. Mac Kay’s Corner Store, northwest of downtown Sayner, it appears to be in the middle of no where but it is an area known to outdoor enthusiasts and campers. It is located just off Highway N on Razorback Rd. Call 715-542-4250 for more details and hours.

While in Land O’Lakes make sure to stop at Dari Maid Drive’In. Featuring both hand-dipped and soft serve ice cream, this savvy establishment makes doggie ice sundaes! The drive in serves fast food. They are located at 4299 County Road B. For more information call 715-547-3040.

So stop screaming and start eating! Summer is over way too fast and there are so many flavors you just have to try!

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