Adirondack Sweet Spots for Post-Picnic Treats

Custard’s Last Stand, in Long Lake. Photograph by Flickr user Mills Kelly

Picnic in the Park” in Adirondack Life‘s 2014 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors gave some ideas for gourmet grab-and-go grub, like fetching a tuna-fish sammie on a homemade English muffin at Libby’s Bakery Cafe, in Ticonderoga, and walking up Mount Defiance  for an eagle-eye view of iconic Fort Ticonderoga.

Silly me. It’s not the soup, salad or sandwich that pairs perfectly with fresh air but dessert. To whet appetites for walk-around treats here’s a list of sweet spots across the Adirondacks.

Bolton Landing
The Shack (formerly Frank’s Snack Bar) 

4944 Lake Shore Drive
(518) 644-2504

Walk up to the window at this time-warp eatery, where the new owners offer cones for both human and canine customers.

Main Street Ice Cream Parlor
6339 Main Street

(518) 494-7940

An honest-to-goodness parlor with shakes, malts, scoops and sundaes, including the “Dirty Fisherman,” which is chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce topped with plenty of gummy worms.

Northern Lights
162 State Route 28
(315) 357-6294

Salted caramel gelato! Chocolate-orange gelato! Pistachio gelato! If you don’t want homemade gelato, there is soft-serve or Perry’s hard ice cream.

Lake Placid
Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery
257 Main Street
(518) 523-8201

All kinds of soft serve—including maple and eight flavor-burst options—plus hard ice cream and candy are featured at this perky little shop in the middle of bustling downtown.

Long Lake
1142 Main Street
(518) 624-6377

Fabulous triple chocolate espresso brownies, great cookies, berry muffins and croissants are highlights at this tiny, spotless bakery tucked behind Hoss’s Country Corner on Route 28N.

As you approach Long Lake’s business district, each side of Routes 30/28 has soft and hard ice cream:  Hoss’s Country Coner (518-624-2481) and Custard’s Last Stand (518 624-2178). Custard’s has classic roadside dairy bar architecture; Hoss’s has a campground behind it.

The Village Scoop
412 South Main Street
(518) 863-4555

Frozen Greek yogurt is divine here (including a flavor called Zeus’s Berries), and you can savor all the usual suspects for regular soft serve and hard ice cream.

Saranac Lake
Nori’s Village Market
68 Main Street
(518) 891-6079

If you can’t stomach dairy or gluten, you’re bound to find delicious, possibly decadent, treats at this year-round health-food store.


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