While we’d eat ice cream every day of the year, we really love ice cream in the summer–especially at the beach. Here are 10 of our editors’ all-time favorite ice cream spots on the coasts, from old-fashioned frozen custard spots on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to artisan scoops beyond compare on Washington’s Bainbridge Island. Hungry? You are now.
Mora Iced Creamery, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Why we love it so much: Less butterfat, more flavor. That’s the mantra that has created one of the West Coast’s finest seaside creameries, tucked away near the ferry dock on Washington’s Bainbridge Island. Worth hopping the boat from Seattle? We’d do it daily, just to have a chance to work our way through Ana Orselli and Jerry Perez’s menu of more than 70 subtly remarkable flavors (48 on any given day) that include Gianduja, Marron Glace, Dulce de Leche (homages to their hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina), Goat Cheese with Fig, Banana Split, Lemon Bar, and now that it’s summer, Lavender. Glorious.
PHOTO: COURTESY MORA ICED CREAMERY