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Looking For The Best Ice Cream In The Bay State? Just Ask Our Agents!

Strawberry Ice Cream Cone

Who doesn’t love a nice scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day?  It’s a staple of the summer and the perfect snack after a day in the sun!  Here at MassDrive we are all big ice cream fans, so we asked our agents what their favorite ice cream stand is here in the Bay State and what flavor they would recommend!

The Juice Bar – Located in Nantucket, this stand has tons of flavors to choose from, ranging from traditional to their own original creations.  They even make their own waffle cones which you can smell as soon as you walk through the door!  Chrissy is the newest member of the MassDrive team and is working in the customer service department, she is huge fan of their peppermint flavor so if you’re in the area be sure to check it out!

Richardson’s Ice Cream – This stand has locations in both Middleton and Reading and is a favorite of two of our MassDrive team members!  Steve, the sales team supervisor highly recommends their chocolate chip cookie dough, and Christine, one of our awesome sales reps loves their pistachio!  The Middleton stand is their main location, and is also a full working dairy farm.  Kids will love watching the cows in the pasture and there’s also a mini-golf course just steps from the stand!  The Reading location is located in Jordan’s Furniture or you can find their ice cream at certain local, independent stands.

JJ’s Soft Serve – This stand is located in West Springfield and mainly serves soft serve although they also have milkshake options available.  This spot is a favorite of our sales rep, Teresa and she says she always used to come here as a child!  Her favorite flavor is their cookie dough but they have tons of options to choose from and even have some unique ice cream twist combos if you’re feeling adventurous!

Crescent Ridge – This dairy farm not only sells fresh, homemade ice cream, they also have fresh milk from their own cows and tons of other provisions on site!  Located in Sharon, this spot is a favorite of our sales rep, Jeff and he recommends either their cookie dough which comes loaded up with tons of dough, or their rainbow sherbet.  This stand also hosts a farmer’s market every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM so if you’re in the area stop by and pick up some groceries fresh from the farm!

The Dairy Barn – Located in Randolph, the Dairy Barn has a huge menu of both hard ice cream and soft serve, along with shakes and different sundae options.  Our sales rep, Shawn, loves their crunchosaurus ice cream, but in the fall he says he usually opts for pumpkin.  They have oldies playing which makes waiting in line a little less painful and have some unique artwork/graffiti on site as well.  It’s perfect if you’re looking for a quick ice cream while you’re out and about, but if you want to sit and relax there isn’t much seating here so be prepared to possibly eat in the car.

Twist & Shake – Our amazing customer service rep, Eleanor is a big fan of this ice cream stand, especially their pistachio flavor!  They have two locations, one in Revere right near the beach, and the other in Winthrop.   They have the usual soft serve and hard ice cream as well as frozen yogurt and Richie’s Slush.  There are so many options it might be tough for you to decide which flavor to get!

Which of these stands is your favorite?  Are there any that we didn’t mention that you think deserve a shout out?  Let us know in the comments!

Photo By: TheCulinaryGeek

 

 

 

 

Ask The MassDrive Agent: What Are The Best Beaches In Massachusetts?

wingaersheek beach

Now that summer is in full swing so is beach season!  We enjoy beach season just as much as anyone, and to celebrate we’ve asked our agents about their favorite beaches across the Bay State!  If you’re trying to find a new beach to try or aren’t sure where you want to have some fun in the sun, check out the suggestions from our MassDrive agents!

Wingaersheek Beach – This is a popular beach destination in the Bay State so if you want to find parking be sure to get there early!  It’s a fun spot for families and there are lots of rocks to climb on, tide pools to explore, and even a sand bar to check out during low tide.  Parking is a great perk and they also have a food hut and bathrooms on site! Gloucester is a beautiful part of the state and after you get your fill of the beach head out on the open seas for a whale watch! There are so many things to explore, you dot want to miss out! – Christine Tuccelli, Sales Rep

Revere Beach – This is a great spot to visit if you’re looking to totally relax for a day of fun in the sun.  There are no shops on the beach, which is nice if you’re really trying to unwind and get in touch with nature.  It’s a very diverse and low key beach, and hearing all of the different languages being spoken really gives you a sense of the different cultures surrounding you.  The other great thing is that there’s a Kelly’s Roast Beef nearby! If you haven’t been, you definitely need to stop in for a bite to eat after soaking up the sun all day! – Teresa Dillon, Sales Rep

Mayflower Beach – Located in Dennis, MA which is down the Cape, this beach is huge! There’s plenty of room for all beach goers especially during low tide. There are no rocks either which makes it great if you’re trying to play some bocce ball or any other kind of game.  Parking is available which is a perk and the water is very warm.  If you’re heading down the Cape this summer, don’t pass up the chance to enjoy a day of sun, surf, and sand! – Jeff Shea, Sales Rep

Hampton Beach – Although this beach is technically in New Hampshire, it’s right over the Massachusetts border.  This beach is perfect for families, there’s a jetty to explore and plenty of room for kite flying and games of frisbee.  If you’ve had your fill of the beach, check out the many shops along the boardwalk! If you’re hungry, your best bet is to check out the Sea Ketch, they have live music and three levels of decks with ocean views!  This beach has something for every member of the family and there are fireworks over the harbor every Wednesday night! – Shawn Harris, Sales Rep

Have you ever been to any of these beaches? Have another suggestion that you want us to include?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Photo By: Liz West

Events Across Massachusetts This July!

There’s definitely no shortage of things to do during the summer months.  The warm weather and longer days are plenty of reason to be out and about enjoying the great outdoors.  Everyone loves heading to the beach, having a bonfire, and working on their tan, but if you’re looking for some different ideas to add to the excitement, you’re in the right place!

Barnstable County Fair – This fair has been held in Cape Cod for the past 167 years, and they are ready for their biggest and best year yet!  This is a perfect outing for the whole family, everyone will find something that they enjoy!  With a petting zoo, animal shows, games, monster trucks, live music, horticulture displays, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of food how could anyone get bored?  They are expecting over 90,000 visitors this year so be sure to stop by and join in on the fun!  The fair begins Saturday, July 21 and goes until the following Saturday, July 28th.  The fair opens each day at noon and closes at 10:00 PM.

Lowell Folk Festival – The Lowell Folk Festival has taken place every July for over 25 years!  It draws top blues, folk, and international artists each year who perform throughout the weekend.  The streets of downtown Lowell are shut down so that guests can roam from table to table checking out arts and crafts for sale from local vendors, or stop by the many food carts that will have exotic dishes for sale.  There are also free daily concerts in the local park where concert-goers can set up a blanket and have a picnic while enjoying the music.  The festival begins Friday, July 27th and goes until that Sunday, July 29th.

Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra “Salute To Disney” – Who doesn’t love the classic music of Disney?  The beloved songs we all remember from childhood have graced the silver screen and even made it to Broadway.  Stop by Institute Park in Worcester on Saturday, July 14th to hear the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra pay tribute to classes from movies such as Hercules, The Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  The concert begins at 7:00 PM and goes until 9:00 PM, so head over to Institute Park, set up a blanket, bring some snacks, relax with friends and family and enjoy!

Navy Week – Navy Weeks take place across the U.S. each year and celebrates the proud heritage of the U.S. Navy.  This year’s Boston Navy Week also happens to run in conjunction with the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and will feature 20 ships from the U.S. Navy, coast guard, tall sailing ships, and coalition ships.  Guests can take tours of the different ships throughout the week or watch the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the Leapfrogs, the Navy’s parachute demonstration team.  All events are free and open to the public, but tours of the ships are on a first come – first served basis.  Navy Week Boston kicks off tonight with the arrival of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp and ends next Friday, July 6th.

Sand Sculpting Festival – This festival on Revere Beach attracts over 500,000 spectators who come to see world-renowned sand sculptors work their magic.  This 9th annual festival is the largest of its kind on the east coast and now has even more entertainment than ever!  They now feature an interactive Kid’s Zone and Learning Center, and there is plenty of food at the beachside food pavillion.  This event runs from Thursday, July 12th until Sunday, July 15 and is free!

So, grab your friends, family, significant other, or get out there on your own!  Just make sure you are enjoying your summer to the fullest and taking advantage of these warm days!  All of these events are family friendly but are also great for adults!  Who wouldn’t love strolling the beach looking at sandy works of art, or sitting back and taking in some music from around the world?  Take advantage of the warm summer months ahead of us, the summer will fly by all to quickly (as it always does) so make sure you are enjoying it to the fullest!

Photo By: The Eggplant

 

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