From Our Community: The Best Ice Cream in Michigan

Ice cream is a staple treat in Pure Michigan during summer months. From dairy farms to local shops, there are plenty of ice cream options to satisfy any sweet tooth across the state.

With July being National Ice Cream Month, we thought it would be fun to ask our fans on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ “what’s your favorite place to get ice cream in Michigan and what’s your favorite flavor?” We learned that if there’s one treat that Michiganders know and love, it’s ice cream! If you’re looking for a yummy treat this summer, here are some fan favorites to check out.

House of Flavors, located on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan in Ludington, is one of the clear fan favorites. Serving some of the finest made ice cream in the Midwest, it’s sure to please anyone who stops in this summer. Here’s what fans are saying:

“House of Flavors in Ludington, Michigan. My favorite flavor is Blue Moon. :)” – JoLynn ‘Tacktor’ Jones

“peanut butter cup ice cream at House of Flavors in Ludington” – Karin Dereske Rourke

“House of Flavors in Ludington, after a day at the beach! #icecream” – @beckykoepke

Cook’s Dairy Farm is another cherished ice cream stop for Michiganders. Locals and visitors make it a point to stop by this Ortonville gem. Here’s what people love about Cook’s:

“Ahhhhh Cook’s Dairy Farm is the best and tractor trails ice cream yum-o!!!” – Lisa Jakuszeski Terry

“Cook’s in Ortonville. Cook’s Butter Pecan is the best ever!!” – Dale Ramig

“Favorite place: easy – Cook’s Farm Dairy in Ortonville. Favorite flavor – now THAT’S the hard one to answer – butter pecan, strawberry, cowpuccino, chocolate raspberry torte, eggnog (the best eggnog ever, and then as ice cream – double heaven). I dare anyone to try their triple scoop.” – Karen Kohn

The Michigan State University Dairy Store isn’t just for students. The dairy complex at the university produces some of the freshest ice cream you’ll ever taste. Fans around the state love this East Lansing establishment:

“Hands down the best ice cream in MI is at the MSU Dairy Store. As far as I’m concerned, they only need one flavor: Sesquicentennial Swirl. Chocolate and vanilla with huge chunks of cake and ribbons of frosting running through it.” – Mandy Wakeman

“MSU Dairy Store! Love the butter pecan ice cream!” – Paula Causie

“I’m a u of m guy but I gotta say msu dairy store!” – Scott Moore

“MSU Dairy Store. The best…” – Mary-Jo Lacey

Jones Homemade Ice Cream, an old fashioned ice cream shop in downtown Baldwin, has been manufacturing delicious ice cream since 1942. Fans love this nostalgic, friendly shop:

“Jones Ice Cream in Baldwin is the best place. There are way too many flavors to pick a favorite, though.” – Kathy Nefsey

“Jones Ice cream Baldwin, Mi.. Butter Pecan!!!! The best and biggest cones ever!!!” – Cl Whitman

Moomers Homemade Ice Cream in Traverse City is another clear favorite among fans. Moomers makes over 120 different flavors, offering 20 daily to locals and visitors. Here’s what fans have to say about this family friendly shop:

“Moomers, Traverse City. Coffee toffee, yum!” – Karen Brenneman

“Moomers Traverse City….. Best Ever!” – Bob Stites

“Just went to Moomer’s in Traverse City a few days ago! AWESOME!!” – Dwight Billings

These are just a few of the many ice cream options around the state. View our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ posts to see what others’ favorite ice cream shops in Michigan are. If we left off your favorite, leave it in the comments section below!

Celebrate Earth Day in Pure Michigan

With Earth Day coming up this weekend, we wanted to highlight a few of the places around the state of Michigan that are especially earth-friendly.

Besides offering exhibitions and collections that span from Renaissance to Modern art, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) also stands out as a renowned “green” building in the state – and the world. In fact, the museum opened the doors of its current home in 2007 as the first newly-constructed, LEED Gold certified art museum in the world. The GRAM is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, close to many restaurants, parks and entertainment venues.

When visiting the Ford Rogue Factory Tour at The Henry Ford, guests can visit the Legacy Theater, Art of Manufacturing Theater, Observation Deck, Dearborn Truck Plant and the Legacy Gallery during a self-guided tour. While on the factory tour, there are many eco-friendly elements to experience including the “living roof,” which is made up of tens of thousands of tiny sedum plants that decrease energy consumption by 7 percent and improve air quality by as much as 40 percent. In 2003, the factory was awarded a LEED Award from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Dairy Complex at Michigan State University is another LEED certified establishment in our great state. The barn in the pasture-robotic milking system at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is the first agricultural building in North America to receive the certification. Visitors to campus can take free tours of the facilities and learn first hand how cheese, ice cream and other dairy products are made, then test out delicious homemade ice cream.

If you’re in Ann Arbor, stop by Perpetua Boutique Organique, which offers sustainable, environmentally friendly, organic fashion for women and men. You could also visit the Matthaei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan while you’re in the area. There are plenty of other parks in the area as well to experience Michigan’s beautiful landscape.

The Bells of Beaumont Tower

Beaumont Tower - MSU

Michigan State University's Beaumont Tower

Looking for something a little unique to do this summer? East Lansing offers a Summer Carillon Series on the MSU campus through August 3rd. What’s a Carillon Series? Keep reading!

The Muelder Summer Carillon Series began June 29th, and runs through August 3rd, with weekly Wednesday evening carillon concerts at Beaumont Tower on the beautiful Michigan State University campus. You can bring a blanket or chair and sit beneath this picturesque 104 foot tall MSU icon and listen to a concert of bells. Why not pack a picnic supper, situate yourself in the shadow of the tower, and then sit back and enjoy the music? After the performance, visitors are welcome to a tour of the bell tower. It’s a special treat that you don’t want to miss.

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