Summer is heating up. Finding your favorite ice cream parlor is one of the best ways to celebrate rising temperatures. Step out into the sunshine and enjoy some of Snohomish County’s sweetest ice cream parlors before summer’s end. From fun atmospheres to unique flavor combinations, Snohomish County has it all.
Nutty’s Junkyard Grill
6717 204th St., Arlington
Monday to Tuesday: closed
Wednesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Transport yourself into a different era and simpler times at Nutty’s Junkyard Grill. Old-fashioned burgers with fun names such as the Green Torino or the Two-Barrel (like a carburetor) will not disappoint, but the must-haves on this menu are the hand-dipped milkshakes in a variety of delicious flavors, including the Orange Creamsicle, Oreo Cookie, or the Chocolate Davinci.
Make your milkshake stop into an outing for those looking to work off your summer treat. Hop on your bike and enjoy cycling the Centennial Trail to historic downtown Arlington or beyond on this beautiful 30-mile trail perfect for walking or biking.
Juniper and Lu
923 1st St., Snohomish
Sunday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
For locally sourced ice cream in fun flavors and unique pairings, try Juniper and Lu in the heart of historic downtown Snohomish. This adorable little ice cream shop is run by a local Snohomish family and is named after their two children, Juniper and Lucius. They took the love for their small town and poured it into small-batch ice creams sourced with natural ingredients from Snohomish and surrounding areas.
Try a scoop of Honey Lavender, Rhubarb, or S’mores. Or take it a step further and dive into one of the many unique sundaes and signature cones such as the Beez Kneez made from Snohomish Bee Co. honey, honey lavender ice cream, lavender garnish, and honeycomb. Kids will go crazy over the Funhouse Cone made with unicorn ice cream, unicorn bar, cotton candy, and edible glitter. For those seeking an afternoon pick-me-up after a summer outing with the kids, there is a full espresso bar featuring Stumptown Coffee. Grab your sweet treat and head down to the riverwalk to enjoy. Afterward, peruse the neighboring boutiques and antique shops. This is a summer afternoon you will not forget.
Snoqualmie Ice Cream Scoop Shop
21106 86th Ave. SE, Snohomish
Open daily: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
You may have already picked up a pint or two of creamy Snoqualmie Ice Cream in delicious varieties such as Mukilteo Mud or Honey Lavender at your local grocery store. What you might not know is that the magic happens right here in Snohomish. Visit the family-owned Snoqualmie Ice Cream Scoop Shop and try additional flavors such as Cookie Monster and Banana Cream Pie.
While enjoying your sweet treat, check out the processing facility where you can watch these creamy wonders come to life. The Snoqualmie Ice Cream Scoop Shop is tucked away in the Snohomish countryside and offers beautiful outdoor seating as well as charming indoor seating for less than perfect summer days.
Carnarino Gelato Caffé
203 5th Ave. S, Edmonds
Open daily: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
For a more elevated creamy treat experience, head to Canarino Gelato Caffé and summer like the Europeans. Located in the heart of historic downtown Edmonds, Canarino’s serves a variety of creamy gelatos and rich espressos.
Gelato, which originated in Italy, is a close cousin to ice cream and is famous for its rich, dense texture and intense flavor combinations. Summery flavors such as raspberry, coconut, or lemon sorbetto will leave you wanting to add another scoop. Try the Affogato made with creamy vanilla gelato covered with rich espresso for a midsummer afternoon treat.
Before the long lingering days of summer come to an end, make sure you try one of these adorable little ice cream shops. After all, nothing makes a Snohomish summer day complete like a cool creamy scoop.