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Summer: the best season to enjoy Door County ice cream

There are many Door County ice cream places close to Ephraim Shores Resort!

It’s officially ice cream season, and it’s certainly our favorite summertime treat. When you stay at Ephraim Shores Resort this summer, you’ll be able to indulge in Door County ice cream throughout your trip.

Here are a few of our favorite places to get Door County ice cream:

Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor
Wilson’s is always at the top of our list, for several reasons. It’s an Ephraim institution, having been around since 1906 with its iconic red and white awning. Wilson’s also has ice cream flavors that you may not see at many other places — Deep Dish Apple Pie, Cookie Nut, and Frozen Tundra, to name a few!

Of course, there’s also the customary jellybean at the bottom of every Wilson’s cone, the home-brewed draft root beer, and the mouthwatering food menu.

Here’s the #1 reason to enjoy Wilson’s: When it comes to places to stay near Wilson’s ice cream, you can’t get closer than Ephraim Shores Resort. We’re just a few minutes away from you and your favorite sweet treat. Once you grab your cone, dish, or sundae, it’s a short walk to our private sundeck, where you can relax and eat your Door County ice cream while enjoying great Eagle Harbor views.

Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard
While not technically Door County Ice Cream, this Fish Creek hot spot is known for its frozen custard, especially when it’s used in one of their one-of-a-kind sundaes. One of these is the “Potato Head” — vanilla frozen custard with peanut butter, hot caramel, and potato chips, topped with fresh whipped cream.

You might be tempted to eat one of these sundaes for lunch or dinner, but if you’re looking for something more substantial, you’ll find it in Not Licked Yet’s extensive menu of hamburgers and sandwiches.

Door County Ice Cream Factory & Sandwich Shop
Five miles from our resort just outside downtown Sister Bay, you’ll find a shop with super-premium ice cream made right in store. Door County Ice Cream Factory & Sandwich Shop has over thirty ice cream flavors and more than 15 sandwiches (all made to order, of course!) to choose from. Did we also mention they make their own caramel and hot fudge sauce?

Door County Creamery
Another frozen treat that isn’t technically Door County ice cream, but delicious all the same! The Door County Creamery’s smooth, silky gelato is handcrafted daily using fresh goat milk. A few of their one-of-a-kind flavors include Stracciatella (sweet cream and chocolate), Roasted Almond & Fig, Olive & Sea Salt, and Amarena Cherry. Enjoy a cup or take home a pint!

Grumpy’s Ice Cream & Popcorn
Located in Egg Harbor, Grumpy’s Ice Cream and Popcorn serves premium hand dipped Door County ice cream, draft root beer floats served in frozen mugs, and small batches of gourmet popcorn and fudge. Bonus: you’ll be able to sit back and relax on their outdoor patio while enjoying your sweet treat!

Whoever said you can’t buy happiness hasn’t tasted Door County ice cream, and Ephraim Shores Resort is a perfect place to stay if you’re looking to take a tour of all the ice cream shops the peninsula has to offer. The cherry on top of the sundae (get it?) is that this month is National Dairy Month — and what better way to celebrate than by eating all the Door County ice cream on your next family vacation or Door County girls’ trip.

Ephraim Shores Resort — a waterfront Door County resort for the whole family

Located in downtown Ephraim, Ephraim Shores is a family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor and our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, an exercise room and game room, and bikes for our guests to use. To make your reservation, contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at

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