Most things are canceled this summer; but not soft-serve ice cream
Though the COVID-19 pandemic has altered summer in the Berkshires as we've known it, one summer ritual remains unchanged: enjoying a delicious ice cream cone to beat the heat.
To help you find the perfect socially-distant sundae, The Berkshire Eagle checked in on a few local ice cream shops across the county..
A note: Because the fluid nature of the state's response to the coronavirus, some ice cream shops have not reopened yet, or have had to change their hours or the way they normally do business. Please remember to always wear a mask, even if it's just to go to a take-out counter.
Here's the scoop:
13 Main St., Cheshire
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
"Grandma Diane's" ice cream shop is a popular stop along the Appalachian Trail for hikers who fill up on Hershey's hard ice cream and traditional soft serve at this trail-side spot.
83 Spring St., Williamstown
Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. daily
Order a "Purple cow" at the home of the Ephs on Williams College's campus, where Lickety's walk-up window adapts well to social distancing. Lickety Split's Mass MoCA location will not reopen until mid-July, so if you're craving a cone, order in Williamstown and take your scoop on a walk to nearby Stone Hill, or up newly paved Spring Street. This location is cash only.
Pedrin's Dairy Bar
1360 Curran Highway, North Adams
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily
Famous for its fish fry, Pedrin's Dairy Bar was once a train stop before it was refurbished in the 1950s. You can live out your drive-in dreams at Pedrin's this summer, as Pedrin's is serving up soft serve, scooped cones and milkshakes at its side counter to go.
Triple Scoop Ice Cream Parlor
154 American Legion Drive, North Adams
Hours: noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
This old-fashioned ice cream parlor offers hard and soft ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes and floats. Try one of the new flavors, Mississippi Mud, Strawberry Cheesecake, Southern Peach or Strawberry Lemonade sorbet. There is seating offered outside and masks must be worn inside when stopping in to get your ice cream fix.
Tunnel City at Mass MoCA
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams
Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
This favorite coffee shop/bakery has turned ice cream counter with a new line of premium ice cream, made in collaboration with High Lawn Farm in Lee and offered exclusively at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA. The ice cream comes in 13 signature flavors, including Affogato, coffee chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, coconut almond macaroon, ginger, coffee, maple, vanilla and the just added lemon blueberry and matcha tea.. A takeout window was installed, allowing customers to order without having to enter the building.
505 East St., Pittsfield
Hours: 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
Ayelada means "cow" in Greek, but means fresh, locally-sourced Frozen yogurt in Pittsfield. To ensure social distancing, Ayelada is offering contactless pickup: place your order and pay online, and pick up your to-go order outside once you text to let them know you're there.
Ben & Jerry's
179 South St., Pittsfield
Hours: Noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Noon to 9:30 p.m. Fridays; 11:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; 11:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
This Burlington, Vt.-based ice cream chain is known for its punny, psychedelic-themed flavors, including "Cherry Garcia" and "Phish Food." While Ben & Jerry's is all about peace and love, they're also about health and safety: five customers are allowed into the store at the time, and this location prefers customers pay with a credit card.
119 Elm St., Pittsfield
Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
This walk-up window is a popular spot for soft-serve ice cream for locals living in Southeast Pittsfield. Because of COVID-19, the regular window for service is now along the side of the building and not in front facing Elm Street like it usually is.
197 Tyler St., Pittsfield
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Classic soft serve, Dole whip and frozen yogurt are on the menu at this spot along Tyler Street. They offer more than 30 soft-serve flavors, including their 8 non-fat yogurt varieties and their WowCow ice cream for diabetics. They also mix up their customer favorite "Wizzzard" with any topping of your choice. The normal picnic benches in the parking lot have been removed, and parking is only allowed in ever other spot to maintain distance between customers stopping for a treat.
133 Fenn St., Pittsfield
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily
Known for its generous portions, King Kone offers three flavors (vanilla, chocolate, twist) covered with the topping of your choice, as well as sundaes. With no outdoor seating, a King Kone is best served with a walk around Pittsfield.
585 South Main St., Lanesborough
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
With a wide range of soft-serve flavors, Krispy Kones on Route 7 is perfect for the adventurous taster. Try summer flavors such as "Tropical Kiss," or sample "Christmas Cheer" if you miss the cold. For customers who feel more comfortable dining in the car, Krispy Cones offers curbside pickup in the smaller parking lot, though they have also reopened outdoor seating. Krispy Cones has also reopened their playgrounds, so bring along the kids (and the dog — Krispy Cones is also pet-friendly).
384 Newell St., Pittsfield
Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Grab a slice of pizza at East Side Cafe and walk next door to Lakewood Creamery where soft serve ice cream and High Lawn Farm hard ice cream is sold with a variety of toppings. Customers are asked to only have one customer at a time at the walk-up window and if on foot, to wait on the designated foot markings.
6 Depot St., Dalton
Hours: 3 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Right off the trails of Wahconah Falls State Park, Sweet Pea's provides delicious flavors for a post-hike treat. With outdoor seating and new flavors like "Maine Lobster Tracks" (like Moose Tracks, except with red-colored caramel cups), happy customers can sit and savor at a social distance.
51 Church St., Lenox
Hours: 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Noon to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Serving Blondie's ice cream hand-crafted at the store, The Scoop is doing things "COVID-style," this summer, scooping their more than 20 flavors out of the walk-up window on their porch. The Scoop also serves fresh-roasted Barrington Coffee, so you can sip and slurp all at once, if that's your thing.
Local Lee Scooped Homemade Ice Cream
395 Laurel St., Lee
Hours: Closed on Mondays. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Right by scenic Laurel Lake, this nostalgic ice cream shop is offering take-out flavors every day except Monday. Enjoy a scoop with a view or explore the Retro Pop Shop next door.
Lucky's Ice Cream & Grill
30 West Center St., Lee
Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. daily.
Enjoy Lucky's delicious flavors right by the burbling riverside. Though Lucky's has not yet reopened their outdoor seating or playgrounds, there are plenty of grassy areas for you to sit and enjoy a vegan or gluten-free cone.
5 Railroad St., Great Barrington
Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
If you've been itching to travel again, SoCo Creamery can help you transport yourself away from the Berkshires with flavors like "Pacific Northwest Raspberry Sorbet" and "Mexicali Chocolate." But if you're a homebody, you're in luck: in addition to takeout and curbside pickup, SoCo Creamery offers home delivery so you can bring gelato or sorbet right into your living room.
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