Discover Tri-Valley's Ice Cream Trail
The Tri-Valley, located in the East Bay of San Francisco's Bay Area, is not just home to a great wine and beer scene. There's also the Tri-Valley Ice Cream Trail for fans of the frozen treat, featuring 14 ice cream or gelato shops across the region. It's the only ice cream trail in the Bay Area.
Real ice cream fanatics will want to cover the trail to receive a free ice cream scooper from Visit Tri-Valley. Simply visit any five ice cream shops, stamp your passport book, and stop by Visit Tri-Valley's office to redeem. Or, follow @visittrivalley on Instagram and post five scoop pics with #trivalleyscoop.
Hit the trail in summer 2018 between Memorial Day (May 28) and Labor Day (Sept. 3) and visit at least five ice cream shops to get your passport stamped and scooper, and Visit Tri-Valley will donate $5 to Valley Humane Society - a non-profit organization working to save and improve the lives of Tri-Valley companion animals since 1987.
Download the Tri-Valley Ice Cream Trail's passport here.
Participating Tri-Valley ice cream locations include:
- BlooGrape Organic Sworls (370 Hartz Ave.): Known for organic and locally-sourced ingredients, BlooGrape lets you choose your base from ice cream, yogurt or coconut milk and create from there with a variety of toppings and drizzles.
- Smallcakes (95 Railroad Ave.): Answering the question "Maybe a cupcake will help?" with a strong cupcake selection, Smallcakes specializes in cupcake-inspired ice cream and a 'Smallcakes Smash' cupcake and ice cream confection.
- Sweet Street (301 Hartz Ave.): Check out this fun nostalgic candy and gelato store, with its fudge, truffles, toys and more, located in the Danville Clock Tower.
- Yersen Gelato Cakes (9000 Crow Canyon Rd.): Take home one of their signature gelato cakes.
- O'Honey (3862 Fallon Rd.): Try a waffle 'wich, a flavored macha lemonade, or one of their limited-time special flavors, like mystery charcoal cream.
- Snowflake (4288 Dublin Blvd.): Snow ice and pan desserts made fresh daily with all natural fruits.
- The Mix Creamery (6601 Dublin Blvd.): Try the Monster Mix, made with six donut halves, six scoops of ice cream and loads of whip cream and toppings.
- Amorino Gelato Al Naturale (at the Livermore Outlets): This global chain that started in Paris is known for its commitment to no artificial flavoring nor coloring agents in their gelato.
- CREAM (2375 Railroad Ave.): The Tri-Valley's outpost of this popular chain is known for its ice cream sandwich variations and ice cream cone tacos, among other offerings.
- Loard's (1875 Second St. and 2187 First St.): Loard's still serves its original recipes, which won gold at the 1952 California State Fair.
- Almare Gelato Itailano (349 Main St.): Gelato made "the Italian way," fresh every morning, with a variety of flavors and sorbets.
- Flavor Brigade (929 Main St.): Originally from Philadelphia, Flavor offers Italian water ices and frozen bananas in addition to its ice cream.
- Icicles (600 Main St.): Watch the crew freeze the ice cream and roll it up in front of you, customized per order.
- Meadowlark Dairy (57 Neal St.): Founded in the early 1900s, Meadowlark was the first certified dairy in California and has also operated as a drive-thru since 1969.
- Rita's Italian Ice (320 St Mary St.): Award-winning frozen custard and Italian ices and served at this national chain outpost
For more information on the Ice Cream Trail and all things Tri-Valley, click here.