New Englanders love ice cream, and no summertime visit to Martha's Vineyard is complete without a scoop (or two) of some freshly churned sweet cream in your favorite flavor. While the island has a Dairy Queen (and we're not afraid to say we love a Blizzard!), here are three local ice cream shops in Oak Bluffs and within walking distance of our boutique Martha's Vineyard hotel Summercamp.
Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium | 20a Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs | (508) 696-0008
This local chain is popular with those with a sweet tooth—in addition to ice cream, Ben & Bill's has chocolates and candies of all kinds. Beyond regular ice cream flavors like triple chocolate and Oreo, Ben & Bill's serves up its famous lobster ice cream. With a butter ice cream base and chunks of real lobster, you'll have to try it to believe it.
Vineyard's Best Ice Cream and Coffee Co. | 12 Kennebec Ave, Oak Bluffs | (617) 775-6019
With bagels, coffee, and ice cream, this ice cream shop in Oak Bluffs has you covered morning, noon, and night. Their ice cream isn't made on site, rather coming from Richardson's, a family-run dairy farm on the North Shore of Massachusetts. With over thirty flavors of ice cream available, this is the perfect place to take a break from exploring Oak Bluffs. Enjoy some people-watching on the wraparound porch with a giant scoop of creamy ice cream.
Zero Below Thai Ice Cream | 7 Circuit Avenue Extension, Oak Bluffs | (860) 997-9996
Oak Bluffs gets in on the trend of rolled ice cream at this new ice cream shop. Choose your flavor and your add-ins and watch your ice cream be assembled on a cold plate. Your server will roll it into columns, place them upright in a cup, and add your toppings. Choose from Thai flavors like milk tea, coconut, and lychee, and find out what this new style of ice cream shop is all the rage in Oak Bluffs.