President Ronald Reagan dedicated National Ice Cream month in 1984. It’s not like we need an excuse to eat dessert, but, as excuses go, this one is pretty darn good. So grab a spoon and dig in – these great hotels across the country offer up sweet treats ranging from childhood favorites to adults-only concoctions.
Spaghetti al Pomodoro Gelato and a Chocolate Avocado Corn Ice Cream Taco at Four Seasons Hotels
Four Seasons hotels have gotten into the sweet stuff with a passion. A number of hotels are offering special ice cream treats this summer, including the Four Seasons St. Louis, which has a special “spaghetti” gelato, a sweet play on the savory dish made with house-made vanilla gelato pressed through a potato ricer [made to look like pasta], topped with mixed berry sauce, mint and shaved white chocolate. Four Seasons Austin gives a nod to their Tex-Mex roots with “taco” ice cream made with a taco-shaped, house-made vanilla wafer with the creaminess of milk chocolate ice cream. The chef’s milk chocolate ice cream is made with avocado and ancho chile powder for that extra kick, then scooped into individual taco shells and garnished with sliced ancho chiles, creamy avocado and bits of corn and caramel corn.
Spiked Milkshakes at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The hotel’s Boulevard Pool Deck makes hot summer days a bit more enjoyable with alcohol-infused ice cream sundaes, spiked milkshakes and adult popsicles created by The Cosmopolitan’s resident mixologist. Sundaes include a “Breakfast of Champions” made from Pink Squirrel Ice Cream, topped with Framboise and Cap’n Crunch Crunchberries, and “The Grass is Always Greener,” a mix of Grasshopper Ice Cream with Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka, Salted Caramel Sauce and Thin Mint Cookies.
All You Can Eat Ice Cream at Hotel Triton
You can get a sundae anywhere, but what about an entire ice cream suite? The Hotel Triton in San Francisco has a special Ice Cream Suite in their 140-room boutique hotel. The Haagen-Dazs “Sweet Suite” is decorated in colors reminiscent of Vanilla and Caramel and has “flavorful” details like ice cream scented candles. The best part? A “Sweet Spot” in the room – a freezer filled with the brand’s ice cream and ice cream bars, plus bowls, scoops and spoons to enjoy the treats. An overnight comes with an unlimited supply.
Bacon Ice Cream and More at Omni Hotels
The family-friendly brand has launched a special “Art of Water” menu, available now through Labor Day, which features specialty cocktails and treats to keep cold. The most creative addition to the menu is a bacon ice cream sandwich, which features a brown buttered, candied bacon ice cream with chocolate chips, in addition to flavors like chocolate chip and plain ol’ vanilla. The menu is available through Labor Day, so you have an extra month to enjoy these treats.