Summer in Annapolis is a special time of year – time spent on the water, al fresco dining, Independence Day fireworks over the Severn River and, of course, ice cream! In Annapolis, visitors are blessed with a plethora of options from which one can enjoy a sweet and savory treat. Whether you are looking to celebrate National Ice Cream Day July 17, or choosing to celebrate it all season long, the staff at 134 Prince – Luxury Boutique Hotel put our palates to the test and ranked the top three ice cream shops that you should sample this summer in beautiful Downtown Annapolis.
1. Annapolis Ice Cream Company
Founded by two New England natives who wanted to bring ice cream flavors from their childhood to Annapolis, Annapolis Ice Cream Company has been a fixture of the Annapolis ice cream scene after being voted Best Ice Cream in Annapolis for 18 consecutive years and was also voted Best Dessert in 2022. The favorite flavor of the 134 Prince staff was peanut butter Oreo, but you cannot go wrong with any other picks from the menu, which includes vegan options for those with dietary restrictions. If you are looking for a sweet treat this summer to cope with the heat, or just a delicious dessert after dinner, Annapolis Ice Cream Company has earned the right to be atop your list.
2. The Red Bean
Located in the heart of Main Street, The Red Bean serves unique flavors all made fresh using locally sourced dairy. You will taste the freshness of the ingredients in every bite, and they boast a wide array of options. If you are a dark chocolate lover, the cinnamon dark chocolate is a must-have. Not one for ice cream? The Red Bean also offers shakes, affogato, floats, and locally roasted coffee, loose leaf tea, hot chocolate, smoothies, lemonades, and spritzers so there is something for everyone in your group to enjoy.
3. Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory
As patrons enjoy the sailboats and crowds of Dock Street, they also may note the bustling lines outside of Storm Bros – and for good reason! This ice cream shop has been serving up delicious desserts to the people of Annapolis since 1976. The standout flavor from our friends at Storm Bros. was the bourbon truffle, described by our chef as the perfect mix of sweet and salty. Whether you like fruity, salty, or traditional vanilla; this local favorite will not disappoint with an abundance of unique flavors such as black cherry, blue panda, chocolate marshmallow, or a classic cookies and cream.
No matter where you go for your ice cream fix you will not have to look far in Historic Annapolis so please make time during your visit for some delicious delights. You deserve it.
134 Prince – LuxuryBoutique Hotel is a five-suite boutique hotel located in Downtown Annapolis. 134 Prince offers a luxury residential retreat for those looking to be in the heart of the action. Our spacious common areas, elegantly landscaped gardens, and luxurious guest rooms offer tranquility mere steps away from the U.S. Naval Academy, award-winning Annapolis restaurants, and charming boutiques that line the brick sidewalks of Historic Annapolis.