Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staffers toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, staff members also dish out ready-made treats, such as ice-cream cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
White mums, ripe apples, and chocolate-chip muffins are just a few of the goodies Posies & Pastries packs inside its colorful baskets designed to suit any occasion. The floral experts combine fresh-baked eats with fragrant blooms to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries or devise season-specific desserts such as autumnal candy-corn cupcakes and Christmas cookies flavored with a pinch of Santa’s after-shave. Each edible, sniffable treat is a product of the staff’s more than two decades of baking and floral-design experience. Beyond their flower and pastry specialties, the crew also provide event-planning services, event photography, and tuxedo rentals.
Organic eggs, real butter, and Madagascar vanilla give each myKake a complex, full-bodied taste that invites tongues and teeth to work together in sweet harmony to discover every individual flavor. Classic combos of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet appease purists, while more intrepid tongues can choose from the menu's array of fruity options and unusual pairings. Enjoy all the charm of camping with none of the mosquitoes with an order for s'mores cupcakes, topped with marshmallow frosting, graham-cracker crumbs, and milk-chocolate candy bar. The fresh zest-infused lemon cake comes slathered with billowy clouds of lavender buttercream, which may produce purple rain. Gluten-free options are available, and flavors that don't appear on the menu can be requested, ensuring that cigar aficionados no longer have to go cupcake-less.
Culling flavors from Austria, Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland, Alpenrose Restaurant treats tongues to dishes from a menu bursting with diverse Alpine cuisine. Weiner schnitzel and tuscan lamb rub elbows on the dinner menu, which ensures freshness by leveraging seasonal ingredients and local harvests, including duck from nearby Maple Leaf Farms. A glass or bottle selected from the extensive wine menu can help lubricate talk tubes, and a broad selection of pastries, including nine flavors of cheesecakes and tarts, supplies patrons with extensive options for indulging sweet teeth. The restaurant, which opened in 1991, beckons visitors to enter through a green, wrought-iron gate before traipsing down a birch-tree-lined cobblestone path. Inside, the dining rooms' massive windows, wood-paneled walls, and carved-wood columns evoke a warm, ski-lodge ambiance. The restaurant also boasts an enviable location; it's just minutes from Holland's famous Tulip Time Festival, whose 2013 edition welcomes the springtime sun May 4-11.
The baristas at Uncommon Coffee Roasters have been keeping the people of Saugatuck caffeinated since 1994. Founded by a pair of Chicagoans, the coffee shop began roasting its own coffee in 2000 and now sells it wholesale to more than 200 businesses throughout the Midwest. At the espresso bar, baristas whip up small batches of high-quality coffee, using beans from small farms and infusing the drinks with housemade syrups. Caf? employees have even traveled internationally to places such as Honduras to meet the coffee farmers personally.
Each morning, bakers use fresh ingredients from the onsite garden and local farms; they also bring in pie from Crane's Pie Pantry and danishes from Golden Brown Bakery. In the summer months, guests can enjoy beverages outside on the garden patio; occasionally, live bands play outside. Uncommon Coffee Roasters also hosts demonstrations that involve hands-on brewing lessons, during which participants use single-cup brew methods to make a variety of coffee and learn to juggle coffee mugs.
Big Island Smoothies refreshes weary swallow sectors with fresh smoothies and energizing frozen coffees. Big Island’s smoothies come courtesy of the taste bud-treating physicians at Dr. Smoothie, whose mouthwatering mixes eschew artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives to create an all-natural beverage that doesn’t double as a Botox injection ($4.39 for regular, $4.69 for large). Vitamin-enhanced blends such as strawberry banana, mango orange, and caramel mocha cool off steaming estuaries, while a 24-ounce Red Bull smoothie braces sippers for late-night study sessions in university boiler rooms ($5.77). The crystallized brew beans in a frozen coffee exhale a cool breeze of spirit-jolting caffeine ($4.39 for regular, $4.69 for large), and quenched patrons can quell tumultuous tummies with fresh-baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies ($1.89 for three).