From the window of a whimsical pink cottage with green trim, LittleCow's servers dispense cups of shaved ice doused with more than 30 types of syrup. Patrons can choose flavors such as blue coconut, bubblegum, and hot tamale or combine several for a multifaceted treat. If desired, servers will layer shaved ice with ice cream and sweet cream.
It was 1939 when a skier first zipped down Snowbasin's slopes. In the decades since, the historic resort has seen expansions, renovations, and momentous occasions, each of which culminated with its hosting several winter games events. Today, Snowbasin features 3,000 skiable acres over 3,000 vertical feet, punctuated by varied terrain, high-speed chairlifts, and multitudes of exhilarating activities.
On the slopes, skiers have their pick of varying levels of difficulty via three progressive terrain parks with more than 65 rails. Guests can also glean insight from a team of PSIA/AASI?certified instructors more than 100 strong while practicing new techniques or attempting their first mountain yodel. The resort's list of attractions includes family-friendly activities, too, including a four-lane, lift-assisted tubing hill. Groomed, tree-studded Nordic trails provide a more tranquil outing, beckoning cross-country skiers to carve up the snow at no charge. When hunger strikes, groups can duck into Earl's Lodge at the mountain's base for wood-fired pizzas and burgers or venture up to the John Paul Lodge, where diners enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the resort and the neighboring peak's yeti colony from the lodge's mountainside perch nearly 9,000 feet up.
Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.
As its name suggests, NY Pizza Patrol specializes in Big Apple–style slices. Each of the four locations slings 8-inch to 18-inch pizzas, ranging from the classic meat lover's pie to the boundary-breaking spicy Marshall masala layered with a foundation of Indian garam-masala sauce. The menu supplements the traditional hand-helds with calzones, heroes, pastas, and other specialties, each of which pair well with cold brews, bottomless fountain sodas, and milk, which grows healthy bones when poured on teeth-planted top soil.
For Lovee's Cakes owner Debbie Glanton, desserts aren't just about cakes. Though she can craft nine flavors of cake with three styles of fillings into a range of themed shapes, her specialty is in smaller desserts. She crafts 46 flavors of cupcake, which come in unique varieties such as peppermint red velvet, vanilla lemon curd, and maple bacon. Alongside these, she crafts treats that toe the line between sweet and salty, such as her potato-chip cookies and chocolate-covered bacon strips.
While the walls’ crimson mosaic tiles glitter in the sunlight that filters in through large windows, CherryBerry’s guests pump out rotating flavors of frozen yogurt and lounge on puffy, mod-style furniture. With each creamy bite, it becomes more evident that the yogurt was made from all-natural ingredients: the strawberry contains tiny chunks of fruit, and the chocolate’s rich flavor could never have come from a powdered mix.
With more than 50 fruit, nut, and candy options overflowing from its bins and canisters, the topping bar plays home to fresh berries and healthful granola as well as candy-coated chocolates and sprinkles. Like a tag-team dance-off at the U.N., the yogurt itself features four types of live and active cultures, all of which aid in digestion. Low-fat, fat-free, and gluten-free flavors abound, as do sorbet options with no dairy and Splenda-sweetened yogurts with no added sugar.