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Why Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream in Whitman, Massachusetts is One of New England's Best Ice Cream Stands 

by Eric Hurwitz. Page created on 5/30/2017

Peaceful Meadows ice cream, Whitman, Massachusetts


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Every time I visit Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream in Whitman, Massachusetts, the cold treats warm my heart unlike any other ice cream stand. 

While Peaceful Meadows clearly serves some of the most delicious, creamy, farm-fresh, homemade ice cream I have tasted in New England, the overall experience goes beyond just having a great cone, sundae, frappe, shake, or ice cream soda. First, Peaceful Meadows delivers on its pastoral name with pleasing farm fields. What other way to better enjoy an ice cream stand than leisurely eating some ice cream by the farm and its scenery? Despite commercial and industrial growth on this stretch of Route 18, Peaceful Meadows seems wonderfully stuck in time -- like the last great hope of rural America on this road.

The ice cream stand indeed feels like something out of the 1960s, which makes sense since Peaceful Meadows ice cream dates back to 1962. There's something so wholesome and nostalgic about Peaceful Meadows that stands out more than other ice cream places with similar rural settings and histories.  I think it has to do with the people of this area -- that is, so many of the families in the Whitman, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and Abington area seem to be so laid-back and friendly and holding onto old-fashioned neighbor values. Everyone seems to know each other here. You hear more conversations going on, and the locals seem more focused on getting some good ice cream and the nice surroundings rather than smartphones, social media and other modern day obstructions to enjoying the moment.  That sentiment is also expressed in the ownership and well-chosen staff as it is a friendly group, as well as quite efficient -- even when the crowds line up on the hottest summer nights.

What a lovely place, only made better by the presence of an American food icon in the form of ice cream.
What are some of our favorite ice cream flavors? I'd say go with the black raspberry, peppermint patti (peppermint ice cream with tiny candies and a hint of chocolate), pistachio, strawberry and the monthly specials like peach in July, blueberry cheesecake in August, apple strudel in September and pumpkin in October. The Mud Sundae is a sweet gem with coffee ice cream topped with crushed Oreos, hot fudge and whipped cream. While on the subject of coffee, the coffee frappe is a favorite in my family.

Peaceful Meadows black raspberry ice cream, Whitman MA
Black raspberry ice cream (with a plastic cow in the background) at Peaceful Meadows in Whitman, Massachusetts.

Another great thing about Peaceful Meadows is that it's open year-round -- not a common business practice amongst the predominantly seasonal ice cream stands in New England. The ice cream tastes just as great in February! Peaceful Meadows also features a dairy store that sells locally bottled milk, eggs, bacon, maple syrup and homemade baked goods.

Peaceful Meadows also has locations in Middleboro and Plymouth, Massachusetts. They are equally phenomenal. The Plymouth location resides in the heart of the beautiful, fun waterfront district and the Middleboro spot is ideal when on the road to or from Cape Cod as it is right off Route 495.

I usually don't make ice cream recommendations to friends as each person has different tastes and preferences, but Peaceful Meadows in Whitman is an exception. There's no doubt in my mind the ice cream will appeal to virtually everyone and the atmosphere is just timeless and priceless. It's a beautiful place to be in the summer -- or any other time of the year, for that matter.

Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream is located at 98 Bedford St., Whitman MA. Tel. (781) 447- 2381. Open year-round!

Be sure to check out the Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream web site for more information. Also, log onto the Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream Facebook fan page for updates and great photos and posts!

 

Editor's note: VisitingNewEngland business partnerships started on Jan. 30, 2017, and differ than feature articles previously posted on VisitingNewEngland. Businesses pay a small, one-time fee to have pages like this appear, and first must be accepted by VisitingNewEngland.com editor and publisher, Eric Hurwitz, as a business he approves as part of "real New England travel" to keep the integrity of the site. Businesses that sign up for business partnerships receive priority by receiving more social media exposure and link placement on VisitingNewEngland.com. Contact me if interested in forming a business partnership.

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