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It's Always Sunny on a Gray's Ice Cream Visit

Gray's Ice Cream, Tiverton Four Corners, R.I., has been around for more than 80 years as a quintessential Rhode Island ice cream stand
Picture of Gray's Ice Cream, Tiverton Four Corners, N.H. Gray's Ice Cream, Tiverton Four Corners, R.I. (photo by Eric H.)

Article and photo by Eric H.

Gray's Ice Cream in Tiverton, R.I., embodies the spirit -- along with, of course, fabulous homemade ice cream -- that makes local ice cream stands so beloved in the New England summertime.

Located in historic, rural Tiverton Four Corners, Gray's Ice Cream setting is idyllic New England -- the understated but pleasant mix of historic homes, mom and pop stores and cafes, galleries, the fresh coastal air, the trees, and nearby farms by the coast all the way out to charming Little Compton -- it so beautiful here. What better place for an ice cream stand than in a region affectionally known as the "Farm Coast?"

Gray's has been in business for more than 80 years, and it's easy to understand why. First and foremost, the ice cream is fresh-tasting, quite creamy and full of flavor with the best being pistachio, coffee, blueberry, strawberry cheesecake and the seasonal pumpkin. Now at some ice cream places, you end up eating in the car our outside by a steady hum of traffic. At Gray's, sitting on the stone wall while eating ice cream and watching the cows graze is the type of experience that creates New England summer memories -- nothing fancy or elaborate but steeped in wonderful simplicity (for the record, Gray's is open 365 days a year!). The local beach crowd, families, farmers and urbanites looking for an escape all come to this quiet place, as if it was a mini-vacation getaway. 

Gray's has a convenience store inside where you can buy some of its delicious ice cream. That's a good thing as Tiverton seems far away from everything -- ironic, given Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation.

It would be nice if every town had a Gray's, but, then again, Tiverton is a one-of-a-kind place and I suppose the anticipation of coming here makes it all that more special. We can hardly wait to return!

Gray's Ice Cream 
16 East Rd.
Tiverton Four Corners, R.I.
Tel. (401) 624-4500


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