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Leopolds or Hilton Head Ice Cream?

I have visited the low country of South Carolina and Georgia so many times over the last 30 years and one of our treats of a vacation is visiting ice cream shops.  I was totally surprised when I read about Leopolds Ice Cream in Savannah, Georgia in a magazine and realized I had never visited that ice cream shop.  Then I began to consider the fact that we eat at Mrs. Wilkes on every visit to Savannah and we would never consider eating ice cream after experiencing the wonderful feast prepared for us at Mrs. Wilkes.

Last year, we changed our plans and visited Savannah on the way to Hilton Head.  We arrived in Savannah around 10 AM on a Saturday and visited their farmers market.  We then visited Leopolds and had a light lunch. Our sandwiches were so good and then we had ice cream.  Actually, they do not have sugar free ice cream so Mr. D ate a yogurt and honey dessert and I had two scoops of ice cream, lemon custard and chocolate.  Here is a picture of Leopold’s Ice Cream in downtown Savannah:

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Leopolds has been rated as one of the top 10 ice cream shops in the world by Virtual Tourist.  I love the ambience of the shop and the beautiful interior. It has been a Savannah tradition since 1919 and was founded by three immigrant brothers from Greece.  Stratton Leopold, youngest son of Peter Leopold, runs the store today with his wife Mary.  Because Stratton is a successful film producer there are many props and posters from some of his well known films decorating the shop.  The shop has many of the original fixtures that make the surroundings very charming.

Yes, I did like the ice cream.  It has great flavor and is amazingly creamy even though it has a thick consistency.  I  know that if we visit Savannah again, I will definitely want to include a trip to Leopolds.  Here is a link to their website: http://www.leopoldsicecream.com/

We arrived in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina later on that Saturday and spent the week there.  I do believe my all time favorite Ice Cream Shop is Hilton Head Ice Cream in Hilton Head.  Their ice cream has a different texture from Leopolds and is very creamy.  They have been in business for over 30 years now and I always treat myself to one trip to their shop during our stay.  I usually plan that for the last day of my visit so I will not be so sad about returning home as I love Hilton Head SO MUCH! Here is an article from the Summer 2013 Issue of A Taste of Hilton Head.  Here is a link to their website:  atasteofhiltonhead.com

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Here is a link to the Hilton Head Ice Cream Shop website as it is referred to in this article:

http://www.hiltonheadicecreamshop.com/

I am so happy to have discovered two wonderful ice cream shops in my favorite part of the world.  As I was reading the brochure from Leopold’s , it states that USA today has rated it as the best ice cream shop in Georgia.  That makes me think that Hilton Head Ice Cream has to be the best ice cream shop in South Carolina.  I hope you are able to experience both of these wonderful places real soon.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are able to share a dish of ice cream with someone very special this weekend.

 

 

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