We are finally enjoying some beautiful spring days here in Connecticut and I love that summer is right around the corner.
As the days get warmer, I like trying to find new ways to keep my family outside and soaking up a little vitamin D. My latest project was getting us all set up with a new mode of warm weather transportation, bikes. Now, all three of my kids have bikes that they love but they can’t yet make it very far biking on their own. So, I looked at the biking options and decided we needed a bike trailer for part of the crew.
Fortunately I found a fabulous, secondhand double bike trailer which we were able to combine with a bike seat we already owned and two bikes we had to create transportation for two adults and 3 little munchkins.
Now, while I love our new mode of transportation, I have learned that pulling 70 lbs of kiddos in a trailer uphill is a rather challenging task. But the good news is that doing all that work makes me feel a little better about gobbling up some froyo at my new favorite biking destination, Pinkberry in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square.
So I wanted to share with you my love for Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt and I figured that while I was at it, I could also share a few other sweet treat hot spots in my town. So if you are a West Hartford resident, live nearby or are planning a future visit, make sure to book mark this post and plan a trip to one (or all) of these yummy places.
Blue Back Square and West Hartford Center
These two shopping areas are located right next to each other and offer a variety of options for eating, shopping and just good ole people watching. Combine a trip to one of these frozen treat destinations with a stop at the Noah Webster Library for a full outing.
Pinkberry – 38 Isham Rd, Blue Back Square
This is my current go-to frozen yogurt destination. I love all the flavors and I like that here there is no guessing when it comes to pricing. Froyo is offered in several sizes (including a mini size for the little ones) and you can purchase it plain or with toppings. They offer a large variety of fresh fruit toppings along with my new obsession, “mochi” — I don’t know what it is, but I’m a fan. Pinkberry offers seating inside and it is located right next to Blue Back’s beautiful outdoor seating area.
Sweet Frog – 13 South Main Street, West Hartford Center
This is another frozen yogurt destination, but it’s located in West Hartford Center. Here you can enjoy making your own treat by selecting the frozen yogurt and adding the toppings yourself. The self-serve option is really fun for the little ones but also requires a little extra monitoring to ensure they don’t empty your wallet by adding three ponds of candy topping to their swirl! There is limited outdoor seating available here but the interior seating options are abundant (and it is super cute inside).
Ben & Jerry’s – 5 1/2 South Main, West Hartford Center
Just a few doors down from Sweet Frogs is where you will find a hard ice cream option in West Hartford Center. Ben & Jerry’s is a hot spot for ice cream lovers. Indoor and outdoor seating is limited at this location, so grab a cone and then take a nice stroll around town.
Park Road Area
Harvest Country Store – 161 Oakwood Avenue
This store took over an old 7-11 building last year and is located right across the street from West Hartford’s Kennedy Park. They sell a variety of food, beverages and other products including both hard and soft-serve ice cream. These products are both local with the hard ice cream coming from Shady Glen (in Manchester) and the soft-serve from Guida’s (in New Britain). Both indoor and outdoor seating is available here or you can head across the street and enjoy your purchase while the kids burn off a little energy at the park.
A.C. Petersen Farms Restaurant – 240 Park Road
This restaurant was recently renovated and I can’t wait for a chance to take a look. We head here often for a weekend breakfast but it is also a great spot to grab some ice cream. They offer over 40 flavors to choose from and you can get it in a cup, cone, sundae or milkshake. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Abby Dabby – 2529-B Albany Ave, Bishops Corner
Located in newly refurbished Bishops Corner, Abby Dabby offers 26 flavors of hard ice cream, soft-serve ice cream, and frozen yogurt. Get your ice cream to go and enjoy a few nearby kid-friendly destinations including a FREE visit with farm animals at nearby Westmoor Park, a little playtime at the newly refurbished Bishops Corner Library, or some playground action at Eisenhower Park.
- 4D Vision Gym – A vision training center located in Cromwell, CT where Dr. Juanita Collier, MS, OD and her staff show members how to utilize Vision Therapy to correct visual issues and make learning and playing easier and more fun.
- The Independent Day School – Located on a rural campus in Middlefield, CT this private pre-school, elementary and middle school serves families from over 20 communities.
- Kathryn Deane Photography – A natural light photographer located in West Hartford, CT and specializing in maternity, newborn, child, family, and senior portrait photography.
- NEW – Mansfield OBGYN – Exceptional providers of compassionate, quality women’s healthcare with offices in Hebron, Mansfield and Windham, CT.
Are you interested in becoming an Out and About Mom sponsor? Click here for more info.
Want to keep up with all our Out and About Mom adventures?
Check back every Tuesday and Thursday as we dish up more Momsense for getting out and about with your little ones. Don’t have time to check back in? Let us send you an automatic notification of new posts straight to your email inbox by signing up here. Also, you can like us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest posts and get some extra tidbits we share only through those sites.