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with a lush but airy texture. For health-conscious
connoisseurs, compared to traditional ice cream,
butterfat content is substantially reduced: 6 percent
vs. 10-17 percent.
KILLER FLAVORS - Expect a menu studded by more
than 50 different flavors of gelato and sorbet, with 18
available daily. For kids, the M&M Birthday Cake is
a favorite. Meanwhile, adults can try Guinness Extra
Stout, deliciously spicy Cocoa Ancho, or the summer
favorite, Papaya Pineapple.
HOW TO EARN IT - Hike the Sherando Lake Loop.
This relatively easy 2.5-mile hike will carry you through
the Sherando Lake Recreation Area around a 25-acre
lake. Toward the end, follow the steep and demanding Blue Loop Trail uphill to the Torry Ridge and an
overlook at Lookout Rock. From there, enjoy splendid
- and most likely isolated - views of the lake and
the Blue Ridge Parkway. After a bit of backtracking,
descend via the Dam Trail. For maps and more information, inquire with rangers at the park's entrance.
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LEXINGTON
THE SHOP - Sweet Things. Named the Best Ice Cream

Shop in the Shenandoah Valley in 2014, this familyowned gem has been a Lexington staple since 1982.
Located one block from South Main Street, it sits
directly across from the gorgeously walkable campus

of Washington & Lee University. A visit will carry
you back in time and, for patrons of a certain age,
probably inspire thoughts of the "Andy Griffith Show."
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THE PRODUCT - Homemade ice cream and
hand-rolled waffle cones made daily from ingredients sourced at the Lexington farmer's market. With
milk shakes, sundaes, banana splits, cakes, sorbet,
and pies to boot.
KILLER FLAVORS - Twenty-four flavors are on
tap always. Classics like vanilla, Oreo, Reese's, cookie
dough, chocolate peanut butter and various sorbets
are offered in perpetuum. A second freezer boasts
seasonally changing options like Mocha Chip, Coffee
Crunch, Guinness, Chocolate Amaretto and Girl Scout
Thin Mint Chunk.
HOW TO EARN IT - Hike or bike the Chessie Trail.
Starting at Jordan's Point Park just outside of down-

SPLIT BANANA CO.
In historic downtown
Staunton, the Split Banana
offers 16 flavors of sorbet
and gelato, and other treats
as well.

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