It’s the middle of the afternoon, and temperatures have risen to that infamous uncomfortable level. Don’t let the summer heat interrupt your visit!  Cooling relief awaits you, as long as you know the right places to go!

Raleigh and its surrounding areas are filled with conveniently located shops where you can “grab-n-go” icy treats as you please and provide yourself with a little bit of relief on these hot summer days.

If you’re in the West Raleigh area, stop by Locopops on Hillsborough St. A local favorite, this gourmet popsicle shop provides tasty yet unique flavors in which all-natural, locally available ingredients are used whenever possible. Another really nice thing about Locopops is the incredible options they give you. Besides flavors ranging from Mexican Chocolate to Cherry Lime, you also have the option of choosing your popsicle’s ingredients (dairy-based vs. water based), which comes in really handy when you’ve got a particular craving!

Another place to visit for a cool down is Spinner’s Grill in the Wakefield Commons Shopping Center near Capital Blvd., designed with a 1950’s diner theme.  You can walk in, choose your favorite ice cream flavor from their old-fashioned ice cream bar, and then play a classic tune on the jukebox while you wait. Cool yourself down and relax all at the same time.

Other places to try in the area are The Chocolate Bean in Fuquay-Varina and A La Mode Ice Cream Café in Wake Forest. The Chocolate Bean offers everything from savory smoothies to yummy frozen lemonades to keep you cool, calm, and collected for the rest of the day. A La Mode on the other hand also offers icy beverages and treats but boasts homemade products for you to try. So if you’re in the mood for something locally produced, head to Wake Forest and try some of their delicious gelato, sundaes, or affogato. These decadent indulgences are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds!

These delightful icy treats can help you escape the heat outside while also allowing you a bit of peace amongst the hustle and bustle of your day. Everybody deserves a little treat every now and then, and your day is today! Enjoy!