Hot Days need Ice Cream

I know this blog is supposed to be about our state park adventures. But today we stopped by one of my favorite local treasures, and I just couldn’t resist sharing it with everyone!

Gillis Hill Farm, Fayetteville, NC.

The location is very unexpected. I’m told the development of this part of Raeford Rd. here in Fayetteville has been very fast(4-6 years fast).This means Gillis Hill has the pleasure of being a curve of the road away from a giant Wal-Mart. But as soon as you make that curve, you feel as if you’re back in the country.

My original attraction to this place was, of course, food. More specifically, their homemade ice cream.

Baby Bear has to have his chocolate. Tiny Bear needs the strawberry. I vary between cookies ‘n’ cream, and whatever their seasonal flavor is. Today was Peach. I wish I knew more ways to say YUM!!!

There are rocking chairs out front to relax and eat. But I like the side yard where you can sit on a bench next to the enormous and perfectly green tree full of ripe figs.

In addition to the ice cream, they also have a full-working farm. Cows, chickens, goats, a donkey, ponies, rabbits, horses-they have it all. Today, I even saw what appeared to be a llamas. They could have been alpacas, but I am not qualified to tell the difference just yet.

The animals stay in their corrals (most of the time*). But if you stand by the fence with a handful of grass, they will more than certainly make their way to you.

Just a little further up the road is the farm stand where they sell their home-grown corn, watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes and MORE! SO so much more.

Gillis Hill is everything we could ever want in an “adventure”-yummy local food and a little bit of nature.

It also has the Bear Family’s Official Stamp of Approval.

(Yes, I made that up. It means? GO TRY THE ICE CREAM!)


*We did happen upon a horse out of his corral one day. He didn’t want to chat. The closer we tried to get, the further away he went. And on a couple of visits, the goats and chickens were out wandering. The goats like to eat grass out of your hands. The chickens and roosters keep to themselves.


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