The Ice Burgh Scenery and Eatery offers one of the best views in Schoharie County, with picnic tables set in a lush green field overlooking the distinctive mountain known as Vroman’s Nose. (Yes, it looks like a nose.)
Visitors can enjoy an easy hike on the 1.5 mile loop trail at Vroman’s Nose. The hike near Middleburgh, NY takes about an hour and the summit features a large flat surface known as the “Dance Floor”. It is a great place for photos.
After the hike, reward yourself with a stop at The Ice Burgh for snacks and ice cream, located at 2099 NY-145, Middleburgh.
The Ice Burgh offers Crowley soft serve (vanilla, chocolate or twist) and over two dozen flavors of Perry hard ice cream.
Ice Burgh ice cream prices range from $2.10 to $4.15. Shovels are available in four sizes: baby, small, medium and large. You can get a waffle cone and toppings for 45 cents each.
They also have lots of creamy floats, milkshakes, banana splits and special sundaes available.
The “Queen of Hearts” sundae, for example, includes scoops of Rocky Mountain Raspberry ice cream with hot fudge, raspberry syrup, whipped cream, chocolate chips and a cherry.
Short of money ? No problem. This stand accepts cash and credit cards. Families line up at the window, place their orders, then wait at nearby picnic tables. The staff calls your name when your order is ready.
Open since 2021, The Ice Burgh also serves hot food, at great prices for the quality. Crispy fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, fried pickle chips, mac and cheese bites, hot dogs, burgers and spicy chicken sandwiches are all on the menu.
Their chicken burgers and sandwiches are particularly large and customizable with toppings.
The whole thing costs between $3 and $7. You could easily feed a family of four, with dessert, for around $50.
Besides the picnic tables, there is also a fire pit with reclining chairs. Dogs are allowed on the grounds. There are portable toilets next to the parking lot.
During the summer and early fall, The Ice-Burgh is open 3-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 12-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
It’s closed on Mondays. Changes in hours or menu are posted on The Ice Burgh Facebook page.
What else is nearby? Fifteen minutes away you will find the impressive secret 100 foot waterfall at Howes Cave. Or, take the route to the better-known Howe Caverns, the largest cave open to the public in the Northeast and New York’s second most-visited natural attraction after Niagara Falls.
And just 30 minutes away is beautiful Sharon Springs, a small historic spa village of less than 600 people. There you can visit Sunnycrest Orchards, stay at the American Hotel or the Roseboro Hotel, and shop on the beautiful Main Street.
Be sure to stop by Beekman’s whimsical boutique 1802, which generated a lot of buzz when it reinvented itself as Rose Apothecary during the height of the “Schitt’s Creek” fandom.
The Beekman founders are also hosting the “Let Love Bloom” Wedding Marathon at the Beekman Farm in Sharon Springs in June.
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