The calendar is skewed a few weeks behind when you head north. Driving through Maine it seemed as though many of the ice cream shoppes were going to hold out until May to open their doors. While Massachusetts finds Patriot’s Day as a sign that it’s time to scoop, it’s only when you travel that you realize that Massachusetts is the only place that celebrates Patriot’s Day in any capacity. The open flag here led me to a Blue Hill Blueberry cone.
Sundaes At The Beach opened here in the summer of 2007. Former firefighter and insurance agent (respectively) Bob and Natalie Heleniak left behind their previous lives in Connecticut to begin making ice cream in the basement of this building situated on Route 1, not too far from their current home in Biddeford.
The store has tons of room, with indoor tables enough that this place could stay open year round if there was the demand for it. Outside is a large porch with an extensive rigging for a full canopy in the summer (it’s not up yet). There’s a handicapped ramp that edges that porch and also serves as the border for a patio full of picnic tables as well. It’s tough to imagine there’s enough parking in this lot to fill all of the seats that they’ve got here.
When it comes to the naming of flavors, each of the ice cream flavors has been paired with an alliterative Maine region, except unexplicably the Mega Mint Chocolate Chip. Mostly the pairings are done between towns and tastes with Orono Orange Pineapple, Port Clyde Peanut Butter Cup, and Saco Strawberry being ideal examples of this sort of punnery. The sorbet, frozen yogurt, Italian ice, and even sugar free ice cream all have unadorned flavor names.
While I passed on the sundae bar this time out, I was drawn to the store’s twist on blueberry ice cream. Named Blue Hill blueberry, the flavor was sweet and creamy, without any rich heavy overtones. It would be easy to eat a whole lot of this in one sitting, which is a good thing when sundaes are the explicit focus of this spot. I only wonder whether they use fresh local blueberries later in the season when they are ripe. This cone was strewn with the skin of blueberries and it was apparent that this is the same sort of dried fruit that you might find in a blueberry bagel.
New England geography is always a genuine treat. If people were looking for this place, any document will list this as being situated in Wells. However, as with many places, there are names that still exist but are only used by postal carriers to further subdivide regions with terms that are wholly antiquated. Maybe that’s why you could also describe this place as being adjacent to the Moody Post Office.
Cone – single $2.95 low tide $3.75 high tide $4.25
Sundae – kids $3.99 regular $5.49 large $6.25
Sundaes At The Beach