out for a road trip and found it. Most fascinating is the underground railway exhibit. Wasn't impressed with the "factory"part but a fun little place to visit.
This a must see if in the area. 4th generation family owned business since 1914 with over 150,000 visitors a year. The Olde Mill and Wheel Room restaurant were very nice. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and the ice cream is to die for..... We enjoyed the Museum of Milling but didn't have time to take the tour. There is a video on their website to watch which is nice. If we are ever in the area we will stop again. Now I need to research where I can buy Velvet Ice Cream. We are hooked.
Interesting spot to stop for a break. Wide variety of ice cream flavours, all made on the premises. Watch a short film on the family that owns/operates the factory, then wtatch through a glass wall as they make their different ice creams and novelties. Ice cream is delicious (I tried several different flavours), but a bit on the pricey side. Outside there is a mill pond with a variety of water fowl wandering around - great entertainment for the wee ones.
We visited here for the annual ice cream festival. We had a really fun 2 hours or so, with live music, lots of vendors, food and an ice cream eating contest. I hadn't ever seen an ice cream eating contest before and frankly could probably do without ever seeing another one. It's fun watching them take it down....not so fun when it comes back up. In any case, this is a classic midwestern harvest type festival and is worth it if you're within an easy day trip.
This was my first visit despite living within 45 minutes of the mill. Our ice cream was great and pretty reasonably priced - $4.00 for two scoops. I'm always on the lookout for good coconut ice cream and I found it! The grounds are a pretty place to eat with ponds and benches, tables, picnic tables, and shelter houses. They have a small playground and it looks like a small petting zoo but none of the animals were out when we were there. Surprisingly, they were open on a Sunday so it makes a nice place to visit on a Sunday. The tours are only available during the week though.
My great grandparents lived and are buried in Utica so we recently made the drive over to visit the cemetery and afterwards stopped by Ye Old Mill at the Velvet Ice Cream Co. for a late lunch and of course some ice cream. We were delighted. The mill, the little park, the homey decor, the food and above all the service were all outstanding. We all had sandwiches which were great...and the ice cream? ...let's just say there's a darn good reason that they've been making it for 100 years!
We have gone several times, today was a pretty day for a drive so we took the 2 grandkids (6 and 8). We were disappointed no animals were in the small petting area but always enjoy seeing the geese and ducks which are running around. The grounds have a small pond, which you can fish in also. The grandkids enjoy the play area with wooden (backyard style) swingsets. We ate in the resturant today. We had 2 kid meals including drinks and build your own sundaes (crazy big for little kids). We would have split the kids sundaes if we had known how big it was. We also had a large blue cheese wedge salad, Italian sub with chips, 2 pepsi product drinks (no coke)and 2 adult ice creams for $49. Kind of expensive for the food we received but you are paying for the attraction as well and we get that. You can sample the ice cream before you order. The new raspberry cordial was very good, like Graters chocolate raspberry chip. The velvet ice cream tours only run Monday thru Friday, no weekend tours. Kind of bummed since we visited on Saturday but we will go again during the week. If this review helped you, click yes below.
This past autumn we visited the Velvet Ice Cream Factory, and were delighted (as usual). I've been there several times before, and usually take friends or relatives for an afternoon getaway and lunch. They have a small (limited-menu) restaurant inside the main building, and I highly recommend the Reuben sandwiches. The tour and museum is top-knotch, and I can't say enough about the delicious ice cream. I usually go with the Butter Pecan and Cashew, but the Extreme Moose Tracks may soon hijack my preference. A nice playground for kids, and as a side note, you can go fishing in the ponds there, but catch-and-release only. A great place for a family getaway !!
A really pretty setting, near Utica Ohio. The old mill is beautiful, the inside serves ice cream and light food. The interior of the mill also has a small museum on the history of ice cream. You can watch ice cream being made at the front of the mill during work hours. All in all a pretty neat place.
The ice cream is the star and the variety is large. We have been coming a few times a year for at least 15 years and tried many flavors and never found one we did not like. We often split a very good Reuben sandwich which allows room for ice cream. The setting is peaceful and serene. There are ponds, a play ground area, a viewing gallery, a museum, an education building, a nature trail and a beautiful grove of buckeye trees. Ample seating indoors and out. Worth many repeated visits.