Martha’s Dandee Crème
Open 7 Days from 11 AM
There is no surer or more welcome sign of spring in the North Country than seeing the lights come back on at Martha’s ice cream stand in Queensbury. Located on Route 9 just south of Lake George near Great Escape, Martha’s has been a local summer destination for over sixty years. The Lafontaine family has been in the picture for thirty of those years. Dennis Lafontaine and his wife Beth recently repurchased the property from Great Escape, who had bought it from his parents in 1999. The ice cream stand was part of a larger complex that included a restaurant, motel, and cabins in an earlier age. All of this was built by the eponymous Martha and and her husband Carl Freiberger starting in the 1930’s on an on old chicken farm. A holdover from the farm was a rooster named Charlie, who entertained the original patrons and is memorialized with Martha’s iconic road sign, depicting a large rooster.
Martha’s offerings include all of the summer favorites – ice cream cones and sundaes and splits, in dozens of flavors and toppings. The complete list can be found here. For myself, I always order a vanilla shake. Milkshakes always taste better at Martha’s. You probably feel the same way about their sundaes. I believe it has as much to do with terroir – the sense of place, the entire experience – as ingredients and recipes. Martha’s milkshakes could not be duplicated at home, even if you had access to their ingredients. It is the same reason lemonade always tastes better at family picnics, hot dogs always taste better at the stadium, and meatloaf tastes better at mom’s. The experience transcends the dish. So it is at Martha’s.