With summer in full swing, it’s never too soon to start planning your ice cream strategy. From Napa to Calistoga, we’ve got you covered, whether you’re a waffle cone loyalist, milkshake maven or flavor adventurist. 

Enjoy the sunshine and savor whatever sweet treat floats your boat at the Oxbow Public MarketLive Fire Pizza serves ice cream from Lappert’s, perfect for ending a hot summer day. Pro tip: Try their rootbeer float

At Gott's Roadside, also at Oxbow, there are three soft-serve options: vanilla, chocolate, or a swirl of both. There’s a slightly wider range of milkshake flavors with black-and-white or malt add-ins.

CREAM Napa is conveniently located off Highway 121 and serves up delicious hand-crafted and warm ice cream sandwiches. 

Anette's Chocolate & Ice Cream in downtown Napa serves ice cream, artisan truffles, caramels, wine sauces, beer brittles and decadent specialties. Combine their toffee, marshmallow bits, chewy sauces and mini chocolate chips for the best sundae ever. 

Options are vast at Tarascas Paleteria where you can even get a scoop of tequila ice cream. Yeah, that's right. Tequila ice cream. Plus a bunch of other flavors like Mexican Sponge Cake, Horchata and your traditional Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla flavors, all made in-house.

Head up-valley and you’ll find Gott’s Roadside again in St. Helena, with the same menu as its Napa counterpart. The advantage of this location is its large grassy yard in back, a perfect outlet for kids and ice cream (or adults, too, who want to enjoy their cones under the shade of a market umbrella). 

ChoKoLatte Ice Cream, Gelato and Coffee now exists in the former location of the Big Dipper on Oak Street. It serves Fiorello’s artisanal gelato as well as hand-shaved ice with fruit toppings and fruit parfaits. Wood-roasted espresso, too.

Farther north, at the tip of the valley, Calistoga has several options, as well. Calistoga Creamery and Café San Marco all offer ice cream selections.