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Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream...A Sure Sign of Spring in Seacoast NH

Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream...A Sure Sign of Spring In Seacoast NH

As we come out of one of the toughest winters in recent history here in New England, we are all anxiously awaiting those first signs of Spring. This past Winter brought us over 70" of snow with some 80 roof collapses of homes and businesses here in the Northeast. Along with the snow, we had unrelenting cold temperatures without the slightest hint of our characteristic "January thaw." There is no doubt we are ready to put Winter 2010 - 2011 in our rear view and move on to Spring.

For some, spotting the first Robin, or seeing a Crocus peeking out of the planting bed is considered the first sign of Spring. For our neighbors to the South, those rabid Red Sox fans eagerly await the first pitch at Fenway. But residents of Seacoast New Hampshire know Spring is here for certain on the day Lagos Lone Oak Ice Cream on Route 1 in Rye, NH opens for its first day of business for the season on Friday April 1st.

The history of Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream goes back to 1946 when Mike Lago bought a 60 acre plot in Seabrook, NH that became a dairy, and raised cows and chickens. Mike delivered milk to the Seabrook residents and became well known around town. Among other business enterprises, Mike founded Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream with his first location on Route 125 in Rochester, NH in 1976 and followed shortly with the Rye location.

Visitors to Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream have come toLagos IceCream Sign expect ice cream that is made daily on the premises in up to 80 flavors that include some local favorites like Cappucino Slam, Kahlua Fudge Brownie, Muddy Sneakers and S'Mores, and many other creations invented by the energetic young employees.

Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream is dedicated to helping the community by providing part-time and seasonal summer jobs to high school kids and college kids trying to save money. Many return year after year to help General Manager Steve Grenier fill some jobs and fill some cones...in fact, lots of cones. Lago's is a busy spot in the summer with customers happy to wait in the long lines at the order windows. They know they will be treated with courtesy and respect and get the best ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, frappes, freezes and floats on the Seacoast.
Lagos Ice Cream

Oh, and did I mention Award Winning? You can find Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream winning New Hampshire Magazine's "Best of New Hampshire" year after year. They have also been voted "Best Milkshake/Frappe in New England" in NECN's "Baby You're The Best Contest." 

Of course, winning awards comes easily for the Lago family. Perhaps you might have heard of 2010 Winter Olympic Bronze Medal Snowboarding Champion, Scotty Lago, Mike's grandson.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsJohn McCarthy • March 30 2011 09:40AM

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John, what a wonderful place for refreshments.  The family who operates Lago's deserves to be a number one ice cream winner. They all seem to love making ice cream, shakes, frappes, and floats. Add a bronze medalist grandson, and you have a winning combination. I wish I lived closer to enjoy wonderful creations they have on the menu. I love the video you included in your post - it convinced me Lago family deserves the top spot.

Posted by Elizabeth Byrne, Arlington Virginia Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

John, what a wonderful place for refreshments.  The family who operates Lago's deserves to be a number one ice cream winner. They all seem to love making ice cream, shakes, frappes, and floats. Add a bronze medalist grandson, and you have a winning combination. I wish I lived closer to enjoy wonderful creations they have on the menu. I love the video you included in your post - it convinced me Lago family deserves the top spot.

Posted by Elizabeth Byrne, Arlington Virginia Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Elizabeth - Thank you so much for stopping by to read about Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream. Although we have always gone to Lago's, I got to know Steve Grenier when he became a regular at our restaurant in Seabrook back around 2000. I just love the way the kids come back year after year to work there. And of course, the ice cream is simply the best! I'll mail you a cone ;-) Hope you have a great day!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Hi John, this place must really be hopping when the weather warms! You'll have to taste the muddy sneaker flavor for me and let me know ok?

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) over 8 years ago

Cindy - I spoke too soon. Friday we are expecting a major snowstorm. Go figure. I'll be sure to check Muddy Sneakers for you! And don't forget "Cow Pie!" My favorite, when they have it, is blueberry. Yum!!!!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Yummm, sounds great, John. I bet this place is super busy during the summer months. I watch Scotty in the winter games all the time.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Toni - I haven't been to the Rochester location, but Rye is really busy. Two quick stories...

The first year I went there, at the end of the season, Lago's opened up the freezers on the last two days and gave away what was left. Of course, all the faithfuls were lined up.

When Ed & Mary, my wife's parents, celebrated their 50th anniversary, we hired a long black stretch limo and took them to Boston for a special evening out. When we returned to the Seacoast, well, we went to Lago's. It was fun watching all the people in the parking lot peering through the tinted windows of the limo to see who it was. A stretch limo at Lago's is not your common sight. 

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Great stories, John. Ed and Mary of the trip to Ireland-right?

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Toni - That's right. I knew them so long, I guess they will continue to pop up here and there!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

That's what keeps them alive, John.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

mmmm.....I can picture it...a nice ice cream cone from Lagos...we will be sure to check it out next time we are in your area!  Sounds like you will be getting more rain than they have in store for us tomorrow; I am still dreaming of my daffodils, I know they'll be up soon.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 8 years ago

Hi Rene - I hope you are right abouth the rain. Saturday, I promised someone in my office to help her trash out a place that looks just like your listing in Merrimack. This place had been on the market 1 1/2 years without an offer, and the owner walked away. Hope your weekend is awesome!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Toni - Thet are both still alive and well and living in my memory. Its people like Mary & Ed that inspire me to write!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Fantastic John;  I almost, almost, want to drive up from The Big Apple just to taste the ice cream.  But it's going on my bucket list.  Hopefully I will not wait that long.  I'll give you a heads up when I'm coming.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 8 years ago

Hi John, I'm just stopping by to say hello and thank you for visiting my posts. I hope you have a great weekend.

Posted by Elizabeth Byrne, Arlington Virginia Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Kenneth - Lago's is as great as I made it sound. It would be my pleasure to take you over for one of their frozen delights.

Elizabeth - I'm always glad to see you when you stop by. Hope your weekend is warm and sunny!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Great post, and I really enjoyed the video!  You will be very surprised to hear that I have never been to Lagos, and I live just a couple miles away!  I eat very little dairy, but after reading your post, I guarantee I will be visiting them this summer.  I didn't realize they make the ice cream there.  The flavors sound wonderful!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

Sharon - Chris and I stopped in last night and said a quick hello to Steve. He is a very gracious host and appreciated the post. The parking lot was quite busy for the first night of the season. Dairy? Not a problem. Of course, in addition to the ice cream, they make a full line of sherbets that are yummy. I'll see you there!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

John, thank you for your comment on my night photography. I wish I could capture the spectacular views better. My father-in-law loves living there - he went to West Point and spent some time as an officer in a military, so he truly enjoys the views of monuments each day. It is hard not to be patriotic around DC - we are reminded of our soldiers heroism everywhere. I will be taking more pictures of DC monuments and posting them on my site. Have a great Sunday.

Posted by Elizabeth Byrne, Arlington Virginia Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Elizabeth - Thanks for stopping by! Your family has a rich military history with your father-in-law at West Point. That is something you all can be proud of. Can't wait for more of your beautiful photographs. Enjoy your Sunday with the family!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

It looks like Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream would make the visit worthwhile. Thanks for the information. Have a great week.

 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Roy - As with Ken above, it would be my pleasure to take you and Dolores to Lago's for the best ice cream the Seacoast has to offer! Hope your week is productive!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

John - Lago's Kahlua Fudge Brownie and the banana split sound so good right now, not necessarily together. lol We have a couple of local favorites here and we can't decide which one to go to on any given summer day. Great post!

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 8 years ago

Hi Yolanda - Thanks for visiting! You have made some good choices with those two. Another one of my all time favorites is the hot fudge sundae over a home made fudge brownie! Yum!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

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