Historic St. Augustine Hotel Serves Up Homemade Ice Cream Every Wednesday During the Summer

Chocolate cheesecake crunch was a guest favorite last year.

Hotel owner Mike Wieber does not have a routine job–every day at his St. Augustine inn is very different.

Except for Wednesday nights during the Florida summer. That’s when this bed and breakfast owner routinely pulls out his tiny ice cream maker and shares his latest creamy treat with his guests during happy hour.

“It started when I first got married,” says Wieber. “I have always loved ice cream, and my wife bought me a small ice cream maker. That was 20 years ago–and at least four machines ago–but I haven’t lost my passion for it.”

Wieber has been sharing his homemade treats with guests at his bed and breakfast since 2010. “Everyone likes ice cream,” he says. “Add it to a warm Florida day, our waterfront lcoation, and you have the end of a great day on vacation.”

Guests of the St. Augustine bed and breakfast will be treated to concoctions like Girl Scout Shout Out (a chocolate ice cream base with marshmallow, caramel, and chunks of Samoa cookies); You’re a Peach Fruit Cobbler (peach ice cream with a swirl of caramel and sweet pie crust pieces); and Cinnamon Toast Crunch (a cinnamon cake batter base with pieces of homemade snickerdoodles).

“I don’t have a plan for what I’m making throughout the summer,” says Wieber. “I usually get inspired on Monday or Tuesday…either I have a craving for a particular flavor, or I see great looking produce at the market. Then I start thinking What could I add to that to make a fantastic ice cream?” Wieber has also taken customer requests, although there are some where he will draw the line.

“I’m not a big fan of the savory ice cream trend,” he says. “I have seen a lot of recipes for ice cream with corn, ham, even wasabi. I support anyone who loves ice cream, but for me, the way to know a good ice cream is to have well blended flavors with a sweet base. That lets you focus on the texture of the ice cream–the mouth feel–which for me is the most important part.”

Last summer’s staff favorite was Chocolate Cheesecake Crunch (a chocolate cheesecake base with Oreo sandwich cookies), closely followed by Gimme Some More S’mores (a chocolate ice cream with chocolate covered graham crackers and a marshmallow swirl).

Ice cream will be available every Wednesday night from July through September. It will be served as part of the bed and breakfast’s two-hour happy hour, which also includes a selection of appetizers, beers, wines and homemade red and white sangria. “Our happy hour is pretty well known,” says Wieber. “But the ice cream Wednesdays make it extra special.”

More Information about the Bayfront Marin House

The Bayfront Marin House in Saint Augustine, Florida is a 15-room, luxury historic inn. Located on the Matanzas Bay, the bed and breakfast offers stunning views of the water, along with a hot southern breakfast each morning, daily happy hours, delicious desserts, and the highest levels of personalized customer service. The small hotel is currently number one on TripAdvisor for St. Augustine hotels.

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