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“Skip the "tour".... And just enjoy the ice cream.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Homeland Creamery

Homeland Creamery
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Julian
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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130 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Skip the "tour".... And just enjoy the ice cream.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

I was SO excited to go to this creamery. We booked weeks in advance for the "tour" thinking we'd be able to see how the milk was made or milkings or some of the behind the scenes workings of the farm....But No such luck.

Once parked, (super small parking area, we had to double park blocking other people in which made us nervous), we paid the small fee of $6 each and waited outside. While waiting for staff to meet the group you pretty much got to see all you were going to see. There was a sweet baby heffer in a cage to pet and a couple of rabbits and birds in cages that you could look at. The field across the street held their pregnant cows so you could cross the street to get a closer look at those.

Porta potties were available as was a self pump hand washing station. There were picnic tables in the shade for sitting and later, for ice cream eating.

The hayride went about 1/2 mile up a dirt road and back, stopping four times to look at a few cows here and there and the farm owner's mini donkeys. It was the same road we had driven in on so we'd already seen these stops so it was a bit of a disappointment. There was ample Time to ask questions and the woman was knowledgable though there wasn't much presented so there was not much to discuss.

There were many "rules" for the hayride about touching the hay and turning around and talking that as a teacher and a mom were beyond the safety rules necessary. It kind if took what fun there was to be had out of the hayride.

After the drive up and down the driveway/road, we disembarked and each child was allowed to put his or her hands onto the bottle to feed the calf for a few seconds. (While the woman held it) it was rushed because the cow was a fast drinker and there was only one bottle.

You then had the option to pull on a fake udder under a barrel painted to look like a cow into a bucket. (Though during all of these short stations there were again a lot of rules about staying in a line and on certain areas of grass etc. when really there was nowhere to wander off to.)

The BeST part of the tour was once we were seated we were each given a hoodsie size cup of vanilla ice cream to enjoy. (With a little wooden spoon) The ice cream was wonderful...beautifully rich and indulgent!

In my opinion you could skip the "tour" since you see the exact same things driving in and as you sit to eat the ice cream. Anyone stopping in can put the baby cow and look at the rabbits and turkey.

We drove an hour and a half each way... And we were disappointed. If you live within a few minutes the ice cream would be worth a quick trip... There were assorted flavored inside to buy.... But I would not suggest this for a family or field trip.

Visited April 2013
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English first
Burlington, North Carolina
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152 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“The reward for a country drive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Homeland Creamery is a true gift to the community! They sell dairy products to local restaurants and grocery stores, and they have their own store selling milk, butter, and ice cream at their farm in the country. This has become part of our family tradition to visit Homeland Creamery anytime we are driving south on NC Hwy 62. They have some small cages with rabbits and chickens (and sometimes a turkey) which children can watch on days with pleasant weather while you eat ice cream outside. The quality of the ice cream is the standard by which I evaluate all others!

Visited September 2012
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Burlington, North Carolina
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190 reviews
78 attraction reviews
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“My Favorite Ice Cream Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

I live within 1/2 mile of this place but I have tried many other similar places in the area. Homeland Creamery has the best Ice Cream around! I have eaten ice cream here many times over the years. The texture is smooth and creamy with loads of flavor. You can feel and taste the butter cream in their recipe. Prices are pretty good and service is good.

The butter here is also really good and has lots of flavor.

You gotta try this place!

Visited September 2012
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burlington
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4 attraction reviews
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“Great local family farm. Fantastic butter & ice cream!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

I took my 6-year old son out to Homeland Creamery for a quick visit and some ice cream. We didn't get to do the tour but, we did sit outside, look around at the cows and ate some delicious ice cream. We will often buy their butter at Lowes Foods.

Visited May 2012
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Burlington, NC
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Learning Experience and Tasty!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

My daughters K4 class went to Homeland Creamery on a field trip. The employees are very knowledgeable and patient. We learned the differences in some of the cows, enjoyed a lengthy hayride, the kids got to help feed a calf, and see where the cows are milked. At the end, everyone got ice cream that was very good. I highly recommend bringing you wallet and purchasing some food products in the store to enjoy st home.

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