Across the region, kids are sliding on new backpacks filled with school supplies and heading off to school. That makes it the perfect time to talk about easy, delightful pick-me-ups to help sweeten the transition from summer into fall.

For me, that means ice cream — and not just for the kids.

Santa Fe has a bounty of places to grab frozen treats, including gelato, shakes, paletas and shaved ice. I decided to sample that bounty recently by popping in at the new Railyard location of beloved La Lecheria, the back-in-a-new-spot rolled ice cream truck Freezie Fresh and a whimsical new soft-serve spot called Pink Pony. Between flavors, presentation and toppings, my visits reminded me that dessert options in this town are anything but vanilla.


Rolled ice cream from Freezie Fresh.


Pink Pony soft serve features a host of creative toppings.

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