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Feb 24, 2008 01:48 PM

Best doughnut/donut in Western Mass?

I haven't tried every donut shop in Western Mass (although I'd like to!), but I have to put the doughnuts at Sunrise Bakery in Easthampton on the top pedestal. Their old fashioned glazed is incredible. The outer dough has a great bite to it, al dente so to speak, and the inner dough is soft and tender. Perfection.

What's your fav doughnut out here?

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  1. My knowledge of Western Mass donuteries is far from encyclopedic, but I have had very good experiences at Donut Dip in Springfield... actually West Springfield I believe? I've been a few times, and in particular, I liked the unique flavor of their sour cream donuts and the great, moist texture of their seasonal pumpkin donuts. Great building and vibe as well. I found the donuts much better when I got there earlier in the day, but that's got to be true at nearly every donut shop.

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    1. re: celeriac

      gotta agree on the pumpkin and the cider donuts!

    2. Atkins Farms makes a good cider doughnut. Also Adams Donut in Greenfield has a "time stood still" feel that's fun.

      (Although nothing in MA so far has come close to the PA Dutch doughnuts of my childhood -- it's a regional thing.)

      1. Hands down, Bartlett's Orchards in Richmond makes cider doughnuts to die for --- or at least to drive scores of miles for. Atkins is good, but Bartlett's is the PhD. Luscious!

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        1. re: BerkshireTsarina

          Ditto on the Tsarina. Bartlett's Orchards donuts are great.

          1. re: BerkshireTsarina

            Hmmm, will give those a try once I figure out where Richmond is! :)

            1. re: hollerhither

              Not so easy to find --- but a beautiful ride in the country. Here's their website:
              But it's not terribly helpful. Maybe Google maps can do the job. Basically Swamp Road runs north through beautiful, bucolic Richmond, paralleling Route 7 which runs north from Lenox to Pittsfield up toward Williamstown. Swamp Road (and Richmond) are west of Lenox and P'field. (BTW, Swamp Road changes its name to Barker Road when it passes the airport and heads toward Route 20. Doesn't make sense in your mind's eye, but helps with maps.)
              Richmond is open, rolling country that still has some of the flavor of the Berkshires 75 or 100 years ago. Catch it quick, the developers undoubtedly are planning their attacks right now. Combines well with Hancock Shaker Village, or even with a trip up to the Clark Art Institute. And Bartlett's is usually open 7 days a week. Gosh, this sounds complicated --- but I have a hard time finding Atkins! Maybe the best cider doughnuts require a pilgrim's fortitude!

              1. re: BerkshireTsarina

                Sounds like a great trip, thanks! As soon as we're out of snow season, and into mud season, I'm there.

          2. I forgot to add: your choice of plain (crispy to bite into) or with cinnamon sugar.

            1. Sour Cream donuts at Donut Dip are great as are the cider donuts from Atkins Farms. I used to love Mrs Murphy's in Southwick, but they seem to have gone down hill recently.