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Looking for Doughnuts - Berkshires, Southern Vermont, and Near Bradley Airport CT

wintersummer Oct 12, 2009 05:08 PM

I'll be spending some time in New England, landing at Bradley airport, making my way to the Berkshires for a few days, then up to Manchester, which we will use as a base to just drive the countryside and look at leaves. I'm looking for good (great) doughnuts! Not Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts, but local places.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Lee Gordon RE: wintersummer Oct 12, 2009 11:24 PM

    Mrs. Murphy's Donuts in Southwick, MA is not far from Bradley Intl. Probably the best donuts in the Hartford Springfield area (IMO).

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      jquest619 RE: Lee Gordon Oct 13, 2009 04:32 AM

      I second that. Excellent doughnuts.

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        nsenada RE: jquest619 Oct 14, 2009 12:17 PM

        Third - they are what doughnuts should be - nice and crunchy on the outside, not too sweet, and only put you in a mild coma after one or three. I don't think I've had the yeast ones, just the cake.

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        wintersummer RE: Lee Gordon Oct 13, 2009 04:34 AM

        Thanks for letting me know about Mrs. Murphy's in Southwick. I knew about Mrs. Murphy's in Manchester. I'm assuming these two locations are related.

        Are there other Mrs. Murphy's around?

        Any other donut suggestions in this general area? I thought New England was donut central!

      3. BerkshireTsarina RE: wintersummer Oct 13, 2009 05:15 AM

        Without question, in the Berkshires: Bartlett's Orchards, in Richmond. Apple Cider doughnuts, the best in the area. For all I know, the best in the world. Not to be missed.
        I envy you the first bite!

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          mjoyous RE: BerkshireTsarina Oct 13, 2009 09:41 AM

          I second Bartletts for the apple cider donuts.

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          dscott RE: wintersummer Oct 13, 2009 06:52 AM

          Donut Dip, off of I-91 in West Springfield, MA.
          Apple Cider donuts: Atkins Farms Market, Rte. 116, Amherst, MA

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            BerkshireTsarina RE: dscott Oct 13, 2009 07:27 AM

            I'll grant you: if you can't have apple cider donuts at Bartlett's, Atkins is a strong second. There's an opportunity for a real taste test, if you can get to both places. (But I'll stick with Bartlett's as THE best.)

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              NickM RE: BerkshireTsarina Oct 15, 2009 05:20 PM

              Another vote for Bartlett's in Richmond. I haven't tried the donuts at Atkins, but I've been to many an orchard in the northeast, and I would easily regard the cider donuts at Bartlett's as among the very best cider donuts I've had.

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              masha bousha RE: dscott Oct 13, 2009 08:54 AM

              Donut Dip is awesome and definitely a must-try spot!!!

              Atkins farms is also awesome but more off the beaten path (i.e. I-91)!

              You know your stuff dscott!

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                xcptnl RE: dscott Oct 14, 2009 11:06 AM

                I 2nd Atkins. Also, Hamilton Orchards in New Salem MA on rte 202. They cook them while you wait and then roll them in cinn/sugar , put in paper bag and off you go. The bag is HOT!! But they are worth the burn. Yum. But that is not really Berkshires but very pretty driving up over the Quabbin at this time of the year.

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                dukegirl RE: wintersummer Oct 13, 2009 10:03 AM

                The Donut Man in Pittsfield, on Rt. 7, near the Lanesboro town line.

                Anytime of the day, we've always had fresh donuts there. And good coffee, too.

                I work in Manchester, VT and I don't think Mrs. Murphy's Donuts are anything to write home about, sadly. I have yet to find good donuts in southern Vermont, except for cider donuts at random farm stands, which are hit or miss.

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                  mjoyous RE: dukegirl Oct 13, 2009 02:10 PM

                  Sorry to disagree, but I'd skip the Donut Man in Pittsfield. The donuts are made in Hadley or somesuch, and shipped to the Pitt. "Tis the time of year for real cider donuts, anyway.

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                    jaydee123 RE: mjoyous May 1, 2011 04:40 AM

                    You'd skip Donut Man because the donuts are made in Hadley? Yeah, well that certainly makes perfect sense --- NOT!

                    Donut Man donuts are made locally (in Dalton) and are the best around. Their coffee is unbelievably good, out of this world. Dunkin is scared stiff because Donut man is so much better. Give it time, you'll see.

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                  wintersummer RE: wintersummer Oct 13, 2009 10:37 AM

                  Keep these ideas coming....I'm sitting here with a map, mapping out my donut trip.

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                    masha bousha RE: wintersummer Oct 14, 2009 10:08 AM

                    this is what I love about chowhound...when you say something like that, I know I'm not alone when I'm mapping out days of eating across NYC. You're my people!

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                    belcherveggie RE: wintersummer Oct 14, 2009 07:15 PM

                    Donut Dip in W.Springfield is right off Rt. 90 & 91. Pumpkin Spice & Sour Creme Donuts are great. Donut Man in Hadley (they're made there) are the best in the Amherst/Northampton area, but not really worth the 15 min. detour off Rt. 91. I feel the same about Mrs. Murphy's. They're the best if you are in Westfield/Southwick, but not worth a 30 min. ride.
                    Donut Dip is 2min. off Rt. 91 & worth every sec.!

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                      TomHT RE: wintersummer Oct 15, 2009 03:45 AM

                      Adams Donut Shop, off I91 in Greenfield MA

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                        belcherveggie RE: TomHT Oct 15, 2009 03:32 PM

                        The name sounds familiar now. Is this the place with the maple cream donuts? Never been there, but had a maple cream filled donut from greenfield and it was great.

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                          TomHT RE: belcherveggie Oct 16, 2009 04:40 AM

                          Yes, they have maple butter cream filled.


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                            xcptnl RE: TomHT Oct 16, 2009 04:58 AM

                            Man-I never knew they were there. I probably have driven by it and not noticed. How can I not notice a donut shop??

                      2. atheorist RE: wintersummer Oct 15, 2009 11:08 AM

                        Yay Donut Dip. It may the favorite spot I ever learned about reading Chowhound.

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                          wintersummer RE: wintersummer Oct 23, 2009 01:07 PM

                          Original poster here, just back from my New England trip! Thanks for all the leads on great doughnuts. We made it to 3 places, ranked in order of my preference: Bartletts, Mrs Murphys, Atkins. With that said, they were all great doughnuts! And, if I had such places in my neighborhood, I'd be a regular customer! Thanks to all of you for helping me find these spots!

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                            BerkshireTsarina RE: wintersummer Oct 23, 2009 05:49 PM

                            Oh, irony! I'm one of the Bartlett boosters, but usually stay away for my weight's sake. Today we decided we really NEEDED a cider doughnut, so we took the long way round specially, and lo! THEY WERE OUT OF CIDER DOUGHNUTS. There ought to be a law---
                            So glad you enjoyed them, though.

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                              mjoyous RE: BerkshireTsarina Oct 24, 2009 12:41 PM

                              Was jonesing for a cider donut on my way home this afternoon (Bartlett's being, oh. 7-8 miles round trip out of the way) but decided to pass as it was 3 pm and I was afraid they might be out! Sorry, Tsarina!
                              Wintersummer, glad you got to enjoy them. I'll try Mrs. Murphys one of these days.

                          2. fame da lupo RE: wintersummer Nov 2, 2009 11:33 AM

                            Without a doubt, best old-fashioned donuts I have eaten are at Sunshine in Easthampton.

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