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

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. 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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    1. re: Lee Gordon

      I second that. Excellent doughnuts.

      1. re: jquest619

        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.

      2. re: Lee Gordon

        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. 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.
        http://www.bartlettsorchard.com/
        I envy you the first bite!

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        1. re: BerkshireTsarina

          I second Bartletts for the apple cider donuts.

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

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          1. re: dscott

            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.)

            1. re: BerkshireTsarina

              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.

            2. re: dscott

              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!

              1. re: dscott

                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.

              2. 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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                1. re: dukegirl

                  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.

                  1. re: mjoyous

                    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.

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

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                  1. re: wintersummer

                    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!

                  2. 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.!

                    1. Adams Donut Shop, off I91 in Greenfield MA

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                      1. re: TomHT

                        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.

                        1. re: belcherveggie

                          Yes, they have maple butter cream filled.

                          adamsdonuts.com

                          1. re: TomHT

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

                        1. 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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                          1. re: wintersummer

                            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.

                            1. re: BerkshireTsarina

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