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Where to Score New England’s Best Cider Donuts

Donut lovers know that when it comes to finding good cider donuts in New England, it’s hard to go wrong. Here’s where you can be sure you’re getting the best ones when your craving starts to take over.

Donut lovers know that when it comes to finding good cider donuts in New England, it’s hard to go wrong. But there’s a distinction between good cider donuts and great cider donuts. Here’s where you can be sure you’re getting the best ones when your craving starts to take over.

Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, MA

Situated in the Berkshire Hills, Hilltop Orchards is the perfect place to spend an afternoon if you’re visiting Western Massachusetts in the fall. Indulge in fresh-baked cider donuts and then enjoy a wine tasting. Afterwards, buy your favorite bottle to enjoy outside or by the fireplace.

Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, VT

About six miles from the Vermont tourist mecca of Stowe, Cold Hollow is a must-see stop for anyone making their way through the Green Mountain State. Their famous cider donuts are served warm and made right in front of you.

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Moulton Farm in Meredith, NH

Right next to Lake Winnipesaukee, Moulton Farm is a great New Hampshire day trip if you enjoy everything about fall. Not only do they make killer cider donuts, there’s also a 15-foot corn maze, pumpkin picking, farm animals, and a farm-to-table brunch buffet and dinner. See fall events at Moulton Farm’s website.

Union Square Donuts in Somerville, MA

If you’re visiting Boston, take a drive right outside of the city to Union Square Donuts, where their donuts are made fresh every day. Choose from apple cider and other great fall flavors like maple bacon, cinnamon sugar, and apple crisp—they even have an apple-spiced glazed donut for vegans.

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Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford, CT

Passing through the Nutmeg State? Spend an afternoon at Bishop’s Orchards, where you can sample amazing cider donuts and enjoy a wine tasting. Bishop’s also has a farmer’s market that sells fresh local produce, and its own bakery with homemade pies, breads, muffins, and prepared foods to take home with you.

McDougal Orchards in Springvale, ME

About 45 minutes North of Portsmouth, McDougal Orchards is a family-run farm with its own produce stand and a donut shack where you can indulge in homemade cider donuts and hot mulled cider.

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Boston Public Markets in Boston, MA

Bostonians don’t need to leave the city to get great cider donuts: Red Apple Farm, based in Phillipston, Massachusetts, recently opened a stand in the Boston Public Markets at Faneuil Hall and now sells mini cider donuts. (They might be mini, but they sure are delicious.)

B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Pawcatuck, CT

Established in 1881, this historic landmark is home to the oldest steam-powered cider mill in the U.S. Here, visitors can sample cider donuts, hard ciders and apple wines, and take in a cider-making demonstration.

(Photo: Warm Apple Cider Donuts Ready to Eat via Brent Hofacker/

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By Olivia Briggs

Nothing excites Assistant Editor Olivia Briggs quite like traveling to new destinations. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram.

Briggs joined SmarterTravel in 2012 and became a member of the editorial team in 2015. She has lived in Ireland and has worked in the hospitality, tourism, and online travel industries for more than a decade. She loves scoping out new hotels, promoting unfamiliar destinations, and writing about niche travel topics.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Huffington Post, TripAdvisor, Jetsetter, Oyster, Savoteur, and AirfareWatchdog.

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