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Dark chocolate sea salt doughnut from Holy Donut in Portland, Maine.
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New England Doughnuts Worth the Drive

Day-tripping within two hours of Boston? Grab some doughnuts at one (or more) of these excellent shops.

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Dark chocolate sea salt doughnut from Holy Donut in Portland, Maine.
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When planning spring travel around New England, throw away all thoughts about traffic or car problems. Instead, start thinking about all the places to grab doughnuts along the way because — what’s better than a doughnut and iced coffee by the beach?

Whether the trip calls for a dozen potato doughnuts; funky flavors like Earl Grey; or late night doughnuts in Oak Bluff, there’s a sweet option available.

Beware, lots of these shops may close earlier than their posted hours if the last doughnut is sold, so get there early and remember: The early bird gets the doughnut.

Here are some of New England’s best doughnut shops that are within a comfortable day-tripping radius of Boston — about a two-hour drive or less. (Staying in or very near Boston? Try this doughnut map instead.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Leavitt's Country Bakery

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564 White Mountain Hwy
Conway, NH 03860
(603) 447-2218
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This charming, roadside, mom-and-pop cottage doesn’t seem like much visually, but yeasty doughnuts and Bavarian filled maple squares make up for any lack of ambience. Long known as the “unofficial town hall of Conway,” the Leavitts sold the bakery to new owners in mid-2021 after over four decades in business, but it hasn’t skipped a beat. If ordering more than two dozen doughnuts, plan to give the bakery a heads-up and call ahead. It’s open seven days a week.

2. The Holy Donut

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194 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 874-7774
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The Holy Donut popularized the potato doughnut, and the world is better for it. The now-closed flagship location in Old Port had lines spilling into the streets. Today the Holy Donut exists on Park Avenue in Portland, as well as in Scarborough and on Commercial Street in Old Port. The menu spans from traditional glazed and cake doughnuts to maple bacon and ginger varieties. (Note: The Auburn, Maine, location closed in February 2022 — just a little over a year after opening.)

Overhead view of a glazed chocolate donut on a brown paper napkin on a wooden surface.
Dark chocolate sea salt doughnut from Holy Donut.
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3. Lovebirds Donuts

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450 US-1
Kittery, ME 03904
(207) 703-2392
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With a rotating monthly menu of special doughnuts, along with lots of vegan and gluten-free options, there’s a lot to love at Lovebirds Donuts. Those heading up to Kennebunk or York Beach can grab these en route — and the crowd will go wild. There’s no going wrong here, but “experimental” flavors like London Fog (brioche ring topped with Earl Grey glaze and lemon-lavender butter cookie) are fun. Closed Tuesdays.

4. Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop

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27 Main St
Rockport, MA 01966
(978) 546-3775
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Unlike some of the other doughnut spots on this list, Brothers’ wants patrons to stop and take a seat. In fact, the old fashioned counter is worth a day trip itself. Next door at Brackett’s, the doughnuts are utilized for sundaes and desserts. Try the butter crunch, and be sure to follow Brothers’ Brew on Facebook, because the shop has been known to give out free doughnuts when the staff “miscalculates” the baking needs for the day.

mocha latte (left) and key lime doughnuts at Brothers’ Brew.
Brothers’ Brew serves up special doughnut varieties like mocha latte (left) and key lime.
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5. Henry's Market

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588 Cabot St
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 922-3885
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This is an 80-year old, full-service grocery with the most banging bakery around. For those heading to Crane’s Beach or Manchester-by-the-Sea for the day, it pays to call ahead to pick up doughnuts curbside. While anything with chocolate frosting is top-notch, Henry’s chocolate glazed is the perfect combination of cake, crunch, and airy lightness. The eclair is the length of a lower arm and a delight in every bite.

Six assorted doughnuts fill a cardboard box, with various powdered and frosted chocolate varieties visible.
Assorted doughnuts from Henry’s Market.
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6. Ziggy's & Sons Donuts

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2 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-9605
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It’s easy to miss this unassuming storefront while driving by. For those who find it, Ziggy’s doughnuts are old fashioned dough boys. Grab one or two of Ziggy’s glazed or chocolate frosted and head over to Salem Willows Amusement Park. The arcade can transport visitors back to the 1970s along with the doughnuts (Ziggy’s has been around for 56 years). Open every day except Saturday.

7. Glazy Susan

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50 Foster St
Worcester, MA 01608

Stop by Glazy Susan for the vanilla glazed, Vietnamese coffee, or lemon sumac doughnuts on your way out “west.” Boasting dough that rises for 24 hours, Susan’s doughnuts are light and airy. Open Thursday through Sunday.

8. Hole In One Bakery & Coffee Shop

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4295 US-6
Eastham, MA 02642
(508) 255-9446
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Heading to Provincetown or spending a weekend on the Cape? Hole in One Bakery boasts two locations in Eastham and Orleans. Get doughnuts early, and note that in the summer, the lines can be long. The sour cream doughnuts and the coffee roll are worth a try when they’re available.

9. PVDonuts

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79 Ives St
Providence, RI 02906

From cake to brioche doughnuts and even old fashioned, PVDonuts has something for everyone. The shop rotates its options monthly but will always have the honey cruller — for good reason. If available, try the purple cow with black raspberry jam or the samoa. Open mornings and afternoons Wednesday through Sunday.

Closeup on a giant doughnut covered with Fruity Pebbles in a plastic takeout container.
A doughnut from PVDonuts.
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10. Allie's Donuts

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3661 Quaker Ln
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 295-8036
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Allie’s typically has a line, but this window service-only shop is ideal for old fashioned cake doughnuts on a trip to Newport or Narragansett. Get there before the 8 a.m. opening to possibly avoid the line, and grab a coconut or a Boston cream.

A piece of paper taped on a window shows numerous doughnut illustrations and corresponding flavor names. Several of the doughnuts have faces drawn on them.
The doughnut selection at Allie’s Donuts.
Andrea Capodilupo/Eater

11. Back Door Donuts

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1-11 Kennebec Ave
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
(508) 693-3688
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It’s worth the ferry ride for these piping hot doughnuts. The doughnuts scent the night air for those arriving Oak Bluffs late — and the doughnuts are sold via the bakery’s purple back door to those wandering by from 7 p.m. to midnight on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday — and until 1 a.m. Friday through Sunday. By day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), enter through the front for coffee and doughnuts. The shop does the classics very well (honey dipped, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate) and always offers a few curveballs. The apple fritter is the size of a dodgeball. Open every day except Tuesdays.

A hand holds a chocolate glazed doughnut with a bite taken out of it. The doughnut is partially wrapped in white tissue paper and is held over a sun-dappled sidewalk.
Chocolate glazed doughnut from Back Door Donuts
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12. Young Buns Doughnuts

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46 W Main St
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 415-8372
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Located steps from Mystic Pizza, Young Buns features unique creations like the namesake “Young Bun,” a vanilla cake doughnut coated with vanilla glaze and vanilla streusel. Young Buns is open every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for takeout only, and the doughnuts tend to sell out. Order online if you have your heart set on a particular breed.

Nine assorted doughnuts sit on white tissue paper in a brown cardboard box, with various frostings, glazes, and toppings.
An assortment of doughnuts from Young Buns.
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1. Leavitt's Country Bakery

564 White Mountain Hwy, Conway, NH 03860

This charming, roadside, mom-and-pop cottage doesn’t seem like much visually, but yeasty doughnuts and Bavarian filled maple squares make up for any lack of ambience. Long known as the “unofficial town hall of Conway,” the Leavitts sold the bakery to new owners in mid-2021 after over four decades in business, but it hasn’t skipped a beat. If ordering more than two dozen doughnuts, plan to give the bakery a heads-up and call ahead. It’s open seven days a week.

564 White Mountain Hwy
Conway, NH 03860

2. The Holy Donut

194 Park Ave, Portland, ME 04102
Overhead view of a glazed chocolate donut on a brown paper napkin on a wooden surface.
Dark chocolate sea salt doughnut from Holy Donut.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The Holy Donut popularized the potato doughnut, and the world is better for it. The now-closed flagship location in Old Port had lines spilling into the streets. Today the Holy Donut exists on Park Avenue in Portland, as well as in Scarborough and on Commercial Street in Old Port. The menu spans from traditional glazed and cake doughnuts to maple bacon and ginger varieties. (Note: The Auburn, Maine, location closed in February 2022 — just a little over a year after opening.)

194 Park Ave
Portland, ME 04102

3. Lovebirds Donuts

450 US-1, Kittery, ME 03904

With a rotating monthly menu of special doughnuts, along with lots of vegan and gluten-free options, there’s a lot to love at Lovebirds Donuts. Those heading up to Kennebunk or York Beach can grab these en route — and the crowd will go wild. There’s no going wrong here, but “experimental” flavors like London Fog (brioche ring topped with Earl Grey glaze and lemon-lavender butter cookie) are fun. Closed Tuesdays.

450 US-1
Kittery, ME 03904

4. Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop

27 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966
mocha latte (left) and key lime doughnuts at Brothers’ Brew.
Brothers’ Brew serves up special doughnut varieties like mocha latte (left) and key lime.
Brothers’ Brew/Facebook

Unlike some of the other doughnut spots on this list, Brothers’ wants patrons to stop and take a seat. In fact, the old fashioned counter is worth a day trip itself. Next door at Brackett’s, the doughnuts are utilized for sundaes and desserts. Try the butter crunch, and be sure to follow Brothers’ Brew on Facebook, because the shop has been known to give out free doughnuts when the staff “miscalculates” the baking needs for the day.

27 Main St
Rockport, MA 01966

5. Henry's Market

588 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915
Six assorted doughnuts fill a cardboard box, with various powdered and frosted chocolate varieties visible.
Assorted doughnuts from Henry’s Market.
Andrea Capodilupo/Eater

This is an 80-year old, full-service grocery with the most banging bakery around. For those heading to Crane’s Beach or Manchester-by-the-Sea for the day, it pays to call ahead to pick up doughnuts curbside. While anything with chocolate frosting is top-notch, Henry’s chocolate glazed is the perfect combination of cake, crunch, and airy lightness. The eclair is the length of a lower arm and a delight in every bite.

588 Cabot St
Beverly, MA 01915

6. Ziggy's & Sons Donuts

2 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

It’s easy to miss this unassuming storefront while driving by. For those who find it, Ziggy’s doughnuts are old fashioned dough boys. Grab one or two of Ziggy’s glazed or chocolate frosted and head over to Salem Willows Amusement Park. The arcade can transport visitors back to the 1970s along with the doughnuts (Ziggy’s has been around for 56 years). Open every day except Saturday.

2 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970

7. Glazy Susan

50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608

Stop by Glazy Susan for the vanilla glazed, Vietnamese coffee, or lemon sumac doughnuts on your way out “west.” Boasting dough that rises for 24 hours, Susan’s doughnuts are light and airy. Open Thursday through Sunday.

50 Foster St
Worcester, MA 01608

8. Hole In One Bakery & Coffee Shop

4295 US-6, Eastham, MA 02642

Heading to Provincetown or spending a weekend on the Cape? Hole in One Bakery boasts two locations in Eastham and Orleans. Get doughnuts early, and note that in the summer, the lines can be long. The sour cream doughnuts and the coffee roll are worth a try when they’re available.

4295 US-6
Eastham, MA 02642

9. PVDonuts

79 Ives St, Providence, RI 02906
Closeup on a giant doughnut covered with Fruity Pebbles in a plastic takeout container.
A doughnut from PVDonuts.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

From cake to brioche doughnuts and even old fashioned, PVDonuts has something for everyone. The shop rotates its options monthly but will always have the honey cruller — for good reason. If available, try the purple cow with black raspberry jam or the samoa. Open mornings and afternoons Wednesday through Sunday.

79 Ives St
Providence, RI 02906

10. Allie's Donuts

3661 Quaker Ln, North Kingstown, RI 02852
A piece of paper taped on a window shows numerous doughnut illustrations and corresponding flavor names. Several of the doughnuts have faces drawn on them.
The doughnut selection at Allie’s Donuts.
Andrea Capodilupo/Eater

Allie’s typically has a line, but this window service-only shop is ideal for old fashioned cake doughnuts on a trip to Newport or Narragansett. Get there before the 8 a.m. opening to possibly avoid the line, and grab a coconut or a Boston cream.

3661 Quaker Ln
North Kingstown, RI 02852

11. Back Door Donuts

1-11 Kennebec Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
A hand holds a chocolate glazed doughnut with a bite taken out of it. The doughnut is partially wrapped in white tissue paper and is held over a sun-dappled sidewalk.
Chocolate glazed doughnut from Back Door Donuts
Andrea Capodilupo/Eater

It’s worth the ferry ride for these piping hot doughnuts. The doughnuts scent the night air for those arriving Oak Bluffs late — and the doughnuts are sold via the bakery’s purple back door to those wandering by from 7 p.m. to midnight on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday — and until 1 a.m. Friday through Sunday. By day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), enter through the front for coffee and doughnuts. The shop does the classics very well (honey dipped, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate) and always offers a few curveballs. The apple fritter is the size of a dodgeball. Open every day except Tuesdays.

1-11 Kennebec Ave
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

12. Young Buns Doughnuts

46 W Main St, Mystic, CT 06355
Nine assorted doughnuts sit on white tissue paper in a brown cardboard box, with various frostings, glazes, and toppings.
An assortment of doughnuts from Young Buns.
Elena Poppas

Located steps from Mystic Pizza, Young Buns features unique creations like the namesake “Young Bun,” a vanilla cake doughnut coated with vanilla glaze and vanilla streusel. Young Buns is open every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for takeout only, and the doughnuts tend to sell out. Order online if you have your heart set on a particular breed.

46 W Main St
Mystic, CT 06355

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