Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler.com
Ohio’s first and only Donut Trail, according to the Butler County Visitors Bureau, boasts one of the highest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest.
The Butler County Donut Trail highlights small, family-run donut shops and invites visitors to explore the county through donuts. With one donut shop for every 17,000 residents, visiting a neighborhood donut shop is a favorite morning tradition across this southwest Ohio community.
Featured Donut Trail locations represent a combined 372 years of donut-making experience. With a loyal fan base, Butler County’s donuts inspire devotion.
“I would drive nine hours for a Milton’s pink donut, and do… since I live in Chesterfield, Virginia. Nothing beats sitting on my back porch with a couple of Milton’s and a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning. Just wish they had one in Richmond!” said Mike Bogan of Chesterfield, VA.
Tapping into the enthusiasm for these sugary donut confections was an easy choice for the Butler County Visitors Bureau.
“With a tremendous number of independently run donut shops, creating the Donut Trail was a fun way to highlight some of the unique and off-the-beaten path businesses that make Butler County a great place to live and visit,” said Mark Hecquet, Executive Director of the Butler County Visitors Bureau.
There are 12 participating donut shops along the trail: Jupiter Coffee & Donuts, Kelly’s Bakery, Martin’s Donuts, Milton’s Donuts, Mimi’s Donuts & Bakery, Oxford Doughnut Shoppe, Ross Bakery, Stan the Donut Man, Central Pastry, Holman’s Donuts, The Donut House and The Donut Spot. At last count, more than 10,000 people completed the trail, including visitors from over a dozen different countries all but one state, including Alaska and Hawaii.
“Kelly’s Bakery is thrilled to be part of the Butler County Donut Trail. We can’t wait to welcome people to our store, our city and our corner of the Midwest,” said Kelly’s Bakery owner, Diana Ramsey.
The Butler County Donut Trail spans 80 miles and takes 4.5 hours to complete. A Donut Trail passport is available for donut fans to log their journey. Each participating donut shop displays a coded decal. Visitors who fill in the passport with all correct codes earn a complimentary Donut Trail t-shirt.
Click here for more information on the Butler County Donut Trail or to download the Donut Passport.