Donut Trail in Butler County


Donut Trail in Butler County

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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 20,000 residents, visiting a neighborhood donut shop is a favorite morning tradition across this southwest Ohio community.

Featured Donut Trail locations represent a combined 227 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.

Participating donut shops along the trail include: 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, and The Donut Spot.

“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 is now open for travel. 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.

Frieda’s Desserts

Welcome to Frieda’s Desserts in Cincinnati.

  • Location: (Map It) 6927 Miami Avenue in Madeira (Cincinnati), Ohio
  • Phone: 513-272-0939

Frieda’s Desserts and Frieda’s Bakery is a place where Cincinnatians can experience the best sweets and cakes that Europe has to offer.  Frieda’s master pastry chef brings his family recipes to customers in the Cincinnati area, serving authentic pastries made from scratch.  Frieda’s is a sweet little place where European pastries are made with love.

Frieda’s Bakery is located in the heart of the Madeira business district, across the street from the Madeira Kroger, and just minutes from Cincinnati’s Kenwood Towne Centre shopping mall. Frieda’s is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. Bakery Owners: Master Pastry Chef Armin Hack and his wife Melanie Hack.

Golden Lamb Restaurant

Welcome to the historic Golden Lamb Restaurant in Lebanon.

The Golden Lamb has an appeal to history as it is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated hotel, and is on the National Historic Register.  It offers 18 overnight historic rooms.  All rooms have antique furnishings, a private bath, television and telephone, and each room is named after a famous guest that has stayed in the room.  The hotel has been visited by 12 presidents.  The inn also offers a tavern and a very popular restaurant for dining.  The unique history behind the Golden Lamb along with its antique furnishings gives in a unique feel and makes for an enjoyable stay.

Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe

maidritegum2Welcome to the Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe in Greenville.

  • Location: (Map It) 125 N Broadway St. in Greenville, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-548-9340 
  • Web: Click here

The Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe in Greenville:  One of the most unique eateries around, the Maid Rite lures hungry visitors from hundreds of miles away just to taste the legendary sandwich made just right in a modest shoppe located in the little rural Southwest Ohio towne of Greenville.

If any one place can reflect the city’s heart and soul, it is this miniscule eatery with a big attraction. From the looks of the outside, nobody in their right mind would want to eat there. This is because the deco of the exterior red brick is adorned with chewed bubble gum of a wide assortment of colors stuck to the walls in such density it is difficult to find a new spot to add to the “Wall of Gum,” as locals fondly refer to it. Consider it a tradition and try a Maid Rite sandwich anyway. There’s nothing like it.

A Maid Rite sandwich can be compared to a very dry yet flavorful sloppy joe with a touch of onion, mustard and pickles.

Millrace Restaurant at Clifton Mill

clifton-millWelcome to the Millrace Restaurant  at Clifton Mill.

The Millrace Restaurant  at Clifton Mill hours of operation are February Through November open weekdays 9am – 4pm and weekends 8 am – 5pm. November 25 Through January open weekdays 9 am – 2pm and weekends 8am – 2pm. Closed Christmas, New Year’s, Easter &Thanksgiving Day.

Home cooking in a spectacular atmosphere, the Millrace Restaurant at Clifton Mill serves home-style cooking for breakfast and lunch. The pancake and cornbread mix are made right there at the mill. Fresh whole grain breads are baked daily along with homemade pies and cookies. Sit back and relax to the gentle sounds of the old mill wheel and the soft rhythm of the water gently cascading over the falls as you gaze out at the covered bridge and Clifton Gorge. Afterward browse through the gift shop decorated throughout with antiques from a bygone era. The Mill and Restaurant accommodate special events, parties, rehearsal dinners, etc.

Susie’s Big Dipper

Welcome to Susie’s Big Dipper in Piqua.

  • Open Open 3 pm – 10 pm daily (closed Sunday & Monday, fall thru spring)
  • Location: (Map It) 323 N. Main in Piqua, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-615-0700
  • Web:

Susie’s Big Dipper in Piqua:  Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, complete with all types of hand-dipped ice cream confections, from cones (including homemade waffle cones), sundaes, shakes, malts, sodas, floats, coolers and made-to-order treats to homemade soups, sandwiches and “penny candy.”  Located right on Main Street, the parlor has table seating and offers board games for your enjoyment, as well as  free Wi-Fi.  We have now added soft serve ice cream as well! Ice cream pies or cakes (a layer of cake plus a layer of ice cream-your choice of flavors) available by special order. A perfect place to take the family!

Tastefully Delicious

Foodie fun is sprinkled across Miami County, Ohio.
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miami-foodiesFood is no longer a side dish to tourism, in many cases it has become the main course! It is best served at the regional level where originality and freshness are ingredients for success.

Miami County features seven wonders of foodie travel in Ohio. But it’s no wonder that family-owned and operated specialty shops simply know how to give you that extra touch that makes you want to come back again and again. The small town storefront is a treat in itself. Done right, it’s worthy of a snapshot to remember it by, much like a newfound friend.

Olive Oasis in Troy, Ohio has that allure. As you approach it from the sidewalk, it has a Mediterranean feel. Inside, you’re likely to meet its owner, Luke Schlumpf. He’s in his early 20s. His mission is to provide the region with the best olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The wide variety are fresher, by far, than what you’re likely to get at a grocery store. Plus, you can sample dozens of choices straight from Fusti’s imported from Italy. Luke has all the details including properties, countries of origin, health benefits and more. You can even be introduced to flavorful recipes that will make you a hit at your next dinner party.

Olive oil and bread go together like oxygen and lungs.

Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Company is left of the hypnotic fountain and across the town square. Its founder and baker, Margaret Begg, is a true artisan in bread-making. She first experimented in her country kitchen and then at New York’s Culinary Institute of America followed by the National Baking Institute of Minneapolis. She apprenticed under a French master baker. Soon thereafter, her own reputation grew as an authentic artisan in bread making with complete knowledge of its science and physics. Today, her shop features a stone hearth oven from Verona, Italy. It also has a café and catering service.

Take a little country drive and relax to the scenery that leads you down a long shaded driveway to a quaint little building next to a family home. As soon as you enter, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile – likely by Janet Rissinger. Her Spice Rack in West Milton, Ohio is like visiting a friend down the street to get that rare herb you know you won’t find anywhere else. After a few minutes, you won’t know if you came to shop or visit. Regardless, you will walk out with whatever it was you were looking for and a feeling of warmth to boot. You name it, they have it and in any quantity measured for you right there.

Some private enterprises hit the big time. That’s what happened with Trophy Nut. Located down a residential side-street near downtown Tipp City, there’s an old brick building serving as the factory outlet store. Inside, you’ll feel the 50-year history. The oversized measuring scoops used to fill bags with chocolate covered nuts inside clear bins, the old-fashioned scale to weigh your purchase and the vintage machines that dole out treats are all remnant of a bygone era. Walk from one brick and wood room to the next and gaze at the bags, boxes, jars, bins and tins of chocolates, candies, dried fruits, snack mixes and nuts of all kinds and you’ll feel like you died and went to heaven.

But save the heavenly confections for later. Now is the time for a sinful indulgence around the corner at Sweet by Kristy. There’s a little table with a couple of chairs out front of the pretty shop that provides a picturesque view of one of Ohio’s loveliest small, small towns. Its sidewalks always bustle with pedestrians shopping. Many find themselves ducking into the tiniest of places and inside is Kristy, usually putting cupcakes into her oven. She says “best ingredients – best cupcakes” and they’re made from scratch, daily! She even has gluten-free cupcakes. But that’s not all; she also has turtles, caramel apples, whoopee pies, buckeyes, candies and even dog treats. The place is colorful!

Another handmade confectioner – fourth generation – is in Piqua. The Fort Piqua Plaza is an architectural gem. Inside the beautifully restored historic building are a multi-level library and Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees. It’s truly service with a smile, and a bright one at that! Watch and learn the coffee roasting process and absorb the aroma of beans from around the world roasted on site in old copper cooking kettles. Featuring coffees, cappuccinos and organic teas, the shop also has mouth-watering handmade delights from premium chocolates. Try the hand-wrapped caramels and old-fashioned brittles. If you have a gift basket to send someone, this is the place.

Speaking of baskets, our last stop is for fruits and veggies. You might as well throw in some country arts and crafts while you’re at it. The rafters have an unusual display of ornaments – historic metal tractor seats. Welcome to Fulton Farms, where locally grown fresh produce is picked and sold inside the rustic century barn. Bring the grocery list because it’s all here. You can even pick your own strawberries and peas straight from the field. There’s also a wide selection of canned items and all kinds of jams, preserves with no sugar added, salsas, grilling sauces and salad dressings. Plus there’s a dairy cooler and of course, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor! Say hi to Joyce Fulton, she’s usually chatting it up with someone.

Miami county has seven tastefully, delicious reasons to make food the focus of your next trip. To whet your palette, see the menu at

La Piazza

Welcome to La Piazza in Troy.

La Piazza in Troy, Ohio is the creation of Leo and Michael Anticoli, members of the long running restaurant family from Dayton who have been continually operating upscale, Italian restaurants since 1931.  A true independent, white tablecloth, upscale eatery, La Piazza offers full lunch and dinner menus, a full bar, and open air patio dining.  Dinner entrees average 12.95.

Young’s Jersey Dairy

Welcome to Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs.

  • Hours vary depending on season and attractions at Young’s (call ahead)
  • Location: (Map It) 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-325-0629
  • Web:

Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs was started in 1869 and is still owned and operated by the Young Family!  Young’s hosts over one million guests each year.  Young’s is a working dairy farm with two restaurants (one is a large dairy bar and quick serve food restaurant, the other is a sit down, home-cooked, table service restaurant), two gift shops, two miniature golf courses, batting cages, golf driving range, the best homemade ice cream in the region,  friendly service, great food, family fun activities, group & company picnics, off site catering and FUN!

Village Ice Cream Parlor

iceCreamParlorStoreFrontWelcome to the Village Ice Cream Parlor in Lebanon, Ohio.

  • Open daily 11am- 8pm (until 7pm Jan &Feb)
  • ocation: (Map It) 22 S. Broadway  Lebanon, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-932-6918
  • Web: Click here

The Village Ice Cream Parlor in Lebanon, Ohio was founded 1969. This unique eatery features a full menu plus ice cream so good you will even have cravings for the cold stuff in the middle of winter. It is truly an old fashioned parlor experience complete with early 20th Century decor. In the midst of a classic Norman Rockwell looking town, the parlor has attracted patrons from all around, including President George W. Bush, Neil Armstrong and Woody Harrelson. Not only that, it has been used for scenes in major motion pictures such as Milk Money (1993) and Harper Valley PTA (1978).

It all started in 1969 when a group of local businessmen wanted to have a meeting place. They each pitched in and bought the building and made renovations. In 1978, Phyllis Hartsock purchased the parlor and was joined by her husband Dave as co-owners. Today, their two daughters, Sandy and Susie help run it.

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