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Adams Donuts

Adams opens at 5:00 a.m. (6:00 a.m. on Sundays), and many of the doughnut varieties are sold out well in advance of the noon closing. The moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the perfect balance of cake and glaze. No wonder Adams has served Greenfield for more than 50 years.

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Aunt Carrie’s

It’s been 95 years since Ulysses and Carrie Cooper opened a restaurant to meet the demand for her deep-fried invention: clam cakes. Aunt Carrie’s descendants still turn out these amorphous, golden-crisp, doughnut-type balls filled with tender clam bits. They’re Rhode Island’s number-one comfort food: a meal in their own right

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New England Today

Feedback | Autumn 2015

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 Happy 80th  

When we arrived home this Monday, August 24th, from a quick weekend to Wells, Maine, our Yankee magazine awaited us in our mailbox. It reminded me of why I love living in New England. As a native, with roots in

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Cakettes Coffee Shop

Classic cake flavors—red velvet, carrot, and lemon cream—are all made up as mini baked goods resembling bonbons. Or choose other combos, such as root-beer float or bacon in pancake breakfast. BEST PASTRY SHOP.

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Sofra Bakery & Café, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Boston’s best bakery for sweets doesn’t serve a single blueberry muffin. Instead, the treats lining Sofra’s white-marble counter are inspired by the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East: Persian spiced doughnuts, Egyptian bread pudding, pistachio olive-oil cake. The pastries look so decadent and tantalizingly come-hither that most patrons

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Captain Grant’s, 1754

Old plank floors, hand-hewn beams, and other historic touches extend to seven comfy guest rooms. Nods to the 21st century include TV and WiFi, while accounts of a resident ghost add history and mystery. Rates: from $89 through June 14, from $99 June 15–Sept. 15, including full breakfast, sherry, cookies,

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Spooky View Farm Fire | Here in New England

Let’s start just before the fire. Just before flames tore through the hayloft stacked with 5,000 bales. Just before the smoke billowed through the barn, the cows terrified and men fighting back panic, struggling to get the herd out before everything burned down. Because to understand the loss of a

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Crosby Bakery

“C” IS FOR COOKIEA true local favorite–and for good reason. Hermits run just $4 a dozen; a half-pint of homemade gorton (a.k.a. creton, a French Canadian version of p te) is $3.75; and a homemade decorated chocolate birthday cake costs $15.

Eleven Forty Nine

Even with eye-popping decor and a take-noprisoners menu, it’s the house-made chocolate desserts—chocolate lava cake, chocolate flourless torte, cheesecake with chocolate pecan crust, and triple-chocolate bread pudding—that keep you coming back. Entrees: from $12.


American bistro in an elegant, casual setting. Don’t miss the seafood succotash and crab-cake-encrusted tilapia.–Yankee Magazine, March/April 2012

French Memories

No one handles puff pastry, gooey white pastry cream, picture-perfect fruit, and rich chocolate quite like a French pastry chef. One taste of the “Paris-Brest” pate-a-choux or a square of caramel-chocolate mousse “Diva” cake will have you speaking in tongues–French, to be exact. BEST FRENCH PASTRIES.

Golden Stage Inn

Julie and Michael Wood’s passion for innkeeping is evident in their loving restoration of the eight rooms of this historic lodging. They also share a love of cooking and serve homemade soup daily as well as Michael’s signature “Saturday Night Chocolate Cake” as long as it lasts. Julie’s other passion

Goodspeed Musicals

Goodspeed Musicals

This wedding-cake lookalike is home to a Tony Award-winning stage. Man of La Mancha and Annie were pre-Broadway hits in this 398-seat theatre. Backstage tours further amaze. Voted BEST MUSICAL THEATRE.

Enjoy the beauty of the historic Goodspeed Opera House – home of the American Musical! Set along the tranquil Connecticut

Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes

He plays guitar in a hardcore punk band and rocks at rolling fondant. She went from baking for their kids’ parties to inventing decadent grown-up treats like Drunk Jack Balls (beer-fudge and pumpkin-ale cake truffles). Since winning Cupcake Wars in 2013, Jeremy and Nicole Braddock’s edgy, irreverent sweets have been

Norman Bird Sanctuary

With 300-plus acres of nature preserve and seven miles of trails, hikers are treated to all types of terrain, from open fields to forests. Come armed with binoculars to spot swallows and sparrows, not to mention eye-popping panoramas of the Sakonnet River and the ocean. Voted Best Nature Hike.Best Ocean


Best Picnic ProvisionsWith names like “The Freudian Slip” and “The Scarlet Letter,” these sandwiches may sound cute, but they’re all business. Try the turkey with cranberry or the curried chicken salad with mango chutney, and save space for a homemade almond-marzipan torte or lemon-buttermilk cake.

Restaurant At Burdick Chocolate

Filmmaker Ken Burns calls this pretty village home, and the elegant restaurant here rivals any Brooklyn hotspot. With Burdick’s award-winning chocolate shop attached to this Parisian-style eatery, it’s perfect for lingering over the Sunday Times and a plate of charcuterie. Entrees: from $13. Best Sunday Brunch-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Whether you’re

S & P Oyster Company

Watch the drawbridge through the windows or gaze at the river flowing past the patio. Excellent grilled seafood and fowl, plus regionally sourced oyster options. Dessert samplers with flourless chocolate cake and cheesecake don’t stay in view long. Voted Best Water View Grill. 

Sweet Harmony Cafe & Bakery

Best CafeLovely lunches and dinners, but save room for cake–in varieties from apple to Mississippi mud to walnut. Chilled Vietnamese coffee or chai tea with cream enlivens the flavor symphony.

Sweet Pastry Shop & Dessert Bar

Sweet leads a double life as a daytime cake shop and an evening bar with lots of cocktails and both sweet and savory small plates. A cupcake sampler will introduce you to buttery treats with dense frosting. In the evening, you can even get a cupcake with your cosmo. Cupcakes:

Thurston’s Lobster Pound

End of the road, end of the earth: Look for mountain views, bluebloods, bluehairs, and swarms of fishing boats.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011Thurston’s is tops for off-the-boat-fresh lobster on Mount Desert Island.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012The classic Maine lobster pound is a no-frills eatery where you can usually select your own lobster.


Depending on the season, you can find Belgian chocolate, “Rather Dark Chocolate,” Aztec chocolate, or Mexican chocolate ice cream at this iconic Cambridge ice-cream shop. Then there are the malted vanilla, French vanilla, and sweet-cream flavors. And fruit? How about lemon pistachio or mango ginger? The Tosci’s team is always

Union Square Donuts

There are many great independent donut shops around Boston (Verna’s in Cambridge, Linda’s in Belmont), but Union Square takes the cake for quality and variety—flavors like maple bacon and salted bourbon caramel. Traditionalists, take heart: The old-fashioned cake doughnuts are a timeless pleasure. BEST DOUGHNUTS.

Wildflour Bakery

Best Vegan IndulgenceStart with a nutritious green smoothie or lavender lemonade; finish guilt-free with a peanut-butter brownie at this gluten- and animal-fat-free bakery. One bite of the banana-coconut-raspberry cake and you may swear off dairy.

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