This 80-Mile "Doughnut Trail" is Worth the Hike
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If your idea of vacation is more Boston cream than Boston proper, there's an 80-mile "doughnut trail" near Cincinnati, Ohio, worthy of your next getaway.
Called the Butler County Donut Trail, sugar fiends can download an official map that will lead you around a dozen various doughnut shops all within driving distance of each another. Think of it like a pub crawl, except you're likely to end up with a sugar buzz instead of a beer buzz.
The pastry-packed region boasts "one of the largest numbers of donut shops per capita in the Midwest," and so far, "more than 9,000 people from 44 states and nine countries have completed" the trail, reports Food & Wine. From maple bacon doughnuts at Holtman's to traditional glazed at Milton's to cheesecake doughnuts at The Donut Spot, there's something for anyone with a sweet tooth.
If doughnuts for days aren't enough of a reason to get your glaze on, download the accompanying passport and hit 11 of the 12 stops on the list and you'll get a commemorative t-shirt, which also gets you a handful of discounts at additional participating Butler County businesses.
For you out of towners, there's a newly-refurbished hotel right in the heart of the action. Even better, it costs just 15,000 Marriott Rewards points per night — or just 5,000 Starpoints transferred to Marriott Rewards at a 3:1 ratio. If you need to stock up on your Marriott points, the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card is currently offering a 100,000-point sign-up bonus. That's more than six nights at this hotel for you to recover from your sugar crash.
Pro tip: The baked goods featured at many of these shops can sell out fast, so get an early start — and come hungry.
H/T: Food & Wine