With National Doughnut Day (June 4) around the corner, American travelers may find themselves on the hunt for a sweet pastry while on the road. Fear not. Many hotels are paying homage to the tasty treat in honor of the annual holiday or simply feature it prominently on their menus. Besides the usual retail venues, here’s where to sink your teeth into a tasty doughnut on your next trip.
The Sanderling Resort, Outer Banks, North Carolina
No hotel has gone as far as The Sanderling Resort in Duck, North Carolina. Located on the Outer Banks and home to national doughnut chain, Duck Donuts, guests can sleep in a doughnut-themed guest room. In partnership with Duck Donuts, the special room is decked out in sweetness with doughnuts appearing on the bedding, artwork, rainbow sprinkle-themed curtains and wall decor.
When guests arrive to their room, dozens of multi-flavored doughnuts provide the perfect welcome amenity. By the pool, expect doughnut pool floats and themed pool towels.
Not to mention, there’s a wake-up call service with, you guessed it, doughnuts as well as an in-room doughnut decorating bar.
Later in the day, guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at how doughnuts are made at the local Duck Donuts store. The guest room is part of the special “Sweet Escapes” package, which requires a three-night minimum stay, available at the hotel between now and June 30.
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
For guests that book the “Paris Without the Jet Lag” package at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, the hotel will deliver a tray of homemade beignets (the famed French doughnuts popular in the Big Easy) complete with three dipping sauces and a steaming pot of coffee to their door. While the European Union (and France) are planning to reopen this summer to vaccinated travelers, this may be the next best thing in time for National Doughnut Day.
Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
With a summertime “doughnut of the week” program, Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod may just be the ideal place to satisfy your sweet tooth without ever getting bored. In addition to regular doughnut walls and towers to display the tasty concoctions, the variety of doughnuts offered each week has repeat guests addicted for more.
Past specialties have included maple bacon, peach Bellini, pumpkin spice, salty peanut and raspberry rosehip with many of the ingredients coming from the hotel’s own farm. Even more impressive is that no flavor has ever been repeated. The hotel’s doughnut program is so popular that wedding parties sometimes request them for special events. Recently, the chef created a special doughnut tower as a “groom’s cake.”
W Scottsdale, Arizona
The “Drunken Donuts” package at the W Scottsdale is ideally designed for bachelorette parties, according to the hotel, although it is available to anyone. It includes a morning delivery of fresh doughnuts from a nearby bakery with injectable vodka shooters to get the morning started with a “boost.”
Condado Ocean Club, San Juan, Puerto Rico
At SOCIAL at Condado Ocean Club in San Juan, the mix of sweet and savory is pretty bold with this crispy chicken doughnut sandwich. The bun is made of two glazed doughnuts, which contains the chicken patty drizzled in ranch dressing and served with a side of patatas bravas.
The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, Manchester, Vermont
Each week, guests at The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester, Vermont are treated to a guest reception with complimentary wine and snacks including their signature cider doughnuts in honor of National Doughnut Day. Cider doughnuts are popular in the state, especially during the fall months. The resort, however, has such fans of its cider doughnut recipe that it serves the cinnamon and sugar-coated treats all year.