Having gone to college in Boston, I’m a certified Dunkin’ Donuts lover. Give me a medium french vanilla iced coffee with milk and one Splenda, and I’m as happy as I can be before happy hour. Unfortunately, I have now lived in two Dunkin’ Donuts-free states after leaving Massachusetts. Whenever I am in a 30 mile radius of Dunkin’ Donuts (sometimes more), I make sure to make a pilgrimage. In fact during a recent trip to New York, my hotel was a block away from a Dunkin’ Donuts/Taco Bell combo, and it almost changed my life. Using Taco Bell Fire sauce on the Dunkin’ Donuts hash browns was almost a religious experience.
But I digress. In the large state of New Mexico, which I visit from time to time, there are two Dunkin’ Donuts – one in Santa Fe and one in Albuquerque. I managed to hit up both cities and see both beautiful structures, but only made it to the location in Santa Fe after much pleading with my travel mates. Situated next to a cemetery, it was definitely one of the more interestingly located Dunkin’ Donuts I have had the pleasure of visiting. The happy pink, orange and brown structure seemed quite out of place next to what appeared to be a very old, small and full graveyard.
I ordered my iced coffee, donut and hash browns and thought about how the real estate transaction might have gone down – did DD get a great rate for being cemetery-adjacent? Do highly-caffeinated coffee drinkers like the quiet calm of the scenery? Does anyone stay away entirely because of the more interesting neighbor? In any case, my coffee and hash browns were as wonderful as I expected, so I look forward to returning to my cemetery Dunkin’ Donuts during my next New Mexico trip and asking about any coffee drinking ghosts that may be lurking around.
In Boston, there are small, very old graveyards sprinkled throughout the city, so I’m sure that there are other similar locations out there. What is the weirdest Dunkin’ Donuts (or other favorite coffee/donut shop) location you have visited?