MT. PLEASANT, Mich-- Sweet, crisp apple cider, warm cinnamon-sugar donuts, buttery pies and turnovers, pumpkin or apple picking, hayrides! Few activities bring more nostalgia than the thought of visiting Michigan cider mills in the fall. Autumn is quickly coming to a close, but you still have some time to visit these amazing orchards before its too late, or plan out your fall fun for next year. Check out Graff Mt Pleasant's Michigan cider mill bucket list, is your favorite cider mill on our list? Read on to find out!
1. YATES - ROCHESTER HILLS
One of the oldest, continuous running businesses in Michigan, Yates has been voted the best Cider Mill in Metro Detroit throughout the years. They claim the difference exists in their process, which involves various blends of apple varieties, sometimes as many as six strains per batch, and the UV treatment the finished product undergoes as opposed to pasteurization. There's something to keep every member of the family entertained at Yates, from the petting zoo to the riverwalk and apple tent. Make sure you grab a bag of their freshly-baked donuts, they really are the best in the area.
2. BLAKES - ARMADA
This orchard boasts 45,600 apple trees on the property in 42 different strains, making them one of the top suppliers of Michigan apples for 69 years. More than just a cider mill, they provide family entertainment all year long, from haunted Halloween attractions like zombie paintball to an annual Lavender festival. Boasting fresh-pressed cider and a full slate of autumn baked goods, Blake's is the perfect place to enjoy a late October or early November weekend.
3. FRANKLIN CIDER MILL - BLOOMFIELD HILLS
The historic Franklin Cider Mill makes apple cider the old-fashioned way, no filtration, pasteurization, or preservatives, with apples that are hand-picked and 100% organic. You can truly taste the difference in their product, and it's made them one of the most popular grist mills in Metro Detroit since Michigan gained statehood. Stop in for a cider slushie, or some of the best-rated apple pies around, just keep in mind that it's cash only. It's also a popular venue due to its old-timey feel, visit their website to find the perfect place to host your autumn wedding, car show, or concert.
4. SPICER'S - FENTON
Voted the 3rd best orchard in the nation, Spicer's is your one-stop shop for all things fall. Cider, pies, pumpkins, and apple-picking, all brought to you with 5-star rated service. Their cinnamon-sugar donuts and fudge are highly recommended, and the corn maze or petting zoo make it a perfect, family-friendly hangout. Go for a wagon ride or check out the zip lines. No matter what kind of activities you're looking for to keep your family entertained, Spicer's is sure to deliver.
5. DEXTER CIDER MILL - DEXTER
Family owned and operated since 1886, the Dexter Cider Mill is the oldest, continuously-operating mill in the state. Their unpasteurized cider is made from a variety of locally-grown, Michigan apples, processed in an authentic oak press. Check out the sales room which features fresh pastries, jellies, vinegars, pickles, and other condiments. Note that it is cash or check only, but there is an ATM on site. Nestled against the banks of the Huron River, it's the perfect place to spend quiet, fall afternoons. Take your family for a Saturday picnic, just beware of the bees!
6. APPLE CHARLIE'S ORCHARDS - SOUTH HURON
Described as "a place filled with old-time charm and a family values vibe" by one reviewer, Apple Charlie's is the perfect place to unwind and learn about the farm life. Grab a loaf of chopped-apple cinnamon bread, say hi to the animals, go for a wagon ride or browse the gift shop! If you're looking for a quiet experience, avoid it during their apple festival which usually occurs in late September or early October as it draws crowds from all over the state.
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