Cider mill season in Metro Detroit is here! The best thing about living in Michigan is experiencing each of the seasons, and we have to pay homage to Michigan’s colorful season of fall. This year life looks so different, but one thing is for sure, getting in nature and getting fresh air is good for us all. Tailgating and football may be canceled this year, but good old fall-fashioned fun at the cider mill is NOT! Activities at our favorite local apple orchards and cider mills include picking apples and pumpkins, taking a breezy hayride, and really just soaking up this short and delightful season!
Sometimes you can find a hot spot for the kids with petting zoos and playscapes if they’re currently permitted; other times you will stumble upon a quiet outdoor winery and cider combo for a much needed day date. Even when the world seems a mess, in Detroit, there is always a cider mill outside waiting for your family to enjoy!
Be sure to call ahead or click the links provided to explore COVID-related protocol and safety guidelines.
OAKLAND COUNTY CIDER MILLS
Ashton Orchards | 3925 E Seymore Lake, Ortonville, 248-627-6671
At Ashton Orchards, enjoy homemade apple cider with fresh apples, donuts, peaches, plums, pears, sweet corn, pumpkins, and fresh produce alongside a variety of homemade baked goods and pastries. Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Now through December)
Bonadeo Farms | 1215 White Lake Rd, Highland, 248-787-4553
Head down to Bonadeo Farms for cider, donuts, the pumpkin patch, corn maze, and children’s playground! Haunted house and corn maze run dusk to 11 p.m. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (September 22-23 and 29-30; October 6-7, 11-14, 20-21, and 27-28)
Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill | 1479 Ranch Rd, Holly, 248-634-8981
The whole family will enjoy this cider mill, including your loyal dogs! Enjoy hot, cold, and even slushy cider with their famous donuts, served hot. This year, you can expect an outdoor walk-up window for cider and donut sales, six foot line spacing in the store, extra washing stations on the grounds, and other modifications to ensure the safety of your family. Hours: daily 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Open now through October 31.)
Erwin’s Orchards & Cider Mill | 61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon, 248-437-0150
Erwin’s signature trademark is top quality u-pick apples, sweet Michigan-grown cherries, raspberries, veggies, and more. Kids can enjoy face-in-hole picture opportunities, hayrides to pick their pumpkins, tire maze, and more. Settle under the pavilion for a great donut and cider. Full COVID-19 precautions in place. Cash only. Hours: daily 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. U-pick: daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open now through October 31.)
Franklin Cider Mill | 7450 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, 248-626-8261
Visit the Franklin Cider Mill if you’re looking for a simple, fun day enjoying fall! Built near a river, you can sit and relax while taking in the view. The donuts are made from an old German recipe, and all the cider is pressed in-house. You can find assorted apples, pies, scones, breads, cakes, hickory farms meats and cheeses, jams, spreads, and so much more. Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Open now until the Sunday after Thanksgiving.)
Goodison Cider Mill | 4295 Orion Rd, Rochester, 248-652-8450
Here, cider is pressed with a century-old press. Enjoy their famous pistachio nut bread along with fresh donuts, a variety of pies, jams, and other treats. Sunday kids’ activities include a moonwalk, bounce houses, music, cider pressing, and other entertainment. All activities run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hours: daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open now until Thanksgiving; then open weekends only (Fri-Sun) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve.)
Long Family Orchard & Farm | 1540 E Commerce Rd, Commerce, 248-360-3774
Long Family Orchard offers a lot more than cider and donuts. Enjoy a wooden playscape, sand pits, petting zoo, a great big slide, mums and sweet corn for sale, and much more. In previous years, they have had a five-acre corn maze and glow-stick maze at night, but have not determined if it will open this year due to social distancing restrictions. Hours: daily 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Paint Creek Cider Mill | 4480 Orion Rd, Oakland Twp, 248-656-3400
Paint Creek Cider Mill features a menu of delicious meals featuring BBQ meats and sauces you can’t resist, healthy snacks, and amazing treats including homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and ice cream. During the COVID crisis, enjoy outdoor patio dining and no-questions-asked free meals for kids while schools are closed! If you’re looking for an ice cream cone on a hot summer night or a hot cider for a cool evening walk on the trail, then this is the cider mill for you. Hours: daily 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Rochester Cider Mill | 5125 N Rochester Rd, Rochester, 248-651-4224
Enjoy a variety of tasty donuts and sweet apple cider. You can purchase an array of Michigan-made items, as well as fall decorations for your home like straw bundles, hay, and cornstalks. Additional activities include a petting farm, giant hay pyramid, and antique wall…for free! House-made Apple Cider Vinegar in a variety of flavors including blueberry, grape, coffee, hot pepper, apple, and peach are perfect for salads, beverages, and cooking! Cash or check only. Hours: Tues-Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Westview Orchards & Cider Mill | 65075 Van Dyke, Washington Twp, 586-752-3123
A day at Westview includes a corn maze, bunny village, and a two-acre playground. Here, you’ll discover wagon rides, straw bale mazes, a tire mountain, 40 foot slide, rope mountain, a log obstacle course, two petting barns, and much more for everyone in the family. Safety precautions in place, including preorders and curbside pickup. Hours: daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open now through Halloween.)
Yates Cider Mill | 1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, 248-651-8300
The historic grist mill was built in 1863, with the Yates family putting in a cider press in 1876—and they’ve been doing it ever since! You can even view the process of a water-powered double table press used to produce cider. Be sure to visit the apple tent, take a picturesque walk around the grounds, or get the kids a pony ride for $5 a person. With a cider mill, bake shop, and ice cream shop, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Hours: daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
MACOMB COUNTY CIDER MILLS
Blake Farms | 17985 Armada Ctr, Armada, 586-784-5343
Blake’s offers many opportunities for a day of fun, with everything from u-pick apples to various attractions for kids, an artisan market, there’s something for everyone. At Orchard Tap House, you can find delicious food as well as wine and hard cider tastings. Visit their website to explore all of the options and various locations. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (U-pick ends at 5 p.m.), Fri-Sat 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hy’s Cider Mill | 6350 37 Mile Rd, Romeo, 810-798-3611
Enjoy a glass of Hy’s famous cider alongside a booming variety of apples. Indulge in sweet treats like caramel apples, apple cider slush, donuts, and other various goodies at Hy’s Cider Mill Store. Hours: Sat-Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. U-pick ends at 5 p.m. (Open September 12 through November 3)
Pankiewicz Cider Mill & Farm Market | 10377 Lindsey, Casco, 586-727-9051
Stop in for farm fresh produce, apples, pears, and plums. Offering a large selection of pumpkins for carving, corn stalks, straw bales, Indian corn, and all your fall decorating needs. This is the last chance to visit this special gem—after more than 37 years of “having fun,” Mr. and Mrs. Pankiewicz will be retiring. Hours: Thurs-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open now until November 8.)
Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill | 2961 W 32 Mile, Romeo, 586-752-2453
This mill offers U-pick apples, pumpkins, and raspberries. Enjoy fresh apple cider and delicious donuts. There is also tons of fresh produce like apples, pears, handmade pies, caramel apples, pre-picked pumpkins, and many other great products! U-pick available Saturday and Sunday only; masks are required on the wagon ride to pick as well as in the salesroom. Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs-Sun 9:30 am to 6 p.m. (The salesroom will be opening September 12 at 9:30 a.m.)
Verellen Orchards | 63260 Van Dyke, Washington, 586-752-2989
Operating for over 100 years, Verellen Orchards offers apples, peaches, and a variety of produce. You’ll also find delicious baked goods, Cook’s Farm Ice Cream, old-time candy, and watermelon or cider slushies. Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat-Sun 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Westview Orchards | 65075 Van Dyke, Washington Twp, 586-752–3123
Founded in 1813 and owned and operated by the same family since, Westview Orchards claims a cultivated passion for the quality of its produce and products. The family will love their delicious baked goods, u-pick apples, farm fun, and produce market. They also offer a gorgeous wine bar and event space located on the second story of the cider barn. Offering curbside pickup with precautions in place. Hours: daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (U-pick hours end at 5 p.m.)
WAYNE COUNTY CIDER MILLS
Big Red Orchard | 4900 W 32 Mile Rd, Washington, 586-752-7888
For the 2020 season, Miller’s Big Red Barn is offering drive-thru service for cider and donuts, plus on-site cider and donuts, u-pick apples, produce, and more. This year looks different with modifications for COVID-19, including closure of the family fun area, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had here. Hours: Tues-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill | 714 E Baseline, Northville, 248-349-3181
Mr. Parmenter opened this mill 147 years ago, and it has only been owned by three families since then. The operation is currently drive through only. This mill makes fresh apple cider, donuts, caramel apples, and a few other goodies. You can also visit Northville Winery and Brewery for a tasting. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Open now through November 24.)
Three Cedars Farm | 7897 Six Mile Rd, Northville, 248-437-8200
Three Cedars is the number one spot for kids, offering multiple play structures, tricycles with tracks, a huge corn pit, an electric train that drives around the park (for an additional fee), farm animal petting zoo, wooden train carts, and lots more. Check out the bonfire pits spread throughout the farm while you’re taking a hay ride out back to the corn maze. This year might look different than most years, including mask-wearing on the farm for train rides and hayrides, and hand sanitizing stations. Social distancing is appreciated. Hours: Sun-Thurs, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
LIVINGSTON COUNTY CIDER MILLS
Markillie Orchard | 5200 N Latson Rd, Howell, 517-546-3485
Markillie Orchard offers many varieties of apples, cider, donuts, cider slushes, and more in their rustic knotty pine sales and dining area. Take the kids to enjoy photo opportunities and the outdoor play area. No indoor seating this year, with a one-way line through the sales area. Masks and social distancing required. Hours: Fri 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open now through October, November hours to be determined.)
Parshallville Cider Mill | 8507 Parshallville Rd, Fenton, 810-629-9079
The historic Tom Walker’s Grist Mill houses the Parshallville Cider Mill in Fenton. The beautiful 136-year-old mill is one of the oldest water-powered mills in Michigan, sitting on the banks of North Ore Creek. Explore the grounds of this Michigan Historic Site while enjoying cider, spiced donuts, caramel apples, homemade apple pie, and more. Protocols have been put in place to ensure social distancing and safety, including an online ordering option. Hours: September-October 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spicer Orchards | 10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, 810-632-7692
Spicer Orchards offers all you need to spend a day enjoying fall activities. In addition to u-pick apples and a farm market, options include: doughnuts, cider playground, wagon rides,
fudge, train rides, pumpkins, corn maze, old-fashioned tractors, and more. If the sweet treats don’t keep your belly full, grab lunch from their corn and potato roasters or pork BBQ cookout. Adults can enjoy a tasting at the on-site winery as well. Safety precautions are being taken, including options for curbside pick up and preorders; see website or call to understand what is required for each activity. Farm Market Hours: daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Winery Hours: daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours for Vulnerable Populations: Tues/Thurs 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
GENESEE COUNTY CIDER MILLS
Mueller’s Orchard | 6036 Lobdell Lake Rd, Linden, 810-735-7676
With a playground designed for younger children and a shaded pavilion nearby, this mill is set up for kids and parents to enjoy their fall day on the farm. Enjoy plenty of doughnuts and apple cider. Hours: daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours starting November 4: daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Uptegraff’s Orchard Davidson | 5350 N Gale Dr, Davison, 810-653-4577
Uptegraff’s offers pick-your-own or already-picked apples. Cider is ready in October. They provide McIntosh, Cortland, Jonee, Red and Yellow Delicious, Empire, and Ida Reds. Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open now through October.)
WASHTENAW COUNTY CIDER MILLS
Alber Orchard and Cider Mill | 13011 Bethel, Manchester, 734-428-9310
Alber Orchard and Cider Mill offers cider, donuts, and over 100 types of apples, many heirloom selections. Admission is free, but there are several activities available for a small fee. This year the owners implemented new policies pertaining to cleaning measures, employee health screenings and decreased store capacity. Please practice social distancing and wear a face mask when heading to Alber’s. Hours: Tues-Fri 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open now through November 18.)
Dexter Cider Mill | 3685 Central St, Dexter, 734-426-8531
The oldest continuously-operating cider mill in the state, Dexter’s is situated along the Huron River. They offer old-fashioned cider mill doughnuts, caramel apples for the kids, and homemade wood-pressed cider for the big kids. No admission and or parking fees; cash only. Committed to doing their part, the Dexter Cider Mill requires face masks worn in lines and in the store, maintaining social distance, and utilizing provided sanitizing stations. Hours: Wed-Sun 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lesser Farm and Orchards | 12651 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, 734-426-8009
Lesser Farms and Ochards offer apples and cider, along with jams, jellies, and pumpkins. You can also purchase pre-picked Michigan apples (no u-pick available). Hours: Wed-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Wiard’s Cider Mill and Apple Orchard | 5565 Merritt, Ypsilanti, 734-390-9211
Wiard’s visitors can enjoy picking their own pumpkins and apples. The cider mill offers traditional staples like hayrides, a corn maze, and, of course, cider and doughnuts. In October you can purchase weekend tickets for any of their six haunted attractions at their annual haunted Night Terrors events. Hours: Tues-Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.