Cider Mills In + Around Detroit Perfect for 2021 Fall Fun

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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 (and our local cider mills have adjusted accordingly!), but one thing is for sure, getting in nature and getting fresh air is good for us all. 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. (Open 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 childrens playground! Haunted house and haunted corn maze run Friday and Saturday, dusk to 11 p.m., during the month of October. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (September 18-19 and 25-26; October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31)

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. BYO chairs and blankets for a comfortable spot on their large grounds. Hours: daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 31; Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., November 6-21.

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 or check only. Hours: Cider Mill Tue-Sun 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; u-pick apples and raspberries Tue-Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; u-pick pumpkin patch TBD. (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. Masks are required in the main sales area in front of the mill and inside to view the cider making process (25 visitor limit per pressing session); not required outdoors in lower sales area. Online ordering is also available! Place your order by 5:30 p.m. to be picked up by 6 p.m. Hours: Mon-Sun 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open now through November 28.)

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., starting after Labor Day and ending before Halloween. Hours: daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Open now through end of November; then open weekends only (Fri-Sun) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve. In the off-season, open one day per month for Pistachio Nut Bread sales.)

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. The sweet corn is available via drive-thru, inside of a small red shed. 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. Last year, they offered outdoor patio dining and no-questions-asked free meals for kids while schools are closed (unsure if that is still the case). 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: daily 9 a.m. to 6 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 include curbside pickup and capacity limits in place for Fall Family Fun (purchase tickets online ahead of time). Hours: Farm Market daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 24; Farm Fun/U-Pick daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October.

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. Safety precautions in place include hand sanitizer available in sales areas, increased register spacing, masks inside buildings (but not outdoors), and asking for one guest per group inside the building. Hours: Main Mill Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; apple tent and fudge shoppe Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 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: Sun-Thurs 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (U-pick ends at 5 p.m.), Fri-Sat 8 a.m. to 9 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 11 until November 7.)

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. You can also meet the new owners, Steve and Theresa Pankiewicz! Hours: Thurs-Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 beginning September 25; last year masks were required on the wagon ride to pick as well as in the salesroom. Hours: Mon-Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning September 17. Salesroom open through December.

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

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 include curbside pickup and capacity limits in place for Fall Family Fun (purchase tickets online ahead of time). Hours: Farm Market daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 24; Farm Fun/U-Pick daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October.

WAYNE COUNTY CIDER MILLS

Big Red Orchard | 4900 W 32 Mile Rd, Washington, 586-752-7888

The 2021 season begins September 10. Last year, Miller’s Big Red Barn offered drive-thru service for cider and donuts, plus on-site cider and donuts, u-pick apples, produce, and more. The family fun farm activities are back open, and free! 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. 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. Safety precautions in place include staff wearing masks and asking visitors to please wear a mask if they are not vaccinated. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Open now through November 21.)

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. Last year’s precautions included mask-wearing on the farm for train rides and hayrides, and hand sanitizing stations. Social distancing is appreciated. Cash or check only. 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 last year, with a one-way line through the sales area and masks and social distancing required; unsure if this is the case this year. Hours: Fri 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sat-Sun 10 a.m. to 5 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 were put in place last year to ensure social distancing and safety, including an online ordering option. Hours: Fri-Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., November hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open through mid-November weather permitting.)

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; see website or call to understand what is required for each activity. Hours: Farm Market daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last wagon for pick your own at 5:30 p.m.); Winery daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Grille daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.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: Wed-Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; November hours Wed-Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Uptegraff’s Orchard Davison | 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. Last year the owners implemented new policies pertaining to cleaning measures, employee health screenings, and decreased store capacity; customers were asked to 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.). Cider available beginning September 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/parking fees; cash or check only (ATM on site). Committed to doing their part, last year the Dexter Cider Mill required 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 Farms and Orchard | 12651 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, 734-426-8009

Lesser Farms and Orchard offers apples and cider, along with jams, jellies, and pumpkins. You can also purchase pre-picked Michigan apples (no u-pick available). Cider will be ready on September 17. 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. You can purchase weekend tickets online for any of their six haunted attractions at their annual haunted Night Terrors events. U-pick apples unavailable this year. Safety precautions in place include masks for employees and guests (indoors, and when social distancing is not possible outdoors), hand sanitizing stations, a disinfecting regimen, social distancing, and limiting occupancy for the store. Hours: Country Fair Wed-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Country Store Tues-Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We love our local cider mills! Where will you be heading this season?

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