Dining August 17, 2017
These 9 Charming Cider Mills In Michigan Will Have You Longing For Fall
We know, we know: there’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy. But as August chugs along, autumn looms on the horizon — and that means it’s time to start preparing for the exciting aspects of fall in Michigan. If you’re ready to pull those sweaters out of storage and rake some leaves, this list of cider mills in the Great Lakes State will have you excited about the upcoming change of seasons.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Dexter Cider Mill (3685 Central St, Dexter)
This charming spot is the oldest continually operating cider mill in the state of Michigan, and you’ll feel the sense of history as soon as you arrive. Fresh-pressed cider isn’t the only thing you’ll enjoy at this one-of-a-kind spot: you can also chow down on delicious donuts and other treats from the mill’s on-site bakery.
2. Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery (3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids)
This Grand Rapids favorite has been delighting visitors since its founding in 1911, and it’s not difficult to see why. While Robinette’s cider mill is certainly a draw, the orchard also offers U-Pick apples, a lunch counter, and plenty of activities to delight the whole family when autumn rolls around.
3. Yates Cider Mill (1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills)
Venture to Rochester and spend a crisp morning at this marvelous cider mill, which was established in 1863 — talk about history! Tour the premises, learn more about this Michigan landmark, and sip on a few cups of hot, fresh cider. There’s no better way to welcome the start of fall in the Great Lakes State.
4. Franklin Cider Mill (7450 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills)
This Bloomfield Hills attraction is simply overflowing with things to see and do. Whether you’re taking your kiddos for a hayride, indulging in a cinnamon spice donut or two, or simply stocking up on perfectly tart apple cider, its tough to go wrong with a trip to Franklin Cider Mill.
5. Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze (6054 124th Ave, Fennville)
This West Michigan gem is a tradition for locals of all ages, and it’s easy to fall in love with the area’s quaint atmosphere and delicious treats. Pick your own apples, get lost in an annual haunted corn maze, or dine at the on-site restaurant — there’s so much more than cider to appreciate at Crane Orchards, and you might never want to leave.
6. Uncle John’s Cider Mill
(8614 North US 127, St Johns)
This awesome locale is open throughout the summer, but it truly comes to life when autumn rolls around. Uncle John’s isn’t your typical cider mill — in addition to classic options, you’ll also find plenty of hard cider to sip on when you’re looking for a more grown-up choice. There’s something here to excite every member of the family.
7. The Fruitful Orchard and Cider Mill
Ever tried a cider slushie? You’ll find this incredible treat and so much more when you journey to the Fruitful Orchard and Cider Mill in Gladwin. Peruse the on-site shop, indulge in a few slices of fudge, and peruse the pumpkin patch while sipping on fresh-pressed cider. Does it get much more wonderful?
8. Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill (1479 Ranch Rd, Holly)
This family-oriented cider mill and orchard in Holly is the perfect place to unwind on a beautiful fall afternoon. When you explore Diehl’s, you’ll find the quintessential orchard experience — everything from fresh donuts to hayrides await as you make your way through this charming spot.
9. Plymouth Orchards (10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth)
Beginning in September, Plymouth Orchards offers an up-close look at how sweet, delicious cider is made. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be overcome with the lovely scent of fresh donuts and delectable apple-based products. This might just become your new favorite autumn destination here in Michigan.
Tell us, Michiganders: what are you most looking forward to about the upcoming fall season? Or are you not quite ready to let go of summer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!