With fall right around the corner, heading out to the cider mill can be a fun activity for the whole family. Here are a list of 6 cider mills in Metro Detroit area that offer some of the best apple cider around.
1. Yates Cider Mill 1990 E. Avon Road Rochester, MI 48307 248-651-8300 yatescidermill.com Hours of operation: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m A Rochester tradition since 1863, Yates Cider Mill gives your family a front row seat to see how the mill presses their apples to make them into fresh cider. The cider mill also has a petting zoo, fresh doughnuts, ice cream and pony rides. On weekends in September and October, you can also enjoy knackwurst, hot dogs and cinnamon almonds. 2. Blake Farms & Cider Mill 17985 Armada Center Road Armada, MI 48005 586-784-5343 blakefarms.com Hours of operation: Daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Blake's offers a full cider mill experience with fresh cider, doughnuts, pies, caramel apples and more. Each weekend from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Blakes holds their "fall festival" with train rides, hay rides, pony rides, straw maze, story book barn, animal petting farm, barnyard funland, cornfield maze, straw mountain and more. The farm is also open daily from 8 a.m - 6 p.m for u-pick apples in several varieties. 3. Franklin Cider Mill 7450 Franklin Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-3610 248-626-2968 franklincidermill.com Hours of operation: Weekdays - 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Weekends - 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The histortic Franklin Cider Mill has been open since 1837. Their cider is only made from fresh hand-picked honey crisp apples. The mill also makes their own special cinnamon spice doughnuts, candy apples, baked goods. They also sell pumpkins up to 150 lbs in size. Other products include honey, various cheeses and sparkling cider. 4. Paramenter's Northville Cider Mill 714 Baseline Rd. Northville, Michigan 48167 248-349-3181 northvillecider.com Hours of operation: Daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Paramenter's Cider Mill is the second oldest continuously operation business in the city of Northville. Along with the regular cider, doughnuts and caramel apples, they also have a winery that has been in business for over 20 years. Their apple wines such as Crimson Dew and Cranberry Apple are award-winning. 5. Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill 1479 Ranch Rd. Holly, MI 48442 248-634-8981 diehlsorchard.com Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week through Oct. 31. Dielh's has been open for 50 years and They have a full stocked general store/market on site. The cider mill will host their 30th Annual Ciderfest on Sept. 24 - 25, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Ciderfest will have a craft show, a "Ciderfest Run," face painting, hayrides, a corn maze, live entertainment and more. They even have a Harvest Hayride Dinner, where includes a hayride and dinner by a campfire. 6. Plymouth Orchards 10685 Warren Rd. Plymouth, MI 48170 734-455-2290 plymouthorchards.com Hours of operation: Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting as a small road-side operation, Plymoth Orchards opened in 1977 in an old dairy farm. Today, the orchard offers wagon rides, petting zoo and u-pick pumpkins.They also sell over 16 varieties of apples and press their own all-natural cider.