DETROIT - Even though the leaves are quickly falling off the tress, there's still time to make a quick visit to some of the best cider mills around Detroit.
Voters have selected their favorite cider mills around southeast Michigan in our Vote 4 The Best contest. Here are a few of them to consider visiting this fall.
Uniquely Detroit: A trip to the cider mill
VOTE 4 THE BEST: Winners for best cider mill in Detroit
Yates Cider Mill
Established in 1863 as a grist mill, Yates Cider Mill says they began pressing cider in 1876 for the Rochester community.
Today, the mill continues to provide several varieties of fresh apples, 100 percent natural Yates' cider, fresh doughnuts and even Frankenmuth fudge.
Don, on our Vote 4 The Best guide, says Yates Cider Mill offers the best cider and donuts you can buy.
"My family has been going there for over sixty years and across five generations," said Don.
Yates Cider Mill placed first in our 2012 Vote 4 The Best contest. For more info and directions on how to get there, click here.
Blake Farms is a family owned and operated orchard and cider mill that began in 1946. Located in Armada, the mill has over five hundred acres of orchard and farmland that lets anyone pick their own apples, strawberries, pumpkins and more.
"A great family activity," said Ruth on the Vote 4 The Best page. "I can spend all day enjoying the sights, sounds and great smells!"
In addition to family entertainment, pumpkin picking and hayrides, Blake Farms offers a fall festival celebration every weekend in September and October.
Click here for directions to Blake Farms.
Franklin Cider Mill
It wouldn't be fall without a trip to Franklin Cider Mill. Since 1837, the mill has lots of entertainment and tasty treats for all ages, including cider, donuts, apples, baked goods and vegetables.
Recommended by almost 200 people in our Vote 4 The Best contest, one voter says you should go there and go often.
"Watch them press apples and sample some awesome fresh made doughnuts," said Adam. "They have some local treats from local producers and are awesome."
To learn more and for directions to Franklin Cider Mill, click here.
Apple Charlie's Orchards
Apple's Charlie's Orchard and Cider Mill has opened its family-owned apple farm to others for over fifty years. Offering free admission and parking, Apple Charlie's says they are the only remaining cider mill in Wayne County.
Located in New Boston, Apple Charlie's makes its own apple cider, apple pies and apple-chopped cinnamon bread. Those that visit the orchard can also pick their own apples from their dwarf apple trees.
"It was a great place to take the grandkids for a petting zoo, ride on some horses, and enjoy apple cider and donuts," said Anita on our Vote 4 The Best contest page. "My grandkids had fun and I still have great photos."
Click here for directions to Apple Charlie's.
The final winner in our Vote 4 The Best cider mill contest is Erwin Orchards, located in South Lyon. Celebrating its 89th year, the family farm says they are now managing two hundred acres of fruit with state of the art technology.
Erwin Orchards offers fourteen varieties of top quality apples, pumpkins from the patch and has even harvested crops of asparagus.
"We have been going to Erwin's since my 23-year-old daughter was a toddler," said Robin. "The absolute best cider in the State."
From wagon rides and hay mazes to Halloween attractions, Erwin Orchards says they've been awarded the first Master Cider Maker's trophy for producing the finest cider in Michigan four years in a row.
Interested to make a quick stop? Click here for directions to Erwin Orchards.
To see the complete list of cider mill winners, head over to our Vote 4 The Best contest winners page.
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