So many cider mills, so little time! Every year Michiganders from across the state look forward to the fall season and visiting their favorite cider mill. But with so many different cider mills and orchards located around the mitten, it’s hard to decide which one has the best donuts, the best cider, the best pumpkin patch, or the most to offer. We’ve mapped out the top 10 cider mills to visit in Michigan from Kalamazoo to Metro Detroit that have exactly what you’re looking for.
If you're looking for: More than just cider & donuts
One of the very first “Pick Your Own” orchards in Michigan, this historic and family owned farm started in 1946. Pick a variety of fresh produce at Blake’s on 500 acres of farmland consisting of apples, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pumpkins, and assorted vegetables. You can even cut down your own Christmas tree during “Blake’s Family Christmas at the cider mill!” Enjoy family friendly activities such as train rides, pony rides, and hayrides, or get lost in the cornfield maze.
For those of you who are 21 and up, enjoy the most unique thing that Blake’s Orchard has to offer which is their tasting room. Blake’s produces their own line of hard cider as well as a variety of wines made from the apples they grow in their very own backyard. Grab a sampler tray to try a few different flavors such as El Chavo, a hard cider made with Blake’s apples, habenero peppers, and mango, or Wakefire which combines Michigan grown cherries, with orange peel, and Blake’s apples.
Blake’s hosts a variety of events all season long from their Fall Festival, to Cider Dayze, to Zombie Paintball Safari, and so much more. This cider mill is defiantly more then just a place you come to for cider and donuts. Visit Blake’s up until December 23rd for all sorts of seasonal fun!
For more information visit http://blakefarms.com/
If you’re looking for: Good photo opts and fresh donuts & cider
Now onto the real reason visitors love Three Cedars so much, the donuts and cider. Made fresh daily from a secret family recipe, indulge in 1 or a dozen, were not judging! (Insider secret: ask for hot donuts, otherwise they’ll give you the ones that have been sitting in the case.) Warm up with a cup of hot apple cider or grab a gallon from the fridge to take home. There’s also a lot of seating available indoors for chillier days which is a big plus!
And don’t forget to join Three Cedars for their Country Christmas each weekend starting the Friday after Thanksgiving! Proceeds from pictures with Santa go to local charities helping families in need. (PS: make sure to bring cash, this cider mill doesn’t accept debit/credit cards.)
For more information visit: http://threecedarsfarm.org/site/
If you’re looking for: Tons of family friendly activities
If you’re looking for a fun filled day for the whole family, Gull Meadows, right outside of Kalamazoo, is the perfect cider mill for you. Take a trip down pumpkin lane which consists of 3 acres of family fun. Participate in a duck race, take a ride down the zip cord, or take a photo in the giant rocking chair. Then head over to the Back Forty where you can zip down the apple chute slide, feed some furry friends at the petting farm, and play a game of corn hole or pumpkin checkers. Finish the day off by making your way through the 6 acre, uniquely designed, corn maze. Each year Gull Meadows features a different corn maze design that visitors can’t wait to check out. This year the maze features two hot air balloons in celebration of the Kalamazoo Balloon Fest.
Enjoy all that Gull Meadows has to offer through the holiday season when they transform their grounds into a Christmas wonderland full of holiday fun starting November 25th!
For more information visit: http://www.gullmeadowfarms.com/home
If you’re looking for: Inexpensive prices
Yates Cider Mill has been a community tradition since 1863 and deems itself a Rochester Hills gem. And with hot and fresh cinnamon sugar donuts at only 60 cents a piece, it’s no wonder visitors from all over metro Detroit flock to this cider mill every fall. Also, don’t worry about paying any annoying entrance fees or for parking because it’s free! As far as activities goes, Yates keeps it traditional with pony rides and a petting zoo, and also features a relaxing river walk trail. You are unable to pick apples at this mill but they do have an apple tent where bags of Michigan grown apples and other seasonal produce can be purchased.
For more information visit: https://www.yatescidermill.com/
If you’re looking for: Spiced donuts and homemade wine
For more information visit: http://www.northvillecider.com/
If you’re looking for: A variety of donut and cider flavors
The Rochester Cider Mill is as fresh and as local as it gets! With all of their products being Michigan made and made fresh on a daily basis, this cider mill is able to keep customers coming back each season. But don’t expect just your average apple cider and cinnamon sugar donut from this mill. Choose from a wide selection of donut flavors including, blueberry, apple cinnamon with a maple glaze, powdered, cherry, chocolate frosted, chocolate frosted with scary sprinkles, and lemon with sprinkles. In addition to the donuts, during November and December, speciality ciders including grape, cranberry, pear, and a secret holiday blend are available.
For more information visit: http://www.rochestercidermill.com/
If you’re looking for: U-pick apples
Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill grows a variety of apples on their farm from the classic Macintosh, Red Delicious, and Gala apples to the unique Russets, Snow Apples, and so much more. Each weekend, visitors are able to pick select apples that are ready for picking (visit www.stonycreekorchard.com for the u-pick apple schedule). Pick a half bushel for $20! After apple picking, pick up a fresh home made pie from the salesroom and don’t forget to grab a donut and a cup of fresh apple cider pressed from Stony’s very own mill.
For more information visit: www.stonycreekorchard.com