Things to Do: Cider Mills

Once September hits, a visit to the cider mill is vital for most Michigan families. With hundreds of apple orchards to choose from we’ve narrowed down the list to a few you can’t miss. These are all unique in their own way, with many of them holding a piece of Michigan history. Visit one, visit them all – let us know your favorites or if we should add any more to the list!

Franklin Cider Mill – Open is 1837, Frankin Cider Mill is one of the oldest mills in Metro Detroit. They use 12 different varieties of apples to create their unique taste, and are always made with 100% organic apples. Easily accessible off Telegraph road in Bloomfield Hills, Franklin Mill also has fresh bakery items, jams and butters, and Hickory Farms meats and cheeses.

Yates Cider Mill – Located at the easily accessible 23 Mile Road and Dequindre in Rochester, this classic cider mill is a Michigan staple. You can enjoy their cider – which they’ve been churning out since 1876, donuts, or take a stroll along the picturesque River Walk.

Parmenter’s Cider Mill (aka Northville Cider Mill) – This Northville gem is open until November 16th, so be sure to get your fill of cider, donuts and pumpkins before then.  One of the oldest mills in Michigan, Benijah Aldrich Parmenter opened Parmenter’s Mills in 1873. Originally, the mill mainly produced apple cider vinegar, but now it’s a full-service cider mill with winery and microbrewery!

Blakes Cider Mill – This diamond of Macomb County actually has three locations, with the cider mill being the most popular. Rooted deep in Michigan history, Blake’s was the first orchard to have apple picking. Recently Blake’s started bottling their own wine and hard cider and the location on Armada Center Road has a family friendly tasting room. Blake’s Tasting Room was even featured as a Best Bar in American by Esquire Magazine!  

Three Cedars Farm – This quaint cider mill in Northville has plenty to offer! Take your shot at the Three Cedars Challenge in their seven-acre corn maze, or pick as many pumpkins as you can handle. They are open Thursday through Sunday and are located at Six Mile and Pontian Trail.

Rochester Cider Mill – Located just seven miles off of M-59, this easily accessible small farm has a lot to offer. Rochester Cider Mill is known for their specialty ciders like grape, cranberry and pear, and their blueberry donuts. If you’re looking to kick up your fall decorations they also sell a variety of mums, gourds, hay and corn stalks! Open daily from 8AM to 6PM.

Hy’s Cider Mill – This family owned cider mill has been open since 1973. Located on 37 Mile Road, you’ll only be able to enjoy apple picking and donuts during the weekend – they are only open Saturday and Sundays through October 31st.