Mmm, cider. It's simply a part of fall.
In the mood to talk all-things-fall, the staff at WSYM television station in Lansing, Michigan wanted to share with the world its list of the 10 best cider mills in the state. The list includes:
Uncle John's Cider Mill
Located in Saint Johns Michigan, Uncle John’s is very close to the Capital City. They offer free wagon rides, and only $3 to enter 5-acre corn maze for the month of October! Not only is there a pumpkin patch, jumping pillow and hay rides for the children to enjoy, there's hard cider and wine tasting for the adults.
Location: 8614 N US-127 in Saint Johns, Michigan
Hours: Monday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Committed to growing all of their fruits and vegetables with as few sprays as possible, the Country Mill produces organic apple cider! They also offer tours and field trips for people of all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens.
Location: 4648 Otto Rd. in Charlotte, Michigan
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m
Sunday: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Phillips Orchard & Cider Mill
Phillips Orchards and Cider Mill offers cider tours and tastings every weekend, as well as tree pruning workshops! They grow 34 varieties of apples and 13 different varieties of peaches. If you drop off your barrel or carboy they will fill it for you!
Location: 1174 W Gratiot County Line Rd. in Saint Johns, Michigan
Hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Blake's Farms has 3 locations, Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill, Blake's Big Apple & Haunted Attractions, and Almont Garden Center. Not only do they produce juicy fruit for your picking - they also produce jams, applesauce, salsa, and pickled vegetables!
Location: 17985 Armada Center Rd. in Armada, Michigan
Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Yates Cider Mill
Free admission and free parking! There are tons of things to enjoy at this cider mill, including an apple tent, petting zoo, pony rides, and a riverwalk. Yates Cider Mill also offer tours which include a short movie that highlights some behind-the-scenes operations at the cider mill by appointment only.
Location:1990 E Avon Rd. in Rochester Hills, Michigan
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill
As a family owned business Diehl’s Orchard strives to bless their community by giving people a place to create traditions, and enjoy time together. They host an annual Ciderfest where the community gets together for the annual Hog Wild BBQ contest with tons of other fun activities.
Location:1479 Ranch Rd. in Holly, Michigan
Hours: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Westview offers family fun all year around. You may also pre-order cider, donuts and bake goods and they’ll have them ready for you to pick up! Westview winery for the offers an extensive collection of wines where you can taste 3 different wines for only $6 per person. They’re also hosting their annual photo contest! For more details click here
Location: 65075 Van Dyke Rd. in Washington, Michigan
Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Hy’s Cider Mill
Located in Romeo Michigan, Hy’s specializes in caramel apples, fresh cinnamon sugar donuts, and of course warm cider. This weekend they have Russet apples available for picking, starting at only $.69 per pound!
Location: 6350 37 Mile Rd. in Bruce Twp, Michigan
Hours: Weekends 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Apple Barrel Cider Mill
Located in Ithaca, Michigan the Apple Barrel presses cider from locally grown apples. With caramel glazed apple donuts, frozen apple cider and a great gift shop there is something for every member of the family to enjoy.
Location: 1418 E Center St. in Ithaca, Michigan
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Spicer Orchards Farm Market, Cider Mill & Winery
Spicer Orchards offer a variety of activities. Train rides, pumpkin picking, face painting and even a zip line! This is surely a great place for the children to have fun, as well as the adults. Spicer’s Winery is also a great place for a grown ups party, check out their party package.
Location: 10411 Clyde Rd. in Fenton, Michigan
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.