BLAC LIST: Best Cider Mills
Fall is the season for apples, cider and doughnuts. Check out our list of the top spots to snag these goodies right here in southeast Michigan.
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The temperature is dropping but it has its tasty advantages. It's time to break into the fall season with some fresh apple cider and doughnuts at the cider mill. Bring the whole family and enjoy hayrides, corn mazes and petting zoos. Don't know the best places to get cider in your area? BLAC has got you covered. Check out our 2013 list of 15 cider mills in southeast Michigan.
- Address: 38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. August, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. September-October; cider, pumpkin pies and other foods until Jan. 1 (call for details).
- Phone: 734-753-9380
Besides the typical petting farm fauna, Charlie's has an ostrich, pigmy goat and a baby calf. Stop by on busy weekends to listen to live music and stroll this 95-acre farm for plenty of U-pick homegrown apples and fruits.
- Address: 714 Baseline Road, Northville Phone: 248-349-3181
- Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Aug. 31-Nov. 24
Since 1873, Parmenter's has offered the best in fall fare, including pies, pumpkin butter, cider, roasted almonds and much more. For kids, there's a Train Play Escape and Monster Truck area.
- Address: 10685 Warren Road, Plymouth
- Hours: mill: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, September-early November; secondary market (10260 W. Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth): 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, September-day before Thanksgiving
- Phone: 734-455-2290
Take a scenic wagon ride through the 30-acre farm, visit the petting zoo, pick your own pumpkins and enjoy some cider and cinnamon doughnuts.
- Address: 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
- Hours: U-pick: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, until Oct. 31; store: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily till Dec. 23; U-cut Christmas trees in December
- Phone: 586-784-5343
Blake is the ultimate harvest destination. You'll find an orchard, cider mill and Haunted Blake's in time for Halloween.
- Address: 46462 Dequindre Road, Utica
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, September to mid-December
- Phone: 586-731-6699 (during season)
A family-owned spots with doughnuts made daily, old-fashioned pressed cider and a wide variety of gourds and pumpkins in season.
- Address: 4900 32 Mile Road, Washington Township
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, year-round
- Phone: 586-752-7888
Fall weekend fun for kids features a petting zoo, climb up Straw Mountain and challenging corn maze. Various U-pick seasons run June-October, and they've got an ice cream parlor and greenhouse, too. Tours available for 15-plus (perfect for parties).
Ashton Orchards Cider Mill
- Address: 3925 Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville
- Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, through December (hours change in late October)
- Phone: 248-627-6671
A pastoral orchard where kids enjoy a wooden playground and parents soak up the landscape. Ashton has a variety of produce including apples, peaches, plums and sweet corn, though many visit for the cider and doughnuts.
- Address: 1479 Ranch Road, Holly
- Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, until Oct. 31
- Phone: 248-634-8981
Come for the cider and doughnuts; stay for the corn maze, playground and hayrides. In late September don't miss the 32nd Ciderfest, which includes a craft show and live entertainment.
- Address: 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon
- Hours: cider mill: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, until Oct 31
- Phone: 248-437-0150
See the world from the POV of a bee in Mr. Bee's Big 3-D. Other activities include wagon rides, corn (or hay) maze, bounce houses, a "goat walk," Cameron the Caterpillar and haunted houses.