With cool fall weather comes one of the best times of year — apple orchard season! Get ready to indulge on all the cider and doughnuts you can handle, and pick some of your favorite apples right off the tree, at these 10 favorite apple orchards in southeast Michigan.
Yates Cider Mill
Taste test cider, visit the apple tent, or take a quiet stroll down the river during a visit to Yates. There is certainly no shortage of things to do and see at the historical cider mill; patrons can even watch the apples turn into cider (and take home their own gallon, of course). Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E. Avon Road, Rochester Hills; 248-651-8300; yatescidermill.com.
Franklin Cider Mill
As soon as you step foot into the Franklin Cider Mill, you’ll be overwhelmed by the smell of cinnamon spice donuts. Made warm and fresh daily, they are perfect when washed down by a glass of cider. Visitors will also find ice-cold apple cider for purchase. 7450 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills; 248-626-8261; franklincidermill.com.
Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill
Visitors can pick their own fruits and vegetables, take a hayride, grab lunch at the Orchard Café, and more. The orchard offers a wide variety of u-pick apples including honeycrisp, ginger gold, gala, Japanese rose, and more. Be sure to check out their pumpkin patch and haunted attractions in October, too. U-pick options and activities vary by location. Blake’s Big Apple, 71485 North Ave., Armada, 586-784-9710; Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, 586-784-5343; Blake’s Backyard, 5600 Van Dyke Ave., Almont, 810-798-3251; Blake’s Lyon Township, 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon; blakefarms.com.
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill
Open each day from early September through early November, Plymouth Orchards offers you-pick pumpkins and holiday pies in addition to cider and donuts. Visitors are also able to take wagon rides through the orchard, visit with farm animals, watch cider being pressed and more. 10685 Warren Road, Plymouth; 734-455-2290; plymouthorchards.com.
Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill
In addition to cider and donuts, Parmenter’s offers a full range of favorites from cinnamon roasted almonds to pumpkin butter. After getting their fill of sweets, visitors can walk right across the street to the Northville Winery and Brewing Co. to sample hard cider and listen to live music. 714 E. Baseline Road, Northville; 248-349-3181; northvillecider.com.
Rochester Cider Mill
Rochester Cider Mill has everything you need to get you ready for the autumn season. Children can visit the petting farm while the adults check out the antique tool collection and old farm equipment. Once visitors work up an appetite, caramel apples, doughnuts, and cider are available inside the country store. 5125 N. Rochester Road., Rochester; 248-651-4224; rochestercidermill.com.
Goodison Cider Mill
Home of the world-famous Pistachio Nut Bread, Goodison Cider Mill draws visitors from miles away. Visit the mill on Sundays to enjoy balloon creation and live music. There are plenty of doughnuts made daily, along with handmade caramel, pies, jams, and much more to satisfy any sweet tooth. 4295 Orion Road, Rochester; 248-652-8450; goodisoncidermill.com.
Long Family Orchard, Farm and Cider Mill
Sure, you can get fresh cider and donuts at family-owned and operated orchard, but that’s not the only attraction. A corn maze is open for visitors to navigate, along with a “Fun Farm Area” complete with hayrides, bounce houses, and petting farm. 1540 E. Commerce Road, Commerce Charter Township; 248-360-3774; longsorchard.com.
Get your fill of gala, mollies delicious, golden supreme and McIntosh apples. Plus, red raspberries and Stanley Prune Plums. Get lost in the corn maze, which is open daily in September and October, or try some fresh cider and doughnuts. 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton; 810-632-7692; spicerorchards.com.
Apple Charlie’s Orchard
This post has been updated for 2023