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 at these 10 favorite orchards in southeast Michigan.
Yates Cider Mill
Taste test cider and fudge, 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).
1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-651-8300
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 can also enjoy an ice-cold cider slush.
7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-626-8261
Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill
Throughout the months of September and October, take advantage of the Fall Festival at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill. Visitors can pick their own fruits and vegetables, take a hayride through the pumpkin patch, grab lunch at the Orchard Café, and more.
17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill
Open each day from 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 tractor rides through the orchard, stopping to check out the straw bale maze and pumpkin patch.
10685 Warren Rd., Plymouth; 734-455-2290
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 East Baseline Rd., Northville; 248-349-3181
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, candy apples, doughnuts, popcorn, and cider are available inside the country store.
5125 North Rochester Rd., Rochester; 248-651-4224
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 pony rides, a bounce house, and live music. There are plenty of doughnuts made daily, along with homemade caramel, pies, jams, and much more to satisfy any sweet tooth.
4295 Orion Rd., Rochester; 248-652-8450
Middleton Farms Cider Mill
Located right off M-59 in Shelby Township, Middleton Farms has been around since 1956. Since then, they’ve been busy churning cider, donuts, pies, and more for lifelong customers.
46462 Dequindre Rd., Shelby Township; 586-731-6699
In addition to pick your own apples, Erwin Orchards offers sweet cherries, raspberries, pumpkins, and asparagus. Open daily, visitors are encouraged to venture through the corn maze, photograph to sunflower garden, and enjoy various other attractions. Weekends at the orchard feature a petting farm and live music.
61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon; 248-437-0150
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 five-acre corn maze is open for visitors to navigate, along with a “Fall Time Fun Area” complete with hayrides and petting farm.
1540 E. Commerce Rd., Commerce Charter Twp.; 248-360-3774