Fall in Michigan is synonymous with vibrant leaves, crisp air, and the delightful aroma of freshly pressed apple cider and donuts. There’s no better way to embrace the season than by visiting the region’s top cider mills. In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey through some of the best cider mills in Metro Detroit, where you can savor the flavors of autumn and create cherished memories with family and friends!

Yates Cider Mill – Rochester Hills

Open 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Mon–Fri) and 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Sat & Sun)
Yates is a historic metro Detroit favorite during this lovely season in Michigan. This year marks its 160th year of operation! Fun fact: the water turbine installed all the way back in 1894 is still in operation today and is used to power the apple cider press in the facility. With a trail going from the mill along the Clinton River, it’s easy to connect with nature while you snack on donuts and cider. Take a look at their website to find out more.

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Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill – Armada

Open 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Sun–Thur) and 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Fri & Sat)
This cider mill has everything but the kitchen sink! Blake’s “Funland” boasts over 25 family friendly activities including a petting farm and cornfield maze just to name a couple! There’s also apple and vegetable picking on the property. For adults, Blake’s also has a hard cider and winery bar. Check out their website for more information!

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Goodison Cider Mill – Lake Orion

Open 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Mon–Sun)
This humble cider mill may be small, but everything they lack in size they make up for in baked goods! Their signature item is their “pistachio nut bread”. They sell hundreds of loaves each year! In addition to that as well as their signature cider and donuts, they have a variety of pies, jams, apples, caramel apples, old-fashioned candies, handmade caramel, honey, and more! Look for more information about the cider mill on their website.

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Franklin Cider Mill – Bloomfield Hills

Open 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Mon–Sun)
Built in 1837, much like Yates, this cider mill started as a “grist mill” where they would make flour from product provided to them by local farmers. It was converted into a cider mill in the early 1900’s, and continues to operate as one to this day! Because they never had their own apple orchard, when they make their cider they’re able to pick different apples of their choosing from around the state to combine into their signature cider. The Franklin Cider Mill advertises itself as the “family tradition” with many families coming back each year for the classic cider and donut combo. Check out their website here!

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Parmenter’s Cider Mill – Northville

Open 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Mon–Sun)
Nestled within the historic homes of Cabbage Town in Northville, this cider mill has all of the classic goodies. They also have handmade nuts and their Northville Winery and Brewing Company, which is open Wednesday through Sunday in the fall. Help celebrate their 150th season on September 23th from 11 AM – 4 PM. They’ll have face painters, a balloon twister, live music, and more! Click here for more information.