Why mourn the end of summer when you can celebrate the start of a fabulous fall? As soon as the first leaf turns red and the hint of an autumn chill lingers in the morning air, you know it’s time to plan a visit to one of metro Detroit’s many cider mills.
If you’re looking for a family outing with lots of activities, Westview Orchards and Adventure Farm is a terrific choice. The 180-plus-acre Romeo farm, which marked its 200th anniversary in June, is now run by a sixth and seventh generation of the same founding family. Check out the petting farm, corn maze, straw mountain and tractor rides out to the fields where you can also pick your own apples and pumpkins. Plans are in the works to add wine and hard cider to Westview’s offerings.
Blake Farms in Armada is another favorite local cider mill with plenty to do. Beyond the cider and donuts, Blake’s is well known for its Halloween attractions, including nighttime spooky hayrides, bonfires and a three-story haunted barn.
You just can’t do a roundup story on cider mills without mentioning Yate’s Cider Mill in Rochester Hills. Set along the banks of the Clinton River, you can enjoy your apple pie, caramel apples, fudge or ice cream and a lazy afternoon of watching canoes and kayaks paddle by.
Oakland County is home to several standout cider mills, including Paint Creek Cider Mill and Goodison Cider Mill. Paint Creek Cider Mill is located on the Paint Creek trail, so guests can burn off some calories with a vigorous hike or bike ride before or after they indulge. Plan lunch during your visit as Paint Creek is now open year round with a full menu including salads, sandwiches, pizzas and grilled wraps.