The Best Cider Mills in Michigan

The fall season in Michigan holds a special place in my heart. I look forward to fall for so many reasons. However, one in particular is my favorite. Eating my way through the best cider mills in Michigan. Those freshly baked warm, soft, homemade cider mill donuts. My fingers covered in delicious cinnamon sugar. Washed down by a refreshing (or warming) cup of freshly made apple cider.

Here’s my list of the best Cider Mills in Michigan!

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What is a cider mill?

A cider mill is where they mill, grind, and press apples into apple cider! The “mill” is the equipment used to crush the apples, ferment, store, and ship apple juice products. Cider mills are mostly found in Michigan and other midwestern states in the USA. They sell apple cider, and a variety of flavored donuts. Each Michigan cider mill is unique, and locally owned, serving it’s own version of the cider donut combo.

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Most are located on orchards, where you can pick your own apples or pumpkins. Others have hayrides, haunted houses, and corn mazes for entertainment. Some cider mills have a shop inside where you can purchase a variety of apple and fall goods such as jams, pies, fresh fruits/veggies, wines, and more.

Blakes Farm & Orchard

17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005

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Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill opened in 1946 and was the first pick-your-own orchard in Michigan. This local favorite is located in Armada and makes for the perfect family outing. Blake’s market inside offers fresh pressed cider, donuts, plus rooms full of homemade bakery items to choose from. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard and enjoy picking your own!

Paint Creek Cider Mill

4480 Orion Road, 
Rochester, MI 48306

Paint Creek cider mill is a historic mill powered by the paint creek river that it resides by. The locals favorite, and one of Michigan’s best cider mills just minutes from my home. They offer cider, handmade donuts & light lunches. Bring your bike, and work off all the cider and donuts as you ride down the paint creek trail. Take a stroll along the scenic trail and find a spot on the paint creek river to enjoy your donuts. Or you could always head over to Goodrich Cider Mill, which is right down the street. You know… to compare whose are better.

Goodrich Cider Mill

4295 Orion Rd, Rochester, MI 48306

Yates Cider Mill

Yates Cider Mill1950 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

2375 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, MI 48360

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Yates Cider Mill is also located in Rochester Hills just down the road from Goodrich & Paint creek cider mills. Yates cider mill has been water-powered from the Clinton river since 1863 and presses 300 gallons of fresh blended apple cider per hour. Fresh handmade treats for sale including donuts, apple pies, cider, fudge, apple crisp, jams, and more.

Wiard’s Orchard

5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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Franklin Cider Mill

 7450 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

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The Franklin Cider Mill opened in 1837 as a gristmill and is located in the Franklin Historic District north of downtown Detroit. It has been pressing apples into cider since 1895, and today, all 21 varieties of apples used are hand-picked fresh and 100 percent organic. For a special taste sensation, visit in late September for Honey Crisp cider. Take home apple pie or sugar-free apple pie or a bag full of the signature cinnamon spice donuts.

Erwin Orchards

 61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178

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Spicers Orchard & Winery

10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, MI 48430

Dexter Cider Mill

3685 Central St, Dexter, MI 48130

Historic Dexter Cider Mill near Ann Arbor is the oldest continuously operating cider mill in the state. Today the cider mill keeps its more than 120-year old cider making tradition by using an oak rack press and blending three to five different locally grown apple varieties in every pressing.  

I hope you enjoyed my list of the Best Cider Mills in Michigan! If you did, share it with your friends!

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Looking for more to do in Michigan this fall? Check out my post on where the best scenic fall foliage drives are as you visit the cider mills!

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Best Fall Foliage Drives in Michigan

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Best Fall Foliage Drives in Michigan

Michigan is located in the midwest of the United States. The state is known for the Great Lakes, and it’s 3,288 miles (5,292 km) of surrounding fresh water lakeshore. Some of the best fall foliage drives in Michigan are among it’s pristine shorelines. Road trip scenic routes across the state to see the best fall colors.

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As a local, my favorite thing to do in Michigan is a fall foliage road trip. The gorgeous fall scenery attracts people from all over, wanting to experience the bursts of color Michigan becomes in October. Make sure to Check the Fall Color Map before heading out on your road trip to ensure colors are at their peak.

These are the BEST fall foliage drives in Michigan!

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M2 Along Pointe Labarbe Rd

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M123 Tahquamenon Trail

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West Lakeshore Drive in Brimley

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Tunnel of Trees M-119

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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S Boundary Road in Porcupine Mountains State Park

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M-28 Watton to Wakefield

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Forest Highway 13

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Detroit Art Display

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Detroit Art Display
Featuring: Prismatica
Location: Beacon Park

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Detroit’s Beacon Park is hosting an interactive art installation, Prismatica! The event is FREE and open to the public through this weekend, ending tomorrow 11/19! Grab your camera and go!

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The display is made up of rotating prisms and dazzling light spectacles. Logan and I spent our Saturday night walking through the park,  gazing through every color of the spectrum.

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It was a beautiful night, and the perfect activity for after dinner. We parked for free at the MGM Grand casino parking deck; which is just a 0.4 mile walk to the park. Hope my fellow Michiganders can make it out before the event is over, its free- and kid friendly!

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If it gets too chilly, warm up inside the shelter area (pictured above) by showing off your dance moves!

Wish Upon A Star

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Did you miss the Detroit Art display? No worries! Keep reading to discover what else Detroit has to offer in my Perfect Weekend in Detroit post!

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The Perfect Weekend Camping in Michigan’s UP Eastern Region

The U.S. state of Michigan is made up of two major peninsulas. The Upper Peninsula (UP), is the northern of the two. My favorite time to visit the UP is the fall season, when the trees are bursting with bright colors. A year ago, my boyfriend Logan and I went camping in the eastern region of the UP.

Lake Superior Fall Colors

It was the end of the season in late October, we had JUST made it to see the fall colors. It was the last weekend the campground was open, and we were the only ones crazy enough to be camping there.

Find out why, in this edition of THE PERFECT WEEKEND featuring Michigan’s UP Eastern Region!

Tahquamenon Falls Michigan

Where To Camp

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

We camped directly on Lake Superior at Brimley State Park, one of the oldest parks in the UP. In typical Logan/Chelsea fashion we arrived at our campsite in the dark. Setting up at night was never a concern of mine, in fact I kind of like it… waking up in a new place, really seeing it for the first time that morning. It’s like a surprise, or a present waiting to be unwrapped.

Lake Superior

Our gift the first morning was waking up to a snow-covered tent… in October. Really neither of us were surprised…welcome to The UP. 

Brimley State Park

Take a Drive

Tunnel of Trees Michigan

Freezing and in desperate need of caffeine we went in search of coffee. We fueled up and hit the road, enjoying the views as we sipped our way back to warmth.

Michigan Fall Colors

Pro Tip: Take the scenic route along W Lakeshore Dr on your way to Tahquamenon Falls. This route will take you along Whitefish Bay giving you gorgeous lake views and the opportunity to see a lighthouse! 

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Just a short 15 minute drive from Brimley, this historic lighthouse is worth the stop. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic back in 1975. Its name meaning “Place of Iroquois Bones” derived from a battle fought back in 1662 by local Native American’s of the Chippewa and Iroquois. The lighthouse was closed for the season so we couldn’t climb the tower but we were able to explore the grounds.

Logan Fall Colors

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls

Located in Paradise, Michigan- this state park is one you won’t want to miss. Experience one of the largest waterfalls this side of the Mississippi- Tahquamenon Falls. It’s beautiful rust colored falls are caused from leached tannins of the cedar swamps which the river drains. Explore the park, and stop into the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub for some local made beer!

Go on a Hike

Prayer of the Woods

There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails throughout the eastern region of the UP. Hiking in the fall is my ideal hiking conditions- beautiful fall colors, crisp air, lower temperatures.

Trailhead

UP NEXT: What to do in Michigan’s UP Central Region!

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Lake Michigan touches four US states- Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Around 12 million people reside on this magnificent great lake. It’s crystal clear turquoise waters are lined with 275,000 acres of sand dunes, making it the largest freshwater dune system in the world! Lake Michigan has so many beaches it’s often referred to as “The Third Coast” of the United States. In my completely unbiased opinion, it’s the best of the coasts. The fresh water lake comes shark and salt free!

Lake Michigan South Haven Beach

This past weekend Logan and I explored a new part of Michigan with his family, complete with fur babies and adorable nephews. We headed to the west coast over to Warren Dunes State Park where we camped for the weekend. The west side of the state is so beautiful, and just a short drive from Detroit or Chicago.

Where to Camp

Warren Dunes State Park Pet Friendly beach

As if setting up in the dark isn’t bad enough, it started to monsoon type rain as soon as we pulled into our campsite (and every weekend we camp, ever). Once again Logan and I questioned if tent camping was still our best option. We’ve been debating all summer if we should bite the bullet and buy a used camper to keep us dry on the rainy weekends (all in favor, say “i”). There are state campgrounds all up the coastline, here’s some of my favorites I’ve camped at along Lake Michigan.

Drone shot of Lake Michigan colors

Warren Dunes State Park: Three miles of rare PET FRIENDLY shoreline along gorgeous Lake Michigan. The park also includes around six miles of hiking trails through forest and sand dunes. Modern & rustic sites available.

Ludington State Park: My favorite Michigan state park has everything- a lighthouse, hiking trails, lakes, sand dunes, dense forest, adventure activities and so much more. This is a must visit park! Check out my post on 5 Reason’s to Love Ludington. Modern & rustic sites.

Leelanau State Park: Another park home to a magnificent lighthouse. The drive up the peninsula to Leelanau State Park takes you through Michigan’s wine country with water views on both sides. Rustic campground.

Wilderness State Park: This park is a night photographers dream spot, as it’s just a few minutes’ drive from Headlands International Dark Sky Park. Modern & rustic sites.

Lighthouse Hunting

Lighthouse hunting on Lake Michigan

Take a drive along the coast and explore the waterfront towns while looking for lighthouses. The western coast of Michigan is dotted with around 35 lighthouses. Two of those reside side by side in the town of St. Joseph. It was about a 30 minute drive from our campground, 80 f degrees and the sun was shining. Perfect lighthouse hunting weather!

South Haven Lighthouse, Michigan

Each lighthouse is unique and has its own fascinating history, road tripping around the shorelines of Michigan you’re bound to run into a lighthouse or two.

St. Joseph North Pier

Saint Joseph Lighthouses, Michigan

South Haven South Pier

South Haven Lighthouse, Michigan   

Go for a Swim

Lake Michigan Swim

Like I mentioned earlier, Lake Michigan is a freshwater lake that comes salt and shark free. Immerse yourself in the crystal clear blue waters to cool down from the summer sun and Michigan humidity.

Search for Petoskey Stones

Petoskey stone, Michigan state stone

Searching for stones as you walk along the beach shore was a tradition growing up. If you were lucky, you would find a Petoskey stone- the Michigan state stone. The stones are unique to the Great Lakes, and can only be found along the shores of Michigan’s lower peninsula.

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The lake temperatures range from 60s in early summer to high 70s in late summer. The beach entrance at Warren Dunes State park has a sign showing the water temp each day so you can plan accordingly.

Relax on the Beach

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Pack a beach bag, your furry friend or adorable nephew, and a picnic lunch- then head to the beach. If you’re feeling really adventurous you can hike to the beach on one of the many trails that runs through Warren Dunes State Park.

Hike a Sand Dune

Sand dunes at Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan

Enjoy the world’s largest dune system, and go for a hike! At 400 ft the highest dune resides in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The dune formation pictured above was the largest at Warren Dunes State park. The dune rises 260 feet above the water with Lake Michigan views from the top.

Drink Local

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We stopped at the local Three Blonde’s Brewing for lunch and a drink to cool down. Michigan’s west coast is crawling with local watering holes. Beer, Wine, Cider. We do them all impeccably well. The craft beer craze has swept through the state like wildfire, with hundreds of local breweries statewide. Just as Michigan has its own west coast, we have our own wine country, much of which resides on the beautiful Lake Michigan. You haven’t tasted anything like the sweet nectar Michigan’s cideries create. Cider is easily my beverage of choice, and I would highly recommend any produced locally, a few of my favorites include Blakes, JK Scrumpys, and Vandermill.

Treat Yourself

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After our boozy lunch we decided dessert was a must. Good thing icecream is yet another thing Michigan is awesome at. There was a local dairy farm mere seconds away from the brewery we ate lunch at. Sherman’s Dairy Bar didn’t disappoint. I had a hard time deciding between the yellow cake batter flavor and the birthday cake. With over 70 different flavors of homemade recipes featuring all the Michigan classics, can you blame me? (I went with yellow cake batter 😊)

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Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed my post, you might also be interested in The Perfect Weekend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!