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October 3, 2020

While having a couple of weeks of Fall tucked under our — Flannel button-up shirts, Cider Mill season is in full affect. Being one of the top ten apple producing states it only makes sense we have hundreds of Family Owned Cider Mills within Michigan. Here at Maple Cove we are lucky to have over 10 Cider Mills within a short driving distance. All varying in size, activities, and of course their very own Cider recipe! Start your day by waking up to a delicious breakfast, cooked by yours truly.  After breakfast head over to the Polly Ann Trail, less than a five minute drive, and take in the beautiful colors of Michigan. Walk, run, ride your bike… whatever your heart desires. Following the colorful trail, head over to one of the chosen Cider Mills, or if you’re up for it try them ALL! Depending on which one you choose you can either enjoy food onsite or find a restaurant in the area to try out. After a beautiful Fall day come back to Maple Cove and delight in a dessert tray upon request ( a 24 notice helps us put the most delicious tray together)  cozy up by the fire and sip on the fresh cider you brought back with you. Listed below are 5 Cider Mills I found to be special in their own way and all offer something different. Grab a loved one and book the perfect mini Fall vacation!   Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill Located just five miles from the B&B this Cider Mill will give you more of that “on the farm” feel. Offering U-Pick on the weekends, pick from apples, pumpkins and raspberries. In their Farm Stand you can find pre-picked apples, their own mill pressed cider and, of course, donuts. Shop other treats like hand-made pies, caramel apples, jams, syrups and so much more. Looking for something to do when the sun falls? They offer moonlight hayrides from 8pm-10pm. No spook, just a quiet ride through the orchard. https://www.stonycreekorchard.com/ 2961 W. 32 mile Romeo, MI 48065 Between Mound & Dequindre   Big Red Apple Orchard Being among the oldest orchards and cider mills in the state, it sits on 90 acres! Offering U-pick apples and pumpkins, along with fresh cider and cider mill donuts. Their bakery smells of homemade pies and fresh bread. Fresh seasonal produce and Michigan goods are also sold in their shop. If you are looking for a place to eat after no need to go far, Big Red has a Smokehouse restaurant – K- Blocks on site. Enjoy some tasty barbeque with a hard cider! YUM! https://www.facebook.com/bigredorchard/ 4900 32 Mile Rd. Washington, MI 48095   Westview Orchards and Winery Love trying out new wines or ciders? Westview has a two-story Wine Bar that host regular events and offers tours when you call ahead. With a wide selection of U-pick fruit and vegetables you can head to the fields and pick your favorites. If you are just looking to sip on some wine and take it easy, not to worry, they have their ‘Farm Market’ which offers pre-picked options, Michigan goods, and the usual cider and donuts. Buy some goods, enjoy a glass of wine and top it off by petting some super cute farm animals at their Petting Farm. I’m still trying to talk Mark into a mini donkey.. https://www.westvieworchards.com/ 65075 Van Dyke Washington, MI 48095   Blake Farms – Blakes Orchard and Cider Mill / Blakes Big Apple / Blakes Tasting Room and Restaurant All within a ten minute drive of each other, you could easily enjoy all that Blake Farms has to offer! Drive through their U-pick orchard and farm which has over 10 apple variations, pumpkins, a variety of fruits and vegetables, lavender and wild flowers. With adult tours offered Monday – Wednesday you can still have yourself a little fun during the week. No problem if that’s not possible, they have a tasting room and restaurant located on the orchard where you can enjoy ciders not available in stores, their own wines and craft beers. Looking to have some Halloween fun? Blakes has a haunted hayride, barn and a 3D corn maze at Blakes Big Apple. Hey, sometimes it’s fun to act like a kid again! https://blakefarms.com/ Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill & Blake’s Tasting Room  17985 Armada Center Rd. Armada, MI. 48005 Blake’s Big Apple 71485 North Ave. Armada, MI. 48005   Yates Cider Mill Just past downtown Rochester you’ll find Yates Cider Mill, the perfect place to relax and take a stroll. Water powered since 1863 their cider is still made using a water-powered, double table press that can produce up to 300 gallons of cider an hour. You’re able to watch some of this process Wednesday through Sunday. After you purchase your cider and donuts they have other treats like hand dipped ice cream, fudge, and apples (pre-bagged or you can bag them yourself). After you stock up on their treats take a walk down their river trail, munch on those sweets and enjoy the ½ mile walk. If you work up an appetite on your way back, not to worry! They have Dearborn Brand Smoked German Knockwurst & Hot Dogs. https://www.yatescidermill.com/ 1990 E Avon Rd. Rochester Hills, MI. 48307   Before heading out to pick apples and sip on warm cider be sure to check out each of their updated COVID Guidelines. Don’t forget your mask, and most importantly have fun!