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bogeyjds Oct 16th, 2007 12:37 PM

Cider Mills
Where is a nice cider mill in Southeast Michigan within a reasonable driving distance (within 100 miles)of Toledo, Ohio? We are looking for a nice drive with a leisurely stop at the mill for some cider and perhaps doughnuts.


SuzieTrue Oct 16th, 2007 01:13 PM

All the ones I can think of are beyond your 100 mile radius. Just in case here they are:

Beck's in St. Johns [just north of Lansing] on US 127.

Bintz's in Freeland just west of M-47. [Also referred to as Apple Mountain]

Bayne's on M-47 in Freeland.

They all have great cider, donuts and other fall goodies.


SuzieTrue Oct 16th, 2007 01:18 PM

Correction: Beck's is just OFF of US 127.

Uncle John's Cider Mill is ON US 127.

dsgmi Oct 17th, 2007 05:59 AM

You might try:

Erie Orchards and Cider Mill
1235 Erie Road
Erie, MI 48133
Phone: (734)848-4518
This is a working farm. You can take a wagon ride through the orchard and they have a barn with farm animals.

Franklin Cider Mill
7450 Franklin Road
PO Box 250661
Franklin, MI 48025
Phone: (248) 626-2968
Franklin Cider Mill was built in the 1830's, is water driven and very neat, but no orchard on site. Very good cider, donuts and other food items, pumpkins, etc.

Yates Cider Mill
1990 E. Avon Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307-2409
Phone: (248)651-8300
I haven't been here, but this is also an old water cider mill - 1860's.

If you go to you can do a map-based search and each area has a tab for farms/cider mills. There are pictures of many of the places.

MinnieNo1 Oct 17th, 2007 09:40 AM

Thanks dsgmi. I used to live a few miles from the Franklin Cider Mill and can remember going to it as a young child. I have often wondered if it was still in business. Sounds like a road trip to me.

rapunzll Oct 17th, 2007 09:45 AM

We used to go to Franklin Cider Mill when I was a kid and it was great, but I hear it is not as good as it once was. Parmenter's in Northville is a good one, and Northville would be a nice little town to poke around in too!

ruwithme Oct 17th, 2007 09:56 AM

I typed in Michigan Cider Mills and several lists pop up...Check out the one in Dexter.

Good luck, nothing like a Sunday drive to the cider mill.

bogeyjds Oct 17th, 2007 11:47 AM

Thanks to everyone for your many ideas. We intend visit one of the many Cider Mills soon.

Honoria_Glossop Oct 17th, 2007 02:35 PM

Franklin Cider Mill is a fond memory for me. Hot little donuts and great fresh cider and the trees. I'm happy it's not become a condo or something. There is also a larger mill in the Rochester area. Perhaps someone can remember its name.

Honoria_Glossop Oct 17th, 2007 02:36 PM

Just saw the name: Yates is the one I was thinking of. Honoria

cocontom Oct 17th, 2007 05:48 PM

We went to Yates last year- that was the worst "cider" I've ever had. It was apple juice!!!

I have heard that Franklin is good.

Pat_in_Mich Oct 18th, 2007 04:52 AM

I can't comment on the cider quality at Yates since I don't like cider all that much, but there is a very pretty walking trail next to Yates that goes along a stream.

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