Fall smells like woodsmoke mingled with crisp air and looks like a long stretch of trees swirled in color.
But what does it taste like? That’s easy. It tastes like fresh, cold cider pressed from Michigan apples and delicious doughnuts served hot in a paper bag straight from the fryer.
Here’s a guide to finding tasty fall treats in metro Detroit. — Christy Strawser and Marisa Fusinski
Apple Charlie’s Orchard and Cider Mill
38035 S. Huron Rd
New Boston, MI 48164
Apple Charlie’s has pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, with a fully operational bakery that carries pies, apple-chopped cinnamon bread, doughnuts, apple cidercookies, caramel and candy apples. There’s an animal farm pond and pavillion. Stop by at lunchtime for hot dogs and kielbasa, plus live music on weekends.
Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill
2961 W. 32 Mile Road
Romeo, MI 48065
Stony Creek doesn’t just have doughnuts, they have the “Donut House,” where you can purchase fresh doughnuts to your heart’s content. Sit on a picnic table with the family and watch cider get pressed. Pick up homemade honey and apple butter, farm fresh eggs, caramel apples, and more.
Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill
17985 Armada Center Rd
Armada, MI 48065
Pick fruits and vegetables, buy fresh cider,candy apples and fudge. The grounds include a bakery, farm market, crafts, train rides, hayrides, animal farm, pony rides, pumpkin land adventures, a corn stalk maze, haunted village, bonfire, and hayrides. The orchard cafe has fresh pies, and lunch items like chili dogs, nachos, and sausage.
Coon Creek Orchard and Cider Mill
78777 Coon Creek Road
Armada, MI 48005
This orchard has fall weekend festivals with live entertainment, hayrides, pig roasts, orchard tours, and storytelling tours. The also have farm animals and farm market with fresh fruit, jam, honey, cider, and more.
Dexter Cider Mill
3685 Central Street
Dexter, MI 48130
You’re invited to “taste the heritage” at this family owned and operated cider mill that opened in 1866. It’s the oldest continuously operating cider mill in Michigan. They offer Wood-pressed cider, apples, caramel apples, doughnuts, strudel, turnovers, apple nut bread, hand-rolled gingersnaps, apple butter, and apple pies made the old-fashioned way.
Erie Orchards and Cider Mill
1235 Erie Road
Erie, MI 48133
This cider mill offers a family fun atmosphere where you can pick your own fruit or purchase it fresh. Also available are cider, cider slush, homemade pies, caramel apples, doughnuts and 21 varieties of fudge.
Long Family Orchard and Farm
1540 East Commerce Rd.
Commerce, MI 48382
The orchard offers you-pick or picked apples, cider, doughnuts, homemade honey, and hayrides on weekends in September and October.
Markillie Orchard and Cider Mill
5200 N Latson
Howell, MI 48855
This newer orchard has apples from 2,200 trees, plus homemade donuts and freshly pressed cider, 12 apple varieties, and pumpkins.