Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall Day at Yates Cider Mill

Finally, a fall day on the weekend that is pleasant enough to do one of our favorite seasonal outings, visit a local cider mill. We are lucky to be near quite a few cider mills, each having different attractions and treats. This weekend we visited Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills, it was a sunny day and the place was packed, which was great to see all the people enjoying the day.

Yates Cider mill is really in busy urban area between two busy roads and the Clinton River. It is really amazing that this cider mill has such a rustic feel right in the suburbs. There is a large river bank area and the Clinton River Trail which goes for miles right along the river, a long nice river walk filled with couples and families strolling eating donuts and drinking cider. Dogs are allowed at the cider mill so there are plenty of four legged friends to see as well.

We spent time feeding goats and Alpaca, taking pony rides, waiting in line for cider and donuts and the highlight of the day and the least expensive throwing sticks, stones and leaves into the Clinton River. We could have saved some money on the pony and the goats and just hung out by the river bank.

We stood in line for about 20 minutes and got warm cinamon donuts and cider. It was tough to resist all the fresh baked goods, butters and syrups, but we did and enjoyed our cider and donuts sitting in the sun, and were VERY surprised...NO BEES, which is also another common visitors to the cider mills.

We hope to hit a few more of our favorite cider mills before they close for the season and hopefully the weather will allow for more family fun at these Michigan hot spots.


Christie Cottage said...

Wonderful photos. It looks like a grat pace to visit and I saw a cutie pie in two of the pictures!

Meichihko said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like you had a lot of fun! Makes me want to visit a cider mill too! :)

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