Cider mill fall season showdown

Maegen Donajkowski ‘14


Fall brings colorful leaves swiftly blowing in the cool breeze, Friday night football, Halloween, haunted houses and hayrides, scary movies, and best of all: cider mills.
Many argue about whether Yates Cider Mill is better than Blake’s Cider Mill or vice versa. Each cider mill has several wonderful qualities, and it is extremely difficult to claim that one is better than the other.
Yates Cider Mill is located in Rochester Hills and has been in business for 150 years. Yates is great for young kids and adults as well. Between the two cider mills, Yates definitely has the more relaxing and chill environment.
According to the Yates website, Yates Cider Mill is most renowned for using water power from the Clinton River since 1876. Yates has a plethora of attractions suitable for all ages such as farm animals, pony rides, a fudge shop, the apple tent, a scenic trail for families, couples, and friends to venture on, and of course, hot donuts and fresh cider.
A down side of Yates Cider Mill is that parking is nearly impossible. The designated spots for parking are almost always full. Yates Cider Mill may be located a tad bit farther away, but it is definitely worth the trip.
On the other hand, Blake’s Cider Mill is located in Armada and has been in business since 1946. Blake’s can have an extremely tranquil environment or an exciting environment. One can enjoy the homemade cider and donuts, relax by the bonfire, visit the haunted house and hayride, or pick fruit with the family. The staff at Blake’s Cider Mill is extremely friendly.
One con of Blake’s Cider Mill is that the line for check out is always long, but most will argue that the cider and donuts are worth the wait. Blake’s Cider Mill is convenient for all ages and is an absolute blast.
Yates Cider Mill and Blake’s Cider Mill both have splendid qualities. Either mill is the perfect way to spend a fall day. Blake’s has more Halloween attractions than Yates Cider Mill, but Yates is more relaxing and romantic.
Fall is a fantastic time of the year, and there are so many different things that one can do. Going to the cider mill is the perfect way to spend a beautiful fall day.


Blakes : 4 out of 5 stars

Yates: 4 out of 5 stars