15 Reasons to Love Fall in Michigan

15 Reasons to Love Fall in MichiganFall is upon us! And it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy hot Michigan apple cider, breathe in the brisk autumn air, and admire the vibrant changing colors on the trees above.  

The beginning of the fall season holds a special and unique meaning to everyone, so we asked fans on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ why they love the fall season in Pure Michigan. 

Below is a roundup of just some of our favorite responses from fans. If yours is missing, tell us in the comments section below what fall in Michigan means to you!

“The colors of course – not just the trees, but the sky and the way the angle of the sun makes everything come into more beautiful focus!” -Ellen Schettling Whitehead

“September and October are the best months of the year. Cool, crisp air at night yet still warm during the day. Football! It just has a nice feeling to it.” –Shane Weller

“The crunch of the leaves under my feet with the amazing spectrum of colors and smells of cider and cozy fires in fireplaces.” – Alessandra Kellerman

“Taking the family to Yates Cider Mill.” – KeMira Hurt

Color tours no matter where you look.” – Marilyn Cooley McQueen

“Long winding drives down fall colored tree lined 2-lane roads to my favorite cider mill!” – Tracy Smith Fenton

“Autumn’s splendor-colors, crisp, clean pure Michigan air, fresh apple cider in my cup and a bag of just-picked apples next to me at an orchard hayride with my family surrounding me.” – Ramona Mitchell

“Apple picking at Spicer’s and apple cider!” – Ann Mamo

“Everything! The weather, the colors, the apples, the cider & donuts, bonfires, S’mores, cuddling up with your sweetie in front of a fire on a cool autumn night. I can go on…” – Carol Hagen

“The smell of burning leaves, the fresh crisp air, trips to the cider mill and the last trip of the year to Mackinac Island.” –Holli Thurston

“Acres of colours in the trees. (And my dad saying, ‘Look at the view, kids; look at the view!’)” – Del Del Zoppo

“Kayaking on the Muskegon.” –Jean Christie

“The cool air, the beautiful colors on the leaves, the way the leaves crinkle under my feet, being able to wear long sleeve shirts and jeans, going for a walk outside, the smells that surround you while you are breathing in the air.” –TinaMaria Martell

Apple Charlie’s Cider Mill. A family tradition since I was a kid. The rule was we could have any pumpkin we could carry.” –Erica Burkeen

“Jeans, boots, sweaters and fires!” –Shawn Coyle McFall

Why do you love fall in Michigan? 

Pure Michigan Cider Mills

One of Michigan’s most popular fall activities is attending cider mills.  Between the cider, doughnuts, apple picking, hayrides and corn mazes, cider mills are sure to provide a fun-filled fall day for you and your family.  Below we have featured five cider mills located throughout the state.  Grab your family and friends, and enjoy this Pure Michigan fall at one of the many Michigan cider mills or orchards.

For a complete list of Michigan cider mills, visit michigan.org.

Blake Farms – Armada  

Voted the number one apple orchard in Michigan by AAA authorities, Blake Farms was one of the very first “Pick Your Own” orchards in Michigan. Currently, Blakes has three locations that are comprised of 500 acres of orchard and farmland.  Whether you pick-your-own apples, sip on some of their award winning apple cider, enjoy a hayride, or wander their cornfield mazes, there is plenty of fall fun to be had at Blake Farms.

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery – Grand Rapids

This Grand Rapid’s Apple Haus features apples, as well as peaches, nectarines and cherries. Fall attractions include a corn maze, horse-drawn hayrides, and u-pick apples. In addition to their apple haus, Robinette’s has a winery, a 5.25 biking trail, and cross-country skiing. There is something for every member of the family to enjoy at Robinette’s.

Uncle John’s Cider Mill – Saint Johns

Uncle John’s is well known for its cider mill, which serves fresh cider and doughnuts. Already picked apples are also available for purchase. Uncle John’s has many activities for families to take part in, such as a pumpkin patch, fruit fling, wagon rides, corn maze and even a mining company where visitors are able to mine their own gemstones.   

Friske Orchards – Ellsworth

In 2011, Friske Orchards was voted the number one “U-Pick” farm in Northern Michigan by Traverse Magazine.  While at Friske’s you can choose to pick your own fruit, shop the general store, or attend one of their many festive events such as the Apple Festival or Fall Fun Saturdays. Other activities include: guided wagon rides, orchard walks, farm animal petting zoo, large kids playground and an old-world bakery.

Yates Cider Mill – Rochester Hills

Yates Cider Mill, which is located in Rochester Hills, has been featured on the Food Network for its apple cider.  While at Yates, visitors can choose to visit the cider mill, ice cream shoppe, fudge shoppe, or all three! Family activities include pony rides, a petting zoo and river walk. Enjoy cider, donuts, caramel apples, homemade and jarred goods at Yates this fall.

Which Michigan cider mill is your favorite? Share with us below!