SE Michigan: best cider mill?
I like Spicers for U-pick, cider and donuts, and scenery. We've been going there since our 19 year old was 4.
Wiard's near Ypsi was too "agritaining" and I haven't yet forgiven them for eliminating U-pick asparagus!
Opinions on others?
The Dexter Cider Mill has great baked goods and is a convenient stop-off from the parks along North Territorial Road. Extra points for sign that says "Pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze." No U-pick.
Erwin's on Silver Lake Road outside of South Lyon has a pretty good U-pick system. Also U-pick raspberries. Their cider and donuts are fresh and tasty, and they have lots of picnic areas. There's a free racetrack with John Deere trikes for the kids, but the bouncy castle things costs extra.
I've always been a fan of Yates' Cider Mill on Dequidre at 23 Mile Road. Simple, honest, and tasty cider and *really* yummy doughnuts, especially if you are lucky enough to get them sprinked with cinnamon and sugar, which usually means you have to get there early.
Still, it's the best I've had in the area, though I've hardly done an exhaustive search of all the cider mills. NOTE: in order to rate cider, I *must* try it on-site. Buying bottled cider from a store does not constitute actually trying cider in the proper way, so I don't rate cider mills based on store-bought cider.
A day trip to Romeo is truly getting away from it all and we enjoy Soney Creek Orchard & Cider Mill on W 32 Mile Rd. Not only do they have a U-Pick - but they take you on a hayride to the fruit. This is a family run business - and the family farmhouse sits right next to the farm market. Fresh donuts, including pumpkin pie spice donuts, come right out the the oven and into your bag. There's nothing "touristy" about this place and it's a lovely ride getting to it.