Best Cider Mill Tours in CT

November 5, 2011 9:00 AM

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By Vanessa Willoughby

Did you know that autumn in Connecticut has more to offer than just brilliant foliage? In addition to this spectacular show of natural transformation, Connecticut has its own fully operating cider mills. Resplendent in a fashion of unmistakable New England quaintness, these cider mills can make the perfect family outing.

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B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill
129 North Stonington Road
Old Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 536-3354
Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (until late December)
Price of Admission: Free

Round up the family and visit the family owned and operated B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Old Mystic. Heralded as the only steam powered cider mill in the United States, Clyde’s Cider Mill not only offers cider for sampling, but apple wines, jams, jellies, local honey, maple syrup, fudge and pumpkin bread. Catch a cider making demonstration on the weekend showcasing the vintage machinery or stroll through the pumpkin patch and enjoy the autumnal splendor of your surroundings. However, be forewarned that Clyde’s reputation has preceded itself; due to its popularity, expect long lines.

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Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard, LLC
278 Leavenworth Road
Route 110
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 926-1098
Hours of Operation: Now till December 24th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Pick-Your-Own Hours: Weekends only, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price of Admission: Free

A family owned and operated business since 1849, the Beardsley Cider Mill and Orchard has gained a loyal following. The main attraction, apple cider, is 100% juice and pressed from the freshest apples picked and inspected with care. The cider comes in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic forms. Additionally, the farm offers maple syrup, fruit butter and locally produced honey. Visitors and locals alike savor the melt-in-your mouth deliciousness of the farm’s apple crumb pie.

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Hogans Cider Mill
522 Spielman Highway
Burlington, CT 06013
(860) 675-7320
Hours of Operation: Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price of Admission: Free
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Located in the heart of Connecticut’s rolling hills, you’ll be sure to stumble upon Hogans Cider Mill, which has been operating since 1912. Appreciative of tradition, Hogans Cider Mill uses the old cider press in the original barn. Locally grown and produced, Hogans offers both alcoholic and nonalcoholic cider. Additionally, the mill offers locally grown vegetables, including sweet corn, bell peppers, zucchini and pumpkins.

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Avon Cider Mill
57 Waterville Road
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 677-0343
Hours of Operation: Open mid-March to Christmas Eve daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price of Admission: Free
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Family owned and operated, Avon Cider Mill offers guests 13 kinds of apples from the Hudson River Valley. Filled with the aroma of freshly baked dessert goods and the sweet fragrance of flora, Avon Cider Mill also contains a green house with extended plant and flower selections and locally produced jams and honeys. An Avon gem, visitors and loyal local patrons cherish the reliability of Avon Cider Mill’s dedication to quality.

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Bishops Orchards
1355 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-2338
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Price of Admission: Free

Since 1871, six generations of Bishops have owned and operated Bishops Orchards. In addition to the cider mill, Bishops Orchards offers a farmer’s market, bakery and winery. Their trademark “big red apples” are also available in the form of mouth-watering apple pies. Pasteurized, fresh cider is available from September – July.

Vanessa Willoughby lives in Waterford. A recent graduate of The New School’s MFA program, she also blogs for the entertainment and music website,

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