Fall is my favorite season! It’s the time of pumpkins and apples (I’m team apples all the way!). I love that the New England region offers so MANY gorgeous places to visit the during fall season. One of my favorites is the apple cider mill in Old Mystic, CT - B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill.
B.F. Clyde’s is a national historic mechanical engineering landmark because they are the last surviving steam powered cider mill. They still have the machinery that makes the cider in a building that people are welcome to tour. There is a plaque on the building explaining the history of B.F. Clyde’s. I learned that the machinery manufacturer was located in Syracuse, NY (2 hours from my hometown of Elmira, NY!). There is cider making demonstrations on the weekends in October and November. Check out their websites for specific times of the demonstrations.
They open for the season in September. It’s ALWAYS my first fall tradition to start the season by going there for sweet cider and donuts! I’ve tried so many apple ciders but this one is just my absolute favorite.
The smell of the cider donuts hits you once you get out of your car. The vibe of B.F. Clyde’s just screams everything fall. You will see three buildings on the property - the cider mill machinery building, general store, and the gift shop. The general store is where you purchase the sweet cider, treats, and jar goods. In the basement of cider mill building, you can purchase their hard ciders. They offer wine tastings on the weekends as well. The gift shop has the souvenirs to remind you of your visit to B.F. Clyde’s. They have cool t-shirts and mugs that I have purchased! On the weekends, there are a few vendors selling syrup and popcorn.
I recommend the cider donuts, apple turnovers and apple pie but you can’t go wrong with any of their baked treats! I love to bring a gallon of sweet cider home - sometime I enjoy it cold or heated up. B.F. Clyde’s also offers apple cider slushies.
The cider mill is so popular that there can be long lines on the weekends but it’s definitely worth the wait! If you’re lucky to live close by, it’s less crowded during the week. B.F. Clyde’s only operates until December, so make sure you get there before the season ends! It’s a fun place to visit for everyone of all ages. Nothing feels more fall than B.F. Clyde’s cider mill!
Visit B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill at 129 N. Stonington Road in Old Mystic, CT. They are open daily from 9am-6pm in October and from 9am-5pm in November and December.
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