Family owned fall favorite

A review of Blake’s Apple Orchard
Jamie Koebke
Business Editor
Blakes2The first things I think of when I hear the word “fall” are sweaters, apple orchards, pumpkins and haunted everything. Another thing I think of is Blake’s Apple Orchard.
Located in Armada, MI, Blake’s Apple Orchard offers not only apple picking, but they also offer array of other fruits for picking, pumpkin picking, and a variety of haunted attractions including a new attraction Zombie Paintball. They also offer a cider mill with freshly made doughnuts and apple cider.
They have also started offering over 10 varieties of hard cider. I recently tried Flannel Mouth, which is a hard cider also available at Meijer. It was very sweet, yet crisp. If 21 or older I would recommend giving it a shot. They also offer a variety of other flavors, one being El Chavo. El Chavo is a mixture of Habanero peppers, mango and, of course, apples. According to the website, it has a kick. All of the “beer” type ciders are based at 6.5% abv.
The cider house is open Sunday through Wednesday 11am-6pm and Thursday through Saturday 11am-11pm. They offer ½ off drinks during happy hour from 4pm-7pm. They also offer ½ off all drinks during Tigers games Monday-Thursday and Sunday starting May 1st.
Blakes1Now what started my investigation into Blake’s was me seeing post after post on Facebook about people going there. I was curious if Blake’s was really the place to go during autumn. So I dragged my boyfriend there as a date.
The prices for the haunted attractions were reasonable and they even offered package deals that I thought were more than fair. Spooky Land 3D Maze cost $10.95, the Three Story Haunted Barn cost $13.95 per adult and $9.95 per child, the Haunted Hayride cost $16.95 per adult and $12.95 per child. The final haunted attraction is Zombie Paintball Safari, this is priced at $19.95 and lets you shoot at real life zombies! The package deals range from two attractions for $22 per adult and $18 for children (with a lower price on Sundays) to the VIP special (includes all four attractions) for $49.95 (with a lower price on Sundays.) They also offer a $5 off discount on Halloween night for any combo pack.
The apples, on the other hand, I felt were a bit over priced at $1.49 a pound. I did however have the most fun while picking them, and they were delicious. In the end it was worth it. I had a blast, and got some really cool experiences, plus some pretty tasty doughnuts!
What I really found cool about Blake’s is that while they offered the typical haunted stuff, but they also offered a petting zoo, face painting, a fun maze (that wasn’t haunted) for the kids, so that a family could go and not have to worry about the kids being freaked out.
Blakes3Joshua Drouillard, 20 of Fort Gratiot, said, “It was a great environment for both family and friends. They do a great job every year, I’m glad I got to experience it this year.”
If you’re looking for something to do in the next few weeks, be it fun for the family, or spending time with someone special in your life, Blake’s Apple Orchard should be on your list of things to do.

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