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Sixty minutes to sweet cider

Cider mills within an hour’s drive from Grosse Pointe
Elizabeth Peberdy ’24 and Paul Kaminski ’24

The moment you walk out of your car, the scent of freshly made donuts wafts through the air. One of the more popular cider mills in the area, the historic Yates is located in Rochester, about a 45-minute drive from Grosse Pointe. They feature some of the best standard cider mill fares in the area. Their still-warm cinnamon sugar donuts had the perfect pillow texture that allowed for their heavenly taste to linger long after the last bite. Outside the main building, independent vendors sell other tasty treats, such as corn on the cob, Frankenmuth fudge, hot dogs and more. The best item was the corn on the cob, which you could season to your liking with the variety of spices and toppings the vendor had. The corn was perfectly sweet and complimented the different seasonings perfectly; it was probably the best thing I ate all day. Other than food, Yates features an endless riverside nature trail, petting farm and good times for every customer.


Elizabeth Peberdy ’24 and Paul Kaminski ’24

Westview is perfect for families with younger children. It features a designated play area for kids, a giant petting zoo and spaces to host parties. While the kids play in the fenced-off kid area, parents can sit back and sample some of Westview’s southwest snacks and signature wines. Another attraction is their fruit and vegetable picking—something that stands out from the average cider mill. For a fee, customers can take a hayride out to Westview’s fields and pick their apples, raspberries and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. If you want to skip the hayride, Westview also has a farmers market where they sell pre-picked apples and other fruit, bread and candied apples. If you’re looking for a place where the whole family can have fun, Westview is your place.


Paint Creek Cider MillA hidden gem, Paint Creek Cider Mill is great for enjoying food and burning off calories after. Another historic cider mill, Paint Creek offers more than just the average donuts and cider. Burgers, ribs, pizza and more. Paint Creek specializes in serving a variety of food. Their specialties focus on combining sweet treats: their donut sundae and donut ice cream sandwich were the most unique things at any of the three mills. Behind the cider mill, there is a wide gravel nature trail where you can take a nice walk after stuffing yourself with all their tasty treats. Only a short drive from downtown Rochester, Paint Creek offers unique spins on cider mill classics you should go and try.

Elizabeth Peberdy ’24 and Paul Kaminski ’24

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Elizabeth Peberdy '24, Page Editor
Elizabeth Peberdy ’24 is a full-time athlete and journalist, committing her days to rowing, running and page editing for the Tower. Building countless friendships through each activity, she enjoys being involved in her community. That's why this year on Tower, she is most excited about meeting all the new staffers and working with new people. Elizabeth is a second year page editor, a job she loves because she gets to “do my weekly designing of pages, but I’ve also had the ability to write stories and do social media at the same time.” She believes this job gives her “a really good balance of everything,” including participating in multiple tower activities, such as It’s annual holiday party. It’s clear that Elizabeth’s passion for journalism drives her to success inside and outside of the classroom, and she is a valuable member of the Tower community.
Paul Kaminski '24, Supervising Copy Editor
In a busy and action-packed life with swimming, cross country, track, quiz bowl and DECA, Supervising Copy Editor Paul Kaminski ’24 still finds time to enjoy the little things in life.“I’m a big fan of salsa music, I feel like it includes a lot of rhythmic variation,” Kaminski said. “I think it’s a very nice genre—especially when you can understand Spanish—and I feel it really helped me to get a good score on the AP Spanish test.”Listening to salsa music isn’t something new for Kaminski.“The first time I heard it I was sitting in a little gray and black speckled computer chair,” Kaminski said. “ My dad put on the music video for a song by a singer called Celia Cruz, and I really enjoyed it. I was spinning around in my chair like a maniac.”For Kaminski, the Tower is a great way for him to express his ideas that he wouldn’t normally be able to.“You can experiment with photography, opinion writing, graphic design, and film criticism all in the same class,” Kaminski said.

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