Oldest Cider Mill In The U.S.: Visit B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill

If you aren’t tied to the school year, I think fall is the best time for a road trip around New England. You get to enjoy the scenic fall colors, fewer tourists, local fairs, and great fall cuisine. When road tripping through New England, of course I’m going to suggest stopping in Connecticut, my home state. And more specifically, a stop in southeastern Connecticut is perfect for taking in the fall colors, indulging in great food, and learning about history while you’re at it. While on your trip, you must stop in Mystic, Connecticut to enjoy everything apple at B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill, the oldest cider mill in the United States.

Visiting Clyde’s Cider Mill

Established in 1881, any visit to B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill is a step into living history. Though I’m not in the U.S. very often, especially in the fall, I did manage a visit to Clyde’s last fall to indulge in their delicious apple products and see the old steam-powered cider mill in action, which for any history buff, is very cool because it brings history alive.

If you’d like to see the cider mill in action, be sure to visit on a Saturday or a Sunday from September until December. Even if you can’t make it during a weekend, you should visit Clyde’s since it is only open seasonally and the apple cider and doughnuts enjoyed with the fall colors in the background is a great fall memory.

B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill, Mystic, Connecticut
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What To Do Nearby

During your visit to southeastern Connecticut or during a stop on your New England road trip, you’ll find so much to do other than visiting B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill. Before or after your stop at Clyde’s, any kid will thank you for a visit to the Mystic Aquarium or Mystic Seaport. Art lovers will enjoy a visit to the nearby artist colony in Old Lyme (about a 30 minute drive away on I-95), where American Impressionism developed. And wine and beer lovers will find such a huge amount of great vineyards and microbreweries at which to sample the local flavors.

Read even more about what to do in the area here.

Where To Stay

If you’re doing a fall road trip through New England to enjoy the fall colors and flavors, then you’ll definitely need to find a good hotel, and I’d suggest having a base for one or two nights in southeastern Connecticut. My favorite hotel that situates you near several great sights is the Bee and Thistle Inn* in Old Lyme. This gorgeous inn is incredibly romantic, located right next to the Florence Griswold House and artist colony, and close to the highway bringing you to New London, Mystic, and onward to Rhode Island or New York.

If you’d like to read my review on the Bee and Thistle Inn, check out this post.


What other fun apple or fall events do you look forward to in your area? In Florence, where I currently live, I’m excited for the upcoming olive festivals.