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Why The Fly Creek Cider Mill is an  Amazing Cooperstown Area Travel Attraction
Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek NY

Fly Creek Cider Mill.

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Ever have one of those moments when a favorite travel attraction comes to mind and you long for the days of being back there?

That joyously overwhelming feeling recently overtook me when thinking of the Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek, N.Y. I thought of the warm and inviting country setting, the relaxing back deck overlooking the creek with all those ducks, the 40 specialty foods in the marketplace, and the outdoor order-at-the-window bakery and deli with its delicious comfort foods (try the homemade chili, pot roast sandwich, apple cider slush and blueberry pie!) and baked goods.

Pie, apple cider, chili and apple cider slush at the Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek NY.
Blueberry pie, homemade beef chili and apple cider slush from the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

I reflected on the welcoming staff -- with their names and hometown embedded on their shirts -- treating us like family, as well as co-owner Bill Michaels so pleasantly interacting with the customers while simultaneously working his tail off. We love owners that work as hard as their well-chosen staff!

Ruminations of a big American flag draped over the old main, slightly faded but well maintained dark wooden building juxtaposed with colorful window flower beds exemplified pride of country and ownership respectively, while revelation of breathing in fresh, sweet Upstate New York air further augmented the healthy, wholesome feeling here.

Original building from 1856 at the Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek NY.
Original building from 1856 at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

Thinking of the historic 1856 water-powered cider mill creating the most delicious, freshest apple cider imaginable and a fantastic variety of specialty foods validated a scene in my mind that the Fly Creek Cider Mill is not your run-of-the-mill travel attraction.

Main shopping area at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek NY
A section of the marketplace at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

There's even a cider-making display with written explanations of the whole process...

Cider-making display at the Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek NY.
Cider-making display at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

The local cheeses, homemade salsas and jams, amazing variety of homemade fudge (orange creamsicle is the best!) and the sampling of many of these specialty food items helped create a strong appetite in my thoughts and a powerful mouthwatering presence in my taste buds (the Mill also make hard ciders and apple wines -- not my cup of tea -- but wildly popular amongst adult customers).

Homemade fudge from the Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek
Banana split fudge from the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

The upstairs shop with a fabulous mix of gifts, souvenirs and Christmas items, the homemade ice cream and blueberry pie, picnicking by the restaurant while listening to pleasing recorded folk and country music and the endearing Fly Creek Cider Mill jingle, seeing the kids playing at the outdoor play area, the simple joys of feeding the ducks outside ... well, we could go on and on, but you get the picture: this is an amazing, wonderful slice of old-fashioned Americana.

Feeding the ducks at the Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek NY.
Feeding the ducks at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

George Washington ducks at Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek NY.
We call them the George Washington ducks.

Those warm feelings of the Fly Creek Cider Mill intensified the more I thought of this wonderful Cooperstown area attraction. Interesting, since we had only left 15 minutes ago!

Amazing snack bar at Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek NY.
Yum time at Fly Creek Cide Mill!

The Fly Creek Cider Mill is located at 288 Goose St. in Fly Creek, NY.
Tel. (607) 547-9692.  Open year-round. For more information, check out the Fly Creek Cider Mill web site.


Upstairs gift area at Fly Creek Cider Mill, Fly Creek NY.
Upstairs gift area at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

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