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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
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.
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.
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.
A section of the marketplace at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.
There's even a cider-making display with written explanations of the
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).
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.
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!
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 the Fly
Creek Cider Mill.
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