Rochester Hills is a city in Oakland County, Michigan, in the outskirts of the Metro Detroit area. Rochester Hills Museum, located at Van Hoosen Farm, is great place to start exploring the city. Meadow Brook Hall is one of the best examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. Yates Cider Mill, built in 1863, is still making apple cider using the original water-powered turbine. Fresh Thyme is an upscale farmers’ market and food store offering fresh produce, juices, meats, wine and beer. Blackheath Golf Club was designed and built by Kevin Aldrich on 128 acres Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Yates Cider Mill

Yates Cider Mill
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Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills, Michigan has its origin in the historic Yates Grist Mill built in 1863. To power the mill with water, the Yates Dam was built. The Yates Mill was converted to Yates Cider Mill in 1876 by installing a cider press in the existing water powered mechanism. As a result, the mill started producing apple cider. The mill was used by local farmers, orchard owners and landowners who brought their apples to the Mill to make them into cider. Today, the mill is not only a tourist attraction but it is still making cider. The mill is still being powered by the original 26-inch turbine installed in 1894. It is the original turbine from 1894 that is still in use today at the Mill. A 58-inch culvert brings the water to power the turbine located underground from the dam across the street to the Mill.

1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester, MI 48307, Phone: 248-651-8300

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2.Fresh Thyme, Rochester Hills, Michigan

Fresh Thyme, Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Fresh Thyme is a chain of upscale grocery stores all over the country that offer an old-world vibe, fresh local produce, home-made prepared eats, wine and much more. Fresh Thyme is a natural food marketplace that offers organic and natural foods, organic or food with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They also have diverse offerings for customers following one of the specialized diets such as vegan, paleo, keto, vegetarian or wheat- and gluten-free. Fresh Thyme’s is a mission to improve the way the communities eat. Their Rochester Hills store is a huge farmer’s market offering fresh produce, a butcher’s shop, beer and wine and freshly squeezed juices.

2025 S Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307, Phone: 248-537-7042

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3.St. Mark Orthodox Church, Rochester Hills, MI

St. Mark Orthodox Church, Rochester Hills, MI
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St Mark Orthodox Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan was founded in 1980. At first, services were held at the Avondale Nursing Home Chapel. Later, as the congregation outgrew the chapel, a high school gymnasium was rented out. A multi-purpose building was constructed in1986 and services as well as other activities have been held in this building ever since. A new temple that is currently in use has been built in 2000. Fr. John Dresko was the first priest of St. Mark’s parish. He served from 1980 until 1983. Fr Kyril Riggs served after him, from 1983 to February of 1987. The current pastor, Fr Andrew Yavornitzky, has been the priest at St Mark’s Church since 1987.

400 W Hamlin Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307, Phone: 248-656-1630

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4.Blackheath Golf Club, Rochester Hills, Michigan

Blackheath Golf Club, Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Opened in 1998, Blackheath Golf Club was designed and built by Kevin Aldrich. The course sits on 128 acres and it offers a good game of golf for both men and ladies of all skill levels. Playing to par of 71, the course offers challenging bunkering, four sets of tees and rolling greens that provide a challenging but fair round of golf. Blackheath has earned quite a reputation since its opening. In 1998 it was chosen to host the US Amateur Sectional qualifier. Crain's Detroit Business rated Blackheath as one of the top five ‘must-play’ in Michigan. Blackheath was also awarded three and half stars by Golf Digest.

3311 Rochester Rd, Rochester, MI 48306, Phone: 248-601-8000

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5.Bigalora, Rochester Hills, Michigan

Bigalora, Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Bigalora is an upscale, super modern Italian eatery in Rochester Hills, with cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular light fixtures. The 4,700 square-foot restaurant seats about 200 but manages to have a pleasant, comfortable vibe. Three-time James Beard Award Nominee, Bigalora’s founder and chef Luciano Del Signore focuses his menu on biga fermented pizza dough, which rises naturally over 72 hours, with no commercial yeast or sugar added, before being baked to perfection at 900 degrees in 90 seconds in their custom-built wood burning ovens. There are fifteen types of red pizza and 11 types of white pizza on the menu. Everything is made in-house, from dough to gelatos, breads and jams. The charcuterie and pepperoni used are nitrate-free and have no added hormones. Besides their wood-fired pizzas, Bigalora serves pasta and salads.

6810 N Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48306, Phone: 248-218-6230

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6.Papa Romano's Pizza, Rochester Hills, Michigan

Papa Romano's Pizza, Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Papa Romano’s Pizza and Mr. Pita is a local chain of Italian restaurants focused on offering round and square, deep dish or thin crust, pizzas made of fresh ingredients daily, hand-stretched and oven-baked, with tomato sauce made according to the old family recipe, with a great range of crust and topping options, grilled subs, wings, salads and much more. Customers’ favorite is, naturally, ‘make your own pizza’. Papa Romano’s focus on timely delivery and take out and their Rochester Hills location is a popular place for catering for a party, or just dinner.

2960 S Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307, Phone: 248-853-0808

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