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5 Things To See and Do After Laneway Festival's Detroit Edition

posted by Rose Mardit on September 13, 2013

Photo: Yates Cider Mill via their Facebook

Rochester Hills, Michigan -- Laneway  Festival’s North American debut, scheduled for September 14,  is somewhat of a misnomer - the event isn’t taking place in Detroit, but in Rochester Hills, which is a 35 minute drive from the city. If you’re staying nearby and looking to explore beyond the festival gates, here are five recommendations for things to see and do in the area, from someone who grew up nearby.

Yates Cider Mill
1990 East Avon Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307
(248) 651 - 8300

There is nothing quite like the feeling of fallen leaves crunching underfoot with a styrofoam cup of hot apple cider in one hand and a freshly baked donut in the other. Lest I forget the locally-grown apples, fudge, or caramel and candy-coated apples on a stick, which are also delicious options. The Yates Cider Mill dates back to 1863, and this month is actually the start of its 150th season in operation, so now is a great time to partake in a proper Michigan tradition.

International Velodrome at Bloomer Park
345 John R Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307

Veldoromes, or track cycling arenas, are pretty uncommon. There are fewer than 30 in the United States and only one in the state of Michigan. This one is unique in that it was built entirely by donations and is run by volunteers. In addition to classes and open riding (for those with a season pass), the velodrome at Bloomer Park holds races where spectators are welcome. At 2pm on Sunday, the day after the festival, check out the velodrome’s last race of the season - just bring a can of soup as a donation.

Rochester Mills Beer Co.
400 Water Street
Rochester, Michigan 48307
(248) 650 - 5080

A few blocks from the main drag in downtown Rochester, a local brewery serves up no fewer than a dozen of its own beers. It goes without saying that this is the best beer in the area, and with a full food menu on top of it, the Rochester Mills Beer Co. is a great place to imbibe.

Stony Creek
4300 Main Park Road
Shelby Township, Michigan 48316
(586) 781 - 4242

Part of Michigan’s Metropark network, this expansive park offers a retreat into nature, thanks to its 4,000+ acres. Biking, golf, kayaking, hiking, and disc golf are just a few of the activities available at the park, though it’s also great for a picnic or a run on one of the trails.

The Village of Rochester Hills
104 N. Adams Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309
(248) 375 - 9451

Known simply as "the village," this outdoor shopping area is a nice place to walk around or grab a bite to eat. Check out SEE for the sharpest looking glasses out there, or perhaps Moosejaw to stock up on any gear you might want to bring to the park at Stony Creek.

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