See why Robinette’s Apple Haus Makes a Perfect Fall Day Trip Destination

Robinette's Apple Haus Grand Rapids

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

Ask locals where they love to go for fall activities and you’ll hear a chorus of votes for Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery.

Why Robinette’s? They’ve been here a long time, they bake delicious donuts, and they’re constantly innovating.

Plus they’re easy to get to. The Robinette’s farm is located just off of the East Beltline in Plainfield Township, which isn’t far from the city.

Read on to learn all about what you can expect on a visit to Robinette’s Apple Haus in the fall.

Robinette's Apple Haus Grand Rapids

3142 4-Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Fun Things to Do at Robinette’s

Open year-round, this Grand Rapids mainstay is famous for its fall offerings, including hayrides, apple picking, donuts, and many family-friendly activities.

1 – Taste their Famous Donuts & Cider

Robinette’s started making donuts back in 1972. Today, the Apple Haus bakery has expanded to offer breads, pies, and pastries in addition to donuts.

Robinette’s famous pumpkin spice donut is available from Labor Day through Thanksgiving.

Fun fact: Their donut machine can make 200 dozen donuts per hour!

They also have gluten-free options, using Kind Crumbs ingredients.

robinettes donuts
Freshly made donuts

As far as cider is concerned, apple cider is made fresh at their mill starting the Tuesday after Labor Day through April or early May.

Robinette's Cider
Robinette’s Homemade Cider

2 – Take a Horse-Drawn Hayride

Offered at select times, usually on the weekends, hayrides are a fall favorite at Robinette’s.

For 2023, hayrides are offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October. 

$12 for ages 3+
Kids 2 & under are free!

Rides start at 1 PM on Thursdays and Fridays.
Hayrides start at 11 AM on Saturdays.
The last ride is at 5:30 PM.
Walk-ups are welcome on Saturdays.

Robinettes hayride

3 – Beat the Corn Maze

The family-friendly 6.5-acre corn maze is available after Labor Day and is open through the end of October.

The 2023 maze theme is A-maze-ing Bees.

Corn Maze Hours:
Mon-Sat 10 AM – 5 PM (last entry)
Sunday noon- 5 PM (last entry)

Maze Prices:
$9 per person
Ages 0-2 are free

No pets are allowed in the Corn Maze.

robinette's corn maze
robinettes corn maze 2023 bees
Corn Maze 2023

4 – Pick Apples in the Orchard

A classic apple picking destination, Robinette’s 18 varieties of apples are available for U-pick. Look for Gala, Macintosh, Honeycrisp, Ida, Red and Pink Lady.

U-Pick is available at select times. Check the Robinette’s Apple Haus website or call them for an up-to-date list of varieties and picking times.

The orchards are off-limits during apple season unless u-pick is in session.

Robinettes-apple picking
Robinette’s Apple Picking

5 – Visit the Winery

Sample house-made and Michigan-made wines and hard ciders at the tasting room bar.

The wine and cider lists vary by season and availability, but I hope you get to try their delicious mulled wine this fall.

Wine tasting is $8 per person.
Ages 21+ allowed in the tasting room. 

robinette's wine tasting room
Wine Tasting at Robinettes

6 – Have Lunch

Robinette’s Apple Haus serves up tasty lunches all year long. Their soups, sandwiches, and pie hit the spot, or get a lunch box to go.

Lunch is served from 11 AM to 3 PM on days when they are open. 

Menu offerings are seasonal and change regularly; call the Apple Haus for the latest info: (616) 361-5567

7 – Play, Play, Play

Robinette’s has a small, free-to-use, play area with a slide near the bakery and picnic tables.

You can also play on the huge 30′ x 60′ jumping pillow (fee). Weather permitting, the pillow is open every day the store is open, spring through fall.

Jumping Pillow Fee:
$6 per person for unlimited jumping for the day.
225-pound weight limit.

robinette's play area
robinettes jumping pillow
robinette's play area slide

8 – Stop at the Petting Zoo

It’s free to visit the petting zoo at Robinette’s.

Animals at the petting zoo include sheep, goats, ponies, and ducks.

2023 Petting Zoo Hours:
Sundays in Sept & Oct, 12 PM – 4 PM

Pony rides are also available for $7 each.

robinettes petting zoo

9 – Stock up at the Farm Market

Yes, Robinette’s Apple Haus is home to a bakery and lunch counter. It’s also a great place to find pre-picked apples, produce, and lots of tasty treats, like gourmet caramel apples.

robinette's market

Depending on the season, you can purchase sweet and tart cherries, peaches, apricots, apples, nectarines and pumpkins.

robinette's farm market
Market at Robinette’s Apple Haus


How long has Robinette’s been around?

Robinette’s has been around for a long time! It was started in 1911 and has been owned by the same family for four generations.

What does Robinette’s offer?

In addition to growing apples, peaches, cherries, nectarines, and apricots, among other things, Robinette’s also has several outbuildings that house a variety of amenities.

The Apple Haus is where you’ll find a restaurant, bakery, donut makers, and cider mill.

The big red barn has a winery tasting room, gift shop, nut maker, and popcorn maker.

Additional attractions include hayrides, a corn maze, play area, farm market, and farm animals.

When is the best time to visit Robinette’s?

Fall weekends are notoriously busy at Robinette’s. Visit on a weekday to beat the crowds or plan ample time into your schedule if visiting on the weekend.

Robinette's Donuts

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