Fall starts this weekend. What do you love about this beautiful season? It's my absolute favorite. I'm most excited for the taste of apple cider.

Warm or cold, it really doesn't matter to me. It's all delicious. Who ever said pumpkin spice is the new apple cider was seriously disturbed. Apple cider is what it's all about. If you're a huge fan like me, then you have to check out a recent list compiled by onlyinyourstate.com, These 11 Charming Cider Mills In Illinois Will Have You Longing For Fall. Two of them are only minutes away. What a perfect way to kick off the first weekend of Fall.

Valley Orchard in Cherry Valley, IL

Located in Cherry Valley, this is actually one of the oldest cider mills in Illinois. It has been around since 1977 and is situated on 35 acres. 13 different apples are currently available for purchase. I've never even heard of some of them, but their names make we want to try them all. Don't you just want to take a bite out of a Crimson Crisp apple? And of course, they have apple cider donuts. They are open every day until 6 p.m. through November. Orchard website.

Valley Orchard via Facebook

All Seasons Apple Orchard in Woodstock, IL.

Located in Woodstock, this orchard is much more than a cider mill. It's definitely a spot to visit for a fun filled weekend afternoon. Plan on spending some time here. You will find yourself picking apples and pumpkins, searching your way through a corn maze, petting all the fuzzy animals, and devouring caramel apples and cider donuts. There are over 30 fun activities in all for you to enjoy with your kids. Open through the end of October. Orchard website.

All Seasons Orchard via Facebook