Everywhere you look - beautiful trees!
Climb aboard the festive red wagon and just a few moments later, you'll find yourself tucked between some of the most beautiful Christmas trees within an hour's drive of Detroit. This article, the first of several covering local Christmas tree farms, features Mutch's Hidden Pines, located in Lapeer, Michigan. (map)
Mutch's not only offers a huge selection of meticulously groomed trees, but all of the extras that make for memorable holiday traditions. Santa is here, ready to pose for a shot with the kiddies, and wreaths, garland, and other hand-crafted items are available in a warm and welcoming gift area.
Whether you're in the market for a pre-cut or cut-your-own tree, you'll find 80 acres of balsam, Douglas and Fraser fir, blue spruce and Scotch pine here. Trees as large as 14' can be purchased for considerably less than you'd pay at a local lot and, considering their "fresh from the farm" quality, will last longer, too.
Last year, after a short ride to the section of the farm where the firs grow in comfortably-spaced rows, we found ourselves with a dilemma that we hadn't faced since our trip to Rocky Top Tree Farm in Peck, Michigan a few years back - which seemingly perfect tree should we choose? We worked hard to avoid the "Clark Griswold-syndrome" (purchasing a tree with dimensions suitable for the lobby at Macy's) and found a beautiful 9-footer that the Mutch's "elves" helped us shake and bundle for the ride home. Those services were free, as was the cute little ornament given to us at check-out as a memento of our visit.
The employees are friendly, the trees reasonably priced, and the selection simply unbeatable. Located just west of M-24 and south of I-69, Mutch's is more than worth the ride.
*Tip: Take a small, plastic toboggan with you when you visit a cut-your-own farm. It makes hauling the tree from the field to the check-out much easier, especially if the paths are snow-covered!