Patch Passport: Plan a Day Trip to Fenton
Here is a list of must-do and must-see things in the Fenton area.
We wrote this little daytrip guide to Fenton for a summer series called Patch Passport. Other Patch sites in Michigan — from St. Clair Shores to Dexter and two dozen in between — have done the same.
All summer long, we'll offer up a weekly daytrip guide to another southeast Michigan destination. Here's what you should know if you're planning a trip to Fenton. If you're interested in sharing our guide to Northville with out-of-town friends and family, see our previous story.
- French Laundry - Take your pick from nearly 75 creatively-named sandwiches such as the “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Fenton” or the “No John, I’m Not Cheezing You." Just make sure you stop in before 4 p.m. if you're in a sandwich mood -- the French Laundry switches over to dinner at 4 p.m. and they are no longer available.
- If you have the craving for barbecue, Beale St. Smokehouse BBQ is your place. It's a bit of a hidden gem, hidden behind a Smitty's Exit 80 off the U.S. 23 Torrey Road exit. If you can't decide, you can't go wrong with pulled pork.
- If it's Mexican food you're after, Sagebrush Cantina is the place to be. The popular eatery also was voted the best place in Fenton for lunch specials.
- When you're ready for dessert, Uncle Ray's Dairyland is a Fenton favorite. You can even enjoy a round of putt-putt golf after you snack on the sweets.
- The Fenton Winery & Brewery is inviting with cushioned chairs and couches and a fireplace in a laid back atmosphere. In addition to 12 beers on tap and a wide selection of wines, the venue was voted the best place in Fenton for live music.
- Looking for a comfortable place to hang? Gatsby Grind invites you in. The 1920s themed coffee shop aims to be Fenton's living room.
- If you need to take a walk to unwind, try Fenton's Millpond Park, complete with a gazebo, waterfall, playground for children and tables for a picnic.
- Fenton has a wide selection of consignment and antique shops including Fratz Consignment, C & C Resale, Treasure Shack and Twice New Consignments.
- It is also home to plenty of unique stores like Barking Babes Pet Boutique where you can find anything a dog could need, Cyclefit, which was voted as Fenton's best sporting goods store, where you can find anything for your cycling needs.
- If art is your thing, stroll downtown to the Edge Gallery for a variety of art work.
Fenton has plenty of historic buildings.
“The buildings in downtown Fenton are a testament to our community’s proud history,” said Donna Seger, president of the Fenton Historical Society. “Some have been part of the city’s landscape for as far back as 150 years."
The Fenton Museum is open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
- Lake Fenton is the one of the biggest and busiest lakes around. Public access is located off Grove Park Road. (Launch temporarily closed on weekdays until July 24.)
- Lake Ponemah is another hot spot. A Michigan DNR boat launch is on North Road near Torrey Road.
- Silver Lake Beach in Silver Lake Park is another spot people flock to cool off.