Located in Northern Virginia, just west of the Potomac, sits a town packed with Colonial and Civil War History by the name of Fredericksburg. This Virginia town is the perfect spot for anyone looking for a quiet weekend getaway, and it is also a lovely place to settle down.
Fredericksburg is home to quite a few major retail centers, including Central Park, one of the largest malls on the East Coast. It is also home to the major employers University of Mary Washington, Mary Washington Healthcare, and GEICO. Tourism plays a huge part in the economy of Fredericksburg. Many residents commute by car, bus, or train to Richmond, Virginia or Washington DC for work. Fredericksburg experiences all four seasons to the fullest, with warm, humid summers and cold winters.
We think that Fredericksburg makes the perfect spot for a quick weekend trip! For history buffs, you can visit the Boyhood Home of George Washington, and spend an afternoon touring historic battlefields in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, and Stafford County. You can also spend nearly an entire day touring the Fredericksburg Battlefield and the Chancellor Battlefield, the site of the wounding of Confederate general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Spend the night relaxing at the historic Kenmore Inn and then enjoy breakfast from the Inn’s highly rated restaurant just downstairs! Take a morning tour at George Washington’s Ferry Farm, the reconstructed home of our first president. On your way back into town, be sure to stop at Chatham Manor and marvel at the history and beauty it holds. Spend the afternoon aboard the Trolly in Downtown Fredericksburg and discover the history that the town has to offer.
If you’re not so much of a history buff, Fredericksburg has plenty of other reasons for you to visit! While Downtown Fredericksburg may be most known for its history, it also has plenty of great local boutiques and specialty shops for you to explore! Enjoy your morning coffee at Hyperion Espresso, a popular local coffee shop, to make sure you have the energy you need to make it through the day. Stop by the Virginia Outdoor Center, also located downtown, and set up your afternoon on the river by canoe, kayak, tube, or stand up paddle board. (Reservations are highly recommended, due to high demand, water levels, and weather conditions.) You can also escape out into the nearby Shenandoah National Park for lots of hiking with waterfalle or mountain views or for a picnic in the quiet woods. If the weather is rainy, spend your afternoon shopping at Central Park, a mall with seemingly endless shops.
You may have noticed that we almost completely skipped over something very important – food! (That’s the best part!) Stop in for breakfast at Eileen’s Bakery and Café for a delicious baked pastry and specialty coffee, or try a different take on breakfast at Mercantile. For lunch, we would suggest a burger! You can find plenty of delicious ones around the area. A few noteable places include Vivify Burger Lounge or the Sunken Well Tavern. Fredericksburg has become well known as a place to visit for craft beer lovers. Our favorites include Capital Ale House, Spencer Devon Brewing, Highmark Brewery, and Red Dragon Brewery, though there are many more options for you to choose from. If you are not into beer, and prefer wine, stop in at Wilderness Run Vineyard for a tasting of local Virginia wines, or Potomac Point Winery for a more Tuscan feel with a cheese and meat platter paired with your wine of choice. For a casual dinner, enjoy a meal at Brock’s Riverside Grill, which features live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night during the summer. For a more upscale meal, enjoy dinner from one of Fredericksburg’s most critically-acclaimed restaurants, Kybecca. Each of their dishes are made in-house from local and seasonal ingredients, including delicious fresh Virginia oysters from local waterways.