Fredericksburg Travel Guide

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Fredericksburg Things to Do

  • "Pass to Historic Fredericksburg"

    UPDATE (July, 2011): There appears to be another multi-entrance pass available named, "Timeless Ticket." It offers admission to all, if not more, of the same attractions listed under the "Pass to Historic Fredericksburg." It is not clear if Timeless Ticket has replaced the original Pass or not. It is offered at Visitor Centers in Fredericksburg,...

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  • Ghost Walk Tour Recalls Mysterious...

    One evening several of us took a "Ghost Walk Tour" around old, downtown Fredericksburg and this turned out to be a really fun night. Just as dusk was falling, the "guide", dressed in period clothing, walked us through town stopping at various buildings, and sights where he recounted stories of ghosts, odd and unexplainable happenings and general...

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  • Chatham Manor ~ Part I - Early American...

    The VT meet organizers left us several hours of unplanned time which was gratefully used to explore further on our own. So on the spur of the moment we decided to visit the nearby "Chatham Manor" which is situated in Stafford County on a high bank overlooking the Rappahannock River. It literally took only minutes to reach this beautifully preserved...

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  • The Confederate Cemetery ~ Solemn...

    My husband and I both love history and civil war history. We knew we wouldn't have enough time to visit the nearby battlefields, but we could squeeze in a visit the the Confederate Cemetery which was about 5 -6 blocks from old, downtown Fredericksburg. The cemetery is surrounded by a fine brick wall, and entry is through a finely wrought, gray...

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  • Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont

    It's a great place to visit to get a feel for what it was like living here in the early 1900's. Gari Melcher was an artist and his work can be seen in his studio which is on the grounds. There is also a beautiful garden to walk in and trails that lead to the river. It's a great place to take kids to show them some art and to have a picnic...

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  • Chatham Manor ~ Part II - At Crossroads...

    Virginia is blessed with many splendidly preserved historic homes. Chatham, from its earliest beginnings, ranks highly among these. The Early YearsBuilt between 1768 - 1771 by William Fitzhugh in a grand Georgian style, Chatham was once a very large plantation, and as such, required close to 100 slaves to operate. As you are walking the grounds of...

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  • Walking Tour of Historic Fredericksburg

    The state of Virginia has been at the center of American history since the very early 1600's. The county of Spotsylvania, and the town of Fredericksburg (founded in 1728) in particular, both played pivotal roles in the American Civil War and as such have much to offer for those interested this era of history.Located half way between Richmond,...

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  • Visitor Center in Old Downtown...

    The first place we visited in Old Downtown Fredericksburg was its excellent " Visitors Center ". The Center not only offers a vast array of maps, brochures, books, and information about Historic Fredericksburg and the surrounding area, but any questions you may have will be answered by the courteous & helpful attendants of the Center.Most...

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  • Day Trip to Luray Caverns

    The drive from Fredericksburg to Luray Caverns is, itself, a rewarding opportunity to see some of the beautiful scenery of the area.The caverns themselves are just one set of caverns in the area of the Shenandoah Valley. Luray Caverns were discovered in 1878 and are adorned with stalactites, columns, mud flows, flowstone, stalagmites and mirrored...

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  • Lake Anna Winery

    Lake Anna Winery is family-owned and produces some award-winning wines. Members of the family will take you on a tour of the winery and tell you of its history and its approach to wine making.Afterwards, you can enjoy a testing session of the great selection of wines available - and, of course, purchase those which you truly enjoy.

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  • Kenmore Plantation

    The Kenmore Plantation was built by the sister of George Washington, Betty Washington Lewis, and her husband Fielding Lewis in the 1770s. Today, it is a beautiful Georgian-style mansion which was originally set in a 1,300 acre plantation.Fielding Lewis was a merchant who lost his fortune as a result of his patriotic support of the Civil War but the...

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  • Confederate Cemetery

    Dedicated in May 1870, the cemetery holds the final remains of 3,553 Confederates killed on four battlefields in the Fredericksburg are and re-interred here. The fallen came from 14 Southern states with those unknown soldiers buried under the large Monument to the Confederate Dead whilst known soldiers are buried in individual graves marked with...

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  • Fredericksburg Visitor Centre

    This is a great place to go and get all the information you might need to complete your research or to assist you with your planning on a trip to Fredericksburg and its surrounding battlefield areas.The centre has a selection of brochures, maps and information on accommodation and dining. Here you can see a free, short film about the area.Local...

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  • Fredericksburg Battle

    Now, you really have to visit this place. The directions are on the website, the information is extremely good, BUT the Park Ranger was amazing. I thought it would be one of those guided tours that quoted statistics, numbers, dates and all that crap. Nope. This man made the whole thing come alive for me, he was brilliant. He recounted stories and...

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  • Lake Anna Winery

    Who knew there were about 180 wineries in Virginia? I certainly did not, but had the chance to taste quite a few and found them very good. Zana, our host for the VirtualTourist meet in Fredericksburg arranged, for those of us who wanted, to tour the Lake Anna Winery. It was started as a sideline but now the two sons of the founder run it as a full...

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  • Visit the historic Market Square

    The Market Square in Fredericksburg dates back to the towns origins in 1728. The town was designed by seven loadowners from Spotsylvania County. This block was set aside by them as the Market Square where cattle, food provisions, dry goods and wares and other marketable goods. The market continued to remain in operation until the 19th century....

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  • Its not Central Park in New York but....

    This picture is not taken in Central Park in New York City. There are horse drawn carriage rides in Fredericksburg also. Although some may find this to be a little too touristy for their taste, others will find the carriage ride a pleasant way to see the city and have a relaxing afternoon.

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  • Fredericksburg is made for walkers

    Fredericksburg is not a large town or city. Its just the right size to explore on foot. There are many historical buildings to see and its not to crowded or touristy to ruin the experience. Allow yourself some time to walk the streets and see the images before taking any day trips in your car.

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Fredericksburg Hotels

  • Homewood Suites Fredericksburg

    1040 Hospitality Lane, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg

    1080 Hospitality Lane, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Affordable Suites

    204 University Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Fredericksburg Restaurants

  • Great Brunch!

    After a great meal on Saturday evening, Sunday brunch was enjoyed by some of the Fredericksburg VT Meet attendees here. I had the breakfast special which was very enjoyable.HOURS :Dinner Service :Tuesday to Thursday 17:00 - 21:00Friday & Saturday 17:00 - 22:00Sunday 17:00 - 21:00Brunch Service :Sunday 11:00 - 14:00Closed Mondays The brunch was...

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  • Easy, good food

    In the main downtown area, Sammy T's is a popular eatery with customers at all times.The menu has a good selection of traditional pub fare which includes items to suit all appetites. I enjoyed the gourmet burger, which was very tasty. And had a delicious hot chocolate which was topped with just the right amount of whipped cream - yummy!

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  • Give Local Brewery A Try!

    After our meet & greet dinner at the Fredericksburg VT meet, Chris (Foundryman1) was exceptionally kind and brought several types of "brew" from the "Blue & Gray Brewing Company"---Fred Red Ale, Classic Lager and Stonewall Stout. At least 2 of the names certainly express the connection with our host town. I think the guys at the VT meet enjoyed the...

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  • Recollections of the Emerald Isle

    After the drive to Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania, we returned to downtown Fredericksburg for another look and a quick meal before the scheduled 6:30pm "Ghost Walk" which left from the Visitor's Center. At that time we didn't know that most VT'rs planned to eat after the walk rather than before.Earlier in the day we had passed by an Irish shop...

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  • Nothing Fancy, Decent Thai Food

    After a small, continental breakfast at the hotel and with no set morning activities with the VT group, we decided to take the leisurely one mile or so walk from our hotel to old, downtown Fredericksburg. The sunny, mild weather was great for exploring the sights and shopping. On Caroline Street we briefly looked in, walked past, and then turned...

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  • Good beer and food in an Ale House

    The Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg is an excellent place for an afternoon lunch, and also perfect for a late evening meal. The Ale House offers a large selection of beer which is something Mark and I always look for when we are traveling. Along with the beer selection there is an excellent menu. Southern cooking at its best and at an...

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  • Good coffee

    Thet gave great coffee and espresso here, including one of my favorites, Dancing Goats. They also have some nice looking pastries and an assortment of teas and iced drinks. I tried the coffee one evening and an expresso the next morning and both were great. It is an attractive place indoors and with sidewalk seating as well.Hours:Monday - Saturday:...

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  • Old fashioned drug store lunch counter

    While at the Virginia Wine experience, I asked the helpful young woman there where I could get a quick lunch. Well, Goolrick's is just across the street and she directed me there. It was a nostalgic trip for me as, when I was young, the local drugstores were great places for a good, inexpensive lunch, so I went in and was delighted with the whole...

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  • Top farm to table rating

    This charming little place is tucked below street level on the corner of Charles and Williams Streets but on a nice Sunday morning there were tables set up on the sidewalk. I am sure this is a normal arrangement for any meal, weather permitting and it added a very nice ambience to our brunch. Three of us had the Farmhouse Brealfast, 3 organic eggs...

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Fredericksburg Shopping

  • Wine and beer from here and everywhere

    This little shop on the main shopping street in Fredericksburg was a revelation to me. I did not know that Virginia produced wine at all but was told that it is the 5th largest wine producing state in the US and that there are 180 vineyards in Virginia. I went in just looking for a couple of bottles for our Virtual Tourist dinner meeting I was...

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  • Copper craftsman's wares

    Tucked into a building behind the Inn at the Old Silk Mill is a unique and wonderful shop. I could have posted this place as a “local custom” or “shopping” tip as it is these as well as a great place to see. The craftsman/owner is Alan Green III whom I met on walking in. His father (no. II) designed the Fredericksburg Lantern, a beautiful copper...

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Fredericksburg Off The Beaten Path

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    by starship Updated Nov 10, 2010

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    One of the several activities planned by Zanzooni for our Fredericksburg VT meet weekend was a trip to the Lake Anna Winery for wine tasting in Spotsylvania, Virginia. The half hour or so drive to the winery by a convoy of cars filled with VT'rs took us through the Virginia countryside with rolling hills and trees which were on the verge of changing colors for the Fall. Soon before us were acres of grape vines split by a tree-lined, narrow road leading to the winery itself.

    Lake Anna Winery began as a spark in the eye of Bill Heidig, a farmer and engineer, when a trip to France's wine-making region in 1981 ignited an idea to produce wine on his own farm where conditions were similar to those in France. Now the business is carried on by the Heidig's sons, Eric and Jeff. It was Eric who took the group on an in-depth look at the history of the vineyard, and the many steps it takes to actually produce a good wine. It was quite a technical journey which interested most of us, and I realized that producing good wine like running a viable winery business itself, is an arduous endeavor requiring a lot of savy. However, Lake Anna Winery, though small, can boast of being a profitable business with competition in an industry ruled by giants. Lake Anna Winery is 1 of 180 wineries in Virginia alone.

    The tour of the winery lasted about 45 minutes culminating in a visit to the wine-tasting room where we tasted samples of about 12 wines produced at Lake Anna. My favorite was "Totally White" which matched my taste for sweeter wines. The tour and wine tasting was more than worth the $5 we paid and included the "Lake Anna" signature wine glass as a souvenir! As the drive back to Fredericksburg was about 30 minutes or so, it would have been nice to be served some small snacks to go with the wine---this is a suggestion more than a complaint---which would have been worth a couple more dollars. ( Personally, I would have made an agreement with a local cheese producer which would have been beneficial to both businesses.)

    Adjacent to the wine-tasting bar was a shop which sold Lake Anna wines, wine-related items and some gourmet food items, and several members of our group purchased wines or more here. The wine-tasting room featured a bar, a large fireplace and outside deck, and hosts events throughout the year, as well as is often used for wedding receptions. The winery also has a website where you can purchase wine and gift baskets with wine if you are looking for a special gift.

    Highlight: The family dog, Bandit, was a cute and friendly addition to the winery who won over the animal lovers among us!

    Sign and entrance to vineyards and winery Deck overlooking some of the vineyard Wine-tasting room and shop Lori & Hansi & Balfor in wine fermenting room
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Fredericksburg Favorites

  • Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale

    Full Nelson Virginia Pale Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery is another local microbrew we tried while in Fredericksburg. This one was my choice as I prefer the pale ales to the darker brown ales. I enjoyed this local beer made from local hops and flavors. When in the Fredericksburg area its an excellent...

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  • Finding Bell's Best Brown Ale in...

    Bell's Best Brown Ale is from Bell's brewery in Minnisota, however we first discovered in while in Fredericksburg Virginia. We had not seen this microbrew in our hometown of Baltimore. So finding this beer we had to try it. It was more to Mark's taste than mine as it was dark and very hoppy. If your in Fredericksburg and see it you might want to...

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  • Finding the perfect beer in...

    Mark and are beer drinkers. When we travel we like to try local microbrews and other regional favorites. Here we find at the Capital Ale House sampling Avery a lot microbrew. If your Fredericksburg we both recommend checking out the samples of Avery brewers.

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