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January 20, 2020

Things To Do In Fredericksburg this Winter

Rich history, vibrant entertainment, sprawling scenery… you name it. When it comes to Fredericksburg, VA, there’s always something exciting to experience. Whether you’re looking for simply an afternoon to explore, try new restaurants, or take the grand kids for some fun,  this historic and diverse town is your ticket to newfound treasures.

Do you enjoy fine dining in a cozy restaurant or quick eats at a funky brewery? How about visiting a historical site (like George Washington’s boyhood home) or walking through a scenic park? Whatever it is you want to do, whether with family, friends, or yourself, Fredericksburg has it all and more. Take a look at a sampling of our favorites!

Restaurants in Fredericksburg

Downtown Fredericksburg.

Fahrenheit 137:  A cutting edge steakhouse focused on creating the best food for the most reasonable price located in the heart of Historic Downtown Fredericksburg.   Either quick dinners or celebrations,  an excellent fit for all.  With only the freshest ingredients used and always sourced first in Virginia, and Certified Angus Beef born in VA, this steakhouse is one of a kind!

La Petite Auberge Restaurant & Lounge:   A Family Owned French Restaurant in the Heart of the Historic District in Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia serving fine French & Regional Cuisine since 1981. The seafood is sourced from Maine to Florida, and also next day deliveries from Hawaii. The Restaurant takes full advantage of the wonderful local delicacies such as Shad Roe in mid to late winter, Soft Shell Crab in the summer and Rockfish year round.  Produce is bought from local Virginia farmers whenever possible.  Menus are composed daily and change according to the market and seasons.

FoodeLocated in the Historic National Bank Building, this fan favorite leverages the freshest, cleanest ingredients to create incredible dishes. Fun fact: their executive chef competed on Top Chef in 2014!

OrofinoIf you enjoy the taste of authentic Italian food, from your favorite pizzas and pastas to meat dishes and “dolce,” you’ll fall in love with Orofino, a trendy and charming restaurant tucked into the heart of downtown. 

Mason-Dixon CafeConsidered to be “where the locals really eat,” this fun and down-to-earth spot is where you can go for made-from-scratch breakfast all day, food and drink specials, events, and of course, good vibes. 

Outdoor Activities

Memorial Park/Kenmore ParkThe perfect place to go to play sports or have a picnic and relax, this park provides numerous sports courts, benches, open, grassy areas, and so much more. 

Fredericksburg Fun Park:  Indoor and outdoor entertainment for all ages.  This is THE place for grand kids!  More than 20 attractions, plus over 100 arcade games, laser tag, mini golf, go karts, batting cages, mini bowling, thrill rides,  and other great events year round.  

Rappahannock River Heritage Trail.

The Rappahannock River Heritage Trail:  The Heritage Trail is a brand new 3.1 mile loop connecting two previous trails. This trails goes throughout the heart of DTF, along the river and Old Mill Park, and finally concluding in the Celebrate Virginia portion of Fredericksburg. This trail is perfect for biking or walking, and will be used in the future for possible 5K races.

Kenmore Park:  Kenmore Park located right down the street from the historic Kenmore plantation is a great place for DTF residents. Including eight newly renovated tennis courts, a jungle gym for the kids, and a basketball court, this is a great place to take the family on a sunny day!

Bayberry Riding CenterJust outside of Fredericksburg, this gorgeous 50-acre horse farm in Spotsylvania caters to all riding levels, so whether you’re a seasoner rider or just starting out, you can have a blast here.

Fredericksburg Historical Sites


Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County National Military ParkIf you’re a history buff, you’re going to love visiting four major battlefields of the Civil War, where you can enjoy a free guided tour along the walking trails.

Kenmore Plantation and Gardens:   Closed during January & February, and will reopen March 1. Built by George Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis, and her husband, Fielding Lewis, this beautiful, Georgian-style, eighteenth-century brick mansion reflects the pre-Revolutionary-War wealth and status of the Fredericksburg merchant.

Bricks and Boards in the ‘Burg: Experience the vibrant history of Fredericksburg with this fun and easy walking tour that encompasses four centuries of architecture and the people that shaped the community.

Rising Sun Tavern:  Charles Washington, George Washington's youngest brother, built this landmark in the 1760's as his private residence. After being sold outside the Washington family, the building was leased as a tavern in 1792. Operating as a stopover for travelers for 35 years in the bustling town of Fredericksburg, it was a popular diversion for travelers and locals alike.  Today, costumed guides entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off their coaches into the late 18th-century life. See how bygone visitors slept, learn what they ate and drank, and immerse yourself in the now eccentric customs of historic travel and lodgings. The original 18th-century structure contains period furniture and artifacts.

George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry FarmTour the home and grounds where George Washington lived with his family when he was young! A Visitor’s Center provides colonial artifacts, guided tours, and more.

Fredericksburg Olde Town Carriage ToursExplore “America’s Most Historic City” from a carriage! “Ramble” through 40 blocks of cobblestone streets and idyllic architecture as you fall in love with all of the charm.

Other Museums in Downtown Fredericksburg: the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Mary Washington House, and St. James' House.

As you can see, there is so much to see and do in Fredericksburg. Our homeowners love living in this convenient town with all its charm and history. From all of us at Cornerstone Homes, we hope you enjoy your adventures and exploring in Fredericksburg !

The Cornerstone Insider.


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