June 26, 2023

Washington D.C. Day Trip Guide: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Just 50 miles south of downtown Washington, DC, lies the historic haven of Fredericksburg, Virginia, population 28,000. Steeped in rich colonial heritage and nestled along the Rappahannock River, this quaint town beckons visitors with its timeless charm and enchanting atmosphere.  

Immerse yourself in the echoes of the past as you explore the cobblestone streets lined with beautifully preserved 18th-century buildings. Uncover the stories of Civil War battles and visit iconic landmarks like the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Fredericksburg welcomes you to step back in time and experience the allure of its historic treasures. 

Here’s a taste of what Fredericksburg has to offer. 

Virginia outdoor center

Virginia Outdoor Center  
Locally owned

Take a trip down the river by canoe, kayak, tube, or paddle board. Outdoor instruction available for rookies.

la petite auberge

La Petite Auberge  
"The Little Inn"

This spot in the historic district is known for its romantic ambiance and soft shell crab in the summer.

Fredericksburg farmers market

Fredericksburg Farmers Market  
Fill your tote bag

Squeeze this in on a Saturday for fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more from local farmers, food vendors, and artisans.


Orofino Restaurant  
Dishes from across Italy 

Wild boar pasta? Calzone? San Daniele pizza? You really can’t go wrong. 

the Italian station

Italian Station 
Specialty food store on Caroline Street 

Step into Italy. Imported cheeses, meats, pastas, and sauces, plus coffee. 


Agora Downtown Coffee Shop  
Rev up with caffeine—and a read 

Sisters own this adorable coffee spot that’s also a used book store. 


Cozy, farm-to-table 

Simply put, good food: shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, Rosie’s fried chicken, and much more. 

river rock outfitter

River Rock Outfitter 
For your outdoor adventure 

A must-stop for apparel and gear for nature moments, as well as guided outdoor experiences. 


Ponshop Studio 
Shop local artisans 

Find a gem amid the fine art, ceramics, and handmade jewelry made by locals that Ponshop stocks.