Charming, one-of-a kind small businesses are at the heart of Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Did you know that many of these unique shops and restaurants also offer specialized classes?...
Ferry Farm Gingerbread
Traditional holiday events in the Fredericksburg, VA, region.
How to see the Fredericksburg region's most historic homes decked out with all the holiday trimmings.
Fredericksburg, VA
Kid-friendly activities in Fredericksburg, VA, that will fill those holiday days off from school.
Hugh Mercer Monument
Events and attractions honoring veterans are plentiful in the Fredericksburg, VA, region.
Grapes and Grains Holiday Spirits Festival
Holiday shopping-related events in the Fredericksburg, VA, region
John Frazer scarecrow
Halloween fun for everyone in the Fredericksburg, VA, region.
Kenmore Inn Brunch
Restaurants that serve brunch in the Fredericksburg, VA, region.
James Monroe Museum
The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library in Fredericksburg, VA, hosts a timely collection of political memorabilia.
Hartwood Winery
Hartwood Winery is one of several wineries to explore in the Fredericksburg, VA, region during Virginia Wine Month in October.
Kenmore is a meticulously restored historic house museum located in Downtown Fredericksburg, VA.
Belvedere Plantation
Fall events in the Fredericksburg, VA, region offer something for everyone, from families to beer afficionados to pet lovers.
Allman's Bar B Q
Spotsylvania resident traces Southern barbecue's roots to the Old Dominion.
Yankees in Falmouth
Falmouth, Va., offers visitors plenty to explore along the Rappahannock River in Stafford County.
#sharefxbg Fredericksburg photography
The best places to photograph summer fun in the Fredericksburg, VA, region.
Red Dragon Brewery
The Fredericksburg region is increasingly a destination for craft beer afficionados.
Riverside Dinner Theater, Stafford, VA
Riverside Center for the Performing Arts provides an elegant experience in Stafford County, VA.
Team-building activities and other ideas to make the most of meetings in the Fredericksburg, VA, region
Amy's Cafe in Falmouth, VA
Restaurants that accommodate groups well in the Fredericksburg, VA, region.
Unique experiences for group tours in the Fredericksburg region
The Fredericksburg region is an ideal destination for groups that seek more than just your average tour; activities here will send guests home with memories that engage all five senses.
Kybecca's oysters
Beat the heat with these refreshing cold dishes for lunch or dinner in the Fredericksburg, VA, region.
Bistro Bethem
Explore the growing culinary scene in Fredericksburg, VA, with Summer Restaurant Week, July 29-Aug. 8.
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Park Service all summer long.
Fly City Tours Fredericksburg VA
Tour the Fredericksburg region by bike, trolley carriage and more.
Washington house at Ferry Farm
Above: An architectural rendering of the front facade of the interpretive replica of the Washington house now under construction at Ferry Farm. July 4, 2016 will be a very special...
Photo by Vincent Knaus
How to take great photos in Fredericksburg, VA, and #sharefxbg for a chance to be featured in our social media channels.
Wilderness Presidential Resorts
Where to pitch a tent for a night in the outdoors in Fredericksburg, VA.
Farmers Market
Pick your own berries, shop the markets and savor a farm-to-table meal this summer in Fredericksburg, VA.
Summer activities in Fredericksburg, VA
What to do when school's out and you want to log some quality time as a family.
Celebrate Virginia After Hours
Whether you're into Shakespeare, the Beach Boys or Star Wars, you're in for some great outdoor entertainment this summer in the Fredericksburg region.
Photo by Kitt Creative
Choose a portrait location that reflects your personal story with these tips from a Fredericksburg, VA, wedding photographer.
2400 Diner
From ice cream to donuts to burgers and pizza, these eateries will take you back to the good ol' days.
Marine Corps Historic Half
New restaurants, a great new museum exhibit and a high-powered cheering section are in store for this year's racers.
Summer arts camp at Liberty Town
From new projects to engaging summer camps, the Fredericksburg area arts scene is abuzz with activity this spring.
James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
Fredericksburg's James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library tells the story of the fifth U.S. president.
SUP on the Rappahannock River
Explore Fredericksburg's lakes and rivers from a standup paddleboard.
Historic Hops
Historic Hops pairs local craft brews with historic themes with places that help tell Fredericksburg's rich story.
Kenmore's is one of many gardens to explore in Fredericksburg VA this spring.
Make the most of spring with these activities and events in Fredericksburg, VA.
University of Mary Washington baseball
Fredericksburg, VA, has sports offerings for spectators and athletes alike.
Waffle Squared
From food trucks to gourmet PB&Js, Fredericksburg has some excellent options for noshing on the go.
Dominion Raceway
From racing fans to families looking for a new way to spend a day together, Dominion Raceway offers something for everyone.
Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
From leeches to lancets, learn about early medical care and a Revolutionary hero at Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop.
Kids learn about archaeology at Ferry Farm.
Tell the grandkids to come to Fredericksburg for Spring Break this year. Here's your guide to a great time together.
Dogs abound in Downtown Fredericksburg
Bring your pet along for the adventure at these fun-filled Fredericksburg destinations.
Treats of al kinds from Stafford's The Icing
I don’t care whether the groundhog saw his shadow, it’s still winter, and sometimes treating yourself to something decadent can go a long way toward beating the cold-weather blues. Here...
Meet George Washington at Ferry Farm.
10 places in Fredericksburg, VA, where presidents have visited.
Chatham Manor
Dive into 5 different time periods of Fredericksburg history by examining the stories of these historical couples.
Plein air painting at Belmont
The grounds and grand house at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont are a subject and resource for contemporary artists in Fredericksburg, VA, and beyond.
Trails at Alum Spring Park in Fredericksburg
You can accomplish great things this year. Fredericksburg attractions and businesses are here to help.
Wade Truong, Kybecca
Restaurant Week in Downtown Fredericksburg has been a winter tradition for the past 10 years.
Dominion Raceway
Ideas to add to your 2016 bucket list in the Fredericksburg region.
Braehead Manor, image courtesy Braehead Manor
Fredericksburg’s storied history has left this region with some truly impressive venues for weddings and other events. If wedding planning is on your list for 2016, be sure to visit...
Gifts from Spotsylvania's Backdoor Gallery
Great gifts from the Fredericksburg, VA, region.
Christmas tree at Belmont
The Christmas season is a special time to visit Gari Melchers' Home and Studio at Belmont.
Fredericksburg from Chatham Manor
The 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg is one of many ways to connect with history over the holidays in the Fredericksburg region.
UMW Philharmonic
Through music, dance and more, the performing artists of the Fredericksburg region help you get in the holiday spirit.
Christmas shopping in Fredericksburg VA
Fredericksburg-area businesses you should visit online this Cyber Monday.
Fredericksburg area wines and beers
Wines and beers from Fredericksburg, VA, pair perfectly with traditional Thanksgiving foods.
Santa is waiting at Commonwealth Lighting
Personal service, longer parking time, Santa sightings and more make holiday shopping a joy in Downtown Fredericksburg, VA.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps
As the Marine Corps celebrates its 240th birthday, there are plenty of ways to interact with the Corps in Fredericksburg, VA.
Market Scene
Where to shop for Thanksgiving turkey and other food in Fredericksburg, VA, and which restaurants are open if you don't want to cook.
Wilderness Run Vineyards
Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with a visit to Wilderness Run Vineyards in Spotsylvania County.
White Oak Civil War Museum
Stafford County museum's collection makes a statement about Civil War soliders' time here.
Globe and Laurel Caprese Salad
It’s time to treat yourself. Whether it’s homestyle Southern cooking, New York-style pizza, German or any other kind of cuisine you crave, you’re likely to find it in Stafford County...
Smith Run Trail
Fredericksburg and Wegmans team up to encourage you to explore the area's rich trails system
Pumpkins at Braehead Farm
The Fredericksburg, VA, region has enough fall festivals, pumpkin patches and other events to keep you busy all season long.
Food partnerships
When Fredericksburg, VA, area restaurants team up, the results are delicious.
Yankees in Falmouth
Photo: Stafford County Tourism Just across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg, VA, you can explore the charming community of Falmouth. Falmouth was an important center of trade, shipping and milling...
Lakes and Grapes Century Ride
If you live life on your bicycle, if you love mountain-biking, you need to get to Fredericksburg, VA.
John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Museum
John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Museum celebrates five years of telling Spotsylvanians' stories.
Lily pads on Potomac Creek
Adventure awaits on the Potomac River in Stafford County VA
Virginia Craft Beer
Where to find a new favorite Virginia beer in Fredericksburg, VA
Rising Sun Tavern
Rising Sun Tavern in Fredericksburg, VA, has published a cookbook.
Sandwich Invitational
Summer Restaurant Week and the FXBG Sandwich Invitational are a chance to explore the growing culinary scene in Fredericksburg, VA.
Ice cream in Fredericksburg VA
Where to find the best ice cream in Fredericksburg VA
Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg VA
No matter what you’re interested in, or what mode of transportation you prefer, you’re bound to find a tour in the Fredericksburg, VA, region that feels like it was designed...
Lake Anna Sunset Concert Series
Summer is a great time for live music in the Fredericksburg VA area
Miller Farms Market
Pick your own berries and find great local food at Miller Farms Market in Spotsylvania, VA.
George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm
Celebrate July 4 at George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, VA
Piney Branch one-room school in Spotsylvania
Standing in the peace of the Spotsylvania countryside along Piney Branch Road, step out of your car and ponder the history of a white clapboard building, situated among a cemetery...
Dan Dutton
Whether you’re an experienced angler or you’ve never picked up a rod in your life, you have something to gain by wading into the easily accessible waters of the Rappahannock...
A. Smith Bowman Distillery
A. Smith Bowman Distillery will open your eyes to the art of bourbon-making
If there’s one word you should associate with Fredericksburg, it’s authentic. The history here is layered like a rich tapestry, so complex that it’s impossible to run out of new...
A little less than 5 miles from Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg, a wooded, winding road along the banks of the Rappahannock River takes you to a secluded escape you might...
You’ve trained through snow, rain and busy schedules. Now you’re getting ready to pack your gear and head to Fredericksburg for the eighth running of the Marine Corps Historic Half...
Mary Washington House
The Fredericksburg region is famous for being the boyhood home of George Washington, but with Mother’s Day approaching, I think we should talk about another important resident of this area...
We all need to escape from time to time. You may know the Fredericksburg region as a destination for history, great food and architectural charm, but this area also has...
The Bavarian Chef
Five years ago this May, Jerome and Christine Thalwitz brought German cuisine to downtown Fredericksburg’s historic train station when they opened the second location of their family’s Bavarian Chef restaurant...
Painting in the gardens at Belmont
When the weather warms, there’s no more inspiring and enjoyable experience for a garden enthusiast than Historic Garden Week in Virginia . This year’s Fredericksburg-area tour highlights some truly grand...
George Washington
It’s spring break season, which means college-visiting season for many families of high school students. Fredericksburg is home to both the University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College ...
When the Gari and Corinne Melchers purchased Belmont in Stafford County in 1916, it was Gari Melchers’ desire to find a quiet, peaceful place where he could paint people in...
Historic Half marathon training
Where to run, and what to eat, to get ready for the Historic Half
Braehead Manor, images courtesy Braehead Manor
Walking up the stairs of the 1859 home he and his wife own and run as a Fredericksburg bed and breakfast , Robb Almy notes how direct connections with history...
Courtesy National Archives
Take a look at that photo above. See that man bending over on the far left side, appearing to inspect a map over the shoulder of another man? That’s Union...
Caroline Street art in Fredericksburg Va.
I stay so busy going from one experience to another here in the Fredericksburg area that I sometimes find myself forgetting that the journey is often as important as the...
Pho at Spotsylvania's Pho Saigon
The best winter comfort foods at Fredericksburg, Va., restaurants
KD'z Kidz World in Stafford County
Getting out of the house on a beautiful sunny day is a piece of cake. The thing is, sometimes it’s even more important to have an escape plan that works...
Interacting with George at Ferry Farm
Here in Fredericksburg, the past isn’t something we relegate to dusty old textbooks and pop quizzes. It’s something we live and connect with every day, as we go about our...
The chocolate case at Sweets on Caroline
Like an expert mixologist, Jan Davis mixes oil and vinegar chosen from among the dozens of gleaming stainless steel vats inside TASTE Oil Vinegar Spice , the shop she and...
Splitsville Lanes
We’re smack dab in the middle of winter, folks. It’s a season that can throw us quite a few curve balls, from weekends when we can do little other than...
2530 Espresso's Honey Cortado
Warm up with hand-crafted drinks from some of the Fredericksburg area's best coffee houses.
Homemade pasta at La Rosetta Ristorante
Within the 40 blocks of Fredericksburg’s downtown, you can find something to suit just about every interest. Foodies, in particular, can find a virtual playground, a smorgasboard of different cuisines,...
The Rappahannock River is ripe for exploration any time of year.
Have you resolved to explore more this year? You’re in the right place. The Fredericksburg region offers many paths to adventure, whether it’s retracing dramatic moments from history, the pursuit...
New Years celebrations in Fredericksburg
What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If your answer to that question includes “uh…um…well, I don’t know,” then read this before you get asked again. The Fredericksburg region has...
It's A Wonderful Life at the Riverside Center
Winter activities for children in Fredericksburg Va.
Gift basket from Adventure Brewing
Seasonal, artisan, local products for gifts made in Fredericksburg, Va.
Gari Melters Home and Studio at Belmont
Historic homes offer holiday tours in Fredericksburg, Va.
Santa's sleigh is ready for the Fredericksburg Christmas Parade
Your guide to parades and Santa sightings in Fredericksburg Va.
Small Business Saturday in downtown Fredericksburg
Where to shop Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Fredericksburg, Va
Cornbread & Caviar
Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Fredericksburg, Va
photo by Robert S. Donovan, creative commons license
Put those diets on hold, folks. The holiday season is upon us, and there’s just no good reason to deny yourself the decadent delicacies of the Fredericksburg region’s array of...
Holiday shopping in Fredericksburg Va.
Tour Guide Fred interviews Santa Claus about Fredericksburg's Holiday Open House weekend.
Aquia Landing Park, Stafford Va
Clear blue skies, crisp, cooler air and richly colored autumn leaves make fall one of the best times to be out and about with your family in the Fredericksburg region...
Ghost Tours are a popular Halloween activity in Fredericksburg
Here in Historic Fredericksburg, it’s not unheard-of for the sale of an older home to include a waiver that states the buyers understand that lingering ghosts and spirits convey with...
The award-winning wines of Mattaponi Winery
October marks the 26 th annual Virginia Wine Month, a chance to explore a state that continues to make waves as a wine destination . Here in the Fredericksburg region,...
Miller Farms
Hayrides, kettle corn, searching the fields for a pumpkin shaped just so. What would fall be without these rituals? I stay busy year-round here in the Fredericksburg region, but come...
St. George's Episcopal Church
Here’s your word of the day: Horophile. It’s a person who has an obsession with timekeeping devices. That’s me, folks. Old or new, all clocks fascinate me. Over the years...
Lavender Heights Bed and Breakfast
Escape. Relax. Refresh. Breathe. These imperatives crowd our minds when day-to-day life starts to have too many bells and whistles, when our clocks seem to start running a little too...
The barrel room at the A. Smith Bowman Distillery
Fredericksburg’s craft beverage tradition is growing by the day (more about this up-and-coming scene here ). Over the next month, many of the region’s most popular breweries, bars, wineries and...
Lincoln and the troops
Have you done much exploring lately? This weekend offers two opportunities that are truly unique to the Fredericksburg region. You can travel back in time to visit a busy seaport...
Carl's Ice Cream benefitted from U.S. 1.
It’s always hard to say goodbye to summer, but fall in the Fredericksburg region is such a lively time that I can’t be sad for too long. This list of...
It doesn’t take a collection of clocks to show that summer is quickly slipping away from us. Every year, this happens, and I watch the days start to get shorter...
Adventure Brewing Co.
Is there a more perfect way to end an August day than with a sip from a sudsy mug of artisan-brewed ale? I don’t think so, which is why I’m...
Wilderness Presidential Resort
If you’ve ever wanted to go somewhere that was designed for families with kids, where finding activities for multiple age groups doesn’t require a research project worthy of a PhD,...
Fredericksburg's Summer Restaurant Week
Summer is a food-lover’s dream. Vine-ripened tomatoes, succulent peaches, candy-sweet corn and other seasonal treats benefit from abundant sunshine this time of year. But that warm sunshine sure makes me...
Garden at Ferry Farm
Those of you who’ve been reading my dispatches for a while might wonder: Why does Fred like clocks so much? Well, besides the fact that they can be beautiful works...
FXBG Sandwich Invitational
Fredericksburg has to be high up on any list of cities with the highest number of knock-your-socks-off chefs per square mile. Lately, there’s been an interesting vibe in the culinary...
Gold panning at Lake Anna State Park
Nearly a century and a half before the North Anna River was dammed to form today’s Lake Anna, prospectors panning in Spotsylvania County’s Pigeon Run struck gold. So began a...
Berries at the Spotsylvania County Farmers Market
I often find that the best way to really get to know a place is through its food. The product of a region’s farms and artisan food producers can really...
LibertyTown Arts Workshop in downtown Fredericksburg
There’s something about summer that inspires. Longer days give us more time to explore our interests. Time off from school and vacations from work afford the chance to try something...
Fourth of July events abound in the Fredericksburg region.
The Fourth of July brings a variety of festivities throughout the Fredericksburg region. The Spotsylvania Stars and Strips Spectacular is a festival of food, music, games and a grand finale...
The falls of the Rappahannock River, photo by Sharon Ramsey
Something about the water is so inviting to us all. Its serene ripples and rushing rapids provide pleasing scenery all year long, but summer is prime time for getting out...
Adventure Brewing will be a special guest at the Father's Day Festival.
Before you buy another tie, sleeve of golf balls or grilling apron bearing a witty slogan, consider giving Dad a truly one-of-a-kind experience this Father’s Day. The partners of the...
The Children's Museum of Richmond's new Fredericksburg branch will allow your child to learn through play.
With school years coming to a close, it’s time to build an arsenal of activities that will keep your kids (and you) happy and entertained during the summer vacation. Whether...
The Celebrate Virginia Live concert series brings big names to Fredericksburg.
When I can’t find my trusty pocket watch, my favorite way to keep time is by tapping my toe to the beat some great live music. Country, jazz, bluegrass, rock,...
Fredericksburg offers many ways to observe Memorial Day.
Part of what makes Fredericksburg such a timeless destination is that this region honors and preserves the past at the same time it fully embraces modern progress. Memorial Day is...
Thousands of runners will enter the 2014 Historic Half marathon.
For the sixth year in a row, thousands of runners and spectators from all over the United States and other parts of the world will descend upon Fredericksburg a couple...
Potomac Point Winery offers the chance to picnic on its grounds.
Whenever I consult my clocks these days, they all say the same thing: Time to get outside. One of my favorite outdoor activities involves unfurling a well-worn quilt in a...
The Potomac River has played an important role in Stafford County's history.
This year marks the 350 th anniversary of the birth of Stafford County, when it was divided off from Westmoreland County. County residents have been celebrating all year, but the...
Fredericksburg Spa & Wellness Week
You probably already know that Fredericksburg is a great place to connect with history, score one-of-a-kind shopping finds and enjoy chef-styled artisan food. Today, I’m going to clue you in...
This cannon was present for the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, and will return for the 150th anniversary.
As I was saying last week , the commemoration of the 150 th anniversary of the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse May 1 – 4 offers some incomparable...
Reenactors will re-create moments from the battles of Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse.
150 years ago, Spotsylvania County was the scene of some truly dramatic events that had pivotal importance in American history. In May 1864, the Civil War’s “Overland Campaign,” a series...
The First Friday Trolley makes it easy to see all downtown has to offer.
If you want to really get a feel for the atmosphere that makes Fredericksburg such a great place to live and visit, mark your calendar for the first Friday of...
The gardens at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont are fantastic.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so eager to stow away the snow boots for the year. We’ve had plenty of winter wonderland in Virginia in 2014, but now it’s...
One of many clocks undergoing detailed restoration work at Fredericksburg Clock Repair Shop
If you’ve been curious enough to read a little bit about me , you know I have a fascination with timepieces, right down to the trusty pocket watch I always...
Te whole family can be active together at the Big Muddy Challenge.
You know by now my weakness for interesting clocks, but there is one clock I just can’t stand—the digital readout on any elliptical, stair-climber, treadmill or other workout machine. Fitness...
The Riddick House at Stevenson Ridge dates to 1812.
I just love a place with a good story to tell. Here in the Fredericksburg region, I often come across delicious little niches where rich narratives are layered like the...
Downtown Fredericksburg isn't your typical interstate pit stop.
Dear Fred, My wife and I live in Lewiston, Maine, with our two elementary-school-age kids. We’re biting the bullet this year and using the kids’ spring break to make a...
"Commerce Street" image courtesy Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
One of the best things about the Fredericksburg area is the way this community refuses to let its history be forgotten. Remembering where we have come from is the key...
Ferry Farm will host a birthday party for George Washington.
The kids will be out of school next week for Presidents Day, and, stammering stopwatches, if Fredericksburg isn’t the best place for an outing that’s positively presidential, then I don’t...
A couples' class at Pitaiyo in Fredericksburg isn't your ordinary date night.
I like being wined and dined as much as anyone, but am I alone in thinking that the same old date night can get boring after a while? It’s always...
Chancellorsville Battlefield offers many trails.
Hello, friends. Fred here. Just taking off my boots after a crisp hike in the cold winter air. That's right--while I've got plenty of indoor activities to keep me busy...
An art class at Liberty Town Arts Workshop.
I confess that I get a little restless this time of year. The cold, wet weather can sometimes make time go by slowly, and that’s a problem even for such...
The culinary creations of Kybecca's chef Wade Truong
The holidays are over, the weather is cold…are we allowed to have fun in January? Of course, and the independent restaurateurs of downtown Fredericksburg are just the folks we need...
Potomac Point Winery is on the RF&P Grapes and Grains Trail.
Another year is upon us, my friends, and I'm taking a little down time this week to map out all of the things I want to do in the Fredericksburg...
The 2013 Fredericksburg holiday ornament
I’m always on the lookout for great souvenirs from all of my adventures here in the Fredericksburg region—you know, those perfect mementos that don’t just clutter up the house, but...
Well hello, there. So nice of you to stop by. I was just heading out to—What’s that? We haven’t been introduced? Well, then. My apologies. You can call me Fred...