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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 much to offer for those seeking a wellness escape from life’s stresses.

Here are 5 reasons to make it your go-to destination for refreshment.

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1 – Downtown Wellness Week – For the second year in a row, more than 20 businesses in historic Downtown Fredericksburg will offer special deals perfect for anyone who has been thinking about trying a new fitness class, spa treatment or other service. Unlimited passes to fitness studios like Dragonfly Yoga and Fly Fitness Inspiration will let you find out whether hot yoga is your thing, or Barre Body can help you feel more like a dancer. New experiences like stand-up paddle board yoga from Pitaiyo, lessons on how to use your own makeup to its fullest from Studio Dior and reduced-price massage packages from Skin+Touch Therapy and other providers make this an excellent week to do something special for yourself. The promotion runs from May 2 through May 9, 2015. Some deals will run through the end of May. Find a full listing of participating businesses and deals here.

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2 – New adventures in fitness – So you’ve never heard of Pitaiyo? Well, run into any of the many regulars at this fitness studio with the feel of a boutique lounge, and they’ll tell you you’re missing out. This combination of Pilates, tai chi and yoga is just one of many innovative ways you can liven up your fitness routine with a visit to Fredericksburg. Dragonfly Yoga and Fly Fitness Inspiration are two other downtown destinations for fitness buffs. In Spotsylvania County, the bright red hammocks hanging from the ceiling in Somatic 360 Fitness Studio will have you doing hand-stands, flipping upside down or just relaxing in this cozy hanging cocoon.

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3 – Refreshing B&Bs – Read through the guest logs at Lavender Heights Bed and Breakfast in Falmouth and you’ll see a theme: People from busier, bigger cities to the north of here find exactly the escape they were looking for in this peaceful, luxurious bed and breakfast just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Fredericksburg and many other attractions. For the ultimate peaceful retreat that isn’t too far away, consider staying within the bounds of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park at Braehead Manor, or very close to Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield at Stevenson Ridge. These two properties offer the chance for long, peaceful walks away from busy roads without being too far away from great restaurants and shopping.

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4 – Fresh air – We love to be outdoors here in Fredericksburg, and folks here keep coming up with new ways to enjoy our beautiful natural surroundings. Ever wanted to try fly fishing? River Rock Outfitters is offering 2-day lessons on several dates this spring and summer. Check out the details here.  The Virginia Outdoor Center is your destination for kayak, canoe and tubing trips on the Rappahannock River. Lake Anna State Park offers hiking trails, camping and many great programs throughout the year. Then there is the ever-growing network of trails that can help you enjoy some of the most beautiful spots around here. The Rappahannock River Heritage Trail is a can’t-miss attraction if you’re in the downtown area, and Government Island in Stafford County is a hidden gem for anyone who loves a hike with a good story.

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5 – Eating right…and loving it – Who says a healthy diet can’t be a gourmet experience? Start with fresh-picked produce and other goodies from Miller Farms and the area’s farmer’s markets. Continue your pantry makeover with a visit to Kickshaws Downtown Market or Harvest Market, two purveyors of foods that heal.  Get serious with a visit to Liz’z Creative Juices, a raw and living foods juice bar and café on Lafayette Boulevard in Fredericksburg. This place will really get you thinking about how to maximize the good that your diet does for your body. The region is home to many other restaurants whose chefs strive to use local produce whenever possible.