Written by Brenda Sapanghila




We can’t blame you for wanting to visit Fredericksburg in the Fall. The weather is near perfect and there’s just something wonderful about the way Autumnal golden light plays on Downtown’s brick sidewalks, and the Rappahannock River. 


There are loads of great activities to do in the region this time of year, too! It can be very overwhelming to pick and choose what to do, especially if you only have a weekend to enjoy them. Here are a few suggestion to help narrow the field a bit.  



If you’re looking for a…


Romantic getaway


Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania is tremendously romantic, especially with the leaves changing. The grounds are beautiful and it feels secluded even though it’s close to shopping, in Cosner’s Corner. Check out this sweet Romance package!


Romance by Candlelight

Imagine returning from dinner to a cabin lit by candlelight or wood-burning fire, a delicious display of locally made artisan chocolates and silk rose petals scattered throughout.  Includes turndown service.  MUST be ordered a minimum 24 hours in advance.


Another suggestion is to spend the weekend on a boat, at Lake Anna. While boating tends to get lumped in the “summer”  activity category, we assure you it’s fantastic in the fall. Rent a cabin and unplug from the world together, snuggled in blankets! 


We think a completely laid-back afternoon wine-tasting at Potomac Point Winery, followed by an evening lounging at Lavender Heights Bed and Breakfast, sounds dreamy. We also suggest trying their Dinner, Theater, and Love Story Package


Tour Belmont during the day and enjoy Riverside Dinner Theater at night!  Share the love story of Gari and Corinne Melchers at Belmont, Melchers’ home and studio in the early twentieth century.  Riverside Dinner Theater hosts Broadway-class shows including Gypsy and Forever Plaid.


Of course, a romantic weekend in Fredericksburg wouldn’t be complete without a downtown moment! Stroll the brick sidewalks together, shopping and dining. Be sure to vote for your favorite scarecrow if you’re visiting during “The ScareCrows Are Coming” event. Each October, shops and restaurants downtown go all out decorating their storefronts with a scarecrow scene. Vote for your favorites and be entered to win a prize!


Outdoorsy Fun– There is so much to do It’s hard to know where to start! Actually, we know exactly where to start:The Rappahannock River. It winds through the region, offering numerous places to fish, inner tube, kyak, and paddleboard. You can even bring your dog! If you’re jonesing for a larger body of water, try Motts Run Reservoir, Lake Anna, or Crows Nest Natioal Area Preserve ( Stafford County). The region is also home to many quick trails for those looking to stay on foot. For the bike inclined, we suggest the Rappahannock River Trail, then stopping downtown for a beer or a meal. Note: The beginning of October and September are still pretty warm in the region. Towards the end of October, it may be too chilly for water sports. For a deeper dive, check out these articles…


Where To Sleep Outside In The Fredericksburg Region


Explore The Potomac River In Stafford  


Hit The Trails In The Frederickburg Region The Fall. 



Craftbeer fans and foodies– One thing’s for sure, the Fredericksburg region loves craftbeer and excellent food ! While we have a space in our heart for each and every brewery and restaurant, there’s no way you can try all of them in a weekend ( though that would be amazing!). We suggest taking a moment to consider what vibe you like, what local beers/new menus have been released, and when you’ll be dining. If you’re looking for something new, be sure to check out one or more of these restaurants



Families We have an entire article written just for you! Here are some highlights:


Rappahannock Railroad Museum Learn about our railway history and tour retired train cars! Weather Permitting, you can also take a roughly 45 minute open-air train ride, traveling approximately 1 mile from the Museum out to the RF&P mainline. 


Fredericksburg Area Museum– Learn about the history of the city of Fredericksburg and its development from a colonial to a modern city. Follow their social media pages for upcoming events and exhibits!


Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont– A National Historic Landmark, Gari Melchers Home and Studio is one of just 30 of America’s most significant artists’ spaces included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios consortium. 


White Oak Civil War Museum View their unique collection of hundreds of Union and Confederate artifacts collected from encampments and battle sites, around the Fredericksburg area. 


The Children’s Museum Fredericksburg – New exhibits coming soon! The mission of the Children’s Museum is to inspire growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play.



Get away with friends– Romance comes and goes, but friendships are forever! Celebrate yours here, in Fredericksburg. To make the most of your weekend, we suggest sharing an experience together. It can be as simple as coming to a First Friday, or as involved as training for a local race. There are many upcoming fall events, too! If your crew is more on the spontaneous side and don’t want to be held to a schedule ( lets be real, sometimes it’s impossible to get everyone on a schedule ), take a tour followed by a long, amazing meal.  


Insider tip for the ladies:


Lavender Heights offers a fun Girlfriends Package where they help you personalize a package 


After a relaxing night’s rest, how about a day of pampering at the spa or strolling Old Town Fredericksburg through their boutique and antique shops?  Then there are the wineries, brewery and distillery, or an evening at the movies with the latest tear-jerker.  We’ll take care of the arrangements that could include a limousine so you don’t lift a finger. The next morning, you may want to sleep in, practice yoga on the deck, or head to the local park for a jog before a sumptuous gourmet meal. 



Unwind and decompress– You deserve to be cared for, inside and out. Fredericksburg offers many places that not only pamper, but really help you decompress and release negative energy. Here are a few suggestions:




These days, an important factor in releasing stress is being able to disconnect. While we love social media ( find us here/ here/ here! ), and yes the above experiences are totally ‘gram worthy, be sure to take time away from your phone, too. 


History immersion– Fredericksburg is rich in American history. There is so much here, that you just can’t do it all in 48 hours. To take full advantage of time and the season we suggest the following:


Last Updated:
December 14, 2018