The Itinerary at a Glance
Taste the best of Fredericksburg with visits to a fun winery, cool distillery, top brewery and great restaurants. Sip and see how good wine, beer and whiskey is made and meet winemakers, master distillers and brewers. Learn to pair Virginia wines with food. Stroll and shop historic downtown filled with boutiques, antiques and confections. Take a trolley tour one of America’s most historic small towns. Take a candlelight tour of a Colonial tavern.
4 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Potomac Point Winery
- Rising Sun Tavern
- Mattaponi Winery
- Bavarian Chef
Duration: 3 Days Available: Year-round This Itinerary is Ideal For: Adults over 21
Fredericksburg is not only one of America’s most historic small towns, it’s one of the most fun and tasty! What better way to start your visit than Potomac Point Winery where you will taste award-winning wines and get a special guided tour. Dinner this evening is downtown at Kybecca, specializing in craft cocktails, wine and modern Virginia cuisine. We’ll end our day with a candlelight tour of an authentic Colonial favorite, Rising Sun Tavern, where the tavern wench will acquaint us with the meaning of early colloquialisms such as “sleep tight” and “don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
Well start the day free-wheeling on a fun trolley tour of the historic downtown. A major Civil War battle was fought here and George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and even Abraham Lincoln walked its streets. Bring your appetite along to Capital Ale House where we will have a private cooking demonstration and lunch. Afterwards you can stroll off a few calories downtown browsing the boutiques, antique shops and art galleries. It’s back on the bus for a quick ride into the country for a wine tasting and tour at Mattaponi Winery before coming back to town for dinner and a show at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts.
Craft breweries are springing up all over Virginia creating a demand for a key ingredient, hops. We begin our morning with a visit to an
area hops farm and learn how this blossom is cultivated. Naturally, we want to see how hops are used so our next stop is at Spencer Devon Brewery. Tours and flighted tastings will be available and we’ll also have a delicious and fun lunch specially prepared by head chef Justin Cunningham. George Washington grew up right across the river from Fredericksburg. We’ll tour his homestead, Ferry Farm, and learn what archaeologists are discovering about what the Washington family grew and ate. Mid-afternoon calls for refreshment at Carl’s Ice Cream, a National Historic Landmark serving old-fashioned frozen custard. Next up is a fascinating look at how premium spirits are made at Bowman Distillery. A tour with the master distiller will be followed by a tasting of some of his outstanding product. Save room for a bountiful German dinner at the Bavarian Chef, housed in the historic Fredericksburg Train Depot.