This itinerary at a glance: Ready for a new king of adventure? Spotsylvania County offers a harmonious blend of rural landscapes and outdoor adventure all in a setting as unique as its name. Spotsylvania is a one-of-a-kind destination offering water sports and fishing on Lake Anna, award-winning-wineries and breweries, a world-famous distillery, diverse dining options, as well as a vibrant history, all ready to be shared with you. We invite you to “find your spot” is Spotsylvania, Virginia.
Duration: 3 Days
Just south of Fredericksburg, stop for lunch at The Battlefield Country Store, a destination lunch, grocery, coffee, and ice cream experience. The Spotsylvania County Museum is across the street. There you’ll discover Spotsylvania County, a Virginia gem.
Formal guided tours of the museum are available with three weeks advance notice. The Special Collections and Museum presents objects, photographs, art, and textiles that contributed to the County’s 300-year history. The next stop is the First Day at Chancellorsville Battlefield. The 215-acre site features a walking trail that loops more than a mile and traces the action that began the morning on May 1, 1863. Walking the battlefield promises a profound experience.
Arrive at the Spotsylvania Court House District for a walking tour. Designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed in 1983 in the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll discover why the area is labeled “Crossroads of the Civil War.” Your walk will take you to seven stops in the District and two adjacent sites. Begin at the Spotsylvania Courthouse, which moved in 1839 to where it sits today. The county saw three major Civil War battles with the courthouse being the bloodiest battle site due to its strategic location on the road to Richmond. Adjacent to the courthouse sits a Work Projects Administration project. Other points of interest include the Spotsylvania Jail 1855, Confederate Cemetery, Christ Episcopal Church, and the Spotsylvania County Museum.
This evening enjoy tastings at Wilderness Run Vineyards/1781 Brewing Co. It’s the best of both worlds on a family owned and operated historic farms. A food truck dinner can be arranged. Ready to get your wilderness on? You’ll find it at Wilderness Presidential Resort. Check into full-equipped lakeside camp cottages, log cabins, or bring your RVs and tents.
Begin your day at a nearby breakfast spot or prepare something in your accommodations. There are plenty of outdoor activities to fill your morning. Choose what fits your style. For the active lifestyle, there is a ropes course, rock climbing, tennis, or Knockerball®, (trust us, you’ll have a blast.) mini golf, disc golf archery, gem mining, and an escape room round out your land options.
Pick up a box lunch before arriving at Lake Anna Outfitters, Virginia’s paddling headquarters, just a half-mile paddle from the undeveloped coves of Lake Anna State Park. You’ll want to check out Paddlers Beach and Skinny Dippers Cove. Perfect picnic spots. If it floats and you can paddle it, Lake Anna Outfitters has your favorite from Paddleboards and Premium Paddleboards to Canoes and Pedal Boats to Single and Double Kayaks. Definitely allow for some gift shop time. You’ll want to take home a long sleeve shirt, tee shirt, souvenir, or your own paddleboard, just to show your friends yes, I did this!
Stop for a casual dinner at nearby The Cove at Lake Anna before returning to Wilderness Presidential Resort.
Early checkout at the resort and enjoy breakfast at a local spot.
Arrive at the Shannon Air Museum for a peek at some rare aircraft and exhibits. Before viewing the only known surviving Vultee V-1AD, The Stars & Stripes, The Pitcairn PA-5, and other aircraft and their stories take time to follow the museum’s history. It’s a story in itself from the Shannon Airport in 1950 to the Shannon Air Museum in the early 1970s to hard times to its grand reopening in 2017. Depart Spotsylvania County with fond memories of its outdoors and history.
Lindsay Leach/Community Engagement & Tourism Manager
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