The Itinerary at a Glance
Taste the best of the Fredericksburg Region, consisting of Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania, with visits to fun wineries, a cool distillery, top breweries and great restaurants. Sip and see how good wine, beer and whiskey is made and meet winemakers, master distillers and brewers.
Duration: 3 Days
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 in Stafford 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. You can end your day with a candlelight tour of an authentic Colonial favorite, Rising Sun Tavern, where the tavern wench will acquaint you with the meaning of early colloquialisms such as “sleep tight” and “don’t bite off more than you can chew.”
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 you will have a private cooking demonstration and lunch.
Afterward, 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. Begin your morning with a visit to an area hops farm and learn how this blossom is cultivated. Naturally, you’ll want to see how hops are used so your next stop is at Spencer Devon Brewery. Tours and flighted tastings will be available and you’ll also have a delicious and fun lunch specially prepared. George Washington grew up right across the river from Fredericksburg.
You can 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 A. Smith 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.