Fredericksburg, VA City Guide

Photos by Heather and Michael Fonteneau

This week’s Fredericksburg City Guide comes from Heather and Mickael Fonteneau of Atelier Fonteneau. After meeting and living in New York, Heather convinced Mickael that living in the Virginia countryside would be just like moving back to life in the French countryside . . . sort of. That’s when the couple stumbled upon Fredericksburg and set up a workshop where they design and build custom furnishings, architectural woodwork, kitchens and residential and commercial spaces with their team (their benches can be seen in the Sneak Peek of Susan and William Brinson’s New York loft space).

Today they share their now-home of Fredericksburg, VA, in this amazing guide! Thank you, Heather and Mickael, for taking us on a tour of your beautiful city. — Stephanie

Read the full guide after the jump . . .

Equidistant from Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA, Fredericksburg is perhaps best known for the University of Mary Washington and its civil war landmarks, battlefields and the many places where George Washington slept, but it’s much more than that. It’s also a sweet piece of small-town America with a fast-growing art, food and design scene at its historic downtown core. There is a strong sense of ownership and entrepreneurship downtown, where the majority of shops and restaurants are owned and operated by members of the community. Everyone seems to know everyone, and if they don’t, they soon will. Fredericksburg is a hospitable city that loves a party, so be sure to check out the calendar for events celebrating everything, including Greek heritage, Oktoberfest, dog parades, Bastille Day (a personal favorite!), home and garden tours and the list goes on. That plus the abundance of awesome colonial American, Victorian and early 20th-century architecture are great reasons to add the ‘burg to your list of places to check out in Virginia.

Be sure to check out this Fredericksburg Google Map with all the below listings.

DOWNTOWN

See/Do

Carl’s Ice Cream is affectionately known as “Carl’s” and is a Fredericksburg institution that oozes delicious soft-serve. This place definitely has its own cult following that will brave crazy long lines and inclement weather. Carl’s has been owned and operated by the same family since 1947 and still operates out of a 1940s frozen custard walk-up. There are four flavors available (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and pineapple), as well as sundaes, shakes, malts and frozen slushes. In warm weather or at the end or beginning of the season, be prepared to wait in a line that wraps around the block and down the street, but once you see the electric lights of the Carl’s sign calling, there’s no going back. Closed between the Sunday before Thanksgiving and the Friday of Presidents Day Weekend. 2200 Princess Anne Street. 540.368.0000

Goolrick’s Pharmacy is one of America’s longest continuously running pharmacies that still offer traditional sandwiches, malted milks, milkshakes and cherry Cokes from a Norman Rockwell-era lunch counter. A mix of regulars and tourists mingle here over egg salad, BLTs, potato chips and macaroni salad, as well as other nostalgic sides. The menu is simple, and the seating is limited, but if you see a stool, steal it. 901 Caroline Street. 540.373-9878

Don’t miss the Fredericksburg Area Museum located on the corner of Princess Anne and William Streets. It’s a small museum showing both permanent collections and changing feature exhibitions that highlight the ‘burg’s history in art, architecture, economy and community, among other topics. Make sure you take time to pass through the museum shop, which can also be accessed independent of the museum. 1001 Princess Anne Street. 540.371-3037

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the tours available in Fredericksburg. There is a tour for almost anything, including the Kenmore Plantation and Ferry Farm; the Mary Washington House; a trolley tour, an architecture tour; a ghost tour and riverboat lunch, brunch or dinner tour. That said, some tours and events are offered on a regular basis, while others are offered seasonally. It’s best to check with the Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center. 706 Caroline Street. 540. 373.1776

Eat

Let me start by saying that we L-O-V-E love Foodē. Foodē (say it like foodie) serves up an ever-changing menu of fresh, regional, seasonal food that makes you feel as though everything is right in the world. Owners and BFFs Joy Crump and Beth Black and their staff have created a go-to for happy, amazing food without the fuss. Find your way through the wrought iron gate, down their beautifully decorated alleyway lined with outdoor seating, and into the small dining room. Be forewarned: The set-up is a bit unconventional. Come inside, grab a menu, order at the counter and find a place to sit — the food will be on its way. Because Foodē doesn’t offer traditional table-side service (although I’ve never wanted for anything), they don’t ask for tips. They just ask that you have a great meal, make yourself at home and stay a while. And you will. Come for (weekend) brunch, lunch and dinner. Love. 1006 C / D Caroline Street. 540.479.1370

Bistro Bethem is owned by husband-wife team Blake and Aby Bethem and was one of the first places we loved (and still love) in Fredericksburg. The Bethems focus on spinning local farm-fresh produce into comfortable fine dining. Their cozy space houses artwork from local artists, a 300-year-old pine bar with some of the most interesting handcrafted drinks in town, periodic live music and a warm and knowledgeable staff. Keep an eye out for their upcoming burger restaurant and rooftop bar. Reservations recommended. Closed Monday. 309 William Street. 540.371.9999

Sammy T’s has been a Fredericksburg mainstay since opening in 1981. Housed in a former auction house, Sammy T’s menu serves up diverse daily specials and a vegetarian (and vegan!) friendly menu. Its friendly staff, rotating local art collection and timeworn interior let you know you that have found the neighborhood joint. 801 Caroline Street. 540.371-2008

Up early? Make your way over to Eileen’s Bakery and Café for the cases full of freshly baked breads, pastries, confections and an array of breakfast sandwiches and small plates. On the far end of Caroline Street’s retail row, Eileen’s is located in a small renovated church building with a garden patio in the back. The George’s Mess is a local favorite and no-fail choice for breakfast. If you linger long enough, lunch starts at 11 a.m. with seasonal homemade salads and sandwiches. Closed Monday. 1115 Caroline Street. 540.372-4030

While it’s a few blocks up from most of the downtown action, if you make the (albeit short) trek, you will find a couple of the nicest guys and some of the best, baddest sandwiches in town at Jake & Mike’s. In addition to their long, very worthwhile sandwich menu, Jake & Mike’s is open for Sunday brunch and dinner on Tuesday through Sunday with a range of specials and unpretentious simple dishes. Sit down, relax and dig into their famous Russian Reuben or BLT or po’boy . . . 806 William Street. 540.370-4590

La Petite Auberge has remained the place to go for regulars for over 25 years with their menu of traditional French and local dishes. This place feels storied, like a bit of an institution, and has certainly stuck to its old school roots. The service is fab, as is the food, and I tend to cozy up to their bric-a-brac-laced bar for a laid-back dinner. The kitchen was recently handed down from father to son, and I think it will be interesting to see what the new generation of La Petite brings. Closed Sunday. 311 William Street. 540.371-2727

Castiglia’s is Mickael’s go-to corner joint for wood-fired pizza in a warm, homey, leisurely environment with casual outdoor seating. The Castiglia family’s Italian eatery has been a mainstay for years and is soon expanding, with a wine bar and rooftop expansion. 324 William Street. 540.373.6650

Bist du hungrig?!? If you are hungry, welcome to The Bavarian Chef. This restaurant is an extension of a family-owned German restaurant by the same name located in Madison, Virginia, that offers up traditional Bavarian lunch and dinner as well as additional options for those who aren’t sure whether they should schnitzel or spätzle. The Bavarian chef takes up the interior of a retired railroad station (right next to the Amtrak), and when you come, you should (1) make a reservation and (2) come hungry. You will be fed well. You will wish that you wore your elastic pants. You will see a dirndl or two. Closed Monday. 200 Lafayette Boulevard. 540.656-2101

Soup & Taco is a tiny slice of a lunch or quick dinner spot. In addition to having soup and tacos, they have a simple, straightforward menu of traditional fresh Mexican and Tex-Mex plates. Seating is limited. Closed Monday. 813 Caroline Street. 540.899-0969

Drink

Fredericksburg’s Capital Alehouse is a sister location in a small local group of alehouses throughout Virginia. For those who just want a good, cold beer, this is the place to park it. The alehouse serves over 55 beers on tap and over 300 by the bottle on a winding iced bar top. 917 Caroline Street. 540.371.2337

If you’ve been in Fredericksburg for more than ten minutes, you’ve most likely seen Hyperion Espresso perched on the corner of William and Princess Anne Streets. Yes, it’s a coffee house. A very good one, in fact. But it’s also where people congregate, spilling outside and monopolizing the outdoor tables and chairs for as long as they please.  Aside from a sweet spot to have a non-alcoholic drink, they also offer light breakfast and snack options. 301 William Street. 540.373.4882

Kybecca wine bar is a popular stop for wines by the glass or bottle and cocktails. Outfitted with an Enomatic machine, featured wines are available in pours of various sizes, which are great if you want to try different types of wine without committing to a bottle (or a full glass). 400 William Street. 540.373.3338

Shop

Whittingham is a treasure trove of interesting home accessories ranging from quirky boxes and objects to dishes and serverware to art, mirrors, linens, glassware and the list goes on. This store has great seasonal home accessories, as well, and a constantly changing, often hilarious storefront window. Next door at the Kitchen at Whittingham, you will want for nothing in the way of specialty ingredients, cook and bake ware, and interesting quirky hooks and accessories. The Kitchen at Whittingham hosts regular cooking classes taught by local chefs on Thursdays and Sundays. This is my go-to place for interesting and affordable gifts. 1021 Caroline Street. 540.374.0443

While the ‘burg has several antique stores, none of them, in my opinion, are as well curated as Beck’s antiques. Wandering into Beck’s is like stumbling into the attic of a family member who collected only cool and interesting things. While the prices vary, the quality of the furniture, china, crystal, jewelry and textiles is unmistakable. Once you make it to the back of the store, you will find a solid collection of old books ranging from American history to art and architecture. 708 Caroline Street. 540.371.1766

R&R Antiques is one of the largest antique shops in Fredericksburg, with 40-plus vendors. I like this place because it’s a hodgepodge of items that you can get lost searching through. If you do take your time and look through the odds and ends, you can get very good deals on items that might easily be overlooked by others. Recent finds include 19th-century apothecary jars, crystal and marble lamps for under $100 and interesting floral prints. The back of the store has a sizeable collection of vintage accessories, clothes, shoes and furs. 1001 Caroline Street

PA Dutch Food & Candy is a great little store that sells just about every kind of imported and iconic candy imaginable. Every time I come to this store, I try something new and interesting, and it never gets old. Its sister store, PA Dutch Tea & Spice Company, is located next door. The shelves are lined with boxes housing different sized pouches of spices and loose teas, all with samples available for sniffing. They also have a nice selection of tea pots, infusers and accessories. 1013 Caroline Street. 540.656.240

Libertytown Arts Workshop is a working art space and gallery tucked away on Liberty Street that houses the works of several skilled craftspeople and artists. Pieces range from pottery to photography and are for sale in the gallery, and group classes are taught in the workshop. The workshop hosts a variety of events, as well, so be sure to check their calendar. My personal favorite is potter Neal Reed916 Liberty Street. 540.371.7255

I recently wandered into Savvy Chic and immediately found a handful of pieces that I wanted to take home with me and could actually afford to do so. The shop features a mix of funky refinished pieces, accessories and architectural elements from varying periods and styles. 619 Caroline Street. 540.368.5440.

The ladies behind Beaucoup Vintage and Madeline Ruth have teamed up for their new joint venture, Forage. The recently opened shop sells a really well-edited selection of consignment and vintage clothes and accessories. 208 William Street. 540.656.286

Emporio is another newer home store that offers upcycled and repurposed furniture, art and accessories that lean toward the glamorous and gilded. Recent finds include large demijohn bottles, painted bamboo screens and folksy paintings. 703 Caroline Street. 540.373.0619

Fredericksburg has an abundance of art galleries that are worth checking out. I especially like Art First Gallery, which has represented local artists for 20 years with a variety of abstract, landscape, portrait and mixed media. Attached to Art First is Brushstrokes Gallery, also featuring local artists. 824 Caroline Street. 540.368.0560

The recently relocated DuJardin has an interesting mix of home accessories with an emphasis on European design. I come here to check out seasonal items, gifts and the small garden area in the back of the store. Recent finds include European egg ornaments painted with little owls. Cute! 822 Caroline Street. 540.374-1001

PonShop is a gallery and retail space with a little bit of everything. Owners Scarlett and Gabriel Pons’ space is a good place to go for mixed media art, ceramics, paintings, clothing and handmade objects from local and regional artists, including their own art. The shop also teaches classes on art, from ceramics to street graphics. 712 Caroline Street. 540.656-221

Unleash your inner prepster! Lydia’s Monogrammed Gifts and Accessories is a mecca for all things monogrammed (and I’m a sucker for a monogram). The front of the store features gifts including travel bags, home accessories, adorable baby toys and linens, and the back of the store houses specialty stationery. I like to come here for easy gift shopping. Closed Sunday. 417 William Street. 540.373.7023

If you’re like me, books are really important to your personal space. I like to troll Read All Over BookstoreRiverby Books and Griffin Bookshop and Coffee Bar for used art, architecture and cookbooks, as well as classics with beautiful loungy spaces to waste away the day. 307 William Street, 540.656.2911; 805 Caroline Street, 540.373.6148; and 723 Caroline Street, 540.899.8041

Stay

Located in the historic district but a few blocks removed from the restaurants and bars (and partying college kids) is the charming Kenmore Inn. The Kenmore Inn is a traditional bed & breakfast with nine rooms each named and decorated for a historic figure connected to Fredericksburg. There’s also a cozy bar and restaurant that spills out into a semi-private brick courtyard with views of a really amazing residential area. 1200 Princess Anne Street. 540.371.7622

Built in the 18th century, the Richard Johnston Inn has been around the block, so to speak. In its previous life, the inn was home to Richard Johnston, one of Fredericksburg’s 19th-century mayors, and it has since been transformed into an award-winning inn. Closer to the action on Caroline Street, the Richard Johnston Inn is known for hosting special events and parties. The inn has an additional “I wish that was my house” property available, the Caroline House, located a few blocks away. 711 Caroline Street. 540.899.7606

RIGHT OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN

Though not part of a designated neighborhood, these spots are worth checking out while visiting the ‘burg.

Belmont, Gari Melcher’s Home and Studio, is a crush-worthy country estate that I highly recommend taking the time to see. Previously the home and studio to prominent 18th- and 19th-century painter Gari Melchers and the love of his life, Corinne, the estate now serves as a museum, gallery space and lush garden space open to the public (except Wednesdays). Belmont holds periodic events, so be sure to check the calendar. 224 Washington Street, Falmouth, VA 22405. 540.654-1015

Another great little hideaway is A. Smith Bowman Distillery, located right outside of the historic downtown core.  Tour the distillery Monday through Friday to learn the history and process of one of Virginia’s pioneers in making hand-crafted spirits, and then hit up the gift shop for their small-batch whiskey, gin, rum and vodka. 1 Bowman Drive. 540.373.4555

Around the corner from A. Smith Bowman Distillery is Blue & Gray Brewing Company brewpub, which houses Fredericksburg’s own brewery. Tours and free samples are available on Saturdays and at varying times throughout the week for brewpub guests. 3300 Dill Smith Drive. 540.371.7799

When the weather’s nice, especially in the fall, and you’re feeling one with nature, head to Virginia Outdoor Center to take advantage of the Rappahannock River. VOC offers kayaking and canoeing trips that cut through the ‘burg, as well as lazy days of tubing. 3219 Fall Hill Avenue. 540.371.5085

Events

 

Famous Locals

  • Philanthropist and author Doris Buffet (resident)
  • Actor Judge Reinhold (raised here)
  • Actor Danny McBride (raised here)
  • Artists: Neal Reed, Barbara Taylor Hall, Patricia Thalman
caroline

Wow – I had to take a breath & reread to make sure I saw this correctly. I live in Fredericksburg, too. I have long bean a designsponge follower and was shocked to see my little, sweet town on your site today. Until a few years ago I could spy the Hugh Mercer statue from right around the corner from our home. My kids played hide and seek running around it. I hope to meet Heather and Mickael some day soon!

MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv2.6

Where are the Fredericksburg, VA yarn shops? I need to know as a knitter on the run, always looking for a souvenir that I can eventually make and wear…reminding me of good times in Fredericksburg (not to be confused with the town of the same name in Texas, also very quaint and charming in so many ways!!!)

Jen

How exciting to see Fredericksburg on design*sponge! I am currently typing from my office in the city – Heather and Mickael definitely hit the many hilights of our wonderful little hometown, but I would also mention the wonderful farmer’s market and upcoming Christmas parade! And, for MB, there’s a relatively new yarn shop right on William Street – I think they’ve been open for a few months now.

M&A, FORAGE

Thanks for the mention and the pic…and for checking out the shop! What a great surprise!

Emilie

I also love taking friends and family visitors on the Ghost’s of Fredericksburg Tours. They are a fun way to see downtown, learn its history, and have fun.

William Brinson

This is such a great town to visit. You can really see the community getting together to make a great place to live and thrive. The antique stores are great and the food is worthy of Brooklyn:) I’m looking forward to Christmas dinner this year down there. Wondering what they do to the city.

JACQUELYN

Thanks Heather and Mickael, I’ve lived in the Stafford area for years have not explored the Fredericksburg area. This is just the incentive I need to get to know my surroundings.

Sandy

What a great surprise to find our little Fredericksburg on Design Sponge! After living in the area for several years, I’m familiar and very fond of many of the establishments highlighted here, but I’ve also learned of some new places that I can’t wait to explore. Thanks for showing off Fredericksburg. It’s a great small town to live in and to visit. And now I have even more places to check out!

JACQUELYN

Thanks Heather and Mickael, I’ve lived in Stafford for years and I’ve not explored the Fredericksburg area. This is the incentive I need to get to know my surrounding.

elita

Ha! Loving the comments today. I am from the ‘burg, so this a bit surreal and very refreshing. It’s funny how jaded you become about your hometown. Headed there this weekend, for the Thanksgiving holiday, looking forward to rediscovering it through someone else’s eyes.

jaclyn

Great guide! Cant wait to take a day trip and check out all of these amazing places!!!!!!

Nestor

Nice!! Props to the Author/Creator I can see you put a lot of time and effort to this blog which is why you deserve the acknowledgement and praise for your hard work. This page should be a “Tourist/Guide site”

Sue

I moved to Virginia five years ago and know there is still so much for me to see. With reading Heather & Mickael’s “tour” of Fredericksburg, I feel as though I have my own tour personal tour guides. Thank you so much for all you wrote and the great picures! I will definetely pass this information on to family and friends.

ReBecca

Goodness gracious, Great GUIDE! I am here in Fredericksburg, and the first thing I was searching for was to make certain Jake and Mike’s was in there because it is such a small hole in the wall but the food is fantastic. Most every other place is bigger, so I was quite impressed to see all of the great listings! ~TWO THUMBS UP~

Susan Brinson

This is so cool and I have to give props to my lil sis for representing her town! It is such a nice small town, and the food scene is legit. We love the tea and spice shop and the antiques. Worth a visit for sure. We will enjoy spending the holidays there!

Lisa

A friend of mine was kind to send me the link to this site and I’m so happy she did. Frederickburg is just lovely – there’s something for everyone and every season has something new to offer so there’s no reason to stay away – Thank you Heather and Mickael!!

Amy

I’m happy and pleasantly surprised to see Fredericksburg made on Design Sponge’s city guide! There are so many great small towns out there and this city guide does a great job showcasing the best of the ‘burg! Thanks!

Courtney

Thank you for this! I just moved to Fredericksburg 2 months ago and was already excited by some of the places I’ve discovered (many are listed here!) and am even more energized now to find the others. I will return to this post again and again. It will also come in handy with family visiting this weekend!

Renee

What a great article about fred’burg! I went to MWC and worked and lived there for many years. I still Mia Hyperion! No other coffe shop can compare!

Lawren

What about the 2400 Diner on Princess Anne Street? Is it still there? It’s totally retro and has a giant sign in the shape of an arrow that says “Let’s Eat!”

When we used to come to the States to visit my mother-in-law, we always had a great American breakfast!

Also, there was an amazing place called “Dinty Moore’s Restaurant”. I think on the same street. Love LOVE Love Hyperion and we’d always get the xMas tree at Roxbury Mills.

Marlice

Love it!!!! Reminds me of home in Chelsea, NY – just a bit. I will look into one of the tours you recommended.

Sylvia

WOW!!!! I’m so very thankful to have received this link. Fredericksburg is certainly a lively and entertaining city to visit. Thanks Heather and Mickael for this beautiful introduction!

Jada

This Blog is so awesome .I didn’t know there was all this stuff to do in fredericksburg .I’m so glad that you posted this because if you didn’t I wouldn’t of known about all of this great this to do.

Tracey

Found the guide extremely useful. Lived in Fredericksburg for over a decade and really didn’t know what I didn’t know … that is, at least until now. Recently tried foode and agree with your review. Spot on! Haven’t been to Blue & Gray Brewing Co. yet. Next on the list. Thanks!!

Steffani

Oh my gosh!!! Thank you soo much for this outstanding blog!!! My husband and I have lived here for almost a decade and have yet to come across any interesting places. Home literally is starting to feel monotonous! After stumbling across this website, we both have a large list of places in mind to visit! This website is extremely helpful!

Beth

Very cool to see your life-long stomping grounds featured on here. Fredericksburg ROCKS! Thanks for spreading the word. It should be mentioned that this guide gives only some highlights of our area. There are these great places to visit and so many more!

Silvana

I know Heather and Mickael and I am a long time reader. How fun to see some of my favorite places on one of my all time favorite blogs.

Heather Fonteneau

Hi everyone, Thanks for the comments. We’re sure if you make it to Fredericksburg, you’ll love it as much as we do. @LAWREN, Yes, the 2400 Diner is still open and we’ll definitely check it out. I’ve driven by it before, but will make it a point to give it a try. Dinty Moore’s closed a few years ago after 70+ years in business. Sad, but what a great run. Happy Thanksgiving!

Shirley

Bye Vermont! I’m ready to head South to visit this place called Fredricksburg. Thanks for the enticing introduction.

LAURA

This is a great review of Fredericksburg. I live in Dumfries, but travel through Fredericksburg quite often and find it has just about everything for everyone. I particularly enjoy the downtown restaurants, coffee, and gift shops…it can make for a very enjoyable Saturday or Sunday afternoon. I have tried Bistro Bethem and La Petite Aubrege and was very pleased. Next on the list? 1) Foode and 2) Soup and Taco “happy, amazing food without the fuss?”….I AM THERE! Thanks Heather and Mickael for giving me and my husband some great new restaurants to try!

Jennifer Glass

I’m a Mary Washington grad, but moved away five years ago. It looks like there are a lot of great new restaurants to try next time we visit! I’d also recommend taking a stroll through the UMW campus, especially during the summer or winter break when the students are gone It’s a lovely quiet historic campus with lots of trees and greenspace– perfect for a picnic.

Neil Glancy

Ask anyone who has grown up in the city of Fredericksburg about “classic” food establishments and they will always mention three places: Carl’s, Allman’s & Paul’s. Paul’s Bakery is located at 2008 Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg VA 22401. The bakery has been family owned and operated, by locals, since 1973.

Merlyn Bost

Sophia Street Studios should not be missed by those who love colorful handmade pottery. The artist is Trista Depp Chapman. I collect her work as she exhibits throughout the Southeast. Check it out at http://www.sophiastreetstudios.com

David R Snow

Wow! Really impressive composition of my wonderful hometown “The Burg”.Makes me feel proud to live in such a wonderful historic town.I remember hitchhiking from four mile fork to downtown just to hang out at the movie theaters when i was just a young child.Its nice to be here and have so many friends that have remained here and give back to the community.I`m excited that the Christmas season is here ! God Bless and thanks for sharing this!

Brian

Excellent review of Fredericksburg including many helpful suggestions. Living in Springfield, VA my family doesn’t think of Fredericksburg as a weekend destination until after reading your wonderful article. We will make a point to visit many of your suggestions soon. Thank you to you and your husband for shining such a beautiful light on the French countryside…I mean Fredericksburg, VA!

Jennifer

I live closer to DC in Arlington, VA but have a friend who lives in Fredericksburg in a historic property on Caroline Street. The town is every bit as charming and lovely as the photos and descriptions convey in this post. And Carl’s is divine–especially their malts on a warm summer day.

Emma

We live just outside DC and my mom uses Fredericksburg as a weekend getaway. I didnt really see what was so special about the town, but this review has certainly shed light. Now I’m looking forward to checking out some of these eateries and sights myself!

Brianna

Thank you for all these fantastic suggestions! I have already visited Foode, Soup & Taco, Hyperion, Capital Ale, and Eileen’s and can say you hit the nail right on the head- those are FANTASTIC places to eat and I highly recommend them to anyone visiting Fredericksburg. I’m definitely going to visit some of the recommended shops for holiday presents, too!

Miss Lindsay

I’m excited to see Fredericksburg on design*sponge! I came here for college in ’06 and decided to stay after graduation because of how lovely it is. One fantastic little sandwich and pastry shop that you missed, however, is Here & Abroad! It’s nestled between Hyperion (on Princess Anne side) and the Fredericksburg Baptist Church parking lot. The owner makes and bakes all of his bread and pastries on site, and they have the absolutely 100% BEST croissants I have EVER had, from anywhere – big and buttery, flaky and soft. If you’ve never been before, you simply must stop by the next time you’re in town! Tell Perna I sent you :)

ReBecca

Good point Miss Lindsay! The owner of Here & Abroad is an awesome guy and can tell MANY stories that are utterly enthralling!

name (required) Joan Dyrdahl

I love the little shops in your downtown area. I am looking forward to my next visit and especially to the Emporio. They have such an interesting shop and the 2 girls that greet the customers and help with our needs are really great. Wish I lived closer and could shop there more often. It was nice to see their shop featured.

Paula Raudenbush

Thanks for a great “tour” of our town. I’d like to invite your readers to the 26th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit at Historic Kenmore (pictured at the top) during the month of December. And at Ferry Farm (George Washington’s Boyhood Home just across the river) there is a model train exhibit up all month! Fun for all ages. Join us!
Cheers!

Laura

What a great tour! Who knew! My husband and I have traveled through Fredericksburg many times. On our next trip ,we will be sure to stop and experience some of those great spots. Thanks Heather and Mickael.

Debra Clemons

I used to live in Fredericksburg,Va and loved all of the neat shops and places to go. Great places to eat and many antique shops as well. So much history in Fredericksburg, Va.Beautiful in the Fall.

Elizabeth

Awwwh Fredericksburg!!! I went here for college too and loved every minute. Taking long runs around the beautiful downtown was my favorite. Carl’s is the best!!!!

Hattie R

Just moved to Fredericksburg 2 years ago and love this post. Love that they put FOODE on here and R&R antiques. Two of my personal favorites :)

Fran L

Happened on this Design Sponge article through the Gari Melcher’s Museum Web page. Be sure to check out their wonderful museum gift shop! For me, an afternoon shopping in the “Burg” with friends always includes stops at Legacy Home Accents, 800 Caroline; A Place in Time, 804 Caroline; and Heather Boutique (the old Two Sisters), 721 Caroline. All are within a few steps of each other and have unique gifts and home accessories. While there, we also see what’s new at the Boutique at Caroline St., 726 Caroline, a consignment shop. Followed up by a short drive to 720 William St. for Jan Williams Florals, a wonderful florist and gift shop set in an old Fredericksburg home. Our favorite lunch spot was the Pinkadilly Tea Room at Smythe’s Cottage. They’ve just moved further downtown though across from the Visitor’s Center and we’re waiting to try out their new location.

Deborah

Such a great roundup of Fredericksburg! All the local shops and attraction are absolutely wonderful – with the exception of Emporio – those ladies are fake and rude. They tried selling me a vase they said was from Europe – it was from Southern Living – I can only imagine they are using the shop to sell what they have in their basements and attics. When I asked why there was a Southern Living identifier on it, the spanish woman, Carmenita, got so mad – like it was my fault they were fake people! And that other woman, Pam, I saw her shopping at Homegoods, and sure enough – the same stuff ended up in their shop!

Xris

Yeah, FXBG!! Just moved back here after years of growing up around the area, and now – as an adult – I have a MUCH more appreciation for the city and all it offers. Especially when you’re living downtown within walking distance to everything – that kind of makes it better :)

Thx for showing off our town!

Pembersih

Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after
I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
Anyways, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

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