The City of Fredericksburg is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a picturesque date night. Here are a few locations and ideas that will improve your day and night with that special someone. Check out these great options for a Fredericksburg couples retreat.
Book a night or two at either the Richard Johnston Inn or the 1890 Caroline House in downtown Fredericksburg. The Richard Johnston Inn has been praised on WUSA TV as “one of the most romantic Inns in Virginia,” and the 1890 Caroline House has been featured in Romantic Homes Magazine.
Start the day early with a couples massage at Skin+Touch Therapy on Caroline Street. When you walk out refreshed, head down the street to Sugar + Spruce, where you can have fun at the mixing bar creating his and hers customized bath products to help you take your relaxing experience home.
Snag one of the outdoor tables at Tapa Rio, La Petite Auberge or J. Brian’s Tap Room. An after-lunch coffee at Hyperion Espresso or Agora Downtown (be sure to try the macarons) will cap off the perfect day.
If you are an unrestrained gift giver, or are looking at popping that all-important question soon, downtown has some great places to find the perfect ring. Ulman’s, Crown Jewelers, Jewel Box, Fredericksburg Jeweler, and Gemstone Creations have all put the sparkle on many a happy bride’s finger. In that spirit, it might not hurt to begin…planning a wedding.
In the late afternoon, meander across the Rappahannock River to Belmont. The Georgian mansion and surrounding gardens and trails are a romantic venue, but never leave without learning about the former occupants, 20th-century painter Gari Melchers and his wife, Corinne. The story of how this artistic couple met and married, and how they went on to leave the state of Virginia with such a beautiful estate open to the public, is a romantic story to behold.
Buy tickets to a show at the Paragon Village 12 within the Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Share a plush loveseat and order your favorite food and drinks to enjoy as you watch the show. Or opt for dinner before the movie starts at the attached Chatterbox Lounge, a relaxed and luxurious place to grab food and adult beverages. Drink responsibly!
Take a scenic drive down River Road, to Eden Try Estate and Winery, which is a great backdrop for the obligatory couples weekend selfie. Sample the wines and explore one of the ancient tree lined walking paths on the 12 acres.
In Chatham Manor, legend has it that every seven years, a ghostly “Lady in White” can be seen walking the grounds. Whether you believe the legend or not, the grounds of Chatham are a worthy destination for a romantic stroll. Be sure to pause to take in the sweeping view of Fredericksburg from the bluff overlooking the Rappahannock. You can also plan a trip in the fall and sign up for a ghost tour offered in downtown Fredericksburg.
And if an extra day is in the books, start it with brunch (served everyday!) and unique versions of coffee drinks, mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys at Fork n Biscuit. Walk off your meal with an antiques and art expedition through the galleries and antique shops of downtown Fredericksburg. Finish up with a bite and a signature cocktail at Rebellion FXBG, a favorite local date destination on William Street.