Fredericksburg is about 53 miles from Washington. Take Interstate 95 to Exit 133A and head south on Virginia Route 17. After 1.5 miles, you’ll cross Route 1, where Route 17 leads into Butler Road. Go about 1.5 miles, cross a bridge and turn right onto Cool Springs Road. Make a left at the next traffic light, which is Route 3. As you pass through the next traffic light, you’ll see Ferry Farm on your right.
WHERE TO STAY
Courtyard by Marriott
620 Caroline St.
Full of amenities and smack dab in the middle of historic Fredericksburg. Doubles start at $119.
1200 Princess Anne St.
Historic downtown inn offers nine guest rooms (each with a decanter of sherry) and a historic pub and restaurant. Rooms from $130.
WHERE TO EAT
801 Caroline St.
American staples plus creative vegetarian fare. Entrees from $5.75.
324 William St.
Italian classics in the heart of downtown. Entrees from $8.95.
WHAT TO DO
268 Kings Hwy.
See archaeologists at work in the lab and read more about young George in the visitor center. March through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November and December, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $8; students $4; younger than 6 free. Admission includes iPad tour.
1201 Washington Ave.
George Washington’s sister, Betty Washington Lewis, and her husband, Fielding Lewis, built this brick mansion, an example of pre-Revolutionary War wealth. March through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November and December,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10; students $5; younger than 6 free. A combination ticket to Ferry Farm and Kenmore costs $15, or $8 for students.