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Where to Go, Where to Eat

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Getting There

Take Interstate 95 south to Exit 133A for US 17-BR. Follow the signs to downtown.

Where to Stay

The Kenmore Inn (1200 Princess Anne St., 540-371-7622, http://www.kenmoreinn.com) is centrally located, with rates that include a full breakfast. Rooms $130-$175. Check the Fredericksburg Visitor Center (see below) for information on the area's many other B&Bs and inns, hotels and motels.

Where to Eat

Poppy Hill Tuscan Kitchen (1000 Charles St., 540-373-2035, http://www.ciaopoppyhill.com) was named one of the country's Top 10 farm-to-table restaurants by Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines' Epicurious.com.

Sammy T's (801 Caroline St., 540-371-2008, http://www.sammyts.com) was recommended by our meat-eating Rising Sun Tavern guide (see below). Its menu of "light food and ale" has a selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Carl's (2200 Princess Anne St., no phone or Web site) is a Fredericksburg institution. Open daily; closes in winter.

What to Do

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (120 Chatham Lane, 540-654-5532, http://www.nps.gov/frsp). This national park encompasses four battlefields -- Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House -- within a radius of 17 miles.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont (224 Washington St., 540-654-1015, http://www.umw.edu/gari_melchers/visit/default.php). Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $10.

Kenmore Plantation (1201 Washington Ave., 540-373-3381 http://kenmore.org). Open daily. Admission $8.

LibertyTown Arts Workshop (916 Liberty St., 540-371-7255, http://www.libertytownarts.com). Artists' studios open daily, with art for sale.

Rising Sun Tavern (1304 Caroline St., 540-373-1776, http://www.apva.org/risingsuntavern). Open daily. Admission $5.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

The Fredericksburg Visitor Center (706 Caroline St., 540-373-1776 or 800-678-4748, http://www.visitfred.com).

-- M.J.M

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