A Day in Fredericksburg, Virginia

A couple of weeks ago, I visited my friend Ashley in the historic town of Fredericksburg, Virginia. In all the years I lived in and visited Northern Virginia, I had never been to the town of Fredericksburg. Funny how it took visiting a relocated friend I met in L.A. for me to make my way there. Located a little over an hour south of the Metro D.C. area, this town is lush with greenery at nearby battlefield sites. We only spent a few hours there, exploring the Old Town by foot, but it was enough for me to want to return.

Eat

Capital Ale House

I met Ashley at Capital Ale House. They are known for their giant pretzels, which are warm and delicious. I liked the beer I ordered, which was from Devil’s Backbone, a Virginia brewery. They have an extensive beer menu and if you are there for Happy Hour (which we weren’t), there are plenty of really great deals, such as the $3 Monday night burgers!

Capital Ale House
917 Caroline St
Fredericksburg, Virginia


Drink

Goolrick’s

Goolrick’s has been around since 1867 and is the nation’s oldest continually running soda fountain. It serves classic items, such as milkshakes and sandwiches. If you’re hankering for an egg creme – they’ve got it. Ashley and I opted for milkshakes and took photos at the counter. Definitely worth a visit!

Goolrick’s Pharmacy
901 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA


See

Riverby Books

This bookstore buys and sells rare and used books. There is another location in D.C. (which I have yet to visit), but I doubt it has the awesome layout of the Fredericksburg one. It totally reminds me of The Last Bookstore in L.A. – just as Instagrammable, but a lot cozier. I saw a lot of cool, rare books here and was so tempted to purchase!

Riverby Books
805 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA


Shop

Latitudes Fair Trade Store

I love the philosophy of this store – to sell artisanal, hand-made, goods from around the world. Items from here are sweatshop-free and eco-friendly. From clothing and toys to unique gift items, this is a great place for ethically-conscious shopping. Ashley, who does substitute teaching in addition to writing, said the schools are teaching children the origin of food and products to give them a better understanding of where things come from. I think it’s fantastic!

Latitudes Fair Trade Store
800 Caroline St.
Fredericksburg, VA


Tour

Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

The Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop is a museum of medicine, pharmacy, and military and political affairs. To visit, one must tour. It’s affordable and worth it. The tour guides dress in period clothing, are entertaining, and are completely in character. It was very interesting to learn about the methods of surgery before anesthesia, and how leeches were used. The display in the first room is fantastic, and during the tour you are invited to smell the various items such as herbs and roots that were used to make medicines. Warning: there is one that smells like feet!

Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
1020 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA


Thank you, Ashley for introducing me to Fredericksburg. I look forward to returning!

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