Destination guide

History and heritage in Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is a place of huge historic importance, being the site of major skirmishes in the Civil War. Since the 1970s the downtown area has seen somewhat of a revival with a strong sense of community, thriving art and music scene and a burgeoning population of residents. Many have packed up and left the big city in search of something more peaceful, while there are also all the students from the University of Mary Washington. When you stay in a Fredericksburg vacation rental, you can enjoy fascinating museums, historic landmarks and a nearby wilderness for hiking, biking and kayaking.

Things to do

George Washington's boyhood home

If you're looking for something a little more historical, Fredericksburg has some fascinating sites to explore. The University of Mary Washington has been voted one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and is well worth a visit. If you're interested in presidential history, consider a visit to Ferry Farm, the boyhood home of George Washington, or his sister's house, Kenmore Plantation, which she shared with Fielding Lewis. The Hugh Mercer Apothecary, located near to Fredericksburg vacation rentals, is an impeccably restored 18th-century pharmacy with costumed guides.

Activities

Rustic adventures near Fredericksburg

Many of the city's outdoor activities are centered around the Rappahannock River. It's easy to rent a kayak or canoe near your Fredericksburg vacation rental and launch it into the river for a peaceful afternoon's paddle downstream. Alternatively, you can lace up your hiking boots for a walk along the river's banks and the canal where you can see the old locks and the Embrey Dam. In recent years, cycling has become much more popular and the newly paved Heritage Trail that hugs the river's edge offers spectacular views.

Weather

Fredericksburg welcomes visitors all year round

The busiest, and hottest, time to visit Virginia is the summer. If you plan to visit during July and August, book up your Fredericksburg vacation rental early to avoid disappointment. Outside of these months, the spring and fall weather can still be delightful, though somewhat changeable. The days are often bright and sunny, and the Virginia fall foliage is in full color making it particularly scenic. Winters in Virginia are cold and typically bring plenty of snow. But that's no bad thing. This white landscape of snow and ice can be used as a playground for many adventurous outdoor sports.

Natural features

Songbirds and bald eagles

Just northeast of the city lies the Crow's Nest, a nature preserve next to the mighty Potomac River, made up of tidal wetlands, steams, riparian and thousands of acres of mature hardwood forest. It's easily reached by car from your Fredericksburg vacation rental, and when you're there you'll have the opportunity to spot much wildlife including more than 60 species of migratory songbirds. The park's creeks are the spawning grounds for short-nose sturgeon, but what most people come for is the large population of nesting bald eagles which often circle overhead on the morning thermals.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Fredericksburg

The nearest airport is in Manassas, VA (MNZ-Manassas Regional), located 29.3 mi (47.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), which is 44 mi (70.8 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Fredericksburg Station.

Where to stay around Fredericksburg?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 41 vacation rentals near Fredericksburg. From 25 Houses to 6 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Fredericksburg for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Fredericksburg?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Fredericksburg. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center: 46 vacation rentals
  • Rising Sun Tavern: 41 vacation rentals
  • Spotsylvania Towne Centre: 46 vacation rentals
  • Fredericksburg Battlefield: 41 vacation rentals
  • Mary Washington House: 41 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fredericksburg listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Fredericksburg?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 25 Houses in Fredericksburg. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fredericksburg include:

  • Cabins: 6 rentals available
  • Cottages: 6 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 5 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fredericksburg?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 13 vacation rentals with pool available in Fredericksburg. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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