On Saturday, Tommy, Ava, my mom, and I took a day trip to Fredericksburg, VA to visit one of Tommy’s mentors and friends in her ‘hood. Since she lives a little further away from D.C. (an hour or so) when we get together we usually either meet up semi-halfway or she comes to our neck of the woods (here and here). This time, we had planned for us “city folks” to venture out!
Fredericksburg is a city on the Rappahannock River in Virginia, south of Washington, D.C., known for its colonial and Civil War history. For this day trip, after picking Marie up at her house, we stayed in downtown Fredericksburg, which was adorable and reminded me a lot of downtown Frederick, Maryland.
While the weather on Saturday wasn’t the best, we made do with the slightly cooler temperature and on-and-off rain throughout the day.
Our first stop was Spencer Devon Brewing, a local brew pub and restaurant, for food and drinks!
Obviously when you come to a brewery, you expect the beers to be delicious and/or interesting. In my experience, the food served seems a bit like an afterthought. Well not at Spencer Devon Brewing! The entire table (well maybe not Marie) was pleasantly surprised at how good our lunch was. Hats off to Chef Tommy Abbott, who uses produce grown at local farms, specialty seafood, local beef and more to bring you the freshest, seasonal menu selections. Speaking from experience as a vegetarian, Marie told us ahead of time the kitchen is always willing to go the extra mile and make substitutions when they can.
Ava and I split the Local Pork and Beef Cavatappi Bolognese and it was so good. Mom even said it was delicious!
Everyone else opted for a burger or sandwich of some sort.
Mom got the Pulled Pork Sandwich.
Tommy, of course, got a burger, pictured below. As did Marie, but a vegetarian burger, not pictured.
And one(s) cannot go to a brewery without getting a flight to sample right?!
A really cool mural patrons see as they walk up the stairs to the hostess stand.
If it had been up to the adults, we all probably could have lingered in this open, bright (well minus the gray sky outside), and comfortable space with another beer or two (or sweet tea), but we had an almost-2-year-old who was ready to explore the town!
After lunch we moseyed around downtown heading in the direction of the public library a few streets away as there was a used book fair happening there! We all thought it’d be nice to get out of the rain, look at books, and explore the library.
The library had a pretty sizable collection of used books to choose from for purchase. Funny story: Ava’s nanny takes her to the library once a week for music and story time, so Ava associates any library with these activities. The second she stepped into the library she kept saying “music, music, music”? Fortunately, I was able to divert her attention from the lack of music there with the selection of kids books.
We all walked out of the library with our respected books, including a Thomas the Train and Friends book for Ava, thank you very much! 😉
After we departed from the library about an hour later, we decided to slowly walk back to our car as the rain wasn’t subsiding and as Ava’s mood was slowly going downhill as she was overdue for her afternoon nap.
We made a quick step into Eileen’s so I could pick up some tasty treats to bring to a neighbor’s good-bye BBQ later that evening. I am proud to say the assortment of cookies I picked up were all gone by the end of the BBQ!
Once we were back in the car Marie tried to persuade us to visit a distillery not too far away, but we decided to save it for another trip as we knew Ava would be a disaster if we pushed it. And we definitely plan on coming back sometime later this spring or summer, preferably when the weather is sunny!
Marie was a walking guidebook spouting off tidbits of the city’s history and letting us know there were tons more wineries, breweries, distilleries, and shops (especially antiques!) we still had to see.
Turns out not only was Ava pooped from this trip (and her theater/music class beforehand), we all were. Too bad Tommy wasn’t able to get some shut-eye on the ride back as he was driving…
Thanks for a wonderful day Marie. We will be back very soon!