Calling itself "America's Most Historical City," Fredericksburg is a Virginian city of 30,000 persons, many of whom work in the DC Metro area about 50 miles away. In the Civil War, Fredericksburg experienced not one, but two, epic battles, which are commemorated in two national military parks, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. These major tourism attractions, as well as those associated with George Washington's life and family, compel great stories from Fredericksburg event venues.
Two airports serve the city: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) are 60 miles to the north and 50 miles to the northeast, respectively. The former has both domestic and international flights, the latter only domestic ones. Fredericksburg also has an Amtrak train station.
Chief among meeting venues, Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center has 80,000 square feet of exhibition space for up to 3,400 persons, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom for up to 800 and 11 meeting rooms. Hotel venues in Fredericksburg include the 196-room Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center, which has 18,000 square feet of event space for up to 750 persons; the 148-room Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg, which is adjacent to the conference center and has four event spaces, the largest able to cater to 150 persons; the 131-room Wingate by Wyndham Fredericksburg, which has a 9,000-square-foot pavilion for up to 425 persons, an auditorium and four meeting rooms; the 84-room Courtyard by Marriott Fredericksburg Historical District, which has six meeting rooms, the largest able to host up to 130 persons; and the 27-room Inn at the Olde Silk Mill, which was built in 1930 and has the Wakefield Room for up to 50 persons.
Unique function venues in Fredericksburg include the William M. Anderson Center, which is part of the University of Mary Washington's Fredericksburg campus, is a 52,000-square-foot events center for up to 2,500 persons and can be adapted for seminars, concerts, and sports events with 1,500 seats; bucolic Eden Try Estate & Winery, which features a manor house in 12 acres reached by a winding drive through landscaped grounds, a winery and indoor and outdoor space for up to 200 persons; another manor house, right in the center of the city, called Fredericksburg Square, which was built in 1854 and contains a garden for up to 200 persons and the Washington Room for 450; James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library, a home of another former U.S. president, which has a small garden with tent for up to 50 persons; and Lake Anna Winery, which is in Spotsylvania, produces its own wine and has a banquet hall for up to 100 persons.
Restaurants able to look after groups include Firebirds Wood Fired Grill for fine dining with a steakhouse, American and seafood menu; Foode, which has a local, farm-to-table fine-dining menu and a private event space; Kybecca, which has an American menu with some international twists and areas for private dining; Eight-o-Six Bistro, in a red building and with an American menu given a spin by its English and El Salvadorian owners and space for private events of up to 30 persons, and Brock's Riverside Grill, which does sit alongside the Rappahannock River and has more American fare and has a large main banquet room with high ceilings, a terrace and, often, live music.