here). In theory, Fredericksburg is only an hour away. However, in reality, it's more like two hours (or more) because traffic on I-95 South outside DC is always bumper-to-bumper, any time of day or night. We talked about all manner of random things, as you do when you're bored in traffic, and at one point Peter turned to me and said, "When exactly did you turn into a total fruitcake?" To which I just laughed. Who knows the answer to that one.
Anyway, Fredericksburg is a cute little town with a historic center. Peter thought there was a disproportionate number of dive bars and antique shops compared to everything else, and it certainly seemed like that was the case, but maybe that's just the part of town we were in. We did find a few cute shops, of course, and I took lots of photos.
One other place we stopped in that I didn't get photos of was PA Dutch Food & Candy. They had a good mix of what I'd call old timey candy (lemon drops, taffy, etc.) as well as the usual fare, plus pancake mixes, jellies and jams, that sort of thing. They also had locally-made fudge and chocolates, but those were priced a little high. A small bag of fudge (5 or 6 small bite-sized pieces) was $10. At first we grabbed two bags to try, until we realized that was $20 for an amount equivalent to one bite for Peter. Really. So we put them back on the shelf.
All in all, we did a lot of browsing and not a lot of buying. But it was still a good time. If we happen to be in Fredericksburg again in the future I would absolutely stop in all these places again.
Believe it or not, I did actually take more photos, but at this point I've been editing photos and writing this post longer than we were even in the town. Isn't that always the case? Maybe that's just me.
If anyone has a suggestion for our next small town visit, please leave me a comment! xo, Mary