5. Ponshop Studio

We know what you’re thinking. But no, this little local treasure does not sell or buy gold. Walking into Ponshop Studio, started by Gabriel and Scarlett Pons in 2010, is like being transported into a lower-Manhattan art boutique. From fine art to street art, they offer a variety of summer classes. Kids can paint their own skateboard, learn how to draw graphic novels, or attend a full week of art camp. Catch up with friends while attending a Wine and Clay class or a Junk Mail Jewelry workshop.

Check out their class listing at PonshopStudio.com

4. Paragon Theaters’ VIP Section

Step into Paragon Theaters andmake your way upstairs to find a whole new world. From the luxuriously decorated Chatterbox bar to the balcony seating, there is no better way to see a summer blockbuster. Not only can you choose your seats ahead of time (which means arriving last-minute and still having the best seat in the house), you can order food or spirits at the Chatterbox and have it delivered right to your seat. Paragon has reinvented the movie night experience.

See show times at ParagonTheaters.com

3. Wilderness Run Vineyards

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Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a craft beer fanatic, Wilderness Run Vineyards has something to offer. Located on the Wilderness Battlefield, this beautifully rustic vineyard boasts their love of the craft and their unique combination of farm, vineyard, and brewery. You can stop in for a tasting, listen to live music, admire the farm life, fish on their lake, or exchange vows in front of rolling, vine-covered hills.

Check out upcoming events at wildernessrunvineyards.com

2. Sprelly

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Gourmet nut-butter and jelly sandwiches for all! Adrian Silversmith, founder of Sprelly, is on a “Nutterly Delicious” mission to provide classed-up comfort food to the masses. With savory delights like The Peppered Rooster and sweet treats like the Apple Pie Crêpe, Sprelly combines unique flavors for a new local classic. Stop by for a sandwich, crêpe, or a tub of locally-ground nut butter. (We can’t recommend the Salted Butterscotch Peanut Butter enough.)

Find out more at sprelly.com

1. Belle Grove Plantation

Transport yourself back into history with a stay at the birthplace of James Madison, located just 23 miles from downtown Fredericksburg.TripAdvisor’s number one Virginia Bed and Breakfasthas seen American history unfold since 1670. Take haven in the same rooms that offered rest to Robert E Lee, “Stonewall” Jackson, President Madison, and General Burnside. Voted the most romantic Bed and Breakfast in Virginia and the “best place to propose,” Belle Grove also offers scenicviews on the banks of the Rappahannock.

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