This is my third installation sharing why I #lovefxbg. Recently, my Facebook memory feature reminded me that this time last year, the UMW Alumni Office highlighted Steve and me as a Valentine's couple - and reflecting on that article reminded me how much I love this town for its spirit. Sure, we all have our flaws, but I feel like I can always depend on Fredericksburg for trying to bring people together, for trying to do good for one another. We congregate, we celebrate, and we help one another. There is a part of us that loves showing off Fredericksburg's important past and how that past informs our need to be better for the future. I #lovefxbg and am glad our family got the opportunity to showcase this great little city of ours when my sister's family came for a recent visit.
Anna is part of a gymnastics class at the Massad - Rappahannock YMCA - my sister's family met us there and they were able to watch an exciting basketball tournament, use the workout equipment, and play racquetball. A great thing about the area around this YMCA is that the trails are connected, so if you are super-ambitious, you could find yourself visiting Saint Clair Brooks Park, cross River Road to the river, head up to Pratt Park, and walk over to Chatham Manor. The YMCA, the Parks and Recreation facilities, and Rappahannock River all of which represent bastions of what a community can do to be involved, be active, healthy, and preserve our natural resources. Make sure you visit the Massad-YMCA on February 20th for Demo Day - a day full of class demonstrations, prizes, and membership sign-up specials.
If my sister hadn't been dating a UMW water polo player in the late 80s, I may never had attended Mary Wash (or met Steve). So, she definitely had some knowledge of the 'burg and what restaurants were around back then. She is just as excited as we are to see all the development of cuisines in town (beer, coffee, and donuts included). I should mention there was a first stop - my nephew has an addiction to Cook-Out that is almost informing his college choices. I imagine many of you can relate to teenage food consumption woes; I do love their fried okra though!
Knowing that Valentine's weekend was probably going to be tough on dining out, we chose an early Saturday dinner at Castiglia's. I have been consistently happy with their charcuterie plate, pan-seared scallop appetizer and steak salad; the kids love their smiley-faced pizza and the ravioli was a hit too! Given that we returned to Fredericksburg from Boston, it pains us that we don't have a true bagel shop here, but on Sunday morning we did find some good food, and I'll give a shout out to Blackstone; I love their Power Wheat bagel. Also, I'm really excited to highlight a new place right in front of Eagle Village - Renee's Crepes & Cakes. Our server was super sweet - as we waited for our savory and sweet crepe order, she made us some coffee and all I can say is, just order it "Medium Sweet" - it was so good!
Something that I like to do on a regular basis and with any visitors in town is to walk all of Caroline Street (from the train station down to the library). I am a regular of Goolrick's Pharmacy; the personal service I get for prescriptions is terrific and our own Fred Parent staff member, Mary Becelia got me hooked on their mocha milkshake. Oh, and the deviled eggs are great too!
If you are planning to host visitors, don't forget about our Visitor's Center. They have such fun things to share with you as you create an itinerary for your family and friends. Also, if you bring your car downtown, remember, the Sophia Street Parking Garage offers the first 3 hours of parking free -- always. Get out there and share the #lovefxbg!