You probably already know that Fredericksburg is a great place to connect with history, score one-of-a-kind shopping finds and enjoy chef-styled artisan food. Today, I’m going to clue you in on another attribute that makes Fredericksburg a must-visit place if you’re looking to escape the ordinary and refresh yourself.
Downtown Fredericksburg is home to a growing array of high-quality spa and wellness practitioners. That means that if you book a weekend at any of the city’s charming bed and breakfasts—whose elegant décor and serene atmosphere lend themselves to a relaxing retreat—you’ll have access to a menu of massage, beauty, fitness and other wellness services that could rival any high-priced resort, nearly all of them within a short walk of your room.
Treat yourself to a massage with Brian Lam, a practitioner of Ashiatsu and various other massage techniques at Skin+Touch Therapy. Tucked into a building in the city’s historic district, just steps from cafes and bed and breakfasts, Skin+Touch welcomes visitors with soothing modern décor and local art. From the quiet of the luxuriously outfitted massage rooms, it’s easy to forget that a bustling downtown lies just outside.
Put a new spin on the same-old workout routine at one of several fitness boutiques downtown. Dragonfly Yoga on Caroline Street offers yoga and hot yoga in a serene atmosphere that won’t feel like just another trip to the gym. FLY Fitness Inspiration offers popular specialty classes in spinning, barre and TRX suspension training on William Street. Pitaiyo offers classes in a unique blend of Pilates, tai chi and yoga out of a boutique on Caroline Street. Personal training can be found at Green Fitness and Bodyworks on Caroline Street and Fredericksburg Fitness Studio on Cowan Boulevard.
When it’s time to update your beauty regimen, head over to Studio D’Esthetique for a manicure and pedicure, Ladyburg Modern Skincare Apothecary for a custom-blended beauty product or Crystal Clear Acne Clinic for a consultation. Visit their websites to call them directly to arrange reservations and services.
Fredericksburg is a great place to take a break and invest in some serious self-care any time of year. Great complements to whatever treatments or classes you book include the city’s parks and trails, where you can find a peaceful moment to enjoy the beauty of the Rappahannock River, and the numerous independent, chef-owned restaurants that line downtown’s streets.