For those who can stay through Sunday, Fredericksburg is a destination for
> Civil War tourism
The Fredericksburg Battlefield National Park and Fredericksburg National Cemetery are a 15-minute walk from the conference hotel. Six other important sites are under 30 minutes away by car: Chancellorsville Battlefield, Wilderness Battlefield and Ellwood Manor, Spotsylvania Battlefield, the “Stonewall” Jackson Shrine, Chatham Manor, and Salem Church. All are now part of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Gari Melchers Home and Studio opens at 10:00 on Sundays. The Mary Washington House, Kenmore Plantation, Rising Sun Tavern, and Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop open at 12:00 and the James Monroe Museum opens at 1:00.
> antiquing and art galleries
Downtown Fredericksburg hosts many art galleries and antique stores, with more in the surrounding region. Those interested in local history and architecture might also enjoy the trolley tour of historic downtown.
> outdoor recreation
Hiking, kayaking, and canoeing are available on the Rappahannock River or Motts Run Reservoir. Countless Blue Ridge Mountain trailheads are 1.5-2 hours west.
> breweries, distilleries, wineries
Fredericksburg is home to Spencer Devon Brewing, the Red Dragon Brewery, and the A. Smith Bowman Distillery. Numerous other breweries and many Virginia wineries are nearby.