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Visit Fred

Step into charming historic downtown Fredericksburg and find yourself in a timeless blend of the most fascinating of American heritage along with upbeat contemporary shopping, dining and entertainment. Get local restaurant reviews and check out the community calendar.

Fred Paper   fredericksburg.com



Hilton Garden InnThe Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg is located next to the Historic Half start, as well as the official finish line for the Half, Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K. Complimentary parking for overnight guests makes walking to the Marine Corps Historic Half and Expo very convenient. In addition to a warm, friendly atmosphere, the Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg offers:

  • Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet
  • Mini-fridge, microwave oven and Keurig In-Room Single Cup Brewer in each guest room
  • Indoor pool, Whirlpool & Fitness Center
  • Hilton Honors Guest Reward Program
  • 24-Hour Executive Business Center
  • Great American Grill Offering Fresh Hot Made to Order Breakfast, Evening Dining & Room Service and Cocktails

Fredericksburg Shuttles
On Saturday, May 16, the City of Fredericksburg will offer free shuttle service for all Healthy Lifestyle Expo attendees to historic downtown. The shuttles will depart from the Expo Center continuously throughout the day from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The shuttles will transport Expo attendees to three Downtown locations: the Williams Street side of Hurkamp Park; directly across from the Fredericksburg Visitors Center on Caroline Street; and also at 925 Caroline Street, across from historic Goolrick’s Pharmacy.

All visitors to the Healthy Lifestyle Expo can catch the free shuttle directly outside the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center.

MainStreet Feature 
On display at the halfway point of the Historic Half course is a vibrant mix of quaint boutiques, chef-owned restaurants, historic sites and nostalgic buildings. These merchants happily offer special discounts to runners while bringing awareness to their little corner of the nationwide initiative called Main Street, which serves to revitalize traditional downtowns while enhancing appearance and economic stability.

While strolling downtown Fredericksburg, Historic Half runners should look for special decals in the windows of more than 30 shops and restaurants that are offering discounts for everything from pre-event meals to post-event massage.

2530 Espresso
400 Princess Anne St.
Buy 1 espresso get the 2nd half off all weekend
  Agora Downtown
520 Caroline St.
Free baked good with purchase of any Agora Drink Special
  Bistro Bethem
309 William St.
15% discount on meal for runners (excludes alcohol)
Chiropractic and Wellness
910 Princess Anne St.
Post-event inferred Sauna Therapy- $15 with event medal
  Deutschland Downtown
411 William St.
10% discount on meal for runners
  Eight-O-Six Bistro
806 William St.
10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages
1006 C/D Caroline St.
10% discount on meal
  Fraser Wool Elements
820 Caroline St.
1-yr. Anniversary Events all Weekend
  Heather Boutique
721 Caroline St.
10% discount on total purchase
Irish Eyes
725 Caroline St.
2 Family Name Histories for the price of 1
  Kickshaws Downtown Market
101 William St.
Saturday Pancake Breakfast Special- $3.50 for participants (stack of pancakes and 2 sides)
  La Rosetta Ristorante
623 Caroline St.
10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages
807 Caroline St.
15% discount for runners
  Latitudes Fair Trade Store
806 Caroline St.
10% discount on total purchase
  Legacy Home Accents
800 Caroline St.
10% discount on total purchase
Manarc, Borne the Battle
107 William St.
15% discount for runners
  Monkee's of Fredericksburg
872 Caroline St.
10% discount on total purchase
  PA Dutch Food Candy Shop
1006 Caroline St.
15% off for runners and military
PA Dutch Tea and Spice Shop
1013 Caroline St.
15% off for runners and military
  Pappagallo Fine Gifts
300 William St.
10% discount on total purchase
712 Caroline St.
Receive one FRE "LoveFXBG" ceramic ornament with every purchase (while supplied last)
River Rock Outfitter
915 Sophia St.
20% off all Running attire, gear and shoes
  River Run Antique Mall
925 Caroline St.
15% discount for runners and military
  Rocking Horse Gallery
803 Caroline St.
10% discount for runners
Skin Touch Therapy
714 Caroline St.
15% discount on pre or post-event massage (60 min) with promo code: RunWithMarines
  Spencer Devon Brewery
106 George St.
Pre-event carb-loaded meal at a discounted price; 10% discount for runners
  Vicarious Clothing
1011 Caroline St.
15% discount for runners
Vivify Burger Lounge
314 William St.
15% discount on meal for runners (excludes alcohol)
  Water Street Studio
915A Sophia St.
$5 off any item $25 or more
1021 Caroline St.
Show your medal and receive $5 off a store item


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