It’s not every day you get to chill with the president’s sister, but at the historic Kenmore plantation, it feels like you’re hanging out with Betty Washington — well, sort of. Built by Washington and her husband, the mansion and its plantation grounds open for tours starting in March. The stately home is pretty gorgeous (especially if you look up to take in the amazing decorative ceilings), so even if the history angle doesn’t interest you, the aesthetic component should. If you want to fully immerse yourself in the life of our first president, grab a combo ticket for Kenmore and the nearby Ferry Farm, which is where George Washington spent his boyhood.
Kenmore, 1201 Washington Avenue, Fredericksburg; 540-373-3381
Photo: Courtesy of The George Washington Foundation