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You'll find chain hotels of every ilk off I-95. Most convenient to the Historic District is the strip along Va. 3 at Exit 130. This also is Fredericksburg's major suburban shopping area, with the Spotsylvania Mall and a multitude of other centers, plus a host of national chain restaurants. Worthy motels here include the Best Western Fredericksburg (tel. 800/528-1234 or 540/371-5050), Best Western Central Plaza (tel. 800/528-1234 or 540/786-7404), Hampton Inn (tel. 800/426-7866 or 540/371-0330), Hilton Garden Inn (tel. 877/STAY-HGI [782-9444] or 540/786-7404), Ramada Inn-Spotsylvania Mall (tel. 800/272-6232 or 540/786-8361), and an inexpensive Super 8 (tel. 800/800-8000 or 540/786-8881).

The newest properties are along U.S. 1 at Exit 126 south of town, another rapidly developing commercial area known as Southpoint. These include the Comfort Inn Southpoint (tel. 800/228-5151 or 540/898-5550), Days Inn Fredericksburg South (tel. 800/325-2525 or 540/898-6800), Fairfield Inn by Marriott (tel. 800/228-2800 or 540/891-9100), a Hampton Inn (tel. 800/426-7866 or 540/898-5000), Ramada Inn & Conference Center (tel. 800/2-RAMADA [272-6232] or 540/898-1102), Sleep Inn Southpoint (tel. 877/424-6423 or 540/710-5500), and two more cheapies, the Econo Lodge South (tel. 800/800-55-ECONO [553-2666] or 540/898-5440) and another Super 8 (tel. 800/800-8000 or 540/898-7100).

Bed & Breakfasts -- In addition to the inns reviewed, the Historic District is host to The Little White House B & B, 1107 Princess St. (tel. 540/538-2196), where owner Reine-Marie Wojciechowski has two bedrooms in the Charles Dick House, the oldest residence in Fredericksburg (1740); and The Schooler House Bed & Breakfast, 1303 Caroline St. (tel. 540/374-5258; www.theschoolerhouse.com), an 1891 house with four fireplaces.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.