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In case a trip to Germany or Southeast Asia isn't in the cards in the near future, here are three day trip ideas within an hour's drive of D.C. (traffic may vary) that combine both great food and great shopping. We're picking out destination restaurants and stores right nearby, for shopping either pre-meal or post-food coma.
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1.) Fredericksburg, Virginia
The Restaurant: Kybecca Wine Bar & Shop
402 William Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Wine bar and American bistro Kybecca blends modern and historic, with original tin ceilings, a poured concrete bar, and a menu of American classics with a contemporary twist.
The Store: Forage
208 William Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Also located in picturesque downtown Fredericksburg is Forage, a vintage and consignment store with Pinterest-worthy styling. Shop clothing and accessories, and browse Forage's holiday gift table display featuring a handmade candle line called Greenmarket Purveying, handmade greeting cards, friendship bracelets, colorful pom pom garlands and streamers. And on Fridays and Saturdays through the holiday season, they'll gift wrap items for shoppers too.
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2.) Baltimore, Maryland
The Restaurant: Shoo-Fly Diner
510 East Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212
New this fall from nationally-acclaimed Baltimore chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen fame is Shoo-Fly Diner. The menu specializes in comfort food, like fried chicken, "pretzel doggie" pigs-in-a-blanket, and Chesapeake crab rolls.
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The Store: Poppy and Stella
728 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
Baltimore shoe and accessories boutique Poppy and Stella carries brands like Pour la Victoire, Kork-Ease, Sorel, and more at a variety of price points.
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3.) Frederick, Maryland
The Restaurant: Volt
228 N Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Hometown hero Bryan Voltaggio had a strong showing in this year's Top Chef Masters. His restaurant Volt in historic Frederick showcases the chef's creative style. with local and seasonal ingredients.
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The Store: Relish Decor
43 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Relish, a home decor and lifestyle boutique in historic Frederick, carries beautiful and memorable dinnerware, glassware, linens and more.
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