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Most Romantic Destinations Nearby:: Middleburg, VA

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Well, the news is out and we couldn’t agree more. We all know that “Virginia Is For Lovers,” but according to CNN.com we have a neighbor that stands apart from the rest. Located only 20 minutes away is the town of Middleburg and it was just rated as one of the “10 most romantic destinations you should know about.”

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You may be thinking, what makes Middleburg so romantic? In short, Middleburg blends an idyllic sense of America’s yesteryear with modern country opulence. The town breathes an equestrian heritage set against a brilliant countryside that captures your attention and immediately makes you feel at home. Fit in as a local while you travel down its friendly shop-lined streets and get lost with one another in the rolling hills of what we consider a wine lovers haven.  Classic beauty, scenic vistas, and humble adventures make this romantic destination a timeless memory for any couple looking to escape the hustle and bustle of our nation’s capitol.

In essence, if you haven’t caught on yet we’re telling you it’s worth a visit. Fortunately, L’Auberge Provencale is located close enough to Middleburg where an afternoon drive out to the town is enough for you to catch the”love” bug.

Check out what CNN has to say about Middleburg and other romantic destinations by Clicking Here to view the entire article.

It’s That Time of Year Again – L’Auberge Provencale Gift Cards

Monday, November 17th, 2014

 

 

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Holidays in Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With holidays fast approaching, why not give a gift that creates happy memories, L’Auberge Provencale gift cards.

We offer gift cards to suit anyone’s budget, no black out dates and can be used any time of the year.

Be it a special occasion,  a weekend away to rekindle ones love for one another. Not forgetting all those family and friends.

Click on the gift certificate above or below, to give the gift of happiness. A gift that you will never gather dust, only special and unique experiences.

 

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Ten Things We Are Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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When I was growing up my mother told me to think of things I was grateful for during Thanksgiving. So this year I am thankful for many things here at L’Auberge Provencale.

1. Thankful for the wonderful housekeeping staff that has been with us for many years, who love to see things sparkle.

2. This beautiful fall weather we have been experiencing thus far; crisp days and brilliant nights.

3. A well stocked, and eclectic selection of wines in the cellar dating back to a bottle of 1905 Madeira and a cozy salon and restaurant in which to enjoy them in.

4. A talented and hard working restaurant staff that always strives for perfection.

5. Thankful for such loving and caring parents; Celeste and Alain Borel, the backbone of L’Auberge Provencale.

6. For our little corner of Provence in the heart of Virginia, with the Blueridge Mountains as its backdrop.

7. Being surrounded by such a concentration of passionate vintners, in the heart of the Northern Virginia Wine Region.

8. For having the Virginia State Arboretum and all its beautiful grounds just two minutes away.

9. For the health and happiness of our children and families.

10. And for Noel, the office cat.

World Wines of Interest, Wine Dinner March 23, 2014

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

wine-glasses-red-wineFor this dinner, Sunday, March 23, 2014, at L’Auberge Provencale, we will be traveling around the world exploring “wines of interest” paired with foods of interest.  Our wine dinner starts at 12:30-1:00 for a meet and greet and then we will be seated for this exceptional event.

For a chance to discover small production, little know wines this dinner is a must.  We will be pouring wines from Moldova, Lebanon, Slovenia and Hungary.  Just for fun we may sneak in one from Greece and a white wine from Lebanon which gets better the older it gets.  Secret little treasures like these, accompany the wine tasting menu created by Chef Joseph Watters and his team.

The menu will feature such tantalizing goodies as King Crab, Boudin Blanc, Seasonal Black Truffles, Braised Rabbit, Beef Wellington Modern and Lychee Souflee.  Great food, great wines, and great friends…what a better way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon.  Oh, so very French.

Call 540-837-1375 for reservations and information.

Civil War Buffs with Cabin Fever

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Dawn with a Civil War Cannon

Dawn with a Civil War Cannon

Well, we have all had enough of the snow and ice and I know we are all saying enough is enough.  Today, the weather is balmy and it is time to get out of the city and visit the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at L’Auberge Provencale.  For those history buffs of the Civil War there is a unique opportunity to visit the Kernstown Battlefield in Middletown.

You can join the Kernstown Battlefield Association as it commemorates the 152nd Anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown.

Gary Eclebarger, historian and author of the book “We Are in for It, The First Battle of Kernstown” will be giving a tour of the battlefield on March 15, 2014 starting at 9 am.  The tour will last approximately two and a half hours.  Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.  The tour is free.  Donations are always appreciated.  For the Civil War buffs this is an excellent opportunity to visit this historic property just minutes from L’Auberge Provencale.  We will be happy to pack you a picnic to take with you as you explore the battlefield and the surrounding area.  Just let us know 24 hours in advance.

The Visitor Center will be open and Tours of the Pritchard House will be available.  In case of inclement weather, the tour will start at 9 am on March 22nd.  Additional information can be found at www.kernstownbattle.org or on the Kernstown Battlefield Association Face Book page. You may also call KBA President Gary Crawford at (540) 869-2896.

We have just a couple a rooms still available, so book now for the opportunity to combine luxury with history.

 

 

Christmas in the Shenandoah Valley

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
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Pastry and Hot Mulled Cider in our cozy sitting room by the fire

The season of Christmas and Hanukkah is approaching fast.  What a great time to visit L’Auberge Provencale, a romantic b&b in the Shenandoah Valley.  Tired of mall shopping? Looking at the same old ties and socks?  If you want something unique, hand crafted and simply one of a kind, the Shenandoah Valley has an abundance of stores and boutiques where you can truly find a great treasure.

Stop by Middleburg, on December 7th, and you will enjoy the Middleburg Christmas Parade from 10:00 am to 2:00 am.  This annual celebration of the season features over 100 riders and hounds, followed by the parade and an appearance by Santa.  Shop the stores that line the main street to find unique gifts for your special someones.  The Fun Shop is a favorite of ours with their eclectic range of goods, stop by Lou Lou’s for some divine accessories, Duchessa for great women’s apparel, and the antique stores and galleries offer high end selections to fill any wall in the house!

Old Town Winchester is also a favorite of our guests that are visiting our inn in Shenandoah Valley.  The walking center of town has been newly restored, and great shops, galleries, craft stores and more are great to visit and shop to you drop.  Don’t forget to wind around the corner to Kimberly’s and see what she has done again this year with Christmas decorations.  It is an experience in itself and you will come away with some unique gifts.

The  Virginia Wine Country is finished the harvest and putting the vines to bed, but the cozy tasting rooms offer a chance to relax from the hectic pace of the holidays.  And of course, our Shenandoah bed and breakfast is decked in all the halls and the elves are busy in the kitchen creating a new menu concept by Chef Joseph Watters. Sit by the fire in the cozy sitting room and enjoy some afternoon hot mulled cider, retire to your room for a nap; and then return to our dining room to sample our new menu, garden to guest and farm to table.

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Traditional Buche de Noel served during the Holiday Season

The Red Chair is Coming to L’Auberge

Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Traveling Red Chair - Bed and Breakfast Near Washington DC

The Red Chair Journey Begins

I know you are wondering, just what is the Red Chair?  It all started out in the winter of 2012, when fellow innkeeper Beth Colt posted a picture on Facebook of her simple Red Chair.  Everyone thought the chair had been purchased at a local antique store, but no, the humble chair arrived from a land fill.  This piece of Americana, this lowly Red Chair, has been elevated to celebrity status among innkeepers across the nation.  It is a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers and on September the 23-25th the Red Chair will be arriving in Boyce, Virginia at L’Auberge Provencale.

We plan on photographing the Red Chair here at the inn, in the gardens, in the orchard, on our spacious front porch and then I will be traveling around the local countryside photographing the Red Chair in inspirational settings of the Shenandoah Valley.  I will be sharing our photos of the chair on our facebook page as well as here on our blog.  Join us for this inspirational travel journal with the Red Chair which has taken on a personality all of it’s own.

This is a barn raising of sorts from New England all the way to California, with stops at wonderful inns along the way.  We hope you join us for this fun project chronicling the adventures of the Red Chair.

Plan your escape to our bed and breakfast near Washington DC – maybe you will get a photo in the red chair!

Traveling Red Chair Coming to L'Auberge Provencale Inn

 

Virginia Garden Club :: Visit L’Auberge Provencale During Historic Garden Week

Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Tulips at Northern Virginia B&B

Double Tulips Blooming In The Garden

Spring is here and it is the best time to visit L’Auberge Provencale!

This week is the Virginia Garden Club Historic Garden Week. This will be the 80th annual event and will feature many homes and gardens in and around the Winchester area just minutes away. It will take place on April 27th, From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Make our Northern Virginia B&B a destination during or after the tour by stopping by for a cocktail on our front porch or patio and enjoy this beautiful weather, or finish your tour by treating yourself dinner at our restaurant La Table Provencale. Dinner starts at 6:00.

More information on the homes and gardens of the garden tour in the Winchester area can be found at www.vagardenweek.org.

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Apple Blossom Time In The Shenandoah Valley

 

Clarke County Fair

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Another great night here in Clarke County, Virginia at our annual Fair.  Not just farm animals, carnival rides, but America’s Number one sport  the tractor pull!  Check out our video from last night’s winner.  The smoke will probably send you screaming for a gas mask and the CO2 police.  It is all country fun and we wouldn’t want it any other way in the Shenandoah Valley.

Just wanted to allow our patrons to get a feel for our style of entertainment.  Tonight is the lawn mower races.  Stay tuned.

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Our French Bed and Breakfast in Virginia is All Things Provence!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Refreshing swimming pool in our French bed and breakfast in Virginia

At this time of year, one can really step into the world of Provence at our French bed and breakfast in Virginia: L’Auberge Provencale!  Just think of this list of five things that bring you to the South of France and our bed and breakfast near Washington DC has them all:

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  • The beautiful scent of the lavender in full bloom in our French gardens.
  • The Provence water and olive oil pottery containers with a profusion of flowers.
  • The orchard with summer fruits basking in the sun and bursting with flavor.
  • Our herb gardens throughout our French bed and breakfast in Virginia with sage, thyme, rosemary, basil, scented geranium, thai basil, fennel (just  to name a few).
  • Fresh L’Auberge Provencale tomatoes, hot from the garden, picked at 4:00 and served to you at 6:oo.  Is there anything fresher than that?

Flowers at our bed and breakfast in Virginia

It is the perfect time to visit L’Auberge Provencale and experience all the delights of Provence, with no passport required. And don’t forget our wine tasting dinners. July brings us to Spain on Sunday, July 8th, from 1:00-5:00. Cavas, Tapas and Paella on a sunny afternoon Al Fresco. Look for July to transport you for an afternoon gathering of friends, food, and wine of Italy. That will take place on Sunday, August 5th. Make reservations early for these special events as seating is limited.

And when you come to dinner you will notice we have completed the change of the Peach room into our new Sun Room, with new fabrics from Provence and the Ochre from Rousillion painted faux on the walls. The warmth of the sun indoors is all here at our French bed and breakfast in Virginia.

 

 

 

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