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

Monday, November 17th, 2014

 

 

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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.

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.

 

 

 

The Peach Room Transforms into the Sun Room

Friday, June 15th, 2012
Romantic getaway in Northern Virginia

The Before Picture of the Peach Room

Now that the planting of the gardens are done and the lawn is mowed, here at our romantic getaway in Northern Virginia, we have been embarking on transforming our Peach dining room into the new Sun Room. Starting with all new fabric from Provence we have made the curtains and tablecloths. The next step is underway with Tim, our incredible faux painter, using real ochre from Roussillon in France to finish the walls to a soft patine. We can hardly wait to set the tables for Friday, June 22nd, when all will be done.

Romantic Virginia bed and breakfast

Tim Just Starting the Faux Painting

Winey and Cheesey really will be confused as customers calling for reservations at L’Auberge Provencale often ask for the Peach Room. They will just have to get used to the new name of the Sun Room at our Northern Virginia bed and breakfast!

No Passport Required

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Sunday was a glorious day in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia; sunny, fair, and fun here at L’Auberge Provencale. We re-created a day of sunny Provence at our Northern Virginia Bed and Breakfast Inn. Provencale fabrics, garden flowers, guests in country casual attire and food from the South of France. Procuring local ingredients and using ingredients from the gardens at our romantic Virginia inn, we created a French feast with Olivier from Vineyard Brands and Jason of the Country Vintner on hand to progress our wines with the cuisine of the sun.

Wine Dinners in Virginia

Setting up for a Provencale Afternoon

Everyone was transported to another place, Provence, but just an hour from DC. We took a tour of the Rhone for our wine dinner afternoon, starting in the southerly part of the Southern Rhone and ending in Beaume de Venise, with stops along the way to Gigondas, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Condrieu, Cote Rotie and Lirac, to name a few. Our menu featured local lamb with wild mustard sauce, braised Fields of Athenry pork belly with Lavender Glaze and compressed peaches, our own orchard cherry Clafoutis with Garden Rose Petal Ice Cream and many more side dishes with local procured ingredients, that were passed around family style. It truly was a dinner for family and friends to share great wine, great conversation, and great food.

Wine Dinner at our Romantic Virginia bed and breakfast

A Typical Four Hour French Country Lunch

A magical time was had by all as we were transported to another place and time. And as crazy as this may sound, even before we finished the first course we were planning our next dinner from around the world. On July 8th we will be visiting Spain! Come join us at our romantic Virginia bed and breakfast for tapas, Rojas, and Paella. We will hopefully be able to procure a suckling pig as well and have him roasting on an open pit. Seating will be limited so plan ahead and make a reservation! The wine dinners are an afternoon affair served from 1:00-5:00. Special overnight rates are available to guests of the wine dinner. It is the least we can do.

Winey and Cheesy will be on hand to greet you. No passport is required.

Buying Local in the Shenandoah Valley

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Bed and Breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley

30 years ago we opened L’Auberge Provencale, our bed and breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley. The very first year we were here we had an enormous garden, raised our own piglets and rabbits, and planted our first orchard trees at our Northern Virginia country inn. We bought as much locally as possible, lamb, eggs, and chickens at the time. The local farming community raised feed corn and Black Angus steers, as well as great horses in the Virginia Hunt Country.

Now here we are, 30 years later. Little did we know we should have capitalized on our support for local products and farmers. L’Auberge Provencale has been a farm-to-table restaurant before the name was coined. We are so happy that restaurants now are following our lead in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The support for the local farming community has grown exponentially. You now can buy turkeys, fowl, poultry, pork, veal, beef, and lamb. Local farms are producing honey, fruits, herbs, vegetables, amazing cheese and dairy products.

Not to mention some world class wines from the state of Virginia. We utilize the bounty of our own vegetable and herb gardens, our own edible flowers and our 78 fruit trees provide us with, not just fresh fruit in season, but jams, chutneys, oils, pickled fruits and various sundries for our winter larder. The cherries at our Shenandoah B&B are bursting on the trees and will be harvested this week.

We are serving super fresh lamb and pork belly from Fields of Athenry. We are working on a new Lavender glazed pork belly dish with compressed peaches and Asian spices for the Toast of the Town, where we will be featured on June 22 at the National Building museum in conjunction with The Wine Enthusiast and 200 wineries. We are using all local products for the tasting and want to promote farm-to-table cuisine and our local farmers of the Shenandoah Valley. Hope to see you there!

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Bursting with Cherries-Waiting to be baked in a Pie

 

Virginia Garden Week

Thursday, April 19th, 2012
The perennial garden at our Northern Virginia Inn

Our perennial garden at the inn

Whew…lists of things to do.  This is Virginia Garden week and we here at our Northern Virginia inn are getting ready for 900 people to descend upon us this Saturday, April 21, as L’Auberge Provencale is number 1 on the tour of houses in Clarke County.  Our maintenance staff and I have been busy (with a little help from Winey and Cheesey) getting the grounds in tip top shape.

  1. Mulch Around All Trees
  2. Prune the fruit trees
  3. Plant the spring vegetable garden plants
  4. Plant the beautiful Provencale pots and hanging baskets for our terrace and porch
  5. Cut down the tulips which bloomed too early and tie up all the daffodils
  6. Go on a crazy plant buying spree

Fluff all the pillows, and hope it doesn’t rain!  Of course, you know they are predicting thunderstorms for Saturday in our beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  Our chef are happily cooking with local ramps, asparagus, morels, sorrel, lovage and fresh herbs from our gardens and edible flowers as well.  It is a great time to visit Virginia, and the beauty is busting out all over.

Planting flowers at our Northern Virginia InnThere is the usual mess to clean up after a day of planting..but what a beautiful reward we get from all the pots planted and on the southern Virginia style porch.  Come out and enjoy the terrace for dinner at our bed and breakfast, the next time you are visiting the countryside of the Shenandoah Valley.

Great List of New Desserts at L’Auberge Provencale

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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We are currently featuring a great list of new desserts at L’Auberge Provencale. We’ve introduced some sweet-tooth and taste-bud-pleasing winners on the Dessert Menu at our French Restaurant in Northern Virginia!

Filo Cinnamon Apple Crisp Appletini Sorbet

Dried Apple Chips, Chateau Hallet Sauterne Sauce, Maple Cream

Flight of Sorbets

Strawberry, Pineapple, Kiwi, Cornucopia Tuile

Warm Clementine Maltaise

Spanish Clementines Grand Marnier Sabayon

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Chocolate French Connection

Hazelnut Mousse, Chocolate Bête Noir, Mocha Sorbet,

Chambord Pot au Crème, Grand Marnier Ganache

Trio of Banana

Banana Bread Pudding with Armagnac Anglaise,

Banana Foster on Vanilla Cheese-cake,

Banana Cream Tart

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We hope to see you soon at our Romantic Virginia B&B!

Fall in the Shenandoah Valley

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Fall at the Virginia State Arboretum in the Shenandoah Valley is peaking this weekend.  It is a perfect time to visit L’Auberge Provencale.  The pumpkins are glowing and Winey and Cheesey are a little nervous of the ghosts and goblins hiding in the mists of morning.

The menu is changing with the season to reflect the bounty of the harvest from squash to mushrooms from the woods, to the smokiness of the fire.  A perfect time to start enjoying those Virginia Wines during the Virginia Wine Month.  We have been featuring some of our favorites from Linden Vinyards, Pearmund Vineyards, Delaplane Manor, Fox Meadow, Three Fox, Veramar, and one of our newest discoveries LDV vineyards.

 

 

Looks like the swallows are heading back south for the winter!  You can hear them in the air whooshing in a beautiful dance.  Our guests are cozy together in the Valley evenings by the fire pit at L’Auberge Provencale’s backyard,and enjoying the show while indulging in our harvest special along with the s’mores!

Our harvest special includes any room available Sunday thru Thursday, including dinner off our three or five course gourmet menu, a charcuterie platter and a bottle of Virginia Wine on arrival and s’mores by the fire.  All for only 395.   Not including other wine, alcohol, beverages or gratuities.

Fall is the perfect time to visit us here at our bed and breakfast inn.  We have just ordered the wild turkeys and are planning our fabulous Thanksgiving dinner.  More on that from Winey and Cheesey soon.

Employee of the Month

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

L’AUBERGE PROVENCALE

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Shenandoah Valley B&B

**** Vicky Starace ****

FROM: Summit, New Jersey

POSITION: Server at our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast

FAVORITE FOOD: Veal

FAVORITE COCKTAIL: Bombay and Tonic

ON DAYS OFF: Vicky loves to shop, cook, lunch with the ladies, and play with her black lab, Otto.

LIKES AND DISLIKES ABOUT VIRGINIA: “The area is so beautiful and completely different from where I grew up, but I miss the museums, theaters, and restaurants from city life.”

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