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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.

VA Holiday Lodging

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.

Shenandoah Valley garden tour

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.

 

 

 

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!

Shenandoah B&B

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.

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