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Spectacular Virginia Events for Horse Lovers

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Visiting Virginia this spring? Good news! We have some terrific events to share with you that you’ll love. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or family vacation to our Shenandoah Valley bed and breakfast, you will love these magnificent horse events… get your pen ready, you’re going to want to add these to your itinerary.

Top Virginia attractions include amazing horse shows.

57th Annual Hunt Country Stable Tour

Enjoy the perfect weekend this May close to the inn and just 45 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Take your friends and family on a driving tour down winding country lanes with the gorgeous scenery of the nation’s horse capital all around you.

May 28-29, 10am- 5pm, owners of the nation’s most prestigious Thoroughbred breeding farms, show hunter barns, fox hunting barns, and country estates will open their doors and let you in to see for yourself how beautiful these unique venues are.

Admission is $25/person in advance and $30/person the day of the event

Call 540-687-5099 or Get More Information.

Shenandoah Valley guests love enjoying local horse events.

Upperville Colt & Horse Show

If you will be staying with us June 6-12 and are looking for an authentic and historical Virginia experience, attend the Upperville Colt & Horse show; it’s the oldest horse show in the nation! This show has featured incredible displays of jumpers, breeders, dressage, side saddle and more since 1853. Luckily for our guests, the show is located just 18 miles from the inn and we consider it a must-see for all of our guests.

You and your family and friends will love getting an inside look at horse nation and all that goes into these fine events. Now all that’s left to do is book a stay with us in Shenandoah, Virginia. We look forward to hosting you!

 

 

 

Springtime in Virginia :: Upcoming Activities

Friday, April 8th, 2016

There’s even more to love about our Shenandoah bed and breakfast than just the romantic atmosphere, luxurious amenities, and delicious breakfast. One of the best parts about staying with us at L’Auberge Provencale is our Shenandoah, Virginia location where there is always something to do! We have compiled a list of the best of the best activities to check out this season. Each of these 5 things will fill up your spring and take you into summer. If you still haven’t decided when to plan your Virginia getaway, be sure to plan it around one of these spectacular events.

Enjoy a Virginia horse race near our romantic VA bed and breakfast.

Travel just half an hour from the inn to experience the 91st Virginia Gold Cup in The Plains, VA Saturday May 7th. Join 50,000 other spectators and be up close for the biggest horse event of the year! Participate in one of the Virginia Gold Cup’s honored traditions and compete in the Tailgate Contest. Be creative and choose a tailgating theme with decorations and special food and drinks. Keep it fun and easy or go all out… it’s up to you! Set up a small picnic or large tailgate spot and enjoy the day.Take the mother in your life to a beautiful Virginia restaurant.

Do you have a special mother in your life who deserves to be celebrated? Take her out for Mother’s Day at the wonderful La Table Provencale for a memorable meal. Enjoy a delicious four or five course meal and selections from the chef’s tasting menu. With farm to table style dining and the freshest ingredients, you will savor every bite of delicious cuisine. Book a table here for May 8, between 12-7pm.

Soak up the local culture and get inspired with Art at the Mill in the quaint town of Millwood. Stop by May 7-8 and experience one of the best known art shows in the area. Thousands of artists and buyers come out every year to appreciate the local artistic talent.Visit the biggest plant sale in the area this spring while vacationing in Virginia.

Celebrate the the blossoming spring season at the Virginia State Arboreum’s Annual Plant Sale, May 7-8. You won’t find a larger collection of gorgeous, high-quality plants anywhere else. Growers will be at the sale to provide expert tips and information and to help you find just what you’re looking for. One of the biggest and best plant sales in the country takes place just 2 minutes away from our Virginia bed and breakfast, so don’t miss it!Check out the Upperville Horse Show on your spring Virginia getaway.

If you will be staying with us June 6-12 and are looking for an authentic and historical Virginia experience, attend the Upperville Colt & Horse show; it’s the oldest horse show in the nation! This show has featured incredible displays of jumpers, breeders, dressage, side saddle and more since 1853. Luckily for our guests, the show is located just 18 miles from the inn and we consider it a must-see for all of our guests.

Now that you have a full spring itinerary full of activities, all that’s left to do is book a stay with us in Shenandoah, Virginia. We look forward to hosting you!

 

Virginia Spring Break :: Farm Fresh Food & Wildflowers

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Spring flowers in Virginia

The earliest of flowers are springing up and the greening of the fields has begun.  The vineyards will be starting to show their new shoots and the earliest of the wildflowers will be here in just a few weeks.  Snow bells are in bloom and the crocuses and tulips are starting to shyly poke their green leaves through the mulch reaching towards the sky.

The ground hog saw his shadow and with that good news, spring is on it’s way.  It is a great time to visit the Shenandoah National Park and the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm where the little critters are creeping out of their winter dens and life is renewing and rejuvenating.  Birds are making their spring migration and we have seen our first robins!  Hiking and biking are best in the spring when the air is still slightly crisp and the sun warms the day.

Easter is just a few weeks away and at L’Auberge Provencale we are delighted to start to use the bounty of our surrounding farms in our restaurant and brasserie. Our friends at Shenandoah Seasonal are already in full swing providing us with organic vegetables and we are happy to report our farmers of gmo free, free range chickens, ducks, pork and beef are able to provide us again with the freshest and best.

Apple Blossom Time in Virginia

Apple Blossom Time in the Orchard

Farm fresh food at Virginia bed and breakfast

Reserve early for Easter brunch and don’t forget Mother’s Day is just around the corner.   So hop over the mountain and get out of the city to reunite with natures promise at our romantic Virginia bed and breakfast.

Baby Girl Borel – Baby Showers in Virginia Wine Country

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Friends and guests joined us to celebrate the upcoming birth of Baby Borel on Sunday, May 31.  Christian and his beautiful wife Ashley are expecting their first baby girl the first week in August, and of course, the grandparents are all a twitter in anticipation.  Lots of fun games from “Name the Baby”, to “Baby Price is Right” had everyone laughing on the beautiful May day.  The three hour event was planned by friends of Ashley and the two moms, Celeste and Susan and much participation in decorations from Sylvie and Crystal, friends of Ashley.  The expectant parents were certainly “showered” with wonderful gifts to welcome the new arrival.  We are all looking forward to the miracle of life to be bestowed on us in just a couple of months.

Virginia Wine Country

baby shower decorations

We were reminded that here at the Inn, we can host your baby showers, bridal showers, and bridal luncheon get-together’s  with flare and fun.  It doesn’t have to just be for girls.  Why not ask the men to join you?  That is what we did and all had a good time.  Just make sure to include some “man” food; like fresh Virginia ham biscuits and lots of cupcakes!

Virginia Baby Shower

Shakespeare in the Burg :: Middleburg Performing Arts

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

 

Shenandoah Valley activities

Just 20 minutes east of L’Auberge Provencale, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, is the little hamlet of Middleburg.  Known for fox hunting, it has now become a small thriving and growing arts community.  The second annual “Shakespeare in the Burg” will feature performances by the American Shakespeare Center actors.  In addition, the festival will feature workshops and a play writing competition.

Shakespeare's Hamlet

Shakespeare’s Hamlet and his raucous play, Much Ado About Nothing (my personal favorite) will be the featured plays on March 27-29th at the Middleburg Community Center.  These are two of the bards most popular playsIn addition there will be a performance of the winning play from the play writing competition.

Middleburg Community Center

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is playing Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm and Much Ado About Nothing will be performed on Sunday, March 29, at 2:00 pm.  You can got online to www.shakespeareintheburg.com for more information and to purchase tickets.  We will serve dinner that evening for those attending starting at 4;30-pre-dinner and after the show on Sunday, join us for dinner starting at 5:00 pm.

 

Five Ways to Chase Away Winter Blues :: Shenandoah Valley Inn

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Chase away winter blues here at L’Auberge Provencale! We are much like you and are waiting anxiously for the first sign of spring in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  But in the meantime we have long understood winter can be celebrated for it’s solitude and simple pleasures. So in that spirit here are 5 things we can recommend to make the best of the season.

Winter in Virginia

1. Slip under the covers into clean and warm sheets.  Snuggle up with your loved one and take the time to have a quiet conversation and just enjoy the moment.  Revel in the warmth of  the fireplace and it’s touch of romance as you drift off into a winter slumber.

Fireplace suites

2. Indulge in a couples massage in your guest room.  Our massage therapist will ease away the stress of the season with quiet and soothing full body massage.

Couples Massage

3. Indulge in a couples massage in your guest room.  Our massage therapist will ease away the stress of the season with quiet and soothing full body massage.

Hiking in Shenandoah Valley

4. There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.  So pull on your winter woollies and take a hike in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  Hiking will reduce stress, and promotes physical and emotional well being and as a bonus works up an appetite for one of our world class dinners prepared by Executive Chef Ryan Ratino and his team.

Blue Ridge Mountains

5. Let us get the fire pit stoked up and enjoy s’mores and a hot beverage out in the backyard of L’Auberge Provencale and watch the sunset over the beautiful the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Wine tasting

6. Visit one of our local wineries.  Winter is a great time to see the terroir of the vineyards and enjoy a quiet, more personable experience with the vineyard staff.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Just in case, if the snow is falling, you can always join Bernadette for a romp in the snow!

Celebrate our Nation’s Birthday at L’Auberge Provencale

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue

Come Celebrate our Nations Birthday and Meet the Staff of L’Auberge Provencale!

An Alfresco Event Featuring Chef Joseph Watters and Sommelier Christian Borel with the  L’Auberge Staff.

The chefs will be on hand at this casual experience featuring a bountiful clam bake and slow spitfire roasted pig.  There will be a tasting of domestic and Local Brewery beers and Bourbons.  The wine lovers will not be forgotten  as we pour the wines for local vineyard Glen Manor.  Enjoy the best of Northern Virginia in the lazy days of summer.

THE MAIN EVENT-

Slow Spit Fire Roasted Pig

Clam Bake on Seaweed with Sauvignon Blanc, Garlic, Parsley & Butter

Lobster, Corn, Potato, Littleneck Clams, Mussels, Fresh Crab, Sausages & Shrimp

Sauces Include: Creole Sauce, Lemon Butter, Garlic Butter and Lemons

Served with Coleslaw, Vegetable Skewers, Tomato Provencale, & Vegetable Anti-Pasta Fresh From our Garden

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Blueberry Pie

Dress-Summer Casual

                                      For Reservations to join the fun.. 1-540-837-1375                                               lobster-tails 89.00 per person excluding taxes and gratuities.

 

Help the Orphaned Babies of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

La Table Provencale

Something different to do with the kids this Father’s Day.  Have a super brunch here at La Table Provencale and then take the whole family to Long Branch for the “Baby Shower.”  The event here in White Post, benefits the Blue  Ridge Wildlife Center.  The Wildlife Center rescues and raises thousands of wildlife orphans.  So bring them:

  • Puppy Chow, Ground and Canned
  • Kitten Chow, Dry and Canned
  • Baby Cereal, Rice and Oatmeal
  • Rolled Oats or Cheerios
  • Bird Seed, Finch, Mixed, Sunflower, Suet
  • Baby Food:  Sweet Potato, Fruit, Applesauce
  • Chick starter

Or just some cash to buy Special Formulas and Foods, Insects and Fish

You and the family will learn how to raise wildlife orphans and there will be demonstrations of native wildlife.  There will also be games and raffle prizes!

No reservations necessary at Long Branch,but you may want to call us for a brunch reservation and sample Chef Joseph’s amazing Eggs Benedict and, without a doubt, the best burger in the area.

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Virginia Wine Country: The 7th Largest Wine Growing Region

Friday, December 7th, 2012

It may be winter, but the award winning Virginia wineries in the Shenandoah Valley are keeping some limited hours. It is a great time to visit the Virginia Wine Country…no crowds, cozy tasting rooms, cheese and wine and the solitude of the winter vines. We recommend some of our favorites Vineyards that are open: Delaplane Manor, Linden Vineyard, Barrel Oak, Fox Meadow, Rappahannock Cellars, Boxwood, and Veramar. We can still pack you a great picnic to enjoy while you enjoy a nice respite from the crowds of the crush.

Check out a little history of the Virginia Wine story. There are 210 wineries in Virginia and so little time. Come and cozy up to a fire in one of our cozy rooms or suites and enjoy a repast dinner delivered to your room at our French Country Inn & Restaurant, a Northern Virginia Bed and Breakfast, at the end of your day, complete with a bottle of local Virginia wine.

 

Visit our award winning wineries

 

Apple Blossom Time

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Art at the Mill near our Shenandoah Valley bed and breakfast

Art at the Mill Open Now Until May 13th

The first week in May, is a busy one in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, the Gold Cup Races at Great Meadows in the Plains Virginia and the beginning of the Art at the Mill Show in Millwood, Virginia. All of these events are just minutes from our Shenandoah Valley bed and breakfast. So come out this weekend; there is plenty to see and do, or just kick off your shoes in the backyard of the inn and enjoy the summer-like weather.

The firemen’s parade is this Friday to kick off the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester! If you haven’t attended this parade it has the most fire trucks of any Firemen’s parade in the country.

Our celebrities that will be out and about this year are Mario Lopez, of MTV’s America’s Dance Crew and author of Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness and the beautiful Jazz Dorset, daughter of legendary sports figure with the University of Pittsburgh and the Dallas Cowboys.

The circus is in town and the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday will be a “Salute to Our Troops” with our local Virginia Girl, “Wounded Warrior” Capt. Leslie Smith, as the Grand Marshall. There are parties, sports breakfasts, dances, dinners, 10K race, the carnival, circus and much more. It is a local event the whole family can enjoy! A small town event at it’s finest.

It is the 87th running of the Virginia Gold Cup and there are still some tickets for spaces left if you go to their website. This is a fun-filled day of steeplechase racing and tailgate picnics! The festive atmosphere and the thrill of the chase make this a must for any city folks. Bring a beautiful hat and let us pack you a picnic to take.

Every Spring and Fall, the Burwell Morgan Mill in the quaint village of Millwood, Virginia becomes an extraordinary art gallery. Over 300 judges artist display their pottery, sculpture, fine woodwork and all types of paintings. There is truly something for every taste and budget. This show runs through May 13 and is a must see for the art lover in this 18th century working mill. When the art show closes the mill resumes grinding of fresh flour for the year. You can stop in this summer and pick up fresh whole wheat, corn, blue corn, and general all purpose flours, just to name a few. Buying local comes to new heights.

So grab your gal and come out to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and enjoy all the countryside has to offer. And don’t forget Mother on the 13th of May, the plant sale at the Virginia State Arboretum, Bland Farm and brunch here at L’Auberge Provencale from 11:30-2:30 and Mother’s Day Dinner 2:30-7:00. Treat your mom to the best that is offered in the Valley at our Shenandoah Inn!

Shenandoah bed and breakfast

Art at the Mill

 

 

 

 

 

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