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The Back Roads Century Bike Event

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
 Back Roads Century

Fall in the Shenandoah Valley

Each Fall in late September, this year, the weekend of September 18th, the Potomac Pedalars invites cycle enthusiasts of all ability for a great day of riding and fun in the Shenandoah Valley.  The distances range from 25, 30,50, 65 and 100 miles.  It is a day of fun with rest stops, cue sheets, food and drinks and best of all “mechanical support” during your ride.

The Back Roads Century travels through several small towns, Berryville, Va, a colonial crossroads settlement, Millwood, with the famous Burwell Morgan Mill and of course, right here through White Post.  In White Post, by White Post restorations the riders can take a break under a shady tree before completing the ride.

Clarke Country is quickly becoming known as one of the top cycling destinations in Northern Virginia with it’s winding country roads, historical sites and scenic vistas.  So if you are looking for a rewarding and fun way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon be sure to attend the Back Roads Century.  You can get more information  just click on the RIDE .

If you can’t make that weekend, come and bike the back roads of Clarke County and stay with us at our Virginia

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Biking the Scenic Backroads of Clarke County

Bed and Breakfast.  Bring your bikes, we will be happy to store them in our garage for you and provide you with bike maps from 7 miles to 50.  All the rides are off main highways and you just need to be aware that the cycling routes are public roads.   Our Chefs at L’Auberge Provencale will be happy to provide you with a light picnic you can put in your backpack and enjoy along your route.

After a day of riding in our beautiful Shenandoah Valley, return to the inn for a relaxing, and fabulous meal here at our restaurant La Table Provencale.  And take advantage of one of the rooms or suites with an aromatherapy steam shower to soothe those aching muscles. Reserve your spot now!

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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Second Annual Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

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What’s Sizzlin this July?  Our second annual beer, bourbon and barbecue!  The fun begins on Saturday, July 5th, 2014 at L’Auberge Provencale here in sunny Virginia.  Look for beer can chicken, beer braised and grilled short ribs, yummy seared Pork Belly and great grilled salads straight from our gardens here at our Virginia Bed and Breakfast Inn.  Chef Joseph wants a clam bake too..complete with sand!

The barbecue is an afternoon event and begins at 1:00 and winds up around 5:00 pm.  Micro brewed crafted beers, bourbons from the Bourbon Trail and beach music are all featured in this alfresco event.  Don your seersucker, flip flops and designer shades and join us for what is sure to be a perennial favorite.  For the wine aficionados we also will feature some nice summer roses to make this a true Provence afternoon.

Bring friends and make new ones here in sunny Virginia during this casual event.  The food will be serious, yet whimsical and the company frolicking and fun.

To Join the fun…just give us a call…1-540-837-1375.

Watermelon Park Fest : Bluegrass Festival September 26 and 27

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Watermelon Park Fest

Watermelon Park, just minutes from L’Auberge Provencale is believed to be the home of the very first bluegrass festival in the country. Many famous country and bluegrass artists have played this family friendly venue over the years, including the Carter Family, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and the Osborne Brothers.  The festival started in 1960 and is an annual event.  This three day music festival starts on Thursday the 26th – through- Saturday the 28th, 2013.

Shenandoah Valley park

The headliners for this year’s Watermelon Park Fest are Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks and Jerry McCoury.   Also, featured are Furnace Mountain (one of our local favorites), Natural Bridge, the Quebe Sisters, the Green Boys, and the South Carolina Broadcasters, just to name a few. Bands play throughout the day and evening at the park.  L’Auberge Provencale will be happy to pack you a picnic for the day as the door open at 9:00 am.  You can spend the day tubing or kayaking the Shenandoah River, return to Watermelon Park for a picnic, and enjoy the bands.  Return to our Shenandoah Valley inn and enjoy a beautiful evening dinner on our terrace or in one of our intimate dining rooms at our farm to table restaurant La Table Provencale.

For more information and to obtain tickets for the festival visit http://watermelonparkfest.com/index.html.   This is a great way to enjoy the countryside of Clarke County and the rich heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

kayaking on Shenandoah River

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!

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Art at the Mill

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Enjoy a romantic evening of love this Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

 

Come for a Lover’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

Tuesday Feb. 14th 2012

Come Stay at our Virginia Inn For a Romantic Evening of Love

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Bring your Sweetheart, We’ll do the Rest.

A Rose for each Valentine Couple & a box of Gourmet Housemade Truffles…

 

Valentine's Day Dinner at our Virginia B&B An elegant, romantic setting…

An intimate Dinner for Two…

An evening to remember…

What better way to say “I Love You”

Dinner seating from 6pm – 9pm

3 Course Prefixe $64.00 / person

5 Course Prefixe $88.00/ person

A Lover’s Dinner for 2 $195.00

5 NIGHTS of ROMANCE

Stay at least one night from Feb 10th thru Feb 14th

Choose any available room or suite at our romantic Virginia B&B and

Receive Complimentary ~French Restaurant in Northern Virginia

  • Flameless Candles
  • Silk Rose Petals
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • A Bottle of Champagne
All in your room when you return from dining at our romantic French restaurant in Northern Virginia!
(A $138.00 Value) FREE

VALENTINE’S DAY MENU

WINE SPECIALS

RED
ST ESTEPHE, CHATEAU MEYNEY, 1998
145.00
WHITE
CHARDONNAY, RED SHOULDER RANCH,
SHAFER, NAPA, 2003
89.00

ARTISAN CHEESE

Housemade Pear and Raisin Chutney Tapenade,
Balsamic Reduction & Crostinis
3 Pieces 16.00
5 Pieces 24.00
IRISH DUBLINER
Sharp with Notes of Hay, Light Creaminess, Sweet Finish
FOURME D’A MBERT
Cow’s Milk, Creamy, Butter, Smooth Texture and Full Taste
BRILLAT  SAVARIN AFFINÉ
Soft Ripened, Cow Milk, Luscious, Crusty, Faintly Sour
LE BEFFROI MIMOLETTE FRANÇAISE
Hard Cow’s Milk, Hazelnut Flavors, Intensely Fruity
PETIT BASQUE
Medium-Firm with a Pungent Smell and a
Mild Flavored Sheep’s Milk

LOVERS MENU FOR 2

FIRST COURSE
NANTUCKET OYSTERS
Champagne Vinegar, Tomato-Horseradish, Ginger-Sriracha
SECOND COURSE
MAINE DIVER SCALLOPS
Braised Endive, Kumquat Confit, Sage
THIRD COURSE
HUDSON VALLEY DUCK CONSUMME
Duck Confit Ravioli, Slow Cooked Egg, Leeks
FOURTH COURSE
CARNAROLI RICE RISOTTO
Wild Foraged Mushrooms, Shaved Black Truffle
FIFTH COURSE
SNAKE RIVER WAGYU BEEF CULOTTE
Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Cabernet Reduction
DESSERT
PASSIONFRUIT BRULEE
195 Per Couple
Wine Pairing Additional 62 per Person
Service Non Compris
Six Course Tasting Menu and Three Course Menu
In Same Party Is Not Recommended

LES ENTRÉES

Three or Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
SLOW COOKED VEAL CHEEKS
Farro Risotto, Parmesan & Local Squash
RABBIT TERRINE
Pickled Shallots, Turnips, Wisteria Greens,
Glazed Kohlrabi, Cider Mustard Dressing
CREAM OF THREE ONION SOUP
Beer Cippolinis, Roast Gruyere Tuile,
House Cured Crispy Pork, Garlic Brioche Croutons
MIXED GREENS & ROQUETTE SALAD
Shaved & Marinated Vegetables, Aged Blue Cheese, Honey~Truffle Vinaigrette

LA DEUXIEME SUITE

Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
BEET SALAD
Yuzu Gelée, Bacon, Pistachio, Goat Cheese
HOUSE~MADE CRAB RAVIOLI
Pumpkin Purée, Red Onion Marmelade, Sauce Américaine
FOIE GRAS TERRINE
Quince, Almond, Candied Lemon

TROU NORMAND

Five Course Menu
PEAR COMPOTE, PEAR SORBET, BITTER LEMON SODA

VIANDES  ET POISSONS

Three or Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
DAY BOAT RED GROUPER
Cauliflower, Wild Mushrooms, Capers,
Brown Butter Emulsion
ROASTED SQUAB
Coffee Scented Macomber Turnip,
Glazed Chestnuts, Brussel Sprouts
BLACK BARLEY
Wild Foraged Mushrooms, Vegetables,
Truffle Vinaigrette
KUROBUTA PORK BELLY
Lentils, Glazed Salsify, Celery Root,
Pomegranate, Royal Trumpets
PAN~SEARED TILE FISH
Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Roasted
Spaghetti Squash, Red Wine Shellfish Sauce
WAGYU BEEF CULOTTE
Mustard Greens, Pistachio Butter,
Beer Braised Onions
Three Course Menu (Includes Amuse Bouche and Dessert, After Dinner Treat) 64 per Person
Five Course Menu (Includes Amuse Bouche, Intermezzo, Dessert, and After Dinner Treat) 88 per Person
~ Service Non Compris

 

 

Our First Living Social Cooking Class a Success!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first Living Social Cooking Class at our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast was held Wednesday Dec 21.

The participants’ summary of the hands-on experience was “Perfect”, “Fabulous”, “What Fun”…

They enjoyed working hard at preparing:

-Roasted Squab

-Coffee Scented Macomber Turnips

-Glazed Chestnuts

-Brussel Sprouts

To the left you can see Chef Jacob Jananski tasting the fare prepared by guests at our Shenandoah Valley Restaurant.

 

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