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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!

Shenandoah bed and breakfast

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

Romantic Virginia B&B

 

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.

 

Argentina Wine Tasting

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Argentina Asado & Wine Tasting

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

2PM- 6PM

Join Madame Celeste Borel, Senor Gonzales, and the Chefs of L’Auberge Provençale for an afternoon on the terrace…Traditional grilled meats and seafood will be served buffet style, while you sip bold and hearty Argentinian wine and enjoy one last summer day dining Al Fresco.

LIVE MUSIC BY THE J.N.G.’S

CALL TO RESERVE NOW, LIMITED SEATING

540.837.1375

Shenandoah Valley Inn

$125 per Person

Includes Wine, Food, Tax, and Gratuity, Credit Card Required to Hold Reservation

$165 On ANY Premier Room or Suite

Valid only on stay Sunday, September 25, 2011

Includes Gourmet Breakfast for Two at our Shenandoah Valley Inn

Must attend wine tasting. Not valid with any other discount.

Check In 3:00pm    Check Out 11:00am

 

 

Mark your calendars…

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
SEPTEMBER EVENTS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
Virginia B&ampB | Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast
EVERY TUESDAY 

8pm Karaoke at The Lone Oak Tavern: Boyce, VA

EVERY THURSDAY

8pm Acoustic Guitar at The Lone Oak Tavern: Boyce, VA

EVERY SATURDAY

7-9pm Live Music at The Battletown Inn: Berryville, VA

9pm Live Bands at Lone Oak Tavern: Boyce, VA

SEPTEMBER 2

5-7pm Beer Tasting at Locke Country Modern Store: Millwood, VA FREE

SEPTEMBER 3-5

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

SEPTEMBER 6-10

10-5pm Local Artist Showcase at Barns of Rose Hill

SEPTEMBER 10

9am-2pm Winchester City Market in Winchester, VA

SEPTEMBER 16

8:30pm Museum of the Shenandoah Valley play “The Misfits”. Winchester, VA

SEPTEMBER 17-18

1-3pm Harvest Party; Behind the scenes wine tour, wine and pizza $15

6:30pm- 9:00pm; La Luna at Veramar Vineyards; Wine, Tapas and Music $25/person

SEPTEMBER 18

4:30PM  Epicurean Event; Join L’Auberge Provencale and Long Branch to support “Horses for Heroes” at Long Branch. For tickets call: 540-837-1856

SEPTEMBER 22-24

Watermelon Park Music Festival, Featuring Live Bands on the Shenandoah River: Berryville, VA

SEPTEMBER 25

2-6pm L’Auberge Provencale, Wines from Argentina; Wine Tasting and Food Pairing  $125/PERSON

SEPTEMBER 30

6:30-8:30pm Music in the Park at Rose Hill Park  *Reserve a picnic basket with us now*

We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some of these fantastic events during your stay at our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast.

Discover the Spirit of Virginia Wine Country

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Linden Vineyards in VirginiaL’Auberge Provencale was thrilled to team up with Linden Vineyards last year on June 23rd, 24th & 30th for Linden’s Annual Barrel Tasting.  The talented culinary team at L’Auberge Provencale paired the cuisine to complement the latest wines available from Linden.  The Kingfish stole the show and went outrageously well with Linden’s Sauvignon Blanc. No one could resist the Lamb chops as they sipped on the 2008 Hardscrabble Chardonnay. Linden Vineyards Barrel TastingThis amazing event drew in over 750 wine enthusiasts from the area who visited the winery over a three-day spree. Mother Nature was on our side and the weather was as good as it gets in the Shenandoah Valley.  The food and wine was flowing as spirits ran high, and we were delighted to be able to take part in such an event.

Wine Tasting in VirginiaIf you missed the Barrel Tasting, but love Virginia wines, we invite you to visit our Virginia Inn and Restaurant and partake in one of our self guided or chauffeured wine tours.  Our Virginia Wine Country Tours include other local vineyards and wineries including Delaplane, Three Fox, Veramar, Barrel Oak, Pearmund Cellars (who won the Governor’s Cup this year), Philip Carter, La Grange, Naked Mountain and so many more. Wine of VirginiaAll of these fantastic Virginia Wineries are just a quick ride from the inn. After your complimentary tasting certificates are used, head back to L’Auberge for our Prix Fixe 5 Course Menu or 6 Course Tasting Menu with our exceptionally selected wine pairings.  Our wine pairings feature wines from not only the vines in the Shenandoah Valley and all around the world, but of course we pair the Kingfish with Linden’s Avenius Sauvignon Blanc. It’s that good!

Northern Virginia Wine Tasting DinnerIf the barrel tasting sounded like your kind of event and you’re sorry you missed it, mark your calendar for a Special Wine Dinner at L’Auberge Provencale on June 26th, hosted by Jason Bise from The Country Vintner. Call us for details!

Point to Point Race and Virginia Wine Month

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

You know that spring is almost here in the Shenandoah Valley when the Blue Ridge Point to Point race is just around the corner. No pun intended says Winey!  This is a great race that will be held at Woodley Farm, in the beautiful Virginia countryside, just a few miles up the road from L’Auberge Provencale, bed and breakfast. Winey and Cheesey will be there with a tail gate picnic to watch the beautiful horses and the beautiful people here in Clarke County, Va.  If you want to attend the race we still have a few rooms available and we will throw in the picnic for two!  The races are on March 12, 2011, so bring some cash for the side bet (only kidding!)  Winey and Cheesey think our bed and breakfast is the perfect place to unwind after the races.  Enjoy a sumptuous meal in our romantic dining room and a fine bottle of wine to mellow out even the most active DC foodies after all that fresh country air!

We will also be celebrating Virginia Wine Week and are offering “Love by the Glass”, for all those wine lover’s out there. L’Auberge Provencale’s romantic restaurant will be featuring our long time favorite Virginia vineyards and some new ones we discovered at the Governor’s Wine Awards last evening for the week of March 18-27th! Wine lovers now have another good reason to come out and enjoy L’Auberge Provencale.  The Shenandoah Valley and other areas of Virginia are producing some really good wines these days.  Your going to love them! Winey and Cheesey are loving them and you will too.  While you are visiting you can enjoy the culture, local history and of course, local food and local wine.

Spring also has us looking at all those goodies to come out of the garden and forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Fresh fiddleheads, morels, French breakfast radishes, mache…yumm, yumm.  You don’t want to miss this, so we hope to see you soon at the L’Auberge Provencale, country inn and restaurant.  Don’t forget we are only just a short drive from Washington, D.C.  And we know you are ready after this winter to get out of the city and enjoy country comfort!

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