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Ten Things We Are Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

biking in Virginia

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!

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Shenandoah Valley this Fall

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Chardonnay

Chardonnay, Ripe for Picking.

 

We all love lists.  It helps us get things done and gives us direction.  Now that summer is winding down, the kids are back in school, and fall is in the air, it is a great time to visit L’Auberge Provencale in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  Here’s a list of things to do while you visit our bed and breakfast to help you plan the perfect  fall getaway.

1. The best time to visit Virginia Wine Country is in the fall, for the wine crush.  Visit Linden, Delaplane, Glen Manor, RDV, Fox Meadow, Chateau O’Brien Vineyards, just minutes away.

2. Great hiking at Sky Meadows State Park and the Shenandoah National Park.

3. The 76th running of the Virginia Gold Cup Race at Great Meadows in the Plains, Saturday, October 18th.  Tailgate and enjoy a day at the races.

4. The serenity of the Shenandoah River can be enjoyed on a kayak or canoe from the Front Royal Canoe Company.

5. Hannity, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious and over 100  other varieties of apples are in season in Apple Country at several “pick your own” orchards.

6. See the leaves with a catch of a breath on a tree top zip tour in Harpers Ferry, 20 minutes north of the inn.

7. The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, features music of all types, from jazz, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, to country every weekend.  Bring your dancing shoes!

8. Throw your bags in the back of the car, pick up a gourmet picnic prepared by our chefs, and enjoy a picnic at the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm.

9.  The Art at the Mill Show in Millwood, with well judged artists works, from oils, to watercolors; wood crafts to potter all on sale and display.  And while you are there pick up some freshly ground corn and wheat flours from one of the oldest working mills in the country.

10. Take advantage of our one and two night “Wine Crush Specials” here at L’Auberge Provencale from Sunday-Thursday.  Wine, dine and tour!  BOOK NOW!

76th Annual Virginia Gold Cup Race

76th Annual Virginia Gold Cup Race

 

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

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.

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.
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