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Skyline Drive is Only 15 Minutes Away!

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Erin enjoyed a visit on her day off. The vistas are magnificent!

Fodors Choice Award 2010

Monday, July 12th, 2010

L’Auberge Provençale EARNS FODOR’S CHOICE 2010 DISTINCTION

FROM FODOR’S TRAVEL

White Post, Virginia – June 24, 2010 – L’Auberge Provençale has been recognized by Fodor’s Travel, the foremost name in travel publishing, as a 2010 Fodor’s Choice selection. This distinction represents a remarkable achievement and recognizes L’Auberge Provençale as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value in the 2010 year.

Since 1988, Fodor’s Travel has been awarding the Fodor’s Choice distinction to only the very best hotels, restaurants and attractions around the world. Every year, Fodor’s writers’ experience, examine and evaluate thousands of hotels, restaurants and attractions in their travels across the globe. While every business included in a Fodor’s guide is deemed worth a traveler’s time, only fifteen percent of those selections are awarded the very highest, Fodor’s Choice designation by Fodor’s editors.

“From hidden-away restaurants to can’t-miss museums, Fodor’s Choice selections recognize the top sights, properties, and experiences our editors and updaters have found in their travels,” says Fodor’s publisher Tim Jarrell. “These places are the best of the best, providing a remarkable experience in their price range or category.”

As a 2010 Fodor’s Choice recipient L’Auberge Provençale receives special recognition in the current Fodor’s guidebook to this region and on Fodors.com.

Assistant Innkeeper, Erin King stated “As always, we are thrilled to be among the selected few to receive the Fodor’s Choice award for 2010. Our adage at L’Auberge Provençale is that we’re a place where ‘expectations are quietly met.’ Our guest are cultivated, well traveled and count on a restful stay with exceptional service and quality. Receiving the Fodor’s Choice award is a wonderful way to be acknowledged for the effort and pride we take in our work.”

About L’Auberge Provençale:

L’Auberge Provençale in White Post, Virginia, just an hour from Washington D.C., is set amid lush gardens on the rolling pastures of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the heart of Virginia Hunt Country. L’Auberge Provençale presents the feeling of an exquisite, quintessential French Country Inn, instantly transporting you to the South of France. With 14 Guest rooms, each adorned with its own private baths, including six with wood burning fireplaces. Each premier guest room and elegant suite is tastefully and individually decorated with European and Victorian antiques that were hand selected by Innkeeper, Celeste Borel, during her many travels overseas.

Every meal at L’Auberge Provençale is considered a special occasion. Set among three different dining rooms, each with its own unique and delightful décor; L’Auberge Provençale offers the ideal setting for a quiet and romantic 5-course dinner or cheerful gourmet breakfast. The rich aroma of cooking and baking that drifts from the kitchen, through the Main Manor House is a delightful attraction. Menus are planned around locally available game, which is bought from neighboring farms as often as possible.  Innkeeper and Executive Chef, Alain Borel grows many of the vegetables and herbs himself, with seeds purchased in France. Over fifty fruit trees also under his care, and are a further extension of his pantry, used daily for creating homemade breads for breakfast, pastries for dessert, jams, chutneys and many other culinary delights. The multi-course breakfast at L’Auberge is particularly memorable and may include elegant, Baked Local Apples stuffed with Grape Chutney topped with a warm Vanilla Crème Anglaise, Organic Poached Hen Eggs or Eiderdowns with house made Chicken Sausage; there are local Shiitake Mushrooms, sprinkled over thinly sliced breast of Duck or New York Strip, and it wouldn’t be breakfast without the Applewood Smoked Bacon. Dinner guests indulge in either a savory three-course meal, a five-course meal, or a six-course prix-fixe with wine pairings. Selections may include Smoked Salmon and Beluga Caviar Crêpes or Foie Gras with Truffles, and an elaborate dessert, such as the classic Chocolate Mousse Trio, a tasting of Coffee Reduction, Coffee Tuille and Cocoa Nibs. Dinner is accompanied well by a carefully chosen vintage from the Inn’s extensive and award winning wine cellar.

L’Auberge Provençale takes to heart that it is located in the Lover’s State, by offering custom-built packages of Lovers’ Indulgences, which may include chocolate covered strawberries, a sprinkling of silk rose petals in your room while you’re at dinner, champagne with custom keepsake flutes or a custom message in a bottle. The French cuisine and well-tended grounds offer a romantic retreat from hectic city life. With L’Auberge Provençale being a short drive from Washington D.C., the American Heroes, Last Minute Getaway and Facebook Fans discounts have proven to be touchingly popular.

About Fodor’s Travel:

Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, Inc., is one of the world’s leading providers of travel information.  Covering over 300 destinations worldwide, Fodor’s guidebooks and Web site, Fodors.com, have provided the most up-to-date, accurate information for travelers for more than seventy years.  Written by a team of over 700 writers located around the globe, Fodor’s provides travelers with engagingly written, intelligently and accurately reported, and absolutely indispensable travel guidance.

Bernadette Sprung Loose and In the “Snow”

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

This is the more fun friend of Bernadette

Winey and Cheesey tried to stop her, but there was something across the rode from our Villa La Campagnette which was just too fun!  Suddenly Bernadette disappeared!  After much agonizing searching and one day later we found that our little girl was now in prison! (metaphorically speaking).  I rushed to the rescue and sprung her loose from jail.  She is now happily frolicking in the snow with some of her buddies.

Another fun friend Christian

Bernadette frolicking in the Snow

Finding a New Friend

Friday, November 27th, 2009
Emu rambling down the driveway

Emu rambling down the driveway

With Thanksgiving over and Turkeys either pardoned or stuffed, Winey and Cheesey were suprised to see a  new neighbor!  From whence he came they do not know.  To where he is going we do not know.  But he certainly has made his presence known.  An Emu?  In White Post.  We’ve had our bears, deer, rabbits and squirrels and even a wild Turkey or two…this is the first Emu!  And beware Winey tells Cheesey, they can give you one swift kick!  We all wonder what Bernadette and Maurice might have to say!  Bed and Breakfast’s do attract the most interesting friends…

The 500 Pound Pumpkin Carving

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

 

"Fred" the Frightening Pumpkin Completed

"Fred" the Frightening Pumpkin Completed

The 500 Pound Pumpkin before Todd's Carving

The 500 Pound Pumpkin before Todd's Carving

 

With the turning of every leaf, and a crisp breeze blowing by, we’re all starting to adjust to the cool autumn weather. Thoughts of warm days relaxing by the pool at Villa La Campagnette are a distant dream.  Winey and Cheesey are getting used to the cold weather, with only a few minor complaints.  Winey isn’t a fan of the cold weather and Cheesey is worried about field mice trying to work their way into the office.  Lucky for him Maurice is standing, ok sitting… or more likely laying by, to come to our rescue. 

With the pumpkin spice and apple cider scents filling the air, it’s hard for us to forget that the holidays are right around the bend.  One of Winey and Cheesey’s favorite, of course, is Halloween.  They say it’s because they get to spook the trick-or-treaters as they go skipping by. But we all know the real reason for their love of the haunted holiday; they have company out on the front lawn, jack-o-lanterns!  They love the grinning faces, and spooky eyes, and did we ever deliver this year!  Our Pastry Chef, Todd Owens, traded a 50  pound pumpkin (to be auctioned off for a children’s charity) for a massive pumpkin weighing almost 500lbs.  Of course, to Todd’s dismay, a 500lb. pumpkin is not good enough for Winey and Cheesey. It needed to be carved as well!  Lucky for all of us, Todd’s a good sport and he’s on the front porch right now, elbow deep in pumpkin shavings!  Thanks Todd!  Winey and Cheesey, along with the rest of us, can’t wait to see the final product!  Until then, Todd’s requested we leave him alone, and Winey and Cheesey as far away as possible!!

 

 

 

 

Maurice and Bernadette

Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Maurice "Chillin"

Maurice "Chillin"

Maurice and Bernadette have made it through the dog days of summer and are both looking forward to cooler weather.  Cheesey is not  sure if they care about leaf watching, but they certainly care about the crisp mornings!  Maurice, the cat, is now waking up from a summer stupor and has been seen actually hunting (and still catching) little presents for the office.  Bernadette, the Bernese Mountain Dog, has spent much of the summer in the air conditioning but now is frisky and still puppy like.  With the drought we have experienced since the end of August, Winey and Cheesey, predict an early leaf change this year.  But there will be no guarantees of a certain date. 

 The menu is changing to fall with some scumptous free range veal three ways, local Lamb from Fields of Athenry, and local Larsons Rabbits.  We continue to get alot of our products locally, to ensure the best and freshest ingredients for our guests.  And that travels right through breakfast with our local farm fresh eggs.  A great time to come and dine!

While your hear enjoy the harvest of our local wineries, and great fall walking and hiking.  Did winey mention balloon rides?  They are the best right now.

“FALL” BACK TO L’AUBERGE PROVENCALE

Sunday, September 6th, 2009
Enjoy the sumptuous repast in the cozy comfort of your room

Enjoy the sumptuous repast in the cozy comfort of your room

Our repast and one night midweek specials have proven to be very popular with our new and repeat guests.  So we will, therefore, by popular demand, offer some great value added and discounted stays.  A great way to getaway and save a little along the way!  The brillance of fall beckons you to the harvest time in the Shenandoah Valley.  Take a holiday and enjoy crisp mornings, country afternoons and cozy evenings.  And save over 20%!

TWO NIGHT FALL HARVEST HOLIDAY

  • Two Nights lodging in one of our premier rooms or suites
  • 6 Chocolate Strawberries to welcome you on arrival, as well as a bowl of Fresh Fruit, Cookies and Chocolates
  • One night Gourmet Repast delivered to your room featuring Provencale Vegetable Soup with Fields of Athenry Beef, Barley and Kale, House Cured Duck Caesar Salad, an Array of Artisan Cheese, French Bread, Spiced Autumn Apple Cake and a bottle of Red or White Wine to enjoy at your leisure
  • 100.00 credit towards dinner for two in our nationally acclaimed restaurant
  • Two of our fabulous signature breakfasts each morning

Suites- 695.00

Premier Rooms 595.00

Valid Sunday thru Thursday September 6, 2009-December 17-2009

ONE NIGHT FALL FROLIC

  • One nights lodging in one of our premier rooms or suites

    Mmmm...a fabulous array of Artisan Cheese Awaits you on Arrival

    Mmmm...a fabulous array of Artisan Cheese Awaits you on Arrival

  • An array of Artisan Cheese on Arrival
  • 100.00 credit towards dinner in our nationally acclaimed restaurant
  • A parting gift from the bounty of our pantry; harvested from our own orchards and gardens
  • Two of our fabulous signature breakfasts each morning

SUITES: 365.00

PREMIER ROOM- 340.00

Valid Sunday thru Thursday September 6, 2009-December 17, 2009

Not valid on holiday weekends

Picnics in Provence

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Just one beautiful spot at Blandy Farm, the Virginia State Arboretum

Just one beautiful spot at Blandy Farm, the Virginia State Arboretum

     Winey and Cheesey have been enjoying the heavenly weather this year.  Blue skies and puffy clouds in July? Incredible they say.  What a perfect time to visit  the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  Within 5 hours from anywhere in the USA, just an hour and a half from DC what a great destination, L”Auberge Provencale.  The chefs have been cooking up some great food featuring the bounty of our gardens and local farms.  Pick a tomato at 5:00 and enjoy it that night!  Wow…can anything be better than that?

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Mama bear

     Answer:  a picnic in one of our favorite spots.  Egg Hollow or Dickey Ridge picnic grounds on the skyline drive, and Blandy farm are two of my favorite spots.  Enjoy the pictures below of these beautiful areas. Celeste went to skyline last week and saw not just the usual deer, but a huge owl, and a mother black bear with her twin cubs.  No one seemed disturbed by the “tourist” taking pictures.  We’ll be happy to pack you a picnic with or without wine.  Just give us notice the day before and we can have it ready for you after breakfast!  You then can go off hiking, canoeing, wine touring, exploring, or just sitting by the pool at the Villa. A perfect way to spend the day.  The picnics are 75.00  for two and you keep the basket!  Wine is additional and winey will help with your selections.

Dickey Ridge Picnic Area Skyline Drive
Egg Hollow Picnic Ground Skyline Drive

Egg Hollow Picnic Ground Skyline Drive

Dickey Ridge Picnic Area Skyline Drive

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