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Civil War Buffs with Cabin Fever

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Dawn with a Civil War Cannon

Dawn with a Civil War Cannon

Well, we have all had enough of the snow and ice and I know we are all saying enough is enough.  Today, the weather is balmy and it is time to get out of the city and visit the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at L’Auberge Provencale.  For those history buffs of the Civil War there is a unique opportunity to visit the Kernstown Battlefield in Middletown.

You can join the Kernstown Battlefield Association as it commemorates the 152nd Anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown.

Gary Eclebarger, historian and author of the book “We Are in for It, The First Battle of Kernstown” will be giving a tour of the battlefield on March 15, 2014 starting at 9 am.  The tour will last approximately two and a half hours.  Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.  The tour is free.  Donations are always appreciated.  For the Civil War buffs this is an excellent opportunity to visit this historic property just minutes from L’Auberge Provencale.  We will be happy to pack you a picnic to take with you as you explore the battlefield and the surrounding area.  Just let us know 24 hours in advance.

The Visitor Center will be open and Tours of the Pritchard House will be available.  In case of inclement weather, the tour will start at 9 am on March 22nd.  Additional information can be found at www.kernstownbattle.org or on the Kernstown Battlefield Association Face Book page. You may also call KBA President Gary Crawford at (540) 869-2896.

We have just a couple a rooms still available, so book now for the opportunity to combine luxury with history.

 

 

Snuggle and Cuddle March Romantic Getaway

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
March Romantic Getaway

Cozy fire in Our Suite Romantique

I know, March has come in like a lion, and everyone is hunkered down.  But did you know this is a great time to take advantage of a romantic getaway at L’Auberge Provencale in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley?  You can beat crowds and enjoy an intimate, romantic getaway here at the inn, in sunny Virginia with our Snuggle and Cuddle March Romantic Getaway.

Buy one night in one of our romantic suites and get one free.  For a two night stay that is a 50% savings! All that is required is that you book your stay Sunday-Thursday in one of the inn suites and make a dinner reservation in our restaurant La Table Provencale.  We do not accept any third party gift cards with this special, but we do honor our gift certificates.  Our romantic suites each have a fireplace, king size beds, cushy chairs for cuddling, and either aromatherapy steam showers for two or Jacuzzi.

This special is good from February 24th to March 27th, 2014.

March Romantic Getaway

In the event of snow, Bernadette our Bernese Mountain Dog may be here to greet you.

While you are here, enjoy the quiet time at our world renowned local vineyards, see the first buds of spring at the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm, take some time for shopping in Old Towne Winchester and Middleburg, or maybe even take a midnight Civil War hike on the full moon at the Kernstown Battlefield.  Return to the inn for some hot mulled cider, snacks and pastries in our sitting room in the afternoon.  Or just bring a good book, enjoy some wine by the fire, and renew your romance here at L’Auberge Provencale.

South African Wine Dinner at La Table Provencale

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

La Table Provencale restaurant at L’Auberge Provencale, had another great wine dinner this past Sunday, February 23rd, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in the heart of Virginia wine country, featuring the wines of South Africa.  On hand for the afternoon was Nicola  from Mullineux Vineyards, who  graciously showed  and explained the pairings of the wines of Keermont and Kloof Street, from Swartland.  Also, we enjoyed Riebeek Vineyard wines with Morne representing his great wines, also from Swartland and the western Cape.

Chef Joseph pulled out the stops with his South African menu, featuring ostrich, wild boar, scallop ceviche and a fabulous apricot souflee and Koek Sisters  paired with Mullineux Vineyard’s, very rare, Straw Wine.

Virginia wine country events

From left to right, Morne from Riebeek, Craig, from Jip Jip Rocks, Ben, from Thorn Clarke, Nicola from Mullineux and Celeste from La Table Provencale

Joining our group were two new friends from Australia, Ben from Thorne Clarke Vineyards and Craig from Jip Jip Rocks.  We made plans for an Australian themed dinner this same time next year, so you might want to mark your calendars now for this great Virginia wine country event at our restaurant La Table Provencale.

Christmas in Provence Wine Dinner with Chateau Grand Veneur

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

 

Christmas in Virginia

All the halls will be decked and the Christmas spirit will be here at the inn

Exciting news!  For our annual  holiday wine dinner, Christmas in Provence, at La Table Provencale we are pleased to announce that  Helene Jaume,  from Chateau Grand Veneur, a world class Chateauneuf-du Pape producer, will be at L’Auberge Provencale to share her wines, estate history, and philosophy and a few laughs with our guests.  What a chance to meet a world class wine producing family.

Coming direct from France for this event, Helene’s fabulous wines will be paired with the traditional flavors of Provence and the Rhone Region of France.  Of course, our team of chefs will put a modern twist to each dish, but they will definitely be rooted in the regional flavors, to bring out the best of the terroir nuances of these fantastic wines.

The dinner will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2013 from 1:00-5:00.  What better way to start the holiday season with friends and family!  Our Shenandoah Valley inn will be filled with holiday cheer and decorations for this great afternoon.

To join the festivities, please make reservations early to ensure attendance.

Give us a call at: 1-540-837-1375

Virgninia B&B Christmas in Provence

The solitude of winter celebrated with Christmas in Provence

Shenandoah Valley : Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Shenandoah Valley dining

Savor the fall with the aroma of smokey barbecue

Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Event

Book Quickly, just a few seats left!

Sunday September 15th – “From Maine to the Carolinas”- Seafood & Barbecue 1-5 pm

 

When our chef’s think of summer, they think of beaches, beer and barbecue.  This afternoon event will feature the best from the sea, roasted whole pig, grilled barbecue and fresh from the garden vegetables and herbs.  

We will feature craft beers & bourbon From Virginia and beyond, and of course wine for our tasting event.  

This will be an alfresco event, casual in style, and country in spirit.  Chefs Scott and Garrett will be on hand at the grills and our Sommelier Christian will lead you through the tastings of beer and bourbon.  Another fun, frolic of an afternoon. Ladies this is a great afternoon to bring that special man in your life! Meet and Greet at 12:30, picnic style dinner to follow.

Here is a sneak peek at the menu to get your taste buds excited!!

  • MEET AND GREET:
  • HOUSE CURED COUNTRY HAM AND BISCUITS

 

  • MENU:
  • NORTH CAROLINA PULLED PORK BARBECUE

 

  • COLE SLAW

 

  • SMOKED PORK AND BEANS

 

  • BRAISED COLLARD GREENS WITH BOILED PEANUTS
  • CHOW CHOW

 

  • CORN ON THE COB SWIMMING IN BUTTER

 

  • MAINE SEAFOOD BAKE:
  • STEAMED CLAMS, MUSSELS, CAROLINA SHRIMP, WHITE FISH- COD-MONK
  • WITH ONIONS, CARROTS, POTATOES, CORN, CAULIFLOWER

 

  • DESSERTS:
  • MAPLE PECAN PIE
  • APPLE CRISP
  • CHOCOLATE BANANA PUDDING, VANILLA WAFERS  

 

  • Call 1-540-837-1375 for reservations.  A popular afternoon, so please book early. There are just a few seats left.
  • $89 Per Person ( plus tax and gratuity) 

 

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

Shenandoah Valley :: Spring Has Arrived in Provence

Friday, May 24th, 2013

 

Shenandoah Valley farm to table

Jessica our new gardener, planting our crops here at the inn with the cows watching over

The inn gardens in Shenandoah Valley are in full swing here at L’Auberge Provencale.  We are harvesting all our fresh herbs, lettuce, radishes, sorrel, chives and garlic from the garden already.  I can almost taste the fresh tomatoes that will be here soon.

Some bunnies have taken an interest in the garden as well.  I know they are everyone’s furry friends, but in this case they can be just a little pesky.  It is a good thing they are so very cute.

The orchard has been trimmed this year by a local orchard expert and the trees have not been hit by a frost.  It looks like it will be a good year for peaches, plums, pears, apples, cherries, apricots, nectarines and even paw paws.  The trees are loaded with fruit and are going to produce a mighty harvest this year.  We will keep Barbara busy making her famous jams, jellies, chutneys and infused oils and vinegar.

We are also getting fresh morels, fiddle head ferns and local asparagus.  This time of year is the favorite of our chefs with the freshest and best available.  Chef Scott and Chef Garrett are making tasty morsels for our Spring menu and for our customers this is the best time of year to visit and dine with us at our farm to table restaurant La Table Provencale at our Shenandoah Valley Inn.

Shenandoah Valley farm

Baby sheep grazing in the lush grass of our neighbors farm by the Villa La Campagnette

Apple Blossom Time in the Orchard

Apple Blossom Time in the Orchard

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

 

A Shenandoah Valley Thanksgiving

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The Shenandoah Valley local farming community has been busy this year preparing for an authentic Shenandoah Valley Thanksgiving. We can procure so much of our harvest dinner from Farm to Table. Fields of Athenry is supplying us with some super White Turkey (the breed) this year which we will be brine and roast with our special blend of herbs and seasonings from the fields and garden. In a playful way we are de-constructing the usual sides and finding fun and whimsical ways to showcase some traditional dishes.

Shenandoah Valley Thanksgiving

Smoked Hickory Syrup Foie Gras

Hickory Syrup, harvested from local hickory trees will be featured on this year menu. We have been loving it for its nutty smokey flavors. The process unlike maple syrup which is tapped, is made by smoking hickory bark and harvesting the syrup. It is just fabulous! Wild boar, sweet potato confit, Pumpkin butter, with fresh foraged Juniper Jus, mushroom bread pudding and funyun powder and smoked hickory syrup foie gras make this a truly mouth watering feast. Arrive early to the Shenandoah Valley and take a crisp walk at the Virginia State Arboretum before or after dinner, just minutes from our Northern Virginia Bed & Breakfast.

Call early for reservations: 1-540-837-1375. We will be serving from 12:00-7:00 pm.

We all should take a few minutes to be thankful for all the blessings of the year. Here at L’Auberge Provencale we also will be sending our prayers to our fellowman in New York and New Jersey who are still facing so many challenges.

 

Buying Local in the Shenandoah Valley

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Bed and Breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley

30 years ago we opened L’Auberge Provencale, our bed and breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley. The very first year we were here we had an enormous garden, raised our own piglets and rabbits, and planted our first orchard trees at our Northern Virginia country inn. We bought as much locally as possible, lamb, eggs, and chickens at the time. The local farming community raised feed corn and Black Angus steers, as well as great horses in the Virginia Hunt Country.

Now here we are, 30 years later. Little did we know we should have capitalized on our support for local products and farmers. L’Auberge Provencale has been a farm-to-table restaurant before the name was coined. We are so happy that restaurants now are following our lead in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. The support for the local farming community has grown exponentially. You now can buy turkeys, fowl, poultry, pork, veal, beef, and lamb. Local farms are producing honey, fruits, herbs, vegetables, amazing cheese and dairy products.

Not to mention some world class wines from the state of Virginia. We utilize the bounty of our own vegetable and herb gardens, our own edible flowers and our 78 fruit trees provide us with, not just fresh fruit in season, but jams, chutneys, oils, pickled fruits and various sundries for our winter larder. The cherries at our Shenandoah B&B are bursting on the trees and will be harvested this week.

We are serving super fresh lamb and pork belly from Fields of Athenry. We are working on a new Lavender glazed pork belly dish with compressed peaches and Asian spices for the Toast of the Town, where we will be featured on June 22 at the National Building museum in conjunction with The Wine Enthusiast and 200 wineries. We are using all local products for the tasting and want to promote farm-to-table cuisine and our local farmers of the Shenandoah Valley. Hope to see you there!

Shenandoah B&B

Bursting with Cherries-Waiting to be baked in a Pie

 

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