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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

 

 

 

 

 

Employee of the Month

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

L’AUBERGE PROVENCALE

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Shenandoah Valley B&B

**** Vicky Starace ****

FROM: Summit, New Jersey

POSITION: Server at our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast

FAVORITE FOOD: Veal

FAVORITE COCKTAIL: Bombay and Tonic

ON DAYS OFF: Vicky loves to shop, cook, lunch with the ladies, and play with her black lab, Otto.

LIKES AND DISLIKES ABOUT VIRGINIA: “The area is so beautiful and completely different from where I grew up, but I miss the museums, theaters, and restaurants from city life.”

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.

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!

Playing Cupid with Winey and Cheesey

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Cheesey is getting concerned, being a cupid after all, that some of you men might be lagging behind in your plans for Valentine’s Day. Winey thinks it is because of the excitement over football.  Green Bay!! Yeah!

But getting back to the topic at hand L’Auberge Provencale has created a great package for you and your Valentine.  Sunday and Monday, February 13, and 14th, we are offering a super package, of Virginia is for Lovers.  We are setting the mood for romance on arrival with a bottle of Champagne on ice and Sweetheart cupcakes in your rooms on arrival.  Relax by the fire and set an intimate mood.  Over a candlelit three course dinner, each couple will be given a Valentine and a box of handmade specialty chocolates made by our in house chocolatier. Retreat back to your room for a special turn down service with candles and silk rose petals.  Then linger in bed for one of our breakfast baskets and gourmet coffee delivered to your room or partake in our multi-course breakfast in our sunny peach room at your own table.

Make your reservations today for one of our premier rooms $475.00 or one of our Elegant Suites $505.00 inclusive.

This offer can not be combined with any other offers or discounts and is only valid of February 13 and 14, 2011.  The three course dinner is Included for two, (and if you want to upgrade to our 5 course or tasting menu it is available).  Taxes, beverages, alcohol and gratuities not included.

What a beautiful way to celebrate in the Shenandoah Valley, a romantic getaway at L’Auberge Provencale!

L’Auberge Provencale Gift Certificate

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Give the gift that always fits,

A Gift Certificate from L’auberge Provencale!

Available for purchase online!

800.638.1702

Skyline Drive is Only 15 Minutes Away!

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

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

Recipe Contest on Facebook!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

With summer in full swing it’s time to put those luscious gardens and orchards to use!

Please submit your OWN favorite summer recipe on our Facebook Fans Page, using fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Upload a photo of you and your summer creation along with the recipe by August 31st.
…Our chefs will review and recreate your recipes to select the winner!
The winner will receive a FREE night stay in September and their dish will be featured on our Menu!

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.

Pig Roast July 4th!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

We would like to thank everyone who made it out for our Sizzling Suckling Pig Roast on the 4th of July!

Everyone had a blast, especially Winey & Cheesy, who were extremely excited to see Alain in his festive American Flag T-shirt and Celeste singing along with the Brogue Rouges and their Hammer Dulcimer!

The Petanque Court on the front lawn became a battlefield.  The First Prize winner took home a $75 Gift Certificate and The Second Prize winner got a L’Auberge Provencale Goodie Basket filled with homemade James, Granola, Vinegar and Olive Oil!

It was a wonderful day enjoyed by all (except maybe the Pig)!  Winey & Cheesy had their camera’s ready to document the day’s festivities… we hope you enjoy them!

July 4th

Suckling Pig Roast
12:00pm — 4:00pm

Roasted Local Suckling Pig
Roasted at the event by Chef, Scott Meyers

Southern Summer Sides:
Braised Garden Collard Greens
Barb’s Homemade Potato Salad
Corn on the Cob
Cole Slaw
Cornbread
Peach Cobbler & Vanilla Ice Cream

Boutique Beers and Wines

Pétanque Tournament

Live Music Featuring Brogue Rogues Irish Band



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