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Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Shenandoah Valley this Fall

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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

 

Celebrate our Nation’s Birthday at L’Auberge Provencale

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Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue

Come Celebrate our Nations Birthday and Meet the Staff of L’Auberge Provencale!

An Alfresco Event Featuring Chef Joseph Watters and Sommelier Christian Borel with the  L’Auberge Staff.

The chefs will be on hand at this casual experience featuring a bountiful clam bake and slow spitfire roasted pig.  There will be a tasting of domestic and Local Brewery beers and Bourbons.  The wine lovers will not be forgotten  as we pour the wines for local vineyard Glen Manor.  Enjoy the best of Northern Virginia in the lazy days of summer.

THE MAIN EVENT-

Slow Spit Fire Roasted Pig

Clam Bake on Seaweed with Sauvignon Blanc, Garlic, Parsley & Butter

Lobster, Corn, Potato, Littleneck Clams, Mussels, Fresh Crab, Sausages & Shrimp

Sauces Include: Creole Sauce, Lemon Butter, Garlic Butter and Lemons

Served with Coleslaw, Vegetable Skewers, Tomato Provencale, & Vegetable Anti-Pasta Fresh From our Garden

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Blueberry Pie

Dress-Summer Casual

                                      For Reservations to join the fun.. 1-540-837-1375                                               lobster-tails 89.00 per person excluding taxes and gratuities.

 

Help the Orphaned Babies of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

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Something different to do with the kids this Father’s Day.  Have a super brunch here at La Table Provencale and then take the whole family to Long Branch for the “Baby Shower.”  The event here in White Post, benefits the Blue  Ridge Wildlife Center.  The Wildlife Center rescues and raises thousands of wildlife orphans.  So bring them:

  • Puppy Chow, Ground and Canned
  • Kitten Chow, Dry and Canned
  • Baby Cereal, Rice and Oatmeal
  • Rolled Oats or Cheerios
  • Bird Seed, Finch, Mixed, Sunflower, Suet
  • Baby Food:  Sweet Potato, Fruit, Applesauce
  • Chick starter

Or just some cash to buy Special Formulas and Foods, Insects and Fish

You and the family will learn how to raise wildlife orphans and there will be demonstrations of native wildlife.  There will also be games and raffle prizes!

No reservations necessary at Long Branch,but you may want to call us for a brunch reservation and sample Chef Joseph’s amazing Eggs Benedict and, without a doubt, the best burger in the area.

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Second Annual Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue

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What’s Sizzlin this July?  Our second annual beer, bourbon and barbecue!  The fun begins on Saturday, July 5th, 2014 at L’Auberge Provencale here in sunny Virginia.  Look for beer can chicken, beer braised and grilled short ribs, yummy seared Pork Belly and great grilled salads straight from our gardens here at our Virginia Bed and Breakfast Inn.  Chef Joseph wants a clam bake too..complete with sand!

The barbecue is an afternoon event and begins at 1:00 and winds up around 5:00 pm.  Micro brewed crafted beers, bourbons from the Bourbon Trail and beach music are all featured in this alfresco event.  Don your seersucker, flip flops and designer shades and join us for what is sure to be a perennial favorite.  For the wine aficionados we also will feature some nice summer roses to make this a true Provence afternoon.

Bring friends and make new ones here in sunny Virginia during this casual event.  The food will be serious, yet whimsical and the company frolicking and fun.

To Join the fun…just give us a call…1-540-837-1375.

100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day

Al Fresco Dining Provence Style

Al Fresco Dining Provence Style

 

This year is the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day and we think that calls for a special celebration. Executive Chef Joseph Watters has created a fabulous Mother’s Day Dinner Menu which we will serve all afternoon starting from 12:00pm until 7:00 pm. We also have a gift for each mom, a piece of Provence, a French lavender plant, for them to take home and enjoy all summer long.

The Virginia State Arboretum, just minutes from L’Auberge Provencale, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, hosts their annual plant sale that day. Local nurseries, farms and conservation groups will have their wares on display and for sale. Local craftsman are also on hand with great creations for the garden and home. This is a great way to shop for the coming season, enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Arboretum and stop by La Table Provencale for a fabulous dinner featuring the best of the season and our garden here at the inn, L’Auberge Provencale.

Our flower gardens and vegetable gardens are in full bloom. If the weather is beautiful we will serve al fresco on the terrace as well. We are booking up fast, so give us a call now to secure your table for this fabulous feast.
FOR RESERVATIONS: 1-540-837-1375.

Villa La Campagnette

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

World Wines of Interest, Wine Dinner March 23, 2014

wine-glasses-red-wineFor this dinner, Sunday, March 23, 2014, at L’Auberge Provencale, we will be traveling around the world exploring “wines of interest” paired with foods of interest.  Our wine dinner starts at 12:30-1:00 for a meet and greet and then we will be seated for this exceptional event.

For a chance to discover small production, little know wines this dinner is a must.  We will be pouring wines from Moldova, Lebanon, Slovenia and Hungary.  Just for fun we may sneak in one from Greece and a white wine from Lebanon which gets better the older it gets.  Secret little treasures like these, accompany the wine tasting menu created by Chef Joseph Watters and his team.

The menu will feature such tantalizing goodies as King Crab, Boudin Blanc, Seasonal Black Truffles, Braised Rabbit, Beef Wellington Modern and Lychee Souflee.  Great food, great wines, and great friends…what a better way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon.  Oh, so very French.

Call 540-837-1375 for reservations and information.

Civil War Buffs with Cabin Fever

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

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

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.

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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 the Shenandoah Valley

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Pastry and Hot Mulled Cider in our cozy sitting room by the fire

The season of Christmas and Hanukkah is approaching fast.  What a great time to visit L’Auberge Provencale, a romantic b&b in the Shenandoah Valley.  Tired of mall shopping? Looking at the same old ties and socks?  If you want something unique, hand crafted and simply one of a kind, the Shenandoah Valley has an abundance of stores and boutiques where you can truly find a great treasure.

Stop by Middleburg, on December 7th, and you will enjoy the Middleburg Christmas Parade from 10:00 am to 2:00 am.  This annual celebration of the season features over 100 riders and hounds, followed by the parade and an appearance by Santa.  Shop the stores that line the main street to find unique gifts for your special someones.  The Fun Shop is a favorite of ours with their eclectic range of goods, stop by Lou Lou’s for some divine accessories, Duchessa for great women’s apparel, and the antique stores and galleries offer high end selections to fill any wall in the house!

Old Town Winchester is also a favorite of our guests that are visiting our inn in Shenandoah Valley.  The walking center of town has been newly restored, and great shops, galleries, craft stores and more are great to visit and shop to you drop.  Don’t forget to wind around the corner to Kimberly’s and see what she has done again this year with Christmas decorations.  It is an experience in itself and you will come away with some unique gifts.

The  Virginia Wine Country is finished the harvest and putting the vines to bed, but the cozy tasting rooms offer a chance to relax from the hectic pace of the holidays.  And of course, our Shenandoah bed and breakfast is decked in all the halls and the elves are busy in the kitchen creating a new menu concept by Chef Joseph Watters. Sit by the fire in the cozy sitting room and enjoy some afternoon hot mulled cider, retire to your room for a nap; and then return to our dining room to sample our new menu, garden to guest and farm to table.

VA Holiday Lodging

Traditional Buche de Noel served during the Holiday Season

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