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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.

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Traditional Buche de Noel served during the Holiday Season

Christmas in Provence Wine Dinner with Chateau Grand Veneur

 

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

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Romantic Getaway SpecialsThis promotion has ended. Please visit our Specials Page for current offers.

Before the chaos of the holiday season, why not take your sweetheart on a romantic getaway? Or, in the spirit of giving, give a getaway as a gift? Our beautiful bed and breakfast in Virginia wine country is the perfect place to spend some special couple’s time and connect before the business of the upcoming season. And right now, our current specials are making it easier than ever to sweep that special someone off their feet!

The Ultimate Wine and Dine – Save 20% Now

Wine and Dinner Specials

Receive 20% off our most popular date night escape package which includes one night in a king suite with a fireplace and a 5-course meal at our world famous French restaurant La Table Provencale.

Right now for only $425!

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Dinner is from our 5-course menu. Tasting menu additional. Beverages, wine, tax and gratuities are additional. Offer valid Sunday – Thursday only until March 20, 2014. Not valid on holidays, Friday or Saturday stays, and certain blackout dates. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. No third party gift certificates.

Thanksgiving Squash Soup from La Table Provencale

Warm Autumn Squash Soup for the Holidays

Warm Autumn Squash Bisque for the Holidays

If you are anything like me, here at L’Auberge Provencale in Shenandoah Valley, I am startled that the summer has ended and the holidays are fast approaching.  The brilliance of fall is slowly fading and the gardens are being put to bed for the winter. We do have some great squash right now and Chef Brian is happy to share a wonderful Hubbard Squash soup recipe with our own orchard pears. This is the perfect soup for the Thanksgiving family and easy to prepare!  You can use Hubbard or Butternut Squash and the results will be just as yummy.

SQUASH BISQUE FROM LA TABLE PROVENCALE

Ingredients:  Serves 4

  • 1 Butternut squash- or equivalent small Hubbard squash
  • 1 Pear
  • 4 Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Turnip
  • 1 Onion
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 cups of Heavy Cream
  • 4 cups of Chicken Stock (or Vegetable Stock)
  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Roast the Butternut Squash or Hubbard Squash: cut in half, take seeds out, drizzle Table spoons, Olive Oil over squash. Cover the pan with foil and roast at 400 Degrees for 45 minutes or until tender.

In soup pot, saute roughly chopped onion, turnip, minced garlic and seeded peeled pear-until golden brown.  Pour in stock.  Remove the meat from the squash, discarding skin, add to pot and simmer for 30 minutes.  Add heavy cream and simmer on low heat for about 1 hour.

Let soup cool to room temperature and blend on high until smooth.

You can garnish your plate with minced pear, nut powders, nutmeg or roasted nuts or chrysanthemum petals and pour the soup table side if you wish.

Enjoy!

Celebrate Harvest in Virginia Wine Country With L’Auberge Provencale

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How do we love Virginia wine crush season? Let us count the ways…

1.       There’s nothing more romantic than traveling to Virginia wine country with your sweetheart while the grapevines are turning colors and the foliage is putting on a spectacular show.

2.      There’s nothing more relaxing than guided, chauffeured tours that let you learn and experience all that Virginia wine country has to offer. Added bonus: truly relaxing while a chauffeur takes care of the driving.

3.      As easy as it is to love the big city life, it’s just as easy to say that there’s nothing more rejuvenating than escaping from it. And what’s better than escaping to a Virginia bed and breakfast that encapsulates the sights, smells, and tastes of Provence? You’ll be a world away without ever having to dig out your passport.

Our romantic B&B in the Sheandoah Valley provides the perfect place to discover why Virginia’s wine country has wine experts buzzing with excitement. Come to our French B&B in Virginia and put your nez du vin to work with one of these special offers:

Romantic Wine Tour & Dining Packages

If touring Virginia’s best boutique wineries while being guided by our expert staff through the back roads that boast amazing scenery

during the foliage season sounds like something you’d enjoy, this is a package that you surely won’t want to miss. Add a gourmet picnic as a perfect accompaniment to this amazing tour.

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Wine Lovers One Night Fall Special

This is the perfect quick Autumn getaway. Grab your sweetheart and whisk them away to one of our elegant suites and enjoy a Sommelier-chauffered guided tour of the best boutique wineries in the area. With a bottle of local Virginia wine in your room upon arrival, you know that your visit with us will be fantastic from start to finish.

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The Red Chair is Coming to L’Auberge

Traveling Red Chair - Bed and Breakfast Near Washington DC

The Red Chair Journey Begins

I know you are wondering, just what is the Red Chair?  It all started out in the winter of 2012, when fellow innkeeper Beth Colt posted a picture on Facebook of her simple Red Chair.  Everyone thought the chair had been purchased at a local antique store, but no, the humble chair arrived from a land fill.  This piece of Americana, this lowly Red Chair, has been elevated to celebrity status among innkeepers across the nation.  It is a consciousness raising experiment among innkeepers and on September the 23-25th the Red Chair will be arriving in Boyce, Virginia at L’Auberge Provencale.

We plan on photographing the Red Chair here at the inn, in the gardens, in the orchard, on our spacious front porch and then I will be traveling around the local countryside photographing the Red Chair in inspirational settings of the Shenandoah Valley.  I will be sharing our photos of the chair on our facebook page as well as here on our blog.  Join us for this inspirational travel journal with the Red Chair which has taken on a personality all of it’s own.

This is a barn raising of sorts from New England all the way to California, with stops at wonderful inns along the way.  We hope you join us for this fun project chronicling the adventures of the Red Chair.

Plan your escape to our bed and breakfast near Washington DC – maybe you will get a photo in the red chair!

Traveling Red Chair Coming to L'Auberge Provencale Inn

 

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