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5 Things Not to Miss in Virginia This Summer

It’s officially summertime and you deserve a break! Take some time off of work and plan a Virginia summer vacation like no other! It’s time to unwind, be pampered and enjoy. Stay with us at our Virginia bed and breakfast and enjoy these 5 must-do events and activities.

Summer fun in Virginia includes the River and Roots Festival with music, good food & more!
River and Roots Festival at Watermelon Park –
 Come out June 24-26th for a one-of-a-kind festival, farmers market, unique workshops and more, all on the shores of the Shenandoah River. Also enjoy music featuring Tim O’Brien, The Keel Brothers, Furnace Mountain and many more! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Have some summer fun in Virginia with a beautiful fireworks display and more 4th of July events!
Fireworks
– Join us for a spectacularly breathtaking fireworks show on July 3rd at 9pm in Jim Barnett Park, Winchester. Food vendors and moon bounces will be nearby and the outdoor pool will be open until 8:45pm for fun before the fireworks start. Then grab a blanket to sit on and enjoy the show on a warm summer’s evening.

The 62nd Annual Clarke County Fair – July 4th – 6-10pm. Enjoy a concert and fireworks  with Clarke Community Band and fireworks at dusk. Bring your whole family or your loved one and celebrate Independence Day together!

Summer fun in Virginia isn't complete without a delectable wine dinner - enjoy with friends and family!

Divine Wine Dinner – Discover the Regions of Italy with us, July 17th, 12:30-4:30pm. Arrive at 12:30 for a Meet and Greet with a wonderful dinner to follow. Sample from various wine regions of Italy and enjoy perfectly paired food that coordinates with the region’s cuisine. Jason Bise from the Country Vintner will be on hand along with Sommelier Christian Borel to match the wine and food created by Chef Steven Ferrell. We will be utilizing produce, herbs, and vegetables from our gardens and ingredients procured locally as they would do in Italy! The afternoon will be a multi-course affair. Dress is summer casual.

Book early as the Italian Wine Dinners are very popular!

Summer fun in Virginia isn't complete without some fine dining at our gourmet restaurant.

Pamper Yourself with our Red, White & You Package – Enjoy a two night stay in one of our cozy suites or premier rooms, tasting of red, white, and rose wine on the terrace or in the bar & lounge, then join us for farm to table dining at La Table Provencale and enjoy a $50 dinner credit. As a parting gift, you’ll receive a jar of our homemade jam or jelly from our orchard to enjoy.

For an extra pampering treat, add a couples massage for $155.00 per person.

Package Price for PREMIER ROOMS: 575.00

Package price for SUITES: 650.00

Sunday-Friday, no 4th of July weekend, no third party gift certificates, cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts, available now through August 15.

Now comes the hard part… choosing when to stay and which events to attend! Check your calendars and then book with us today. We look forward to hosting you in Virginia!

Voted Best of Virginia 2016!

Our Virginia bed and breakfast has been voted one of the Best of Virginia 2016!

We are excited and honored to say that we have been voted one of the Best of Virginia 2016 by Virgina Living! Thank you to Virginia Living’s dedicated readers for voting for us! The Best of Virginia 2016 special issue can be purchased online at Shop.VirginiaLiving.com if you are interested in reading more about our favorite state and the home of our Virginia bed and breakfast.

Our Virginia bed and breakfast features luxurious rooms.

Will you be visiting Virginia soon? Let us host you at our inn where you will enjoy a classic and romantic experience. The suites and rooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable, perfect for a relaxing stay. In the mornings you will enjoy a gourmet breakfast with fresh fruit, house made granola, baked goods, and more. Be sure to visit La Table Provençale to savor fresh cuisine made from the best local ingredients. When you’re ready for a getaway, check our availability and book at your leisure!

 

Glen Manor Vineyards Wine Dinner June 5

There’s still time to book your travel plans and make it to our Virginia b&b in time for one of our favorite wine events of the year!

Wine events in Virginia are divine. Save the date for this one-of-a-kind Glen Manor Vineyards Wine Dinner featuring local wine & food

Save the Date! June 5, 2016

Meet & Greet at 12:30pm

Dinner 1pm to 4pm

Make your way to this delightful L’Auberge wine dinner with your friends, family, or loved one. Glen Manor Vineyards is located in Virginia, west of Washington D.C. Its unique location with mountains surrounding it makes for a beautiful place to spend time. You will enjoy this special area as much as you will enjoy the food!

Enjoy a farm to table style dinner featuring Virginia wines from Glen Manor Vineyard. Vinter Jeff White will be on hand to describe the wines, his vineyard and the philosophy and future of the Virginia wine industry. This one-of-a-kind alfresco event will include a whole roast pig, local produce, a Rappahannock oyster bar, and so much more.

Wine events in Virginia are divine. Save the date for this one-of-a-kind Glen Manor Vineyards Wine Dinner featuring local wine & food.

Look forward to enjoying this divine menu:

First Course:

  • Rappahannock Oyster Duo
  • Provencal Tomato Bread Salad
  • Deviled Eggs: smoked salmon, salmon caviar, eggs
  • Cherry Glen Farm Goat Cheese Selection
  • Housemade Head Cheese & Garden Pickles

Second Course:

  • Earth-cooked Heritage Oaks Farm Berkshire Pork
  • Roasted Shenandoah Seasonal vegetables, preserved lemon grilled asparagus
  • Tarragon & boursin marble potato salad

Third Course:

  • Jerry’s Berries Fruit Tart
  • Virginia Honey Cake
  • Goat Milk Baked Custard & Caramel

$135 per person.

Wine events in Virginia are divine. Save the date for this one-of-a-kind Glen Manor Vineyards Wine Dinner featuring local wine & food.

Get your mouth watering with this wine list preview:

As if the delicious food weren’t enough reason to attend, Chef Steven Farrellis will also be at this event and will be creating delectable dishes with ingredients and produce from local farms. Chef Ferrell, our gourmet chef of La Table Provençale, is a seasoned professional with an impressive background. He prides himself on presenting the best dishes in the Shenandoah Valley. Rick Supchak from Heritage Oaks Grange will be there to talk about GMO free, local foods as well.

Consider making this special event part of a weekend getaway; the dinner is on a Sunday, after all! Check our availability today and get excited to kick off summer with this lovely event.

Call 1.540.837.1375 to reserve your spot for the wine tasting dinner. We can’t wait to have you join us!

Book Now & Let Us Save You a Seat

You’re Invited to a Wine Dinner at L’Auberge Provencale

Is Shenandoah Valley in your travel plans for late spring or early summer? Then make sure you don’t miss one of our favorite and most delightful wine events of the year. Our guests love attending wine events in Virginia, especially this time of year when the weather is divine.

Wine events in Virginia are divine! Save the date for Glen Manor's Wine Dinner!

Save the date for Glen Manor Vineyards Wine Dinner!

June 5, 2016

Meet & Greet Starting at 12:30 PM, Dinner 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Make your way to this delightful L’auberge wine dinner with your friends, family, or loved one. Enjoy a farm to table style dinner featuring Glen Manor Virginia wines of the highest quality. Vinter Jeff White will be on hand to describe the wines, his vineyard and the philosophy and future of the Virginia wine industry. This one-of-a-kind alfresco event will feature Chef Steven Ferrell’s  delectable dishes with ingredients and produce from local farms, including a whole roast pig, local produce, Rappahannock oysters, and so much more.

As if that weren’t enough, Rick Supchak from Heritage Oaks Grange will be there to talk about GMO free, local foods as well.

If you are a local and GMO free food enthusiast, have an interest in farm to table style dining, or just love to enjoy the perfect meal and glass of wine on your vacation, you will want to be at this event. Don’t miss it! Call 1.540.837.1375 to reserve your spot for the wine tasting dinner.

Book Now & Let Us Save You a Seat

Spectacular Virginia Events for Horse Lovers

Visiting Virginia this spring? Good news! We have some terrific events to share with you that you’ll love. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or family vacation to our Shenandoah Valley bed and breakfast, you will love these magnificent horse events… get your pen ready, you’re going to want to add these to your itinerary.

Top Virginia attractions include amazing horse shows.

57th Annual Hunt Country Stable Tour

Enjoy the perfect weekend this May close to the inn and just 45 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Take your friends and family on a driving tour down winding country lanes with the gorgeous scenery of the nation’s horse capital all around you.

May 28-29, 10am- 5pm, owners of the nation’s most prestigious Thoroughbred breeding farms, show hunter barns, fox hunting barns, and country estates will open their doors and let you in to see for yourself how beautiful these unique venues are.

Admission is $25/person in advance and $30/person the day of the event

Call 540-687-5099 or Get More Information.

Shenandoah Valley guests love enjoying local horse events.

Upperville Colt & Horse Show

If you will be staying with us June 6-12 and are looking for an authentic and historical Virginia experience, attend the Upperville Colt & Horse show; it’s the oldest horse show in the nation! This show has featured incredible displays of jumpers, breeders, dressage, side saddle and more since 1853. Luckily for our guests, the show is located just 18 miles from the inn and we consider it a must-see for all of our guests.

You and your family and friends will love getting an inside look at horse nation and all that goes into these fine events. Now all that’s left to do is book a stay with us in Shenandoah, Virginia. We look forward to hosting you!

 

 

 

Springtime in Virginia :: Upcoming Activities

There’s even more to love about our Shenandoah bed and breakfast than just the romantic atmosphere, luxurious amenities, and delicious breakfast. One of the best parts about staying with us at L’Auberge Provencale is our Shenandoah, Virginia location where there is always something to do! We have compiled a list of the best of the best activities to check out this season. Each of these 5 things will fill up your spring and take you into summer. If you still haven’t decided when to plan your Virginia getaway, be sure to plan it around one of these spectacular events.

Enjoy a Virginia horse race near our romantic VA bed and breakfast.

Travel just half an hour from the inn to experience the 91st Virginia Gold Cup in The Plains, VA Saturday May 7th. Join 50,000 other spectators and be up close for the biggest horse event of the year! Participate in one of the Virginia Gold Cup’s honored traditions and compete in the Tailgate Contest. Be creative and choose a tailgating theme with decorations and special food and drinks. Keep it fun and easy or go all out… it’s up to you! Set up a small picnic or large tailgate spot and enjoy the day.Take the mother in your life to a beautiful Virginia restaurant.

Do you have a special mother in your life who deserves to be celebrated? Take her out for Mother’s Day at the wonderful La Table Provencale for a memorable meal. Enjoy a delicious four or five course meal and selections from the chef’s tasting menu. With farm to table style dining and the freshest ingredients, you will savor every bite of delicious cuisine. Book a table here for May 8, between 12-7pm.

Soak up the local culture and get inspired with Art at the Mill in the quaint town of Millwood. Stop by May 7-8 and experience one of the best known art shows in the area. Thousands of artists and buyers come out every year to appreciate the local artistic talent.Visit the biggest plant sale in the area this spring while vacationing in Virginia.

Celebrate the the blossoming spring season at the Virginia State Arboreum’s Annual Plant Sale, May 7-8. You won’t find a larger collection of gorgeous, high-quality plants anywhere else. Growers will be at the sale to provide expert tips and information and to help you find just what you’re looking for. One of the biggest and best plant sales in the country takes place just 2 minutes away from our Virginia bed and breakfast, so don’t miss it!Check out the Upperville Horse Show on your spring Virginia getaway.

If you will be staying with us June 6-12 and are looking for an authentic and historical Virginia experience, attend the Upperville Colt & Horse show; it’s the oldest horse show in the nation! This show has featured incredible displays of jumpers, breeders, dressage, side saddle and more since 1853. Luckily for our guests, the show is located just 18 miles from the inn and we consider it a must-see for all of our guests.

Now that you have a full spring itinerary full of activities, all that’s left to do is book a stay with us in Shenandoah, Virginia. We look forward to hosting you!

 

Virginia Spring Break :: Farm Fresh Food & Wildflowers

Spring flowers in Virginia

The earliest of flowers are springing up and the greening of the fields has begun.  The vineyards will be starting to show their new shoots and the earliest of the wildflowers will be here in just a few weeks.  Snow bells are in bloom and the crocuses and tulips are starting to shyly poke their green leaves through the mulch reaching towards the sky.

The ground hog saw his shadow and with that good news, spring is on it’s way.  It is a great time to visit the Shenandoah National Park and the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm where the little critters are creeping out of their winter dens and life is renewing and rejuvenating.  Birds are making their spring migration and we have seen our first robins!  Hiking and biking are best in the spring when the air is still slightly crisp and the sun warms the day.

Easter is just a few weeks away and at L’Auberge Provencale we are delighted to start to use the bounty of our surrounding farms in our restaurant and brasserie. Our friends at Shenandoah Seasonal are already in full swing providing us with organic vegetables and we are happy to report our farmers of gmo free, free range chickens, ducks, pork and beef are able to provide us again with the freshest and best.

Apple Blossom Time in Virginia

Apple Blossom Time in the Orchard

Farm fresh food at Virginia bed and breakfast

Reserve early for Easter brunch and don’t forget Mother’s Day is just around the corner.   So hop over the mountain and get out of the city to reunite with natures promise at our romantic Virginia bed and breakfast.

“Gastro Heaven With A Pinch of History” – Southern Living Magazine

Fine Dining in VirginiaWe recently had the pleasure of hosting Find Everything Historic’s (Easton, MD) own Meggen and Peter Taylor!

During thier stay in December 2015, The Taylors got to sit down for a fantastic dinner with co-owner and InnKeeper of L’Auberge Provencale, Celeste Borel.

Laughter, stories of history of the inn, and a touch of raspberry spice filled the air from the aroma of a 2013 Pinot Noir, Talley Vineyards, Rincon.

Meggen Taylor described  “[t]he whole L’Auberge experience [as] a family affair, just as it should be at an inn of this caliber”

To read more from our featured article in Southern Living magazine click here!

Mother’s Day Dinner

mothers-day1Forever Memories for Mom

Celebrate the most important woman in your life and enjoy the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at La Table Provencale restaurant for Mother’s Day Dinner. Produce and fresh herbs from our garden and surrounding farms make this farm to table dinner a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the wine country of Virginia.  Al fresco dining in season.

To make her day even more joyous, we invite you to book a night in one of our rooms or suites! Upon arrival in her room, Mom will find atop her pillow a single long-stemmed rose and eight delicious chocolate covered strawberries to be enjoyed. Then, we invite you to take an afternoon stroll along 172 acres of 5000 living tress at the nearby Orland E. White Arboretum, also known as the State Arboretum of Virginia, while they host their annual native plant sale, and bring home a memory to grow!

Dinner seating  from 1:00-7:00 PM, Sunday, May 8th, 2016.

Book Your Stay | Book a Table

 

Beautiful Virginia Weddings :: Just Say “I Do!”

Weddings can be a lot of work. In the midst of planning you may be wishing you had some extra help. To ease your anxiety and get you inspired for the big day, we want to share something special, a glimpse into some of the breathtaking weddings we have helped coordinate. 

Stephanie Ascari Photography

Stephanie Ascari Photography

Stephanie Ascari Photography

Stephanie Ascari Photography

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Stephanie Ascari Photography

These couples have made special memories that will last a lifetime at our Virginia bed and breakfast. With breathtaking indoor and outdoor space for dancing and being with family and friends, customized menus, and room for 70 guests, the perfect Virginia wedding is easy to create.

 

For over 30 years we’ve been taking the stress out of weddings by helping to coordinate all facets of your day of matrimony from the rehearsal dinner, to the ceremony, to the reception, and to the last champagne toast. All you have to do is say “I do!”

Here are some photos of the happy couples we’ve been fortunate enough to help over the years. Each one has a unique and beautiful story to share about their wedding and you will too! When planning gets stressful, always remember that this is an effort made out of love for the one you will be standing across from at the altar! Let us take care of the little details so you can relax and enjoy one of the most important days of your life!

Stephanie Ascari Photography

Stephanie Ascari Photography

L’Auberge Provencale offers a picture perfect venue and classically beautiful grounds, ideal for taking wedding photos that you will cherish forever. We would be honored to help you plan your special day. From the venue, menu, reception, and photos, we can get you the wedding of your dreams down to every last detail, without the stress.

Mona Botwick Photography

Mona Botwick Photography

View more Virginia wedding photos or start to plan your wedding today.

Caroline Lima Photography

Caroline Lima Photography

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