Friends and guests joined us to celebrate the upcoming birth of Baby Borel on Sunday, May 31. Christian and his beautiful wife Ashley are expecting their first baby girl the first week in August, and of course, the grandparents are all a twitter in anticipation. Lots of fun games from “Name the Baby”, to “Baby Price is Right” had everyone laughing on the beautiful May day. The three hour event was planned by friends of Ashley and the two moms, Celeste and Susan and much participation in decorations from Sylvie and Crystal, friends of Ashley. The expectant parents were certainly “showered” with wonderful gifts to welcome the new arrival. We are all looking forward to the miracle of life to be bestowed on us in just a couple of months.
We were reminded that here at the Inn, we can host your baby showers, bridal showers, and bridal luncheon get-together’s with flare and fun. It doesn’t have to just be for girls. Why not ask the men to join you? That is what we did and all had a good time. Just make sure to include some “man” food; like fresh Virginia ham biscuits and lots of cupcakes!
Here at L’Auberge Provencale we are constantly trying to enhance our guest experience and be conscious of our environment. By combining leading edge technology and the forward thinking of Tesla with our commitment to provide outstanding service and offerings, we now have the ability to offer our guests a seamless and convenient charging experience during their stay. As the only bed and breakfast or hotel in the area to have a charging station, we are offering a unique amenity in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for our discerning and eco-conscious guests.
Tesla Model S owners are increasingly hitting the road. Owners can drive all day, charging for 30-40 minutes at Superchargers and then stay the night at L’Auberge Provencale and charge their vehicles. We have installed a Tesla high power connector charging station as well as a 40A universal station that all Electric Vehicles can use; Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Plug-in Hybrid and soon to be released electric vehicles from Audi, BMW, Volvo and others.
Our commitment to our country environment and Christian Borel’s love of cars, certainly “sparked” our decision to install the chargers. So bring on those electric cars and enjoy the winding roads of our country lanes here in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. To see other Select Registry properties that have installed chargers for an electric tour visit www.selectregistry.com.
Construction is finally underway for our new kitchen and lounge renovations here at L’Auberge Provencale. Our extensive project got underway this week for an addition and complete renovation of our kitchen complete with a new pastry department, new walk-ins, all state of the art stoves, refrigeration and passes. Our team of chefs under Ryan Ratino are anxiously awaiting their new cooking digs. The new kitchen will enable them to take our cuisine to new heights of local and seasonal menus.
The new lounge, a little delayed due to zoning, will begin sometime in July and we hope to have it completed this coming fall. The lounge will feature a great menu of small plates, house cured charcuterie, artisanal cheese plates and items from our larder and gardens. This will become a place for the locals to be and be seen, and for our inn guests to enjoy the creative cocktails made with our house honey, herbs and spirits.
Phase One of New Kitchen
Not only will we have a new kitchen and lounge, but we are also embarking on a make-over of our dining rooms as well. Keeping with the French influence we will be making a more modern statement in our decor. In the backyard will be a new patio open this summer with beautiful vistas overlooking farms and fields of the Shenandoah Valley.
At each stage of the construction we will keep you apprised of our progress. We hope you come and see our new look and enjoy a great brunch or dinner this spring and summer season here in sunny Virginia at L’Auberge Provencale.
Visit our facebook album and see the progress at the inn!
For some people, it appears that life is a series of magical steps:
Meet the man of your dreams ✓
Say “Yes” when he proposes ✓
Plan a spectacular wedding ✓
Get married and live happily ever after ✓
One small catch – this never actually happens. In reality, even the thought of having a wedding can be overwhelming. The devil’s in the details and when it comes to planning a wedding everything has to be right. Fortunately, we at L’Auberge Provencale, have specialized in Country Chic weddings for over 30 years and have put together some ideas that will remedy your inner Bridezilla. Here are 5 Country Chic Wedding examples that you can incorporate into the wedding of your dreams:
- Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Nothing says, “I’m making a grand entrance,” like arriving by a horse-drawn carriage to your own wedding. It’s part of the countryside wedding experience that every girl has dreamed of and we’ve made it happen on several occasions.
- Floral Monograms
Floral monograms are a fun and simple way to customize your big day. Place them at the beginning of the aisle or throughout your reception to enhance an open outdoor setting. Mix and match flowers to add personality and show off your artsy side.
- Cascading Floral Backdrop
A cascading floral backdrop can help to set the mood on your wedding day. Grab a fresh flower, tie the end to a ribbon, and let hang from an archway or center of focus to make any space instantly chic! Repeat until you have a series of flowers that will impress your guests and make for some dramatic photos to cherish after the wedding.
- Bride & Groom Wedding Gifts
This is a perfect idea for couples having an intimate elopement. This day is about you and your significant other (remember?) so why not keep it personal and exchange some affection before the ceremony? A country-style bouquet topped with a simple message and gift will remind the two of your that you’re in this together.
- Elegant Wedding Cake Topped With Real Flowers
Adding real flowers to your wedding cake can take it from blasé to breathtaking. Use flowers of various shapes and colors to bring a little country to the table and dazzle guests. P.S. If done right this can be a big money saver on your wedding day!
Did you recently have a Country Chic wedding? Let us know about it!
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Just 20 minutes east of L’Auberge Provencale, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, is the little hamlet of Middleburg. Known for fox hunting, it has now become a small thriving and growing arts community. The second annual “Shakespeare in the Burg” will feature performances by the American Shakespeare Center actors. In addition, the festival will feature workshops and a play writing competition.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet and his raucous play, Much Ado About Nothing (my personal favorite) will be the featured plays on March 27-29th at the Middleburg Community Center. These are two of the bards most popular playsIn addition there will be a performance of the winning play from the play writing competition.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet is playing Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm and Much Ado About Nothing will be performed on Sunday, March 29, at 2:00 pm. You can got online to www.shakespeareintheburg.com for more information and to purchase tickets. We will serve dinner that evening for those attending starting at 4;30-pre-dinner and after the show on Sunday, join us for dinner starting at 5:00 pm.
Well, the news is out and we couldn’t agree more. We all know that “Virginia Is For Lovers,” but according to CNN.com we have a neighbor that stands apart from the rest. Located only 20 minutes away is the town of Middleburg and it was just rated as one of the “10 most romantic destinations you should know about.”
You may be thinking, what makes Middleburg so romantic? In short, Middleburg blends an idyllic sense of America’s yesteryear with modern country opulence. The town breathes an equestrian heritage set against a brilliant countryside that captures your attention and immediately makes you feel at home. Fit in as a local while you travel down its friendly shop-lined streets and get lost with one another in the rolling hills of what we consider a wine lovers haven. Classic beauty, scenic vistas, and humble adventures make this romantic destination a timeless memory for any couple looking to escape the hustle and bustle of our nation’s capitol.
In essence, if you haven’t caught on yet we’re telling you it’s worth a visit. Fortunately, L’Auberge Provencale is located close enough to Middleburg where an afternoon drive out to the town is enough for you to catch the”love” bug.
Check out what CNN has to say about Middleburg and other romantic destinations by Clicking Here to view the entire article.
Chase away winter blues here at L’Auberge Provencale! We are much like you and are waiting anxiously for the first sign of spring in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. But in the meantime we have long understood winter can be celebrated for it’s solitude and simple pleasures. So in that spirit here are 5 things we can recommend to make the best of the season.
1. Slip under the covers into clean and warm sheets. Snuggle up with your loved one and take the time to have a quiet conversation and just enjoy the moment. Revel in the warmth of the fireplace and it’s touch of romance as you drift off into a winter slumber.
2. Indulge in a couples massage in your guest room. Our massage therapist will ease away the stress of the season with quiet and soothing full body massage.
3. Indulge in a couples massage in your guest room. Our massage therapist will ease away the stress of the season with quiet and soothing full body massage.
4. There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. So pull on your winter woollies and take a hike in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Hiking will reduce stress, and promotes physical and emotional well being and as a bonus works up an appetite for one of our world class dinners prepared by Executive Chef Ryan Ratino and his team.
5. Let us get the fire pit stoked up and enjoy s’mores and a hot beverage out in the backyard of L’Auberge Provencale and watch the sunset over the beautiful the Blue Ridge Mountains.
6. Visit one of our local wineries. Winter is a great time to see the terroir of the vineyards and enjoy a quiet, more personable experience with the vineyard staff.
Just in case, if the snow is falling, you can always join Bernadette for a romp in the snow!
Once again we are thrilled to have two of our favorite Australian Vintners from the land down under at L’Auberge Provencale, on Sunday March 1, 2015, for a great showing of their wines. Flying in for a fabulous afternoon wine dinner are Sam Clarke from Thorn Clarke vineyards and Craig Bell from Morambro Creek. These vineyards are famous for their Barossa Valley reds and Eden Valley Whites. During the afternoon they will share the vintages, wines and terroir of their world class wines.
Chef Ryan and Sommelier Christian have created a menu worthy of the down under continent. Arrive at 12:30 for a meet and greet with these two fun and informative chaps from the land of kangaroos, vegemite and wallabies. We are not seriously putting any of this on the menu, but will feature the best and freshest of the season with an Australian twist. We recommend early reservations for this afternoon.
For reservations: Call 1-540-837-1375
Valentine’s Day is a special time of year for lover’s to make special treats for their loved one. At L’Auberge Provencale, here in the Shenandoah Valley, we have made many a Valentine’s Day especially with Chocolate! Looking over the archives of recipes, we thought we would share this easy but delicious recipe that you can easily make at home.
RASPBERRY BROWNIE ICE CREAM CAKE
Ingredients for the Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake
- 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter-softened
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1 Egg Room Temperature
- 1/3 cup Walnuts, chopped
- 1 Pint of Raspberry Sorbet- softened
- 2 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream-softened
- 1 Cup Whipped Cream
- 2 Tsp. Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla
- Fresh Raspberries
Directions for the Fudge Brownies
Line 8″ Square pan with buttered parchment paper or foil. Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler, (hot, but not boiling water)stirring until smooth. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. Blend eg and sugar using mixer at medium speed. Add Vanilla. Gradually add chocolate mixture. Stop mixer when combined and mix in dry ingredients using a wooden spoon. Spread Batter in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 19 minutes until it is springy to the touch, but not dry. Cool completely, invert onto rack and remove paper.
Directions for the Topping:
Mix ice cream and sorbet together by folding in together. Spread over cooled brownies. Top with Whipped cream and raspberries. Chill for 10 minutes before serving. You can add the whipped cream and raspberries if you want to freeze ahead and remove the brownies 15 minutes before serving. Then top.
This recipe is easy and fun and we hope it helps with your romance this Valentine’s Day!
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