Virginia Travel Blog

Five Ways to Chase Away Winter Blues :: Shenandoah Valley Inn

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.

Winter in Virginia

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.

Fireplace suites

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.

Couples 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.

Hiking in Shenandoah Valley

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.

Blue Ridge Mountains

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.

Wine tasting

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.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Just in case, if the snow is falling, you can always join Bernadette for a romp in the snow!

2nd Annual Australian Vintners Dinner :: White Post B&B

Australian Wine

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

Recipe for Romance :: Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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.



Ingredients for the Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake

  1. 2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped                                                                                                                                                                                       Ice Cream Cake Recipe
  2. 4 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. flour
  3. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  4. 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter-softened
  5. pinch of salt
  6. 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  7. 1/2 Cup Sugar
  8. 1 Egg Room Temperature
  9. 1/3 cup Walnuts, chopped
  10. 1 Pint of Raspberry Sorbet- softened
  11. 2 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream-softened


  1. 1 Cup Whipped Cream
  2. 2 Tsp. Sugar
  3. 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  4. 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!

It’s That Time of Year Again – L’Auberge Provencale Gift Cards



gift certificate


Holidays in Virginia








With holidays fast approaching, why not give a gift that creates happy memories, L’Auberge Provencale gift cards.

We offer gift cards to suit anyone’s budget, no black out dates and can be used any time of the year.

Be it a special occasion,  a weekend away to rekindle ones love for one another. Not forgetting all those family and friends.

Click on the gift certificate above or below, to give the gift of happiness. A gift that you will never gather dust, only special and unique experiences.


gift certificate


Ten Things We Are Thankful for This Thanksgiving








When I was growing up my mother told me to think of things I was grateful for during Thanksgiving. So this year I am thankful for many things here at L’Auberge Provencale.

1. Thankful for the wonderful housekeeping staff that has been with us for many years, who love to see things sparkle.

2. This beautiful fall weather we have been experiencing thus far; crisp days and brilliant nights.

3. A well stocked, and eclectic selection of wines in the cellar dating back to a bottle of 1905 Madeira and a cozy salon and restaurant in which to enjoy them in.

4. A talented and hard working restaurant staff that always strives for perfection.

5. Thankful for such loving and caring parents; Celeste and Alain Borel, the backbone of L’Auberge Provencale.

6. For our little corner of Provence in the heart of Virginia, with the Blueridge Mountains as its backdrop.

7. Being surrounded by such a concentration of passionate vintners, in the heart of the Northern Virginia Wine Region.

8. For having the Virginia State Arboretum and all its beautiful grounds just two minutes away.

9. For the health and happiness of our children and families.

10. And for Noel, the office cat.

The Back Roads Century Bike Event

 Back Roads Century

Fall in the Shenandoah Valley

Each Fall in late September, this year, the weekend of September 18th, the Potomac Pedalars invites cycle enthusiasts of all ability for a great day of riding and fun in the Shenandoah Valley.  The distances range from 25, 30,50, 65 and 100 miles.  It is a day of fun with rest stops, cue sheets, food and drinks and best of all “mechanical support” during your ride.

The Back Roads Century travels through several small towns, Berryville, Va, a colonial crossroads settlement, Millwood, with the famous Burwell Morgan Mill and of course, right here through White Post.  In White Post, by White Post restorations the riders can take a break under a shady tree before completing the ride.

Clarke Country is quickly becoming known as one of the top cycling destinations in Northern Virginia with it’s winding country roads, historical sites and scenic vistas.  So if you are looking for a rewarding and fun way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon be sure to attend the Back Roads Century.  You can get more information  just click on the RIDE .

If you can’t make that weekend, come and bike the back roads of Clarke County and stay with us at our Virginia

biking in Virginia

Biking the Scenic Backroads of Clarke County

Bed and Breakfast.  Bring your bikes, we will be happy to store them in our garage for you and provide you with bike maps from 7 miles to 50.  All the rides are off main highways and you just need to be aware that the cycling routes are public roads.   Our Chefs at L’Auberge Provencale will be happy to provide you with a light picnic you can put in your backpack and enjoy along your route.

After a day of riding in our beautiful Shenandoah Valley, return to the inn for a relaxing, and fabulous meal here at our restaurant La Table Provencale.  And take advantage of one of the rooms or suites with an aromatherapy steam shower to soothe those aching muscles. Reserve your spot now!

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Shenandoah Valley this Fall


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


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.


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

La Table Provencale

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.



Second Annual Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue



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.