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Hop Over the Mountain this Spring

Friday, April 7th, 2017

 

Spring is finally here and there is no better time to discover the Shenandoah Valley.  There is so much to do and see this time of year with the flowers blooming and the fields of green.  So jump in your car, throw a bag in the back and drive on out to enjoy the season of renewal.

Easter and Mothers Day are especially important events that are celebrated here at L’Auberge Provencale.  We will be serving brunch both days from 11:30-2:00 and dinner from 2:30-7:30.  Take a nice stroll at the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm and see the dogwoods, red buds, and fields of daffodils in bloom before or after you enjoy our fresh farm to table springtime cuisine.  

Mark your calendars and make reservations early to enjoy some special springtime events.

The Art at the Mill, featuring over 200 artists and over 1,000 original pieces of art at the Burwell Morgon Mill, in Millwood, Va.  will be showing from Saturday, April 29th to Sunday May 14th.  Sundays-Friday 12 pm-5 pm,  Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm.  It is worth the journey to see the incredible judged pieces.  Bring your wallet as you will be sure to want to purchase some of the best art in the Shenandoah Valley.

The gardens at L'Auberge Provencale

Gardens at L’Auberge Provencale

The annual Virginia Garden week showcases Winchester on April 29th.  Each year Virginia opens it’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks to the public in “Americas oldest open house”.   See Green Orchard, a Quaker farmhouse built in 1745, visit the Hopewell Meeting house which has been in existence since 1734, and enjoy tea there on April 29th from 1-3:00. and Springdale Estate to name just a few sites and gardens available on the tour.  For more information and to purchase tickets in advance visit the Shenandoah Valley Museum.

 

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

 

Virginia Gold Cup Race, Saturday, May 6th, 2017.  A time honored tradition of tailgate picnics.  Race day activities include terrier races, shopping hat contests, tailgate contests, and some of the best steeplechase racing you’ll find anywhere.  You can even place bets on the races online or from your mobile app.  How fun is that?

 

Lucketts Spring Market, May 19, 20, and 21st, 2017, is moving to Clarke County Fairgrounds this year.  For the first time this annual event will be held not at their farm but on the more spacious Berryville location. The fair features the best “vintage hip” vendors on the East Coast. It features painted furniture, vintage garden gems, architectural salvage, crusty antiques, and all kinds of crazy-good finds.This exciting event, now in its 18th year, has a huge and loyal following from all over the DC Metro area. Live music, beer gardens, enticing food trucks, and fun workshops all make for a spectacular and engaging shopping weekend.  The three-day Market hosts more than 8,000 visitors in search of the perfect vintage find.

Spring Has Sprung in the Shenandoah Valley

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

We are in love with spring in the Shenandoah Valley! The flowers start blooming, produce begins to be harvested and the abundance of new life blanketing the land is stunning. Here are some of our favorite things that come with Spring in Virginia!

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Incredible Produce From the Local Farms

The winter was kind to us and we get to reap the rewards this spring. Guests at our Virginia bed and breakfast get to enjoy wonderful fresh produce from our local farms, such as pea shoots, baby vegetables, asparagus and more. We also have fresh dirt tomatoes that are locally grown and any foodie knows there is nothing that beats a fresh tomato off the vine.

Great Celebrations with Easter and Mother’s Day

Come celebrate Easter with a brunch or dinner to remember at La Table Provencale. We also offer the perfect surprise for the mother in your life with a getaway for Mother’s Day. Say “I love you” with the most relaxing and lovely spring getaway filled with great food, laughter, wine tasting and more. Make 2017 the year of exceptional and memorable celebrations.

  • Easter Sunday, April 16th – Brunch: 11:30-2:00pm Dinner: 3:00-8:00pm
  • Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14th – Brunch: 11:30-2:30pm Dinner: 3:00-7:00pm

Vineyards Start to Bud

There is never a bad time to enjoy wine tasting with some of the most incredible vineyards Virginia has to offer. However, there is something beautiful about seeing the vines come to life again with fresh buds on the vine. Below are a couple of our favorite vineyards in the Shenandoah Wine Trail.

  • Linden Vineyards – a lovely 4,000 case winery and vineyard that produces some wonderful wines.
  • RdV Vineyards – set on 16 acres this beautiful vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains offers world-class Bordeaux-style blends.

“Neither Bordeaux or Napa, but uniquely our own.” – RdV Vineyards

Hiking, Biking, Walking & Nature

Getting outdoors becomes a treat in the spring. From walking around the The State Arboretum of Virginia viewing the blooming plants, to hiking or biking around the Shenandoah Valley, we have something for everyone.

Join us for a spring getaway to remember.

Voted Best of Virginia 2016!

Monday, May 23rd, 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!

 

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

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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!

Renovated Kitchen and Bistro Lounge :: Virginia Wine Country Inn

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Construction is a long and slow process here at L’Auberge Provencale. We are looking forward to the opening of our new brasserie style bar and lounge.  Look for news about the grand opening.

Here are some behind the scenes photos as the progress unfolds!

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Follow this link to our facebook page to check out our progress – Click Here

Renovations at L’Auberge Provencale – Virginia Wine Country Inn

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

 

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Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions on exactly what is going on at the Inn. Well, long story short we’re expanding because our guests love our food and service!

That being said, the current state of renovations is focused on the heart of our Inn: the kitchen.

 

 

 

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We’ve more than doubled the capacity of our walk-in refrigerator/freezer to hold more of the local produce we know you’ve grown to love and expect from our farm to table restaurant. Then, we’re introducing service stations for our front staff members to use that will enhance your dining experience in the restaurant. If you didn’t realize yet, our chefs need plenty of room! We’re also adding more work stations for our chefs to experiment and create culinary works of art. Most of all, we’re creating a beautiful environment for chefs and guests to collaborate! We want to show you where and how your food is crafted and once the renovation is complete, our doors will be open!

 

 

 

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Be on the lookout for updates on our renovation. As we continue through this process, we’ll explain more about the next phase of our addition: the bar and lounge!

L’Auberge Provencale Teams with Tesla Motors

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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L’Auberge Provencale has teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide an increasingly desirable amenity; Tesla Destination Charging.

One of the driving principles behind L’Auberge Provencale is a commitment to the environment. In the 1980s, the Inn introduced several green-initiatives that have carried into the way it operates business today. Many of its sustainability efforts, including the local garden that supplies its restaurant with fresh vegetables and fruit, have attracted eco-conscious guests and contributed to the success of its business. When Select registry approached L’Auberge Provencale with the opportunity of installing Tesla Destination Charging, there was no doubt that it needed to participate. The addition of Tesla Destination Charging is part of several efforts implemented by the Inn to lower its carbon footprint while providing a special convenience to its guests.

L’Auberge Provencale joins a rapidly growing network of resorts in Tesla Destination Charging, including more than 160 other Select Registry properties throughout the U.S. This new program provides hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world with charging equipment, and gives Tesla drivers the freedom to charge wherever they want to travel by replicating the charging convenience owners are accustomed to at home. (L’Auberge Provencale has one 80A Tesla Wall Connectors; guests charge for free and non-guests can charge for $15.)

“It’s been a little under a month since the charger has been installed and we’ve already seen a difference in customer attitudes. We’ve had several come up to us and ask us about it, and even more let us know that they’ll be back with their Tesla vehicles or other electronic cars to use the station! We’re always looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience here at L’Auberge Provencale. This is our opportunity to enhance our sustainable efforts and provide exceptional offerings to our guests, all while remaining one of the most technologically advanced bed & breakfasts in the area. Plus, I really love Tesla!” said Celeste Borel, Innkeeper of L’Auberge Provencale.

Tesla’s growing Supercharger network (now 400 stations along frequently-traveled highways) has inspired Model S owners to hit the road in increasing numbers. Owners can drive all day, charging for 30-40 minutes at Superchargers and then stop at night to stay at L’Auberge Provencale other quality-assured Select Registry properties, and other locations that have installed Tesla High Power Connectors. Tesla’s High Power Wall Connectors add 58 miles of range per hour, topping off Model S’s full 265 miles of range in just a few hours on a single charge.

Select Registry properties and other Tesla Destination Charging station locations are located on Select Registry’s website, Tesla’s interactive webpage, and will soon be featured in every Tesla vehicles’ 17” touchscreen through the navigation application to easily plan trips and locate the property. Visit www.teslamotors.com/findus for more information.

Photographs of the property and chargers are available upon request.

Bring on Your Electric Cars :: Tesla Charging Station

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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.

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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.

Tesla Charging Station

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.

Renovations Begin at Our French Country Inn :: Virginia B&B

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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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.

Kitchen Remodel

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!

Country Chic Wedding :: 5 Tips to Enhance Yours

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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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 Rides in Virginia

  1. 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 for Weddings

  1. 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.

Floral Arrangements

  1. 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.

Wedding Gift Ideas

  1. 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.

Custom Wedding Cake

  1. 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!
We want you to share your wedding story with us.

 

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