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Virginia Wine Country: The 7th Largest Wine Growing Region

Friday, December 7th, 2012

It may be winter, but the award winning Virginia wineries in the Shenandoah Valley are keeping some limited hours. It is a great time to visit the Virginia Wine Country…no crowds, cozy tasting rooms, cheese and wine and the solitude of the winter vines. We recommend some of our favorites Vineyards that are open: Delaplane Manor, Linden Vineyard, Barrel Oak, Fox Meadow, Rappahannock Cellars, Boxwood, and Veramar. We can still pack you a great picnic to enjoy while you enjoy a nice respite from the crowds of the crush.

Check out a little history of the Virginia Wine story. There are 210 wineries in Virginia and so little time. Come and cozy up to a fire in one of our cozy rooms or suites and enjoy a repast dinner delivered to your room at our French Country Inn & Restaurant, a Northern Virginia Bed and Breakfast, at the end of your day, complete with a bottle of local Virginia wine.

 

Visit our award winning wineries

 

Apple Blossom Time

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Art at the Mill near our Shenandoah Valley bed and breakfast

Art at the Mill Open Now Until May 13th

The first week in May, is a busy one in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, the Gold Cup Races at Great Meadows in the Plains Virginia and the beginning of the Art at the Mill Show in Millwood, Virginia. All of these events are just minutes from our Shenandoah Valley bed and breakfast. So come out this weekend; there is plenty to see and do, or just kick off your shoes in the backyard of the inn and enjoy the summer-like weather.

The firemen’s parade is this Friday to kick off the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester! If you haven’t attended this parade it has the most fire trucks of any Firemen’s parade in the country.

Our celebrities that will be out and about this year are Mario Lopez, of MTV’s America’s Dance Crew and author of Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness and the beautiful Jazz Dorset, daughter of legendary sports figure with the University of Pittsburgh and the Dallas Cowboys.

The circus is in town and the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday will be a “Salute to Our Troops” with our local Virginia Girl, “Wounded Warrior” Capt. Leslie Smith, as the Grand Marshall. There are parties, sports breakfasts, dances, dinners, 10K race, the carnival, circus and much more. It is a local event the whole family can enjoy! A small town event at it’s finest.

It is the 87th running of the Virginia Gold Cup and there are still some tickets for spaces left if you go to their website. This is a fun-filled day of steeplechase racing and tailgate picnics! The festive atmosphere and the thrill of the chase make this a must for any city folks. Bring a beautiful hat and let us pack you a picnic to take.

Every Spring and Fall, the Burwell Morgan Mill in the quaint village of Millwood, Virginia becomes an extraordinary art gallery. Over 300 judges artist display their pottery, sculpture, fine woodwork and all types of paintings. There is truly something for every taste and budget. This show runs through May 13 and is a must see for the art lover in this 18th century working mill. When the art show closes the mill resumes grinding of fresh flour for the year. You can stop in this summer and pick up fresh whole wheat, corn, blue corn, and general all purpose flours, just to name a few. Buying local comes to new heights.

So grab your gal and come out to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and enjoy all the countryside has to offer. And don’t forget Mother on the 13th of May, the plant sale at the Virginia State Arboretum, Bland Farm and brunch here at L’Auberge Provencale from 11:30-2:30 and Mother’s Day Dinner 2:30-7:00. Treat your mom to the best that is offered in the Valley at our Shenandoah Inn!

Shenandoah bed and breakfast

Art at the Mill

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Garden Week

Thursday, April 19th, 2012
The perennial garden at our Northern Virginia Inn

Our perennial garden at the inn

Whew…lists of things to do.  This is Virginia Garden week and we here at our Northern Virginia inn are getting ready for 900 people to descend upon us this Saturday, April 21, as L’Auberge Provencale is number 1 on the tour of houses in Clarke County.  Our maintenance staff and I have been busy (with a little help from Winey and Cheesey) getting the grounds in tip top shape.

  1. Mulch Around All Trees
  2. Prune the fruit trees
  3. Plant the spring vegetable garden plants
  4. Plant the beautiful Provencale pots and hanging baskets for our terrace and porch
  5. Cut down the tulips which bloomed too early and tie up all the daffodils
  6. Go on a crazy plant buying spree

Fluff all the pillows, and hope it doesn’t rain!  Of course, you know they are predicting thunderstorms for Saturday in our beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  Our chef are happily cooking with local ramps, asparagus, morels, sorrel, lovage and fresh herbs from our gardens and edible flowers as well.  It is a great time to visit Virginia, and the beauty is busting out all over.

Planting flowers at our Northern Virginia InnThere is the usual mess to clean up after a day of planting..but what a beautiful reward we get from all the pots planted and on the southern Virginia style porch.  Come out and enjoy the terrace for dinner at our bed and breakfast, the next time you are visiting the countryside of the Shenandoah Valley.

Enjoy a romantic evening of love this Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

 

Come for a Lover’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

Tuesday Feb. 14th 2012

Come Stay at our Virginia Inn For a Romantic Evening of Love

Romantic Virginia B&B

 

Bring your Sweetheart, We’ll do the Rest.

A Rose for each Valentine Couple & a box of Gourmet Housemade Truffles…

 

Valentine's Day Dinner at our Virginia B&B An elegant, romantic setting…

An intimate Dinner for Two…

An evening to remember…

What better way to say “I Love You”

Dinner seating from 6pm – 9pm

3 Course Prefixe $64.00 / person

5 Course Prefixe $88.00/ person

A Lover’s Dinner for 2 $195.00

5 NIGHTS of ROMANCE

Stay at least one night from Feb 10th thru Feb 14th

Choose any available room or suite at our romantic Virginia B&B and

Receive Complimentary ~French Restaurant in Northern Virginia

  • Flameless Candles
  • Silk Rose Petals
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • A Bottle of Champagne
All in your room when you return from dining at our romantic French restaurant in Northern Virginia!
(A $138.00 Value) FREE

VALENTINE’S DAY MENU

WINE SPECIALS

RED
ST ESTEPHE, CHATEAU MEYNEY, 1998
145.00
WHITE
CHARDONNAY, RED SHOULDER RANCH,
SHAFER, NAPA, 2003
89.00

ARTISAN CHEESE

Housemade Pear and Raisin Chutney Tapenade,
Balsamic Reduction & Crostinis
3 Pieces 16.00
5 Pieces 24.00
IRISH DUBLINER
Sharp with Notes of Hay, Light Creaminess, Sweet Finish
FOURME D’A MBERT
Cow’s Milk, Creamy, Butter, Smooth Texture and Full Taste
BRILLAT  SAVARIN AFFINÉ
Soft Ripened, Cow Milk, Luscious, Crusty, Faintly Sour
LE BEFFROI MIMOLETTE FRANÇAISE
Hard Cow’s Milk, Hazelnut Flavors, Intensely Fruity
PETIT BASQUE
Medium-Firm with a Pungent Smell and a
Mild Flavored Sheep’s Milk

LOVERS MENU FOR 2

FIRST COURSE
NANTUCKET OYSTERS
Champagne Vinegar, Tomato-Horseradish, Ginger-Sriracha
SECOND COURSE
MAINE DIVER SCALLOPS
Braised Endive, Kumquat Confit, Sage
THIRD COURSE
HUDSON VALLEY DUCK CONSUMME
Duck Confit Ravioli, Slow Cooked Egg, Leeks
FOURTH COURSE
CARNAROLI RICE RISOTTO
Wild Foraged Mushrooms, Shaved Black Truffle
FIFTH COURSE
SNAKE RIVER WAGYU BEEF CULOTTE
Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Cabernet Reduction
DESSERT
PASSIONFRUIT BRULEE
195 Per Couple
Wine Pairing Additional 62 per Person
Service Non Compris
Six Course Tasting Menu and Three Course Menu
In Same Party Is Not Recommended

LES ENTRÉES

Three or Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
SLOW COOKED VEAL CHEEKS
Farro Risotto, Parmesan & Local Squash
RABBIT TERRINE
Pickled Shallots, Turnips, Wisteria Greens,
Glazed Kohlrabi, Cider Mustard Dressing
CREAM OF THREE ONION SOUP
Beer Cippolinis, Roast Gruyere Tuile,
House Cured Crispy Pork, Garlic Brioche Croutons
MIXED GREENS & ROQUETTE SALAD
Shaved & Marinated Vegetables, Aged Blue Cheese, Honey~Truffle Vinaigrette

LA DEUXIEME SUITE

Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
BEET SALAD
Yuzu Gelée, Bacon, Pistachio, Goat Cheese
HOUSE~MADE CRAB RAVIOLI
Pumpkin Purée, Red Onion Marmelade, Sauce Américaine
FOIE GRAS TERRINE
Quince, Almond, Candied Lemon

TROU NORMAND

Five Course Menu
PEAR COMPOTE, PEAR SORBET, BITTER LEMON SODA

VIANDES  ET POISSONS

Three or Five Course Menu : Please Choose One
DAY BOAT RED GROUPER
Cauliflower, Wild Mushrooms, Capers,
Brown Butter Emulsion
ROASTED SQUAB
Coffee Scented Macomber Turnip,
Glazed Chestnuts, Brussel Sprouts
BLACK BARLEY
Wild Foraged Mushrooms, Vegetables,
Truffle Vinaigrette
KUROBUTA PORK BELLY
Lentils, Glazed Salsify, Celery Root,
Pomegranate, Royal Trumpets
PAN~SEARED TILE FISH
Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Roasted
Spaghetti Squash, Red Wine Shellfish Sauce
WAGYU BEEF CULOTTE
Mustard Greens, Pistachio Butter,
Beer Braised Onions
Three Course Menu (Includes Amuse Bouche and Dessert, After Dinner Treat) 64 per Person
Five Course Menu (Includes Amuse Bouche, Intermezzo, Dessert, and After Dinner Treat) 88 per Person
~ Service Non Compris

 

 

Our First Living Social Cooking Class a Success!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast

The first Living Social Cooking Class at our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast was held Wednesday Dec 21.

The participants’ summary of the hands-on experience was “Perfect”, “Fabulous”, “What Fun”…

They enjoyed working hard at preparing:

-Roasted Squab

-Coffee Scented Macomber Turnips

-Glazed Chestnuts

-Brussel Sprouts

To the left you can see Chef Jacob Jananski tasting the fare prepared by guests at our Shenandoah Valley Restaurant.

Argentina Wine Tasting

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Argentina Asado & Wine Tasting

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2011

2PM- 6PM

Join Madame Celeste Borel, Senor Gonzales, and the Chefs of L’Auberge Provençale for an afternoon on the terrace…Traditional grilled meats and seafood will be served buffet style, while you sip bold and hearty Argentinian wine and enjoy one last summer day dining Al Fresco.

LIVE MUSIC BY THE J.N.G.’S

CALL TO RESERVE NOW, LIMITED SEATING

540.837.1375

Shenandoah Valley Inn

$125 per Person

Includes Wine, Food, Tax, and Gratuity, Credit Card Required to Hold Reservation

$165 On ANY Premier Room or Suite

Valid only on stay Sunday, September 25, 2011

Includes Gourmet Breakfast for Two at our Shenandoah Valley Inn

Must attend wine tasting. Not valid with any other discount.

Check In 3:00pm    Check Out 11:00am

Mark your calendars…

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
SEPTEMBER EVENTS IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
Virginia B&ampB | Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast

EVERY TUESDAY

8pm Karaoke at The Lone Oak Tavern: Boyce, VA

EVERY THURSDAY

8pm Acoustic Guitar at The Lone Oak Tavern: Boyce, VA

EVERY SATURDAY

7-9pm Live Music at The Battletown Inn: Berryville, VA

9pm Live Bands at Lone Oak Tavern: Boyce, VA

SEPTEMBER 2

5-7pm Beer Tasting at Locke Country Modern Store: Millwood, VA FREE

SEPTEMBER 3-5

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

SEPTEMBER 6-10

10-5pm Local Artist Showcase at Barns of Rose Hill

SEPTEMBER 10

9am-2pm Winchester City Market in Winchester, VA

SEPTEMBER 16

8:30pm Museum of the Shenandoah Valley play “The Misfits”. Winchester, VA

SEPTEMBER 17-18

1-3pm Harvest Party; Behind the scenes wine tour, wine and pizza $15

6:30pm- 9:00pm; La Luna at Veramar Vineyards; Wine, Tapas and Music $25/person

SEPTEMBER 18

4:30PM  Epicurean Event; Join L’Auberge Provencale and Long Branch to support “Horses for Heroes” at Long Branch. For tickets call: 540-837-1856

SEPTEMBER 22-24

Watermelon Park Music Festival, Featuring Live Bands on the Shenandoah River: Berryville, VA

SEPTEMBER 25

2-6pm L’Auberge Provencale, Wines from Argentina; Wine Tasting and Food Pairing  $125/PERSON

SEPTEMBER 30

6:30-8:30pm Music in the Park at Rose Hill Park  *Reserve a picnic basket with us now*

We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some of these fantastic events during your stay at our Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfast.

Discover the Spirit of Virginia Wine Country

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Linden Vineyards in VirginiaL’Auberge Provencale was thrilled to team up with Linden Vineyards last year on June 23rd, 24th & 30th for Linden’s Annual Barrel Tasting.  The talented culinary team at L’Auberge Provencale paired the cuisine to complement the latest wines available from Linden.  The Kingfish stole the show and went outrageously well with Linden’s Sauvignon Blanc. No one could resist the Lamb chops as they sipped on the 2008 Hardscrabble Chardonnay. Linden Vineyards Barrel TastingThis amazing event drew in over 750 wine enthusiasts from the area who visited the winery over a three-day spree. Mother Nature was on our side and the weather was as good as it gets in the Shenandoah Valley.  The food and wine was flowing as spirits ran high, and we were delighted to be able to take part in such an event.

Wine Tasting in VirginiaIf you missed the Barrel Tasting, but love Virginia wines, we invite you to visit our Virginia Inn and Restaurant and partake in one of our self guided or chauffeured wine tours.  Our Virginia Wine Country Tours include other local vineyards and wineries including Delaplane, Three Fox, Veramar, Barrel Oak, Pearmund Cellars (who won the Governor’s Cup this year), Philip Carter, La Grange, Naked Mountain and so many more. Wine of VirginiaAll of these fantastic Virginia Wineries are just a quick ride from the inn. After your complimentary tasting certificates are used, head back to L’Auberge for our Prix Fixe 5 Course Menu or 6 Course Tasting Menu with our exceptionally selected wine pairings.  Our wine pairings feature wines from not only the vines in the Shenandoah Valley and all around the world, but of course we pair the Kingfish with Linden’s Avenius Sauvignon Blanc. It’s that good!

Northern Virginia Wine Tasting DinnerIf the barrel tasting sounded like your kind of event and you’re sorry you missed it, mark your calendar for a Special Wine Dinner at L’Auberge Provencale on June 26th, hosted by Jason Bise from The Country Vintner. Call us for details!

Fireside Frenzy

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

The temperature has dropped dramatically!

Nothing eases the chill of the crisp, cool air

Like a roaring fireplace!

Come enjoy the fireside with us November 14th -18th

Sip on Hot Mulled Cider in the Sitting Room

Dine on our Four Diamond French Feast in the Blue Room

Roast Marshmallows on the Back Lawn

Hideaway in your Premier Room or Suite

There’s a cozy fire waiting for you at L’Auberge Provençale!

Reserve any Premier Room or Suite of your choice

including our Signature Gourmet Breakfast

$185.00

Make a dinner reservation and dine on our Four-Diamond feast fireside

Or

Curl up and enjoy an In Room Gourmet Repast fireside in the comfort of your own premier room or suite

Valid: November 14th – November 18th, 2010
Dinner Reservation or In-Room Repast Required
Cannot be used with any other offers or discounts.

 

Taxes, beverages, alcohol, and gratuities not included.
Meals, taxes and other add-ons not included. This discount is for accommodations only.

Skyline Drive is Only 15 Minutes Away!

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Erin enjoyed a visit on her day off. The vistas are magnificent!

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