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Summer Farm to Table in the Shenandoah Valley

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The Shenandoah Valley is the garden of the Washington DC area.  The summer is the best time to escape the heat of the city and enjoy the cooler breezes of the Blue Ridge and enjoy the best of seasonal cuisine from Local Sources at our Virginia bed and breakfast.  We all know how “swampy” it gets in DC, so run away for a short while, relax and recharge and renew your spirit.

I was walking out to the orchard and the fresh cherries are bursting on the trees.  The peaches survived the frost, much to our delight and are growing lusciously  alongside the Asian pears, apples, paw paws, plums and nectarines.  The first of our radishes are being harvested, fresh lettuce and lots of herbs are coming from our gardens and chefs are delighting in creating cuisine fit for the product.  We have prided ourselves as being in the forefront of the farm to table movement.  We started our own gardens and orchards in 1981, long before it was fashionable, and have continued our commitment to the fresh and best of the season in our French inspired cuisine.

The chef looks over the herbsLocal producers are hauling in fresh ingredients to our kitchen from fresh seasonal strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and finally heritage tomatoes, the sweet succulent stars of summer. We are happy to have a local farm, Shenandoah Seasonal, just one mile from the inn and also, Jerry’s Berries, bringing us new produce every week.  We are looking forward to getting wine berries soon as well, and Barbara, our morning chef, can be seen with bubbling yummy jams and jellies waiting to be canned for the larder.

 

The gardens at L'Auberge ProvencaleFrom fresh baked croissants, a wonderful aromatic jam and cafe au lait to start your day, to an evening  of exquisite dining in your choice of our two fine restaurants, this is the time for the foodie in you to celebrate.  And perhaps, while away the day sipping some of the best Virginia Vineyards, local craft brews, enjoying the best the season has to offer.

 

A Taste of Provence in the Shenandoah Valley

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Escape the Ordinary and Travel to a Faraway Place… In Just About an Hour’s Time. Provence Without a Passport – An Experience Without Comparison.

Jour Un: Taste Du Vin

Sunday

10:30 AM: Bienvenue to L’Auberge Provençale

  • Your French country experience begins the second you drive through the stone entrance to the inn.

You will be greeted by the warm scent of fresh-baked homemade Croissants and a piping Café au Lait – our signature La Petite Dejeuner and the perfect treat to start your day. Bon Jour!

11:00 – 3:00: Chauffeured Wine Tour

  • Our expert sommeliers, or chef will act as your guides as you embark on the winding country roads reminiscent of the Rhone Valley. You will taste wines from the best local wineries including Glen Manor, Linden, Arterra, and Chateau O’Brien. Just as in Provence, each winery has its own unique character and specialty.

Our Gift to You: Wine Tour Survival Kit

  • Everything you need to enjoy your wine tour in quintessential French style:
    • Logo wine glasses, wine opener, cheese & charcuterie with accoutrements, fresh fruit, marinated olives, baguette, wine wipes, sports beans, and Tide-To-Go all packed into one convenient cooler.

3:30 – 5:00: Wine in the Gardens

  • Return to L’Auberge Provençale for check-in, then explore the grounds as you sip a glass of French Chateaux wine. In the summer, our gardens are filled with Nasturtiums, reminiscent of Monet’s Gardens in France.

Dinner: Le Bar Bistro-Style Restaurant

  • Dine casually for the evening in a chic Parisian atmosphere. Our onsite bar & lounge offers sophisticated brasserie fare with the freshest farm-to-table ingredients. Pair an herb-infused cocktail with the Smoked Wagyu Sirloin or go for something lighter like our Provençale Flatbread Pizza – you really can’t go wrong!

Deuxiem Jour: Saveur Provence

Monday

8:00 – 10:00: Breakfast in the Sun Room

  • Head down for breakfast at your leisure. Start with another house-baked croissant paired with fruit from the orchards. Next up is the main course – perhaps it will be cherry crepes with our very own minted maple syrup – Yum!

11:00 – 2:00: French Cooking Class with Chef Steven Ferrell

Provence is known for its use of fresh herbs and vegetable-centric cuisine. It is considered the garden of France just as the Shenandoah Valley is the garden of DC…

  • Enjoy a true farm-to-table experience and gather fresh herbs and vegetables from our expansive gardens. Our chef will give you a personal tour of the grounds as you pick the very best seasonal ingredients including basil for our herb-infused olive oil and even edible flowers to add a little bit of flair!

Next, join the chef and his crew in our newly-renovated kitchen for a hands-on cooking class using the ingredients you’ve just gathered. It’s the quintessential “Mas” farmhouse experience from the South of France.

Le Delice Apres Midi: Take some time to yourselves and join us as you wish in the Salon for homemade minted lemonade, pastries and seasonal fruit from the orchard.

3:00: Couple’s Massage

  • Experience the true French leisurely pace of life and unwind with a relaxing in-room couples massage. It’s just what you need to set the tone for an evening of indulgence.

5:00: Drinks and Hours d’oeuvres

  • Meet in Le Bar for a local craft beer and chef’s choice hors d’oeuvres – you may even find yourself speaking is a slight accent as you are reminded of the Bistro’s Avignon home of owner Chef Alain Borel.

6:15: Dinner for 2 at La Table

As in Provence, we believe dining is more than eating, but a celebration of life.

  • A stay at L’Auberge Provençale is not complete without a meal at our award-winning restaurant, La Table. We will treat you to a 6-course chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings.

Our menu changes daily as our dishes are all made with the freshest possible farm-to-table ingredients. A few of our favorites include Parisian Gnocchi, baby back lamb with ratatouille vegetables and of course dessert: rose petal ice cream made with heritage roses from our garden and served with lavender pound cake!

Troisieme Jour: Le Jour D’Aventure

Tuesday

8:00: Breakfast in Bed

  • No need to leave your room, we will deliver warm croissants, breakfast breads, house-made jam, yogurt parfait with fresh fruit salad, café press and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

9:30-11:00: Horseback Riding

  • Time for a trip to the Camargue where the cowboys reign in Provence. Enjoy the beauty of the Valley with experienced trainers and riders. As in the Camargue, you are in horse country – Virginia horse country.

11:30-12:30: Picnic Lunch

  • Back at the Inn we will have a gourmet picnic lunch waiting for you! Dine in the garden surrounded by French lavender and sunflowers swinging in the breeze.

2:00-5:00: Canoe down the Shenandoah River

The emerald waters of the Verdon cut through Provence just as the Shenandoah river cuts through the Shenandoah Valley.

  • Spend the afternoon out on the water with a leisurely paddle down this tranquil river as you take in views of the rolling countryside.

Dinner: Le Repas

  • We will have a romantic in-room repast delivered for you to enjoy as you wish:
    • Thermos of Provençale pesto vegetable soup
    • Shenandoah seasonal salad with citrus vinaigrette
    • Southern fried chicken
    • French bread
    • Seasonal fruit tartlets
    • A bottle of Rosé de Provence (of course!)

Suggestion: Unwind from your exhilarating day with an aromatherapy steam shower!

Quatrieme Jour: Au Revoir Provence

Wednesday

9:00: Breakfast delivered to your room

  • Savor one last taste of Provence with a hearty breakfast before you hit the road. Try a new homemade jam or marmalade on your croissant this morning. We have everything from peach basil and blueberry thyme to local blackberry and mint.

11:00: Checkout

  • Pack up the cooler from your Wine Tour Survival Kit and bid this provincial haven adieu. Until next time!

Your Perfect Romantic Escape

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Your Perfect Romantic Escape

It’s time to celebrate love! With the cozy feel of winter and Valentine’s Day coming up, now is the time to start thinking about where you and your other half will be getting away for some relaxation and quality time together.

Escape to the Shenandoah Valley in gorgeous Virginia and enjoy an incredible stay with us at our French-inspired White Post, VA inn.

Here’s a little taste of what you can look forward to…

Valentine's Day

Incredible Romance Package – When you stay with us, you can indulge in the Royal Treatment Package, which includes an hour long couples massage, breakfast delivered to your room, chocolate covered strawberries, scattered rose petals, and flameless candles set up in your room while you’re at dinner, chilled sparkling wine to toast to a wonderful life together, and a welcome gift. The cost is $395, plus the cost of your room.

An Unforgettable Valentine’s Day Dinner – Stay with us for Valentine’s Day and take advantage of the delicious dinner we have planned! Join us on February 14th and enjoy a four or five course meal from our prix fixe menu along with selections from our “Lovers’ Tasting Menu.” Pair this dinner with an overnight stay in one of our romantic rooms and you’ll have all the ingredients for a picture perfect Valentine’s Day getaway! If you can’t make it on the 14th, we’re offering this special dinner the weekend before and after the holiday too! this Call 540-837-1375 for reservations and inquiries.

Wine Tours

Wine Tours – Embark on a true Virginia wine country experience with a wine tour or two. Visit gorgeous Virginia vineyards, taste the best local wines, and indulge in the full experience. With the breathtaking scenery and so many wonderful wineries at your fingertips, you’ll feel as if you’ve escaped to the French countryside! Check out our full and detailed list of vineyards and wineries to visit.

Winter West Coast Wine Dinner – Don’t miss this incredible dining event at La Table Provencale on February 26th! Here, you’ll be taken on a culinary and wine-filled journey through the states California, Oregon, and Washington with fresh local cuisine and the best paired varietals. This four hour experience is just $145 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Please call 540-837-1375 for reservations or book online.

Free Heart Cake

Free Heart Cake – Indulge in a decadent heart-shaped cake and enjoy it with your loved one to celebrate Valentine’s Day or just because.Your cake will be in your room upon arrival. No need to request it – this will automatically be included in your February reservation.

Lowest Rates of the Year – Take advantage of the lowest rates of the year and treat yourselves to a romantic stay in the Shenandoah Valley… you deserve it!

Top Breweries & Cideries in Virginia

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Taste the best of Virginia this season! There are many terrific breweries and cideries near our White Post, VA inn.

Ready to sample the richest flavors of the area? Discover the best of the best places in Virginia to sit back and enjoy a refreshing beer or flavorful cider.

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Escutcheon Brewing Co

Born out of simple love for beer, Escutcheon Brewing Co was created by two brew enthusiasts who strive to brew “the right way”. The best ingredients are used to create a perfect brew, pint after pint.

Open Wednesday 4:00-8:00 pm, Thursday-Friday 4:00-10:00 pm, Saturday 12:00-10:00 pm & Sunday 12:00-8:00 pm

142 W Commercial St, Winchester, VA 22601

540-773-3042

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Winchester Brew Works

With 9 beers on tap and a full tasting room, this location is keen on keeping things “fresh and interesting”. Winchester Brew Works is a thriving 3-barrel nano-company and currently the only majority woman-owned and brewed location in Virginia.

Open Sunday 12:00-9:00 pm, Monday & Thursday 4:00-9:00 pm, Friday 4:00-10:00 pm & Saturday 12:00-11:00 pm

320 N Cameron St, Winchester, VA 22601

540-692-9242

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Backroom Brewery

Located in the heart of Shenandoah River Valley, this local favorite is a boutique farm brewery that originated as a herb farm that grew culinary and medicinal herbs. It is now the first ever farm brewery in the area!

Open daily 11:00 am-9:00 pm

150 Ridgemont Rd, Middletown, VA 22645

540-869-8482

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Winchester Cider Works

This destination for delicious Virginia cider was established in a collaborative effort between a local apple grower and an engineer from English with a love a good quality cider. They combined their passions to bring the best cider to the American drinking public.

Open Saturday-Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm

2504 N Frederick Pick, Winchester, VA 22603

540-550-3800

 

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Wild Hare Hard Cider

This micro-cidery is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is made from fruit right from the orchards of Shenandoah Valley.

Open Friday-Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm

33735 Snickersville Turnpike #104, Bluemont, VA 20135

703-216-8630

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Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery

Stop by this wonderful location for craft ciders. Choose from ciders with fresh ginger and co-fermented varieties.

“Our style can best be described as eclectic and accessible, for we believe there should be a cider to suit a wide variety of tastes and food pairings.”

Open Tuesday-Sunday 12:00-6:00 pm

Middleburg, Virginia

540-687-8100

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Old 690 Brewing Company

Don’t forget about this local gem. Old 690 was one of the first limited breweries to open in the state. On a mission to “brew and serve a unique yet balanced variety of fresh craft beers”, this one is a must-top. As a fun added bonus, 690 is pet-friendly!

Open Friday 5:00-9:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Purcellville, VA

540-687-8100

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Cobbler Mountain Cellars

Enjoy pint parties, pumpkin harvest and incredible beverages at Cobbler Mountain Cellars in Delaplane, Virginia. This family farm was brought back to life and now has

Open Thursday-Sunday and Mondays 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (During warmer months Sat. & Suns. until 6 p.m. May – October) They are closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays unless by reservation.

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Sunflower Cottage Brewery

With refreshing beer and a full menu, you can enjoy the Virginia craft beer scene here anytime! Stop in and enjoy a flight, glass, or even a reusable growler! Sunflower Cottage truly has something for everyone. Check out their extensive menu.

Open Wednesday – Monday until 9:00 pm

 

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Delight in a Taste of France This Fall

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Wine Taste DinnerClose your eyes and picture this… the air has a slight chill in it but the sun is warm on your face. It’s early October and you are on a weekend getaway in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Away from work and everyday responsibilities, you are indulging in a weekend of relaxation and romance with your love. It’s Sunday afternoon, the end of your luxurious weekend retreat and you break away from your comfortable room and head to a beautiful multi-course wine dinner. You spend the evening sampling delectable food and wine pairings from France’s wine regions.

Grapes and wine in VirginiaHow does that sound? We think it sounds like the perfect way to unwind and savor the early fall weather. Guests love adding our wine dinners to their itineraries for the perfect romantic getaway, honeymoon, anniversary trip, or just a much-needed break. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway and save your spot for our Tour de France Afternoon Wine Dinner now… it’s going to fabulous! Here are a few more details…

France Wine CellarOctober 2nd 2016

Meet & Greet @ 12:30 & Afternoon Dinner @ 1:00pm-4:30pm

Spend an afternoon touring the wine regions of France, with sommelier Christian Borel. We will be paring wine and food from each wine region of France. From Alsace to the Languedoc, the cuisine and wines are each unique and you will have the chance to sample each and choose a favorite. Chef Steven Ferrell will be utilizing ingredients from the best of Shenandoah Valley’s harvest season to bring you the Culinary Tour de France, a delectable masterpiece! The afternoon will be a multi-course affair that you won’t soon forget. Save your spot today and get ready to ring in the fall season the best way possible.

See a sneak peek of the menu here!

Call 1.540.837.1375 for reservations or book online to reserve your spot. We can’t wait to have you join us!

Delicious Bliss at L’Auberge Provencale

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

eat outside at top Virginia restaurantVirginia is a gorgeous place to spend the summer. There’s lots to do around our french-inspired White Post bed and breakfast. Our rooms are comfortable and come with an array of luxurious amenities. But one of our guests’ favorite things about the property is the food! La Table Provencale is an award winning Northern Virginia restaurant that is proud to serve the freshest local ingredients with a crowd pleasing menu everyone is sure to love. Pack your bags and your appetite and make your way to Virginia for the finest food and wine around!
the freshest ingredients at top Virginia restaurantIt’s harvest time in Virginia and the gardens and orchards around our property are in full use during these warm summer months. We gather the freshest, highest quality ingredients and put them to work making delicious entrees that you will savor with your loved one on warm summer evenings. Dine outside among the peaceful chirp of crickets and the glitter of fireflies. Whether in the warm sun or by romantic moonlight, the ambiance will be as delectable as the cuisine. Make your delicious time at the inn even more special with our newest package for couples who love to eat great food and sample fine wine!

savor a wine picnic at top White Post bed and breakfastSip & Savor Special

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 $115.00 per person. Go on a one-of-a-kind wine tour for more luxurious sipping this summer too!

  • Package Price for PREMIER ROOMS: 575.00
  • Package price for SUITES: 650.00

Sunday-Friday, no third party gift certificates, cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts, available now through August 26.

Want to get your taste buds watering early? View our amazing bar menu here.

“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!

Mother’s Day Dinner

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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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.

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Recipe for Romance :: Raspberry Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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

  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

Topping:

  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!

100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Al Fresco Dining Provence Style

Al Fresco Dining Provence Style

This year is the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day and we think that calls for a special celebration. Executive Chef Joseph Watters has created a fabulous Mother’s Day Dinner Menu which we will serve all afternoon starting from 12:00pm until 7:00 pm. We also have a gift for each mom, a piece of Provence, a French lavender plant, for them to take home and enjoy all summer long.

The Virginia State Arboretum, just minutes from L’Auberge Provencale, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, hosts their annual plant sale that day. Local nurseries, farms and conservation groups will have their wares on display and for sale. Local craftsman are also on hand with great creations for the garden and home. This is a great way to shop for the coming season, enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Arboretum and stop by La Table Provencale for a fabulous dinner featuring the best of the season and our garden here at the inn, L’Auberge Provencale.

Our flower gardens and vegetable gardens are in full bloom. If the weather is beautiful we will serve al fresco on the terrace as well. We are booking up fast, so give us a call now to secure your table for this fabulous feast.
FOR RESERVATIONS: 1-540-837-1375.

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Baby sheep grazing in the lush grass of our neighbors farm by the Villa La Campagnette

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