Spring in Shenandoah | Trails, Caverns, & Wine Tastings in Virginia

Front porch of L'Auberge Provencale
Imagine Waking up to the smell of flowers and breakfast breads floating in on a warm breeze, the sound of birds singing in the orchard and the sight of bunnies hopping across the lawn. The ability to Enjoy your favorite book on our front porch while sipping a refreshing beverage. Relaxing and rejuvenating.
Springtime is coming to L’Auberge Provencale, one of Virginia’s Destinations.
The buds are beginning to emerge on the fruit trees and specs of green are popping up out of the ground as the days grow warmer. The snowdrops have already bloomed out front and by our herb garden. It won’t be long before the daffodils and tulips follow suit.
The beauty of spring is watching the surrounding region become saturated with new life and growth, not to mention the outdoor activities foregone during cold months that are now accessible–from yoga in the park to hiking trails,  horseback riding, hot air balloon rides, white water rafting, to wine tours… If there is an activity you enjoy, the Shenandoah Valley has options. 
There is so much to look forward to in the coming months. 

Spring Events at L’Auberge Provencale

 

Brunch lovers rejoice! We have some must-attend events this spring.

  • The annual Saint Patrick’s Day Brunch is a highly anticipated event at L’Auberge Provencale. Owner and Innkeeper Celeste Borel likes to celebrate her Irish heritage by incorporating a Celtic band, who plays crowd-pleasing favorites, and a traditional Irish menu with a French flair. If previous years are any indication, this is guaranteed to be a fun event for all ages!
  • Additional brunch opportunities on Easter, April 21st and Mother’s Day, May 12th. Celebrate the special days (and special moms) in your life with delicious food and great wine in a lovely venue. We accept reservations from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Book Your Table, Today!
  • Tickets are now on sale for our highly anticipated Boutique Wine Collection Event on April 14th from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. We have carefully selected some of our finest wines to bring you an exclusive Virginia winery event. This unique experience is one you will not want to miss! Seating is limited, so book early to reserve your spot for this popular event. Our last wine event was completely sold out. Learn more and book your tickets today!

Local Attractions and Things To Do

 

For the more adventurous among you, the surrounding area has every activity you could wish to pursue.

Green Stanley Thermos on a patch of moss in the woods, leaves and stones nearby.

Trails and Trail Rides

The Blandy Experimental Farm (The State Arboretum) on State Route 50 is a three-minute drive from the Inn. The Arboretum is run by the University of Virginia and serves as a research lab. Throughout the year, they offer various workshops, educational programs, popup planetarium events and have an annual Mother’s Day Garden Fair on their grounds in May. Blandy has historic buildings on site, as well as, walking trails and gardens. As part of the Blandy Audio Trail tour, visitors can download a free app or use their smartphone to access audio files for each of the 11 stops along the tour.

Jim Barnett Park in Winchester offers a Kiwanis fitness trail, horseshoes, mini golf, a BMX track, disc golf course, tennis and basketball courts, baseball and football fields, indoor and outdoor pools, and more. The “Optimist Area” is a grassy spot that is perfect for springtime picnics.

Sky Meadows State Park is six minutes from L’Auberge off of State Route 17—offering a good mix of strenuous and easy Virginia trails showcasing ruins and valley overlooks along the way. A portion of the Sky Meadows Loop overlaps the Appalachian Trail for a short while.

Heading southwest, Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park, both famous for their overlooks, provide a litany of adventuring opportunities. Shenandoah National Park stretches down through Central Virginia. If you are not up for a strenuous hike but wish to take in the beauty of the rolling Virginian landscape, pack a gourmet picnic and follow Skyline Drive for a scenic drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Saddle up with one of our local trail guides for a ride through the foothills of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.


L'Auberge Provencale, VA caverns

Caverns

We have three wonderful cavern experiences within driving distance. The Skyline Caverns in Front Royal were discovered in 1937 by Geologist Walter S. Amos. Luray Caverns are the largest on the East Coast and are situated in a charming region of the Valley. The hour-long walk through Shenandoah Caverns takes you through 17 exciting different rooms and passageways.


Golf

Looking to tee up? Bowling Green Country Club in Front Royal is the closest golf course (roughly 13 minutes from the Inn). Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal and Rock Harbor Golf in Winchester are other choices nearby, but there are several more in the surrounding counties.


Vineyards, Distilleries and Breweries

If you enjoy a glass of wine as much as we do, you will want to take advantage of our proximity to several wineries. We offer chauffeured wine excursion packages for guests of the Inn and have several places to recommend for self-guided tours.

In addition to the local vineyards, we are only a short drive to many local breweries and the Filibuster Distillery.


History and Culture

Check out historic sites and destinations in Virginia. There are so many to explore.

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Upcoming Events in the Area

 

Blue Ridge Hunt

Point-to-Point (fox hunting)– Sunday, April 21

post time 1:00 p.m.

Gate opens at 10:00 a.m.

Woodley Farm, Berryville, VA.

Contact Info:

Race Course – Jeff LeHew (540) 974-0500

Parking – Diana Perry (540) 631-1919

See Event Details Here

   

Apple Blossom Festival

April 26th – May 5th

The Apple Blossom Festival is the highlight of the year in Frederick County.

Events include: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, dinners, luncheons, A

wine festival, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, two large parades, and celebrities.

Learn More or Buy Tickets Here

   

Art at The Mill

April 27th – May 12th

Art at the Mill will be open during the following hours:

Sundays-Fridays 12-5

Saturdays 10-6

The Burwell-Morgan Mill is located at 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood, VA  22646

Adults $5, Seniors $3, kids 12 and under are free!

Learn More or Buy Tickets Here

   

Garden Tour

April 27-May 4, 2019

House & Garden Tours

Offered Statewide

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens,

homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.”

Learn More or Buy Tickets Here