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While L’Auberge Provençale may be best known for its farm-fresh cuisine and cozy B&B atmosphere, there’s another reason to get here this fall—the chefs and sommelier are preparing several “taste of Provenance” experiences at the inn’s restaurant, La Table Provençale. (Photo credit: Tim Ebner)

For a taste of Provence take a road trip to the Shenandoah Valley

If you do the math, a trip to Provence is... well... pretty expensive. This southeastern-most region of France is stunning—with its ritzy beachside towns, like Saint-Tropez and Cannes, and its majestic vineyards, olive groves, and rolling hills which lead to the Southern Alp.

But here’s the thing, jet lag aside, you’re going to pay a petty penny to experience Provence. If you’re not willing to shell out a few thousand dollars, there’s an easier (and cheaper) option, just a two hour drive west of DC: L’Auberge Provençale. And it’s an easy day trip or overnight experience.

This restaurant and historic inn is the perfect weekend getaway, located in the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley and in close proximity to several vineyards and small-town destinations, like Paris, Middleburg, and Winchester, Virginia.

While L’Auberge Provençale may be best known for its farm-fresh cuisine and cozy B&B atmosphere, there’s another reason to get here this fall—the chefs and sommelier are preparing several “taste of Provenance” experiences at the inn’s restaurant, La Table Provençale. These meals and drink pairings will transport you from stressed-out city life to the no-cares-in-the-world wonder of southern France.

Here are just a few of the experiences planned:

Sip and Savor France: On October 2, sommelier Christian Borel will be pairing wine and food from France’s most notable wine regions. From Alsace to the Languedoc, this experience offers a unique way to sip, savor, and sample French varietals side-by-side, under the expert guidance of Borel. Here’s a sneak peek at the menu.

Eat Your Way Through a “Tour de France:” On weekends, Chef Steven Ferrell offers a special French tasting menu that uses the best farmers and producers from the Shenandoah Valley. He’s calling it a “Culinary Tour de France,” and it’s a multi-course affair that works perfectly whether you’re staying the night or visiting for the day to enjoy a leisurely meal.

Explore Virginia Wine Country: For those planning to stay the night, there are special excursion experiences, including a personalized tour through Virginia wine country at some of the best-known vineyards, including Boxwood Winery, Arterra Wines, Fox Meadow, Linden, RdV Vineyards, and Delaplane Cellars.

Take Flight with Virginia Craft Beer: Of course, wine is not the only reason to visit the Shenandoah Valley. Many breweries have sprung up in this region. On Fridays from 5-7 p.m., L’Auberge Provençale’s bar and lounge offers beer flights with a tasting demonstration on Virginia craft beer. Guests can sample beers from Susquehanna Brewing Company, Escutcheon Brewing Company, and Troegs alongside small-bite canapés for $30 per person.

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