Bed & breakfast: L’auberge Provencale review
Hi everyone! I’m back from my bed & breakfast weekend getaway :D We stayed at L’auberge Provencale in Virginia, and being my first time in a bed-and-breakfast in the countryside, I had to take some photos.
One of the main reasons I chose this room was for the tub – I was able to enjoy a lovely bath on both nights of my stay and try out the LUSH bath bombs I got for my birthday. Quick bath bomb review: while they made my skin super soft, I thought they were rather disappointing overall. Buy them when there’s a sale, but don’t pay the full price.
The decor of the place definitely had a French countryside feel to it. That along with the homemade refreshments made me feel like I was at my grandmother’s cottage (which really doesn’t make sense since my grandmother wasn’t even French, but you get my gist). When we arrived Saturday afternoon, the first thing we did was to go on a picnic in the field right behind the property, and I wore the outfit I planned on Friday :)
The hostess cooks breakfast every morning, and it is still one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had to date. Think of your perfect breakfast/brunch food – sunny side up eggs, sausages, bacon, waffles, toast, she made it all. I regret not taking pictures of the food, because if you thought the picnic looked amazing, the breakfast will blow you away.
After our very filling breakfast on Sunday, we went wine tasting at Delaplane Cellars. Virginia countryside is like the Napa Valley of the east coast, with lots of great vineries nestled between the beautiful green hills. L’auberge Provencale also provides coupons for free tastings, though we ended up buying a bottle anyways since we really enjoyed the win.
After wine tasting we went horseback riding at Highlander Horses, which was a lot of fun. My boyfriend’s (now husband!) horse was a lot more obedient, while mine seemed like it didn’t want to be there at all. It was evident when my horse kept walking me into tree branches, despite my tugging on the reins and using it on his bum. But at least none of us got thrown off, which we’re both thankful for. Not too thankful for our sore butts and backs though.
Sunday night we dined at the inn’s own restaurant, La Table Provencale. They offer farm to table dishes and seasonal menus that feature the freshest produce. It was a quaint place, but still very classy. They even customized our menus for our 3rd dating anniversary!
The food is on the pricier side, but spectacular. The executive chef even came out to greet us and he was thrilled when he saw me taking photos of the food, saying that he took just as much pride in the presentation as in the flavor :)
Overall it was a wonderful trip, and I definitely would do it again in the future. We stayed 2 nights, but if you’re on a budget, I’d say even just 1 night is enough to explore the area and eat some delicious food. Honestly I never considered myself a country girl, but it’s a nice change from the usual city or beach trips I usually take!