Celebrate summer in Blowing Rock with friends and family at Westglow’s Sunday Brunch. Rowland’s Restaurant will host Sunday Brunch through the warmer months and we look forward to seeing you soon! Join us for classic favorites and unique Rowland’s creations, while enjoying breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Please call 828.295.5141 for reservations. Click here to view the menu.
Westglow is going green!
Disposable plastic water bottles take hundreds of years to biodegrade and add millions of tons of waste each year to our landfills. We now provide each overnight guest with a personalized, complimentary re-usable water bottle and offer a refilling station of our filtered natural spring water in our Life Enrichment Center. If you’d like to join our initiative, additional bottles may be purchased in our Life Enrichment Center.
Join us for “A Taste of France” at Rowland’s Restaurant. On Friday, May 3rd Rowland’s will host an indulgent wine dinner for $150 per person. Cost includes five courses and wine pairings. Additional bottles of wine will be available for sale at a discounted rate. Price excludes gratuities and tax. This wine dinner is proudly part of Blowing Rock’s larger Savor Blowing Rock Wine and Food Festival. The weekend will feature a variety of other wine-related events and Rowland’s Restaurant is happy to add a fine dining option to the Festival.
Click here to view the menu. Please call 828.295.5141 for reservations.
Fall snows are not uncommon in the High Country. Mountain temperatures during the autumn season can be unpredictable and occasionally visitors and residents will be treated to an early snowfall. Last weekend, Westglow became a momentary winter wonderland as gusty winds and light snow showers enveloped the landscape.
Accumulation was little more than a dusting, but the quick dose of winter weather reminded us of the joys in the upcoming season. We love fall and its bountiful colors, but truly every season at Westglow has its own beautiful characteristics and winter is no exception. More frequent snows are on the horizon! If you were unable to visit us during leaf season, we hope to see you enjoying Westglow as a winter escape very soon.
Much of the country was swept up in the 2017 Solar Eclipse earlier this week and Westglow was no exception! Everyone on property was prepared with eclipse glasses and our Graphic Designer even purchased a special lens for our camera. In fact, the entire of town of Blowing Rock was ready to make the most of this amazing event and our local Chamber of Commerce had a “Dark in the Park” event with Moon Pies, Sun Chips, and all thing eclipse related.
Unfortunately, clouds rolled in leading up to the peak moment of the eclipse and we were all a little worried we would miss the fantastic view. Thankfully our fears were alleviated when we realized our glasses were strong enough to see through thin clouds and our special lens captured several fantastic shots! In all, the day was incredibly memorable and we hope everyone caught a glimpse of that unforgettable event.
Summer is a season for salads! They’re refreshing, easy to make, and help us stick to our warm-weather wellness goals. The only downside to these nutrient packed dishes is that they can become monotonous day after day. So, in the spirit of keeping summer dining interesting, we’ve shared a salad recipe that will help mix up your normal cooking routine!
Click here to view our Belgian Endive Salad recipe! We have another variation of an Endive Salad on our current summer menu and we hope to see you dining with us soon! Call 828.295.5141 to make dinner reservations at Rowland’s Restaurant or visit OpenTable.com.
“Sometimes it’s easy to overthink the glass of wine in your hand. It’s not always about how wine looks, smells, and tastes. Long before I truly understood the wine in my glass, I only related to how it made me feel. Did it take me somewhere I had never been before? Could I get a sense of its history? I was transfixed by the elements of weather, earth, and physical hardships that it took to make that particular glass of wine.
Over time, my juvenile notions grew into dinner parties. While it was my passion for wine that drove me to study and want to learn all I could, these parties taught me true appreciation of wine. I had studied so many literal things about wine. Words like terroir, producer, AOC, varietal, and harvest were part of a new language, but a language I quickly realized was only spoken by other sommeliers. So, when I was finally given the chance to go on the floor as the sommelier for a restaurant, I quickly realized this new found language was not the ideal way to connect to our guests. I had to find a way to talk to my audience, and then I remembered the dinner parties. We all have our own way we describe wine. We all have our own language. The key to being a good sommelier is listening and interpreting. Someone might interpret a red wine with overripe fruit as sweet; even though I know most red wines are bone dry. Others might find a particular white wine tart and lacking body, while I know it is just young and too cold.
As a sommelier, I am not just a consumer or someone who loves wine. It is my job to sell wine. And sometimes, in a world of quotas, budgets, and ego it is easy to create a sense of division between seller and buyer. In the most arrogant of situations, the professional forgets they can still learn something. So at the end of the day, I remind myself that we are all enthusiasts.
So I offer the three F’s:
The first question I ask any guest is “what do you drink at home.” This question establishes a baseline and it lets me know what you enjoy as a wine consumer. As a sommelier and salesperson, I have created a wine program that caters to all likes and therefore have a wine selection to satisfy everyone’s personal taste.
I am the first one to advocate stepping out your comfort zone, but until you are comfortable with the salesperson, stick to your guns. Make them make you happy. There is a time and place for adventure.
Experience is everything. An environment where all thoughts and opinions are free flowing and comfortable is central to a memorable wine experience. This comfort comes from good company and a mutual respect for different opinion. You tasted cherry. I tasted raspberry. Well, all red wine tastes like cherries and raspberries. Wine is subjective, so you should have fun debating it. “Is that cherry unripe or just cherry pie?” “Are you really tasting raspberry or is it actually cranberry?” I am amazed on a daily basis by the amount I learn about wine by simply listening to another person’s interpretation.
As a lover of wine, I will certainly agree that some wines are delicious as an aperitif or a digestif. I can certainly start the evening with a glass of rosé and end with a madeira, but most wine is made to be enjoyed with food. I’ve never had a Gruner Veltliner come alive until it was married with fried chicken. The bodacious nature of a vintage Champagne gives balance to a ribeye topped with grilled bacon and morel butter poached lobster knuckle meat. Chablis pairs perfectly with oysters. I could go on and on. Wine is food. Not in any literal sense of vegetable, starch, or protein, but certainly as an accoutrement.
The pairing of food and wine is the beginning of the true adventure. Sure, we have to consider what we are drinking. But most importantly, why are we drinking it, who are we drinking with, and what are we drinking it with?”
– Gary Brown C.S
After eleven consecutive years of being among Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards “Top Ten Destination Spas”, Westglow has been named 2017’s #1 Domestic Destination Spa! We are deeply honored by this recognition and sincerely appreciate all of our valued guests and friends who made this award possible.
Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are determined every year through a readers’ survey. Destination Spa nominees are rated on their accommodations, facilities, treatments, service, food, and overall value; ensuring that each awarded property is held to the highest possible standard.
Congratulations to our fellow Relais & Chateaux properties that are also award recipients this year. We truly are unique in the world, around the world! And for those who have never visited Westglow, we look forward to showing why we are proud to be the very best of the best!
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While Blowing Rock is famously exempt from typical Southern summer heat, weather patterns are still fairly typical of the American South. These patterns mean that Blowing Rock and Westglow get their fair share of afternoon summer storms.
At Westglow, we look forward to the potential for a quick storm, as they give us a chance to experience the unmatched beauty in our environment. Because of Westglow’s unique placement on a mountain ridge, guests and staff member are able to watch storms roll in, oftentimes from the direction of Grandfather Mountain, and then move down into the valley or further along the ridge. The spectacle oftentimes makes for a stunning show with soothing rain, bright lightening, and crackling thunder.
After these storms, the skies typically clear quickly and we are gifted with slightly cooler weather and glowing vistas.
Chateau de Fontenille Rose of Cabernet Franc, 2016, Bordeaux
Most of us are used to a Provencal rosé, with its salmon color and a generous bouquet of red berries. While some of the best rosé wines in the world come from southern France, that doesn’t mean quality rosé isn’t made in other regions. An example being my rosé pick for the summer, the 2016 Chateau de Fontenille from the Bordeaux region. It is 100% Cabernet Franc, which I find to be a real treat. Furthermore, it has the delicate nature of a traditional rosé, but shows a bit more strength and character.
This rosé is a real curiosity and comes across more like a light red wine. It combines fruit, freshness, and tenderness without excluding body and character. Ideal as an aperitif paired with a cold lunch or even grilled meat. On the nose, the wine is fresh and delightful, showcasing buoyant aromas of raspberry and grapefruit together with fresh cut flowers. Showing balance and finesse on the palate, it is light in body and mineral in character. A clean and citrusy finish leaves the palate ready for another sip.
– Gary E. Brown, CS – Restaurant Manager