Westglow Named #1 Domestic Destination Spa by Travel + Leisure

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!

Click here to view all Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards!

Summer Storms at Westglow

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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.

Rowland’s Wine Pick: Rosé All Day

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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

Summer Newsletter

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Warm weather has arrived at Westglow! As with every major shift in the seasons, we’ve recently released the latest edition of our Westglow newsletters.

Putting together a newsletter is always exciting, as it gives Westglow’s team a chance to convey all property happenings in one comprehensive setting. This edition is no different and we’re taking summer indulgence to new levels this season.

Truly, it’s the summer of “new” as we’ve unveiled our new summer menu at Rowland’s, a rejuvenated hiking program, and Rowland’s weekly Sunday Brunches all in time for this season. Luxury and a sense of fulfillment are always primary goals at Westglow and we hope these new offerings will add to our valued traditions.

We’re also sharing new recipes, new wine selections for the season, and new spa services that are perfect for the warm weather months! Stay tuned for more summertime information and we hope to see you enjoying Westglow soon!

Sunday Brunch

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Beginning June 4th, Rowland’s Restaurant will offer weekly Sunday Brunch from 11am-2pm! This new tradition has been in Westglow works for a several weeks and the entire staff is thrilled to finally unveil it to the public.

The menu is the perfect blend of traditional brunch fare and creative Westglow cuisine. You’ll find Westglow’s Eggs Benedict has a crab twist and our burger features a truffle infused cheese. Traditional dishes such as shrimp & grits and quiche have their respected places as well.

Brunch is open to the public and reservations are required. Click here to view the menu and here to make reservations instantly on OpenTable.com!

Planting Spring Flowers

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The rhododendrons are blooming in the High Country, which means it’s time to plant Westglow’s spring flowers! Every spring our landscaping team partners with florist Fuschia Moss and they spend a few days buying, arranging, and planting flowers throughout the property.
After purchase, every new flower is arranged on property before planting begins. This practice ensures our team will know how the final product will look before committing to the layout. Planting itself requires patience, as flowers are planted in pre-determined sections and watered in full before moving to the next area. However, the end result is well worth the effort and we look forward to watching Westglow’s blooms flourish well into the summer months!

Rowland’s Wine Pick: Gruner Veltliner

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2014 Fiddlehead Cellars Gruner Veltliner

Gruner Veltliner is found predominately in Austria and is a nice, exotic alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. While the primary fruit flavors are lime, lemon, and grapefruit, Gruner Veltliner can offer very nutty and spicy notes as well. Fiddlehead Cellars’ approach to this great varietal provides an alluring mix of freshness and complexity.

“I had the privilege of trying the 2014 Fiddlehead Cellars Gruner Veltliner while visiting Kathy Joseph in November 2016. When she told me she was bringing this wine to dinner, I knew there would be a new love in my life. Her Gruner Veltliner did not disappoint. From the initial burst of citrus, to the smoky notes brought alive by the grilled corn chowder, to the finish that seemed to just go on and on, this wine exceeded every standard. For our upcoming “Women and Wine Weekend” dinner, I will be pairing the 2014 Gruner Veltliner with Buttermilk Fried Rabbit Loin, Pink Eyed Hoppin’ John, and Chow Chow. This wine has not been widely produced, so if you find a bottle I highly recommend purchasing it. If you’re unable to find this wine at your local wine shop, you will always find it on our wine list at Rowland’s!”
– Gary E. Brown, CS – Restaurant Manager

Click here to view our menus for the Fiddlehead “Women and Wine” Weekend and call 828.295.5141 to make your reservations.

Fiddlehead Wine Weekend

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Join us for a weekend of women and wine with Fiddlehead Cellars! We are happy to announce that Rowland’s Restaurant will be featuring three unique wine events over Mother’s Day weekend.

Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Cellars will host every event beginning with lunch on Friday, May 12th. Friday’s event will focus on Sauvignon Blanc, one of Fiddlehead’s two signature wines. Dinner that evening will incorporate a lavish wine pairing dinner featuring a variety of tasting options. Our lunch event on Saturday will be centered on the Pinot Noir clones that go into Fiddlehead’s popular “728” Pinot Noir.

Click here for more information and to view our menus. Please call 828.295.5153 to make reservations.

Beckstoffer Wine Dinner

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This past Friday Rowland’s hosted an outstanding “pairing” dinner featuring Beckstoffer wines and a custom-crafted menu. The entire evening, from the before-dinner meet and greet to the final taste of Cabernet Sauvignon, was magical, informative, and most of all, delicious!

The evening’s highlights included the “Hogwash” Rosé of Grenache tasting, paired with a refreshing Oyster Amuse Bouche. Other favorites included a unique Endive Salad with pickled shrimp and the 2013 “The Sum” blend from The Seventy Five Wine Company, paired with a perfectly braised Lamb Osso Bucco.

Wine pairing dinners are special evenings at Rowland’s as they bring wine-passionate people together to taste some of the finest wines available along with outstanding cuisine designed to enhance the wines and awaken the palette. This year’s Savor wine dinner featuring Beckstoffer wines was sold out weeks in advance and judging the favorable comments, was a resounding success.

If you were unable to join us for this event or wish to come to a future wine dinner, stay tuned–we’re hosting three separate wine events over Mother’s Day Weekend. Call Rowland’s Restaurant at 828-295-5141 for more details and reserve your place!

Introducing Our Newest Spa Service: The Skin Renewal Treatment!

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Spring has sprung at Westglow and we’re running full speed into this new season. In the spirit of feeling refreshed and renewed, we’ve created a brand new spa service guaranteed to give you a spring-like sense rejuvenation.

This new two hour service is the perfect fit for our Deluxe Day Package. Schedule your Skin Renewal Treatment, take full advantage of our spa facilities, and enjoy our four course spa lunch in one perfectly relaxing day. The service itself includes a body wrap, salt scrub, and body massage, which is a wonderful option for guests who want a bit of everything.

Click here to learn more about our Skin Renewal Treatment and other Vichy Services!