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

May Wine Pick

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!

Easter at Westglow

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Easter Brunch, along with being one of our most popular events, is the first big moment in Westglow’s yearly schedule after our oftentimes long winters. The event stands out as the jumpstart to our spring, new growth, and renewed activity.

This year we’ve focused on incorporating classic recipes with new twists into our Easter Brunch menu. We personally recommend Westglow’s Monte Cristo or our Bananas Foster French Toast. Click here to view the full, delicious menu.

As a special bonus this year, we’re introducing our first annual Easter Egg Hunt! Easter is traditionally a fun and colorful holiday and we strive to make Westglow events as festive as possible. So, we thought an egg hunt would be the perfect solution to our holiday goals. Beginning at 3pm Easter Sunday, we will feature afternoon drink specials for parents and adults, while children search for candy-filled eggs around our Portico. Concluding the hunt, we’ll host a raffle drawing for Grand Prizes perfect for all adults in attendance. We hope to see you there!

Please call Rowland’s Restaurant at 828-295-5141 to make your Easter Brunch reservations.

Bridal Events at Westglow

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It’s no secret that we love weddings at Westglow. The season is always an exciting time culminating in big wedding events scattered over several months. However, our list of wedding services doesn’t end with big wedding events! We’re proud to offer a range of services to brides, grooms, and their parties.

– Brunches
“Day After” brunches are a popular trend with many wedding parties and we love accommodating! Our Sun Porch gets excellent morning and midday sun with floor to ceiling windows and bright hardwood floors. Sunshine and a happy environment are key elements to a successful brunch and the Sun Porch provides both.
Our chefs can put together unique menus for your family and wedding party to enjoy the day after your Big Day, as you and your new husband or wife are off travelling towards your honeymoon.

– Bridal Showers
The bright elegance of Westglow is perfect for celebrating a soon-to-be bride at her shower. The Sun Porch is perfect for smaller groups, while the Blue Ridge Parlor with the adjoining Portico is great for larger events.
As with any Westglow event, our chefs can personalize a menu for your shower. Many soon-to-be brides opt for a “signature” dish or drink to feature at their shower and we think it’s a lovely touch to a unique day.

– Rehearsal Dinners
Rehearsal Dinners in our Blue Ridge Parlor are wildly popular events. Few things match the elegance of a fine dining experience in our Parlor and we guarantee your dinner will be unique and unforgettable.

Click here to learn more about all of our wedding events.

Hello Spring!

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Happy spring! Winter is finally behind us and we’re looking forward to seeing new growth and colors emerge. We just released our spring newsletter and it’s full of new items for this new season.

First, spring is always a reawakening for Rowland’s Restaurant. We love our winter menu, but the new season gives us a chance to get creative and highlight special events. In the next few weeks we’ll have an Easter Brunch, a wine dinner with Blowing Rock’s Savor Wine Festival, and will participate in Savor’s Taste Event. Each event is a chance for us to highlight specific aspects of Rowland’s Restaurant and we’re extremely excited for each one. Click here to view the Easter Brunch menu!

In celebration of spring, we’ve decided to extend our Low Season Rates into midweek May reservations. Book your May visit between now and April 21st to take advantage of these rates. This special applies to Day Spa Packages, Resort Packages, and Bed & Breakfast visits Monday-Thursday in the month May. Click here for more information.

Later in the season we’ll feature a Mother’s Day Brunch and an extravagant wine week. Stay tuned for more information and welcome to a wonderful spring!

Seafood Risotto

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Risotto is one of those milestones recipes for many aspiring chefs. Few dishes beat the texture and flavor of a perfectly cooked risotto and luckily, the dish pairs well with most proteins and vegetables. For this particular recipe, we suggest scallops as an accompaniment.

Click here to view our seafood risotto recipe!

Transitional Skin Care

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Spring is coming! We’ve had warmer than normal weather for the past several weeks, but nights still hold the chill of winter. In a turn of events, we’re forecasted to receive a big shot of winter weather this weekend while just yesterday temperatures hovered in the low 60s. The result is that our skin is a little confused.

This pattern of weather is fairly typical for late winter in the High Country and we’ve developed transitional skincare habits that are perfect for troubleshooting this time of year.

– Have Two Moisturizers on Hand
Many of us use a heavier moisturizer during the winter than we do in the summer. This time of year it can be beneficial to have both moisturizers available for use. Switching to your warm weather products too early can dry out your skin, as cold nighttime air or bursts of winter weather require nourishing products.

– “Spot Check” with Masks and Serums
Confused skin can cause specific areas of your face to dry out, break out, or suddenly become oily. Instead of treating the entire face when dry or oily patches appear, just work to normalize those areas with spot treatments. Plus, you’ll save product!

Now is the perfect time to schedule a seasonal facial as well! Click here for more information.