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.

Date Ideas in Blowing Rock

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Blowing Rock is full of unique, year round date ideas! While everyone knows we love winter and a healthy dose of snow, it looks like winter is leaving us early this year. So, we thought we’d start planning ahead and looking at creative, outdoor friendly, ideas for 2017!

– Hike
With numerous hiking trails in the vicinity, Blowing Rock is the perfect town for active couples. Westglow offers daily guided hikes with every Day Spa Package or overnight stay. Additionally, close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway means Blowing Rock and Westglow guests have access to some of the best trails on the East Coast.

– Go Wine Tasting
Of the many things Blowing Rock loves, wine is definitely one of them. April means the entire town gets swept up in Blowing Rock’s Savor Wine Festival, which is an entire weekend of wine, food, and beer-themed events! Click here for more information on that festival.
Sunset and Vine is a local wine shop in downtown Blowing Rock. Most importantly, they’re within walking distance of all downtown shopping! They frequently have wine tastings and their location is perfect for a quick wine pit stop.

– Have Dinner at Rowland’s Restaurant
Rowland’s always guarantees an unforgettable dining experience. During the warmer months we offer select outdoor seating, and having an aperitif on our Portico during “Glow Time” is always magical. As one of the few truly fine dining options in the High Country, Rowland’s is the epitome of romantic restaurants in Blowing Rock. Helpful hint: if you’re celebrating a romantic occasion, we’ll add a little something extra to your evening.

Pine Needle Roasted Mushrooms Recipe

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We’ve been having unseasonably warm weather for late February, but that doesn’t mean we’re quite done savoring hearty winter food. What embodies cold weather cuisine better than anything roasted with pine needles? Answer: not much.

We’ve shared our recipe for Pine Needle Roasted Mushrooms on the Westglow website. The dish is a favored accompaniment on our Salmon entrée and available nightly in Rowland’s Restaurant. Click here to view the recipe.

Recently Engaged?

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Engagement season is winding down and wedding planning season is in full swing! Planning a wedding is exciting, stressful, and can be a huge time commitment. Luckily, there are a plethora of options to help newly engaged couples begin their planning process and Westglow has its own set of tips we happily give out during wedding tours, consultations, and meetings.

Keep Your Preferred Date in Mind When Looking at Venues

More seasonal venues like Westglow can book quickly! It’s not uncommon for our Event Coordinator to reserve weddings well over a year in advance, as our available wedding season is shorter than venues unaffected by snow and our chilly mountain temperatures. So, it may be helpful to plan ahead and hit the ground running when booking a venue that has seasonal relevance such as the mountains, the beach, and most outdoor options.

Your Dress Should Match Your Venue (And Its Corresponding Weather)

Book your venue before dress shopping! Or, at the very least, know the exact style of venue you’re going to reserve beforehand. For instance, Westglow accommodates a wide variety of weddings from black tie events to more casual, laid back celebrations. However, there are certain dress styles that complement our property better than others. Even in the middle of July nighttime breezes can get chilly. So, a dress that may be perfect for a coastal wedding might be too light here. On the other hand, dramatic “heavier” dresses are better suited for a Westglow wedding than a hot weather elopement.

Get Creative with Your Accent Pieces

We don’t really adhere to a strict set of rules in regards to what flowers, place settings, and rentals you feature in your wedding, and wholeheartedly believe that a couple’s personality and creativity should shine through. Westglow is a large Greek-Revival mansion built in the early 1900’s, but we’ve seen many brides seamlessly pull off the ever-popular “mason jar, rustic” vibe on our grounds. So, let your accents portray who you are as a couple and a bride. You’re having a casual outdoor wedding, but want crystal stemware? Go for it! Looking forward to your beach wedding, but want to include some mountain wildflowers? More power to you!

We love wedding season and hope all newly engaged couples are enjoying the first stages of their wedding planning! Click here to learn more about Westglow weddings.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day

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We love Valentine’s Day! Anything romantic is right up Westglow’s alley and we excel at celebrating every aspect of this special day. However, Valentine’s Day can be tricky, striking the right balance is key and no one wants to over or under-do the holiday. Our advice: focus on quality over quantity.

There’s no denying that people love romantic gestures, but there is a line between meaningful and overkill that can make or break the day. If you’re typically a fan of chocolates, stuffed animals, flowers, jewelry, champagne, and caviar all at the same time, then we invite you to dial in your focus. Looking at a few, important aspects will take the day from stereotypical to spectacular.

One unforgettable piece of jewelry and a special dinner for two is a textbook romantic, classic Valentine’s Day. For a unique night at home: try an elaborate flower arrangement, a special occasion bottle of champagne, and a favorite movie marathon. Single people out there, pamper yourself. A day at the spa, a shopping venture, or a weekend solo trip. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, so show yourself some of it!

Westglow is offering Valentine’s Day themed specials at Rowland’s Restaurant this weekend and the holiday itself, while our Valentine’s gift certificates will be available for purchase through the 14th.

How to Beat the Winter Blues

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We know dealing with cold temperatures, grey skies, and being stuck indoors can be rough during the winter months. Without the proper perspective, winter can be monotonous. Thankfully, we have tips for beating the cold-weather slump.

– Get Some Sun (Somehow)

We know it’s cold, but sunlight can do wonders for your emotions. Sunlight encourages the brain to release serotonin, a hormone associated with calm, focus, and an overall boosted mood. Without sun exposure serotonin levels can dip, contributing to Seasonal Affective Disorder. So, as long as it isn’t dangerously cold outside, bundle up and soak in a few minutes of sunlight every day.

– Exercise

Getting the appropriate amount of exercise can be difficult during winter. It’s dreary outside, bad weather can keep us away from the gym, and shorter days call us to stay cozy indoors. However, a lack of exercise can hinder our mental wellbeing. Physical activity releases endorphins and therefore alleviates the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. If the weather doesn’t permit getting out of your house, invest in some yoga or interval training in the comfort of your own home!

Of course, sometimes the best way to beat the blues is to change your routine or mix it up. A quick trip to Westglow can be just the ticket for a fresh, renewed outlook on the remainder of the season.

Blowing Rock WinterFest

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Every year after the holidays, the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce stages a weekend of winter festivities. Known as WinterFest, we look forward to the weekend as a chance to break up the sometimes monotonous march of the winter weeks.

Our WinterFest highlight is always the annual Winter Feast. The event brings together Blowing Rock restaurants in one venue and gives us all a chance to strut our stuff. Locals and out of town guests purchase tickets for one of night’s three seatings and are treated to tastings from all of the featured restaurants. This year we offered pork posole with all of its accompaniments and the dish was a huge hit!

We’re excited to celebrate the rest of WinterFest this weekend! Click here to learn more.

Valentine’s Day Gift Certificates

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It’s the most romantic time of the year; treat your loved one to a truly unique gift this Valentine’s Day. From now until February 14th, Westglow will be offering a variety of gift certificate specials designed to make your Valentine’s Day gift exchange memorable.

Day Spa Package gift certificates are now $200, $300, $400 depending on how many spa services will be included in the visit to our spa. Each package includes spa services, full use of our Life Enrichment center, and a four course spa lunch. Click here to learn more about Day Spa Packages.

Overnight gift certificates are available for $1,000 and $1,500. These gift certificates include two nights of luxury accommodations, spa services, three meals daily, and full use of our Life Enrichment Center for either one or two people. Click here to view our luxury accommodations.

Click here to purchase these Gift Certificates and celebrate an extra special Valentine’s Day this year!

Restrictions apply. Valid for use 4/15/2017-4/15/2018