It’s a New Year, Cultivate a New You

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New Year, new you! Truly, we’re not trying to sound cliché. At Westglow we believe in staying connected to a personal sense of wellbeing and health throughout the year and now is a fantastic time to check-in with that part of yourself.

We understand that wellbeing and health can mean a variety of things for different people and New Year’s resolutions are a great way to focus those broad concepts. If you’re looking for a retreat to jumpstart the new year and refocus on goals ahead, we’re offering several midweek discounts for the month of January. Click here to learn more.

If fitness is on the brain, we offer a long list of wellness services and programs (which are included in our midweek specials!) Click here to view our Wellness Programs, which are 20% off midweek through January 31st. To view our variety of wellness services and our fitness classes click here and here respectively. Don’t forget! Our daily fitness class schedule is available to all overnight and Day Spa package guests.

For those of us trying to regain control of our diets, we’ve shared a variety of healthy recipes directly from Rowland’s kitchen on our website. Click here and stay tuned for more recipes as the weeks progress. Rowland’s Restaurant features a nightly spa dinner menu as well, which highlights lighter fare dining options. View that menu here.

The New Year is a time for new starts and Westglow is the perfect source for healthy “first steps.” We will be here along the way for fresh tips on wellbeing and health, in all their forms.

Getting Ready for the New Year

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The holidays are over (or nearly) and our heads are turning towards 2017. For better or worse, 2016 was a roller coaster and we’re willing to bet that many of us have had our New Year’s resolutions decided on for weeks. However, before January 1st arrives there are a few things we can do now to prepare for our fresh starts.

Cleanse! We don’t necessarily mean a juice or smoothie cleanse, but the point here is to quickly refresh mentally and physically. Whether that’s packing away the remnants of the holiday decorations, spending some time meditating, refreshing your skincare routine, or even doing that quick diet cleanse, there are several ways to start 2017 with a clean slate regardless of your specific resolution.

Prepare to be organized. If your resolutions have anything to do with organizational skills now is the time to download helpful apps, purchase new organizers or planners, or seek the advice of some professionals. Westglow has wellness programs specifically designed for life balance and organization. Those programs and similar services can be invaluable for anyone wanting a New Year reboot.

Purge. This one is slightly different than cleanse in that we’re only referring to shedding unwanted or unnecessary aspects of your life. When in doubt, throw it out. Old beauty products, worn out fitness clothing, broken pieces of furniture, rarely used apps that only take up memory space on our phones, receipts from two years ago, the list is borderline endless here. The point being that it’ll be harder to start fresh in 2017 with excess, unwanted clutter around you.

Stay tuned for some New Year, New You specials offers next week and we hope to see you jumpstarting your 2017 resolution at Westglow!

Annual Holiday Cookie Recipe

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Another year, another holiday, another Christmas Eve Rowland’s cookie recipe! Every holiday season, our Executive Chef shares a unique cookie recipe in the hopes that our customers will bake a taste of the Westglow kitchen in their own homes.

The yearly process is fun. Our chef rarely tells us which recipe he’ll pick until a few days before Christmas, so there’s always a little anticipation leading up to the release. Then, we bake a batch of the selected recipe and stage a holiday cookie photo shoot around the property. Of course, we eat the batch of cookies afterwards.

This year, Chef Colin Patience selected Neiman Marcus cookies as our holiday recipe. These cookies are just about as elegant and timeless as a dessert can be; and urban legend upholds that a lady dining at the Neiman Marcus Diner in Dallas bought the recipe for $250. We love classic and quirky backstories like that one and think this recipe is a perfect fit for our yearly gift tradition.

We truly wish you and yours a very happy holiday! Click here to view the recipe and don’t forget about our holiday specials here!

Holiday Fun Facts

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The holidays are here and it’s time to celebrate! This season is always a special time at Westglow and, in the spirit of the season, we thought now would be a great time to unveil more little-known facts about this festive property.

– Over 15,000 indoor and outdoor lights decorate Westglow every holiday season.
– On average, Blowing Rock receives 35 inches of snow a year. Perfect for those winter wonderland lovers!
– Dr. Hauschka’s Spruce Bath is one of our most popular retail products every year. It’s only available during the winter months and always in high demand. Truly, it’s a perfect and unique stocking stuffer!
– Blowing Rock has about a 25% chance of having a White Christmas every year.
– Displayed amongst our Christmas themed decorations is Westglow’s menorah. We light the candles on the menorah during the eight nights of Hanukkah, in celebration of that holiday.
– Westglow’s nail salon is always bustling during this happy season, as people are eager for the perfect holiday manicure. Tip: our most popular holiday nail color is O.P.I’s “An Affair in Red Square.”
– Our chefs send out a cookie recipe every year on Christmas Eve as a Westglow holiday tradition. Stay tuned to see what recipe they select for this year!

Don’t forget! This season also mark our biggest sale of the year. Click here to purchase our gift certificates instantly!

Snow at Westglow

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We had a little extra boost to our holiday cheer earlier this week: the first true snow of the season! While there wasn’t much accumulation, roads were covered, trees were dusted, and fluffy snowflakes fell for hours. The holidays are already a magical time at Westglow and a little bit of snow always completes a perfect setting.

Snow is no stranger to the High Country. Oftentimes, the months of January and February are full of the white stuff. However, true December snows can be rare and locals are not immune to the beauty of Christmastime snowflakes. There are few things more comforting than lounging inside during the holidays and watching snow fall.

Want to experience a Westglow snow for yourself? Click here to take advantage of our holiday gift certificate specials!

Holiday Decorations at Westglow

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Thanksgiving is over and our buffet was a huge success! We had a great time and loved seeing so many Westglow customers celebrate the holiday at Rowland’s Restaurant.

Last weekend, after all remnants of turkey day had been tucked away, we began putting up our traditional holiday decorations. Garland adorns the main stairway and all major fireplaces. A grand Christmas tree lights up the Blue Ridge Parlor and thousands of outdoor lights twinkle in our trees and bushes. At night, dinner guests at Rowland’s Restaurant will hear the soft sounds of Christmas music playing throughout the Manor House. Truly, there’s no place like Westglow to celebrate the holidays.

Check out the photos above and we hope to see you enjoying our decoration in person soon! Click here to purchase our holiday gift certificates instantly and give the gift of Westglow this season.

It’s the Most Wonderful Sale of the Year!

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The holidays are here and it’s time to unveil Westglow’s annual Holiday Gift Certificate specials. As our biggest sale of the year, these prices are designed to make your season bright. Enjoy savings of up to $600 and give the gift of indulgence this year.

Day Spa Package Gift Certificates are marked at $30 off our High Season rates. Sampler, Deluxe, and Dayglow Spa Packages are $195, $295, $395 respectively. Each Day Spa Package includes spa services, full use of our spa facility, and our four course spa lunch.

Two Night All-Inclusive Gift Certificates for one person are $1000 and $1500 for two. Each Inclusive Gift Certificate comes with two spa services per person, 3 meals daily, overnight accommodations, and full access to our spa facility.

The holidays are a time for family, togetherness, and celebration, but they also give way to the renewal and promise of a new year. What better way to begin 2017 than with a rejuvenating trip to Westglow?

Click here to purchase instantly.

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Thanksgiving Recipe

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Thanksgiving is next week and we are eagerly preparing for this timeless holiday! While we’re busy decorating and cooking our annual Thanksgiving buffet, we know that many of you are preparing similarly in your own homes. So, in the spirit of giving we’re providing a Schaefer family recipe just in time for Thanksgiving! Feel free to use it in your own holiday menus.

Click here to view the recipe for our Thanksgiving Corn Soufflé.

Introducing Westglow’s Glow Box!

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Introducing Westglow’s first ever “Glow Box”! As the newest offer from our Life Enrichment Center, we are striving to give our valued customers the chance to have a taste of Westglow delivered to their doorstep.

This premiere box is designed to make holiday travel easy, and we should know. Our overnight accommodations are nearly full this time of year as guests travel from across the globe to enjoy the holidays at Westglow. So, in the interest of making the holidays as relaxing as possible, we included a few helpful items.

Our “Dress Italian” tote bag is the perfect overnight bag for the season. Ideal for short trips or as a carry-on, the bag is made of heavy canvas and leather. Large enough for clothes and essentials, yet small enough for easy carry; this bag is on our travel “must have” list.

For those of you wanting an easy travel skin care routine, we’ve included Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt. This micro fiber cloth relies on warm water to gently remove dirt, grime, and makeup without upsetting the skins natural acid barrier, which acts as a protectant against bacteria. Because this product only calls for water, it is the perfect travel item. No need to worry about packing extra soaps or oils!

Moving from ease to comfort, we’ve included the Ostrich Pillow in the Glow Box as well. Perfect for flights and long car rides, this pillow covers the eyes and cushions the back of the head. Getting the appropriate amount of rest during the holiday season can be difficult and the Ostrich Pillow plays a role in trying to make up for sleep lost.

Finally, we all know how difficult our cleaning routines can be during travel. No one likes figuring out how to use someone else’s shower and it can be difficult to do our nightly, comforting rituals in hotels. So, we’ve included hydraAromatherapy Shower Bursts in this Glow Box. Each burst is made with pure essential oils and designed to hang in a sachet bag. When wet and placed in a shower, the bursts infuse the air with healing and restorative aromatherapy effects. From lemon to lavender, these bursts are the perfect way to infuse our cleansing rituals with a spa atmosphere.

These items were combined in our premiere box as a set to help make holiday travel easy. However, we all know how long our holiday shopping lists can get and each of these items would be great standalone presents.

The Glow Box is priced at $155 and we are currently offering free shipping! Tax is not included. Please call 828-295-5100 to order your box. Purchase available while supplies last.

Thanksgiving Buffet

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The holidays are coming and we love kicking off this exciting season with Rowland’s annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Our inspiration for this customer favorite is rooted in holiday tradition and timely elegance. Thanksgiving beckons us to enjoy family, friends, and comfort food and we aspire to fit that mold perfectly.

With the theme of tradition in mind, our chefs turned their heads away from innovation and stayed true to the classic demands of the holiday. Thanksgiving would not be complete without turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Rowland’s buffet menu includes those favorites, as well as several other crown pleasers such as pumpkin pie, two different types of stuffing, and macaroni and cheese.

Click here to view the full menu and call 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.