Beauty Tips for the New Year

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We’re a few weeks into 2017 and that’s just long enough to fall into patterns that will set the stage for the remainder of the year. Hopefully we’re all sticking to our New Year’s resolutions and settled into our healthy routines. So, moving forward it’s time to focus on some of our favorite beauty trends for 2017.

– “No Makeup” Makeup

The natural look will be in style throughout 2017. Think of it as subtle backlash from the heavy contouring trends of last year. We suggest a light application of a matte pressed powder. They provide just enough coverage to hide any blemishes or imperfections, while leaving you with a clean and even appearance.

– Get Creative with Blush

While heavy contouring may be on its way out, playing with color isn’t. We suggest going a little bolder with your blush selections this year, to add a pop of dimension to your natural look.

– Red Lips Never Go Out of Style

Even with “less hassle” looks coming back into trend; we’ll never get tired of the classic red lip. Keep foundation light and eye make-up minimal, and then allow your red lip and splash of blush color to complete your look.

Westglow’s Spa carries the complete Jane Iredale mineral makeup line. Stock up on product the next time you visit our salon and move forward into 2017 fully stocked with the year’s necessary beauty products!

Travel and Leisure Voting

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Voting has begun for Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards! These weeks are always an exciting time for us, as we look forward to the voting process every year. We are deeply appreciative that Westglow has been a recipient of a World’s Best Award for several years running, and look towards 2017’s awards with anticipation.

Aside from our listing in the Destination Spa category, we enjoy seeing the different properties and businesses featured in T +L’s World’s Best nominations. Several other Relais and Chateaux properties are featured within different categories, including numerous in Best Hotel. We’re honored to be included in their number and look forward to this year’s award announcements.

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The Perfect Snow Day

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The High Country received a strong shot of winter weather over the weekend. Seven inches of snow in Blowing Rock truly made us appreciate the warm indoors. However, the weather also reminded us that Blowing Rock residents, ourselves included, excel at making the most of snow days. Read below for our tips on how to enjoy cold, winter days.

Balance is Key:
We encourage getting outside and enjoying the snow! Few things evoke a sense of childhood happiness like building a snowman, sledding, or even going on a short walk in a winter wonderland. However, don’t overdo it! Happiness can quickly turn into numb toes and a red nose. We suggest enjoying the great, snowy outdoors in short bursts, followed by an indoor cup of coffee or hot tea.

Avoid a Schedule:
If you can help it, don’t set a time frame for anything. We understand that many people operate on deadlines and our to-do lists are out the door, but try to take things at a leisurely pace during snow days. If you need to catch up on cleaning, put on your favorite TV show in the background and pick a snack to nibble on while you move from room to room. If you have e-mails you must answer, take care of them in between cozy cat naps.
Snow days literally force us to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. We believe that opportunity should be appreciated and cultivated.

Treat Yourself to Self-Care:
Days “stuck” indoors are the perfect opportunity to check-in with your needs. Spend the day catching up on whatever needs to be done to help you feel refreshed and balanced. We suggest at home skin and beauty treatments, catching up on rest, meditating, light exercise, or anything else that provides rejuvenation.

Indulge:
This option is one of our favorites. Think back to the joy that was a childhood snow day and try to bring part of the happiness to present day. Bake something, online shop, nap, order a bunch of your favorite delivery food. Do something you couldn’t normally do during an average, not snowed in, day.

Snow days can be a much needed reprieve, if you look at them in the correct light. Residents of the High Country quickly learn that snow days are what you make them; and they have the opportunity to be just as relaxing and rejuvenating as any summertime vacation.

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?

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