Westglow’s Guide to Preparing for Fall

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We’ve noticed a morning chill in the air and leaves are slowly starting to change their hues. While days still climb to balmy highs and those of us living off the mountain are dwelling in sweltering heat, the calendar and nighttime lows do not lie. Fall is coming.
Many of us thrive in sweater weather and pumpkin season. It’s hard not to love such a brilliant array of colors, sunshine, and fun loving activities. However, before you jump into tailgating, apple orchards, and harvesting take some time for a seasonal wellbeing checklist.

1. Win the Battle Against Allergies: Detoxification Body Wrap and Lymphatic Stimulation Massage
Seasonal allergies can easily spoil what would otherwise be a perfect time of year. Few things ruin a hay ride or trip to a county fair faster than constant sneezing and congestion. Westglow’s Detoxification Body Wrap and Lymphatic Stimulation Massage is a natural and relaxing way to help boost the immune system and rid the body of toxins, which in turn will help ease the burden of fall allergies. Click here to learn more about this two hour spa service.

2. Nourish Your Skin with a Hydrating Moisturizer
Fall brings crisp air, less humidity, and stronger breezes. While the weather trend is popular for many people, it can be drying and harsh for our skin. We suggest trading your summertime moisturizer for a richer, fall option. Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream Light is a great moisturizing, protecting, and transitional product for the months between summer and winter. It’s readily available in our retail shop and used in many of our facial services as a calming and hydrating moisturizer.

3. Enjoy the Sunshine While it Lasts
Daylight Savings Time ends in almost two months. Leading up to November 6th there are weeks of sunshine and abundant fall foliage. We encourage our guests to make the most of the changing seasons by beginning each day of their visit with our guided hikes. The days are getting shorter and sunshine cannot be underrated as a tool to help improve our moods and emotional outlook, so make the most of sun-filled days while they’re still around.

Sommelier’s August Wine Pick

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For those adventurous enough to try something outside of a glass of Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay, we suggest Falanghina!

As one of Italy’s great unsung white wines, it’s a brilliant all-rounder, with plenty of citrus fruit, faint notes of apple and pear, and the merest hint of nutty complexity. The balance of crispness and texture means this wine accompanies a huge range of foods, from roasted vegetables to fish and poultry.

Cantina del Taburno is owned by the agricultural Consortium of Benevento. The Consortium was established in 1901 and it had an extremely important role in the development of agriculture in the Sannio area. The winery was built in 1972 in the township of Foglianise and it is a point of reference for viticulture, due to its production philosophy and for its positive impact on the economy.

“I think my wine theme for the summer is going to be the unknown whites of the world. I find Falaghino to be fruity, reminiscent of pineapple and of ripe pear, with a touch of nuttiness you might find in a great Burgundy. My favorite pairing with this wine has been a duck and pear salad with a mango chutney. I definitely suggest two bottles, as the first one goes rather quickly!”- Gary E. Brown, CS – Restaurant Manager

Click here to view our wines by the glass list and stay tuned for fall changes!

Westglow Recipe: Lobster Potato Salad

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August is here and some of the hottest days of the year are upon us! Dining alfresco and fun-loving cookouts are the flavors of the month as we all cherish the last weeks of true summer heat. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, salad, and ice cream reign supreme in August as summertime favorites, but for those of us who want a little something different Rowland’s Restaurant has the answer. Our Lobster Potato Salad pays homage to summer tradition, while adding a little flare.

Click here to view this recipe and others!

Little-Known Facts About Westglow

 

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We spend a lot of time discussing the highlights of Westglow’s property. Holidays, specials, Rowland’s events, and property celebrations tend to stay in the spotlight, and leave little room for the smaller details that make Westglow truly unique. To share some interesting facts, we’ve compiled a little-known list about this amazing, historic property.

1. On a clear day, Charlotte’s city skyline can be seen from the Relaxation Lounge in our Life Enrichment Center.
2. Grazing deer and turkey love to wander through the wooded areas of our 42 acre estate.
3. Combined, our salon stylists have over 137 years of experience.
4. Westglow’s owner, Bonnie Schaefer, personally visits the local farmers market to ensure Rowland’s Restaurant uses fresh and local produce. She loves local heirloom tomatoes and her signature “Bonnie’s Heirloom Tomato Salad” has been a summer favorite at Rowland’s for years.
5. There are seven original Elliott Daingerfield paintings hanging in Westglow’s Mansion.
6. Guests can see both the sunrise and sunset from the front of the Mansion.
7. Westglow was a site for paratrooper training during World War II. Aircraft would fly by and drop troopers into the valleys surrounding Westglow.
8. Most of the books in the Mansion’s library are from the Daingerfield family. The books date back from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.
9. Westglow was inducted into Relais and Chateaux in 2010, the same year as Richard Gere’s hotel the Bedford Post.
10. The Daingerfield family camped out on the property after the purchasing the land to find the best site for the Westglow mansion; studying the night skies and the play of the morning light.
11. Westglow has a fresh herb garden just steps away from the Rowland’s kitchen. Our Restaurant Manager and chefs planted the herbs and will tend the garden all season.

Sommelier’s July Wine Pick

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When wine lovers think of White Burgundy Chardonnay comes to mind, but few know there is another white grape produced in Burgundy. Bourgogne Aligoté, “the other white grape of Burgundy,” is a delicious white wine that is young, stylish and a little different. It is pale gold in color and offers a well-balanced taste, and ranges from a fruity bouquet with notes of apple and lemon to a more floral palette. In the mouth, this vibrant wine tickles the taste buds.

The Aligoté grape has been grown in Bourgogne since the 17th century and flourishes there. It faithfully reflects the diversity of its terroirs from the Saône-et-Loire, the Côte-d’Or, and the Yonne. It was granted its own AOC, Bourgogne aligoté, in 1937.

Rowland’s Sommelier Gary Brown said, “I am excited to have this wine on our list not only because it is a deliciously perfect wine to drink on the West Portico, but for its unique and fascinating history as well. It is a great glass of wine by itself and is the local wine used for a traditional Kir, a classic French apéritif. This wine is the perfect pairing for the Crab and Tabouleh Salad on our Summer Spa Menu.”

Click here to view our full wines by the glass list.

Rowland’s Restaurant Wins Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence

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For the second year running, Rowland’s Restaurant has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Wine Spectator filters every applicant through a stringent elimination process; and to be considered for an award a restaurant’s wine list must be varied, with correct information, and appeal to a wide range of patrons.

An Award of Excellence recipient must offer at least 90 selections on their wine list, feature a variety of quality producers, and compliment the restaurant’s menu in both taste and price. Rowland’s Sommelier Gary Brown works tirelessly to ensure that our wine list meets that strict standard. Our list boasts classic, coveted selections such as Dom Perignon, while still featuring more approachable options, like North Carolina’s Jones Von Drehle Vineyards, which are sure to please all restaurant guests. We hope to see you enjoy a glass with dinner soon, and sign up for special offers to be the first to learn about our popular wine dinners.

Stay tuned for a suggested wine choice personally selected by Sommelier Gary Brown!

Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016

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The voting is in! Westglow has been named the #2 Top Destination Spa in the United States by Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards.

Each Destination Spa nominated for the Awards was voted on by quality of accommodations, service, food, treatments, and overall value. A spa must receive a minimum number of votes before being eligible for an award and all compromised votes from a spa’s employees or votes considered to be spam are vetted out of the final tally.

Westglow has received a Destination Spa World’s Best Award for several years running, but the excitement and gratitude never quite wears off. Wendy Jarema, Westglow’s Spa Director, gives credit to the property’s dedicated staff. “I am extremely honored and humbled that Westglow Resort and Spa has won this award. The amazing staff at Westglow works so hard to create an unforgettable experience for every single guest and I am grateful to work with such a remarkable group of people. Westglow is such a unique property and its surrounding mountains are an extraordinarily healing place.”

Wendy reiterated a sentiment we’ve all been feeling since the World’s Best Awards were announced, “thank you, to all of our loyal guests who voted for us!”

Click here to view everything our award-winning spa has to offer.

Wine Training at Westglow

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Our two summer wine dinners have wrapped up! Aside from the wonderful experience of indulgent evenings, our serving staff learned valuable wine tips at both occasions.

After hiring, all Rowland’s serving staff members are immediately taught proper wine service, but hearing tips and tasting advice from an industry expert is always helpful.

Scott Finaly of Duckhorn Vineyards sat down with our staff before the Duckhorn dinner and shared information he had collected throughout decades of experience. For instance, a trend away from classic Chardonnays towards fruity Sauvignon Blancs was a center conversation. Finaly gave the staff helpful tasting notes that are sure to please Rowland’s patrons. The Sauvignon Blancs in Rowland’s cellar pair well with our new menu item the Beet Terrine salad and the classic King Prawn starter.

Reds were not forgotten either. Aeration was a key point during the sit down and oftentimes red wine is not given the appropriate time to aerate at a dinner table. Finaly gave our wait staff advice on how to help that process.

Wine service and knowledge is an endless pursuit and Rowland’s servers especially are constantly looking for new avenues to explore, trends to learn, and tastings to experience.

Click here to view our wine by the glass menu!

Duckhorn Wine Dinner

DSC_0089BWine dinners are quickly becoming a staple of Rowland’s Restaurant. We enjoy building relationships with wineries, offering unique dining experiences, and providing patrons the opportunity to share in unforgettable evenings.

Next Thursday, June 23rd, Rowland’s will be hosting Duckhorn Vineyards for a varied wine dinner. The first course will feature a pinot noir with a salmon dish and the evening ends with a dark chocolate pave and a sauvignon blanc. The end result is a dinner created to meet every person’s tastes and preferences with a variety of dishes and wines.

The five course meal is priced at $125 per person. Click here to view the full menu and call Rowland’s Restaurant at 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.

Springtime Flowers at Westglow

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Every year, between the end of May and June, Westglow gets a little extra pop of color. It begins with rhododendron blooming the last week of May, followed by various brightly colored bushes, and ends with our florist Fuschia Moss painstakingly picking out flowers for the season and supervising our landscaping team in artful property planting.

Aside from the brilliant pops of green that come with new leaves on trees after a long winter, spring flowers only add to the friendly, bright, and exciting atmosphere of warm weather at Westglow. Check out our sunny snapshots!