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!

Westglow’s Herb Garden

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Consistently warm weather arrives a little later in the High Country. Gardeners in this area wait patiently while our neighbors in lower altitudes are tilling the ground and planting their first seeds. However, when planting season does come it’s something of a revival alongside late blooming rhododendrons and clear blue skies.

Our chefs and Restaurant Manager have been eagerly checking weather patterns for weeks looking for the perfect planting time. Finally, the weather aligned this past weekend and the Rowland’s Restaurant herb garden is well underway! Combining owner Bonnie Schaefer’s summertime Farmer’s Market trips, ingredients from local farms, and our chefs pulling basil, rosemary, thyme, and others from our garden, ensures that each dish coming out of Rowland’s kitchen is fresh and satisfying.

Summer Wine Dinners

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Rowland’s Restaurant has two upcoming wine dinners on the summer agenda. May 25th we will be hosting Michael Keenan of Robert Keenan Winery and offering a special menu with wine pairings for what promises to be a memorable evening. Another dinner with Duckhorn Vineyards will be on June 23rd.

Each dinner gives Rowland’s staff an opportunity to showcase the restaurant’s unique set of expertise. Our chef’s work hard to create original and inspired menus for each individual dinner, Executive Chef Colin Patience and Sommelier Gary Brown collaborate to ensure every dish compliments the wine pairings, and all staff members work tirelessly to create an unforgettable atmosphere for each individual dinner.

Click here to view the Keenan Wine Dinner menu and call Rowland’s Restaurant at 828-295-5141 to make reservations.

Westglow Recipes: Local Mixed Greens Salad

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Salads are staples in warm weather meals. Homemade dressings have become popular in kitchens everywhere and shopping for fresh and organic ingredients has made even the most traditional salads healthier.

However, salads can leave us craving a little more to our meals. They have the potential to lack the substance of hearty winter fare. Luckily, Rowland’s Restaurant has the perfect solution. The secret: crispy vegetables.

Click here to view the recipe and start making a healthy, yet filling salad in your own home.

A Westglow Newsletter

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We’ve all flipped through our fair share of newsletters. They’re readily available for skimming in e-mails, and business waiting rooms around the world. However, most of those newsletters leave our brains as soon as they enter them.

So what makes a Westglow newsletter different? Each edition is a property wide collaboration. Westglow’s owners give inside tips, our chefs provide recipes, our Spa Director highlights unique retail suggestions, and our Wellness Director gives seasonal fitness tips. That level of teamwork ensures that each release is something exciting, memorable, and unique. The overall effect is something worth reading.

Every newsletter begins with a Letter from the Owners. Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer are actively involved at Westglow and the Letter gives them the opportunity to share the aspects of Westglow they love most with our valued patrons. The Letter gives customers a chance to look behind the curtain at Westglow as well. Insider information such as Bonnie’s daily Farmer’s Market trips add a personal touch, while also letting our guests know their meals at Rowland’s are infused with the best local ingredients.

Using fresh, local ingredients from our Farmer’s Markets and other High Country sources means we introduce rotating or seasonal menus in our newsletters as well. Accompanying those menus are recipes that guests can try in their own kitchens. Click here to view our most recent recipe and others!

Most importantly, the Westglow newsletter gives us the chance to share what’s happening on and around the property. Now, we have Mother’s Day Brunch, a wine dinner, gift certificate specials, and our Face Time Me Package. In the fall, we might have midweek specials, discounted lodging rates, and new wine offerings. Each newsletter features different offerings than the last, making each season new and unique.

Click here to view the entire newsletter and sign up to receive exclusive e-mail offers and future editions!

Mother’s Day at Westglow

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Choosing a unique gift for Mother’s Day can be a challenge. It’s an important day when we all get the chance to celebrate the important women in our lives, but oftentimes we resort to the traditional flowers or chocolates as a gift.

Westglow offers a more exciting alternative to the traditional celebrations. Give the gift of pure relaxation with our special Mother’s Day Gift Certificates. At $25 off, all of our Day Spa Package Gift Certificates include spa services, a four course spa lunch, and full use of our Life Enrichment Center facilities. For those out of town and looking for a longer retreat, we’re offering Gift Certificates for 10% off all overnight visits. These special offers are available for purchase through Mother’s Day and all gift certificates are valid one year after purchase date. Click here to purchase Day Spa Package gift certificates instantly! Please call our Guest Services Department at 1-800-562-0807 to purchase overnight gift certificates.

If you’re interested in a group affair, look no further than Mother’s Day Brunch at Rowland’s Restaurant. Brunch on Mother’s Day is a favorite. However, Rowland’s prides itself on putting a unique spin on every tradition. From our Bananas Foster French Toast to Irish Lamb Stew, our menu promises to have something special for everyone in your party. Click here to view the menu and call Rowland’s at 828-295-5141 to make your reservations. We hope to see you at Westglow soon!

Westglow Recipes: Gazpacho

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It’s been a week since our menu tasting and we’re still dreaming of light, warm weather fare. Our cool Gazpacho has been a longtime favorite and we’re happy to feature the dish on our spa lunch menu often throughout the warmer months. The dish is a light and healthy alternative to heavy winter options and, in the spirit of springtime happiness, we’ve offered it on the recipes page of our website.

Our recipes give guests and visitors an opportunity to bring a taste of Rowland’s Restaurant into their homes and we look forward to adding new recipes to our website soon!

Click here to view the Gazpacho Soup recipe.

Spring and Summer Menu Tasting

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At least twice a year, Westglow’s owners Bonnie and Jamie sit down with General Manager Steve Price to go through all of the potential dishes for our new menus. All of our chefs, headed by new Executive Chef Colin Patience, work jointly to create, prepare, and present all aspects of the potential menus. Gary Brown, Restaurant Manager and Sommelier, oversees the whole process and is close at hand to take notes on the preparation process and tasting suggestions.

Right now we’re on the third day of our new spring and summer menu tasting. The first two nights were a huge success, with many dishes earning high marks from Bonnie, Jamie, and Steve. The Marcho Farms Veal Loin, Bee Pollen Dusted Foie Gras, and the Banoffee Tart dessert have been among the favorites thus far. Look at the amazing presentation of the Foie Gras above!

Each dish is carefully judged on taste, presentation, and seasonal appropriateness. For instance, if a salad was deemed too light for a fall menu, Bonnie and Jamie may resurrect the idea for the summer round. On this menu, we are especially excited about the varying presentations. Chef Colin is credited with taking the look our dishes to a new level. Bonnie Schaefer commented, “Colin is so artistic!”

The menu will be released to the public in the upcoming weeks. Until then, be on the lookout for more sneak peeks!

Wedding Season at Westglow

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Wedding season at Westglow is an exciting time when customer service and luxury exceed all other aspects of the property. Our all-inclusive resort is ideal for weddings for a multitude of reasons, but most importantly: we provide everything a bride and groom could need on our property.

From elegant receptions of 200 to intimate affairs of six, Westglow’s overnight accommodations are ready to surround those closest to the wedding party in unparalled comfort. Bridal parties might enjoy full use of our secluded and modern Fleur de lis Lodge, groomsman would love the poolroom and woodwork details in our Daingerfield house, a newly married couple could spend their first night tucked away in our Grand Master Suite, and parents of the bridal party would appreciate the comforts of our Veranda or Portico Suites.

Rowland’s Restaurant provides food and beverage for all events on our property and our Restaurant Manager, Gary Brown works closely with all wedding parties to ensure each menu is unique and meets personal standards. Our event coordinator, Jennifer Williams works with every bride and wedding party from the venue reservation through the wedding day. She ensures every aspect of the property is organized and personalized for each event and coordinates staffing efforts throughout the entire planning process.

Our Life Enrichment Center provides a full service salon, spa, and fitness center. Our salon offers elegant updos, natural, yet stunning, make-up applications, and nail services for every big day. Our spa provides all waxing, massage, and facial services leading up to events and they ensure rejuvenation and relaxation during planning.

Click here to request our wedding packet, contact Jennifer, and begin planning your Westglow wedding! Don’t forget to check out our photos from previous events!

April Wine Dinner

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Rowland’s Restaurant has proudly participated in Blowing Rock’s Wine and Food Festival for several years. This year, we are hosting a unique wine dinner during the newly named Savor Blowing Rock.

Savor Blowing Rock provides residents and visitors the opportunity to indulge in some of the world’s best wines, within the comfort of small town Blowing Rock. Now, Rowland’s Restaurant has decided to take the small town feel of the festival to a new level.

Jones Von Drehle Vineyards has gained recent acclaim nationwide and is located in a fellow North Carolina small town. Our wine dinner will feature three courses, each with wine flights from Jones Von Drehle.

The dinner is April 14th beginning at 6:30. Click here to view the full menu and call 828-295-5141 today to make your reservations.