Westglow Prepares to Unveil a New Menu

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Our new fall menu premieres next week and it includes some exciting new additions. Menus for cooler months are always a little more rich and indulgent than their spring or summer counterparts and Rowland’s dishes are no exception. Before we release any new menu to our valued guests, Westglow’s owners, Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer, and General Manager, Steven Price, sit down and taste each dish to ensure every bite meets the Westglow standard customers have come to expect. Working with new Executive Chef, Tony Bates, and Restaurant Manager, Gary Brown, Westglow has created a menu that is sure to please.

For appetizers, the addition of a Char Sui Pork Belly is sure to become a quick favorite. Adding Asian slaw to the dish adds a unique twist to a regional flavor. Westglow’s owner Bonnie Schaefer commented, “Excellent! The flavor was great and the presentation divine.” Surely, it’s the perfect beginning to a meal in a warm and luxurious environment like Rowland’s Restaurant.

Our rich variation on traditional Surf & Turf quickly became a shining star of the preliminary tastings that determined our final menu. Incorporating lobster timbale, prime NY strip, and truffle whipped potatoes the entrée earned high marks. Jamie Schaefer, Westglow’s co-owner, said “The presentation is exquisite! The strip has incredible flavor, the lobster is delicious with the sauce American!”

Dessert, arguably a favorite part of every meal has several popular additions this season. The White Chocolate Decadence, with cherry chocolate ice cream and pistachio tuille, is one option of many that are sure to be popular. Steven Price found the dessert particularly satisfying saying, “Outstanding. The dessert is so decadent, it’s perfection.”

The final menu will be announced next week and will be put on our website for viewing. We encourage you to make reservations today through OpenTable or our restaurant line directly at 828-295-5141. Our staff is looking forward to offering this indulgent and inviting menu.

Westglow Showing Hints of Fall

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With only two official days left in the summer season, Westglow is gearing up for fall. The autumn season is an exciting time of year here; the vibrant leaves, crisp air, and glowing sun add a little extra beauty to our mountain vistas.

The upcoming days will be spent happily transforming our property from a summer retreat to a fall haven. Our landscaping staff will adorn our flower beds with colorful mums, accent our doorways with pumpkins, and you might even see a hay bale or two. Gary Brown, our Restaurant Manager, is working diligently with our chefs to create a new fall menu that compliments the property’s rich autumn atmosphere. Plus, there may be a few new, rich additions to our coveted wine list. In all, there are exciting seasonal changes to come at Westglow and we hope to see you here, enjoying everything fall has to offer, very soon.

Enjoy Rejuvenating Midweek September Specials at Westglow Resort & Spa

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Beginning August 31st, Westglow will be offering exciting midweek spa and accommodation specials that are guaranteed to rejuvenate guests after an exciting, and oftentimes draining, summer. We invite you to take time out of your work week or the hustle and bustle of children’s school schedules to fit in much needed relaxation.

Monday through Thursday enjoy 25 dollars off all Spa Day Packages. We offer Sampler, Deluxe, and Day Glow Packages with one, two, and three spa services respectively. Every Spa Day Package includes full use of our Life Enrichment Center and a four-course spa lunch. A modern and updated weight and cardio fitness center, group exercise classes, pool with two hot tubs, two dry saunas, and a steam room are just a few of the amenities offered. Enjoy the added bonus of our full service luxury salon. There is no better way to end a world-class spa day than with a fresh blow dry or manicure.

Sunday through Thursday we are offering a complimentary Bed & Breakfast night when you book a two-night Resort Package stay. September sits on the cusp of fall foliage in the High Country and we are happy to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy an extra night of crisp fall, Westglow air. Both Bed and Breakfast and Resort Packages include full access to our Life Enrichment Center, while Resort Packages also include all meals and a one-hour spa service for each night booked.

Please call our Guest Services department to book your overnight stay or Spa Day Package at 828.295.4463 or 1.800.562.0807.

Click here to view our variety of spa services and here to see all of our overnight accommodations.

Sommelier Earns Rowland’s Restaurant a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

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Gary Brown, Sommelier and Restaurant Manager at Westglow Resort and Spa, recently earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence on behalf of Rowland’s Restaurant. Wine Spectator Awards go to restaurants whose wine lists are varied while remaining appropriate to the restaurant’s specific cuisine. Furthermore, the Awards are only given to restaurants whose wine lists appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

As a certified sommelier, Brown has always strived to meet the strict standards of Wine Spectator. “When I came to Westglow, my first goal was to see Rowland’s earn the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, not for another accolade on the wall, but because the Award of Excellence is an international standard that is easily recognized,” said Brown.

Brown’s standards have established strong relationships with Relais & Chateaux sponsored wines including selections from Dom Perignon, Pommery, Numanthia, and Il Borro, to name just a few. In keeping with Relais & Chateaux’s strong commitment to a sense of place, Rowland’s also offers wines from Jones Von Drehle Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley. Brown noted, “It is very important to me to have selections on the list that can be enjoyed by all. From first time wine drinkers to the aficionado, I have handpicked all the wines on the list with a specific guest in mind.”

All staff members at Westglow and Rowland’s Restaurant are humbled by the recognition and will continue to support Brown in maintaining a wine program that is inspiring, intriguing, and, most importantly, inviting.

Westglow Ranked 6th in World by Travel + Leisure

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We are proud and honored to announce that Westglow Resort and Spa has been named the 6th top Destination Spa in the world by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Westglow has been recognized by this esteemed company for many years, having first been noted in 2005.

Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are comprehensive rankings of travel characteristics relevant to consumers planning trips, retreats, and vacations. Ranging from Best City to Best Airline, Travel + Leisure ensures that all aspects of adventure and luxury are recognized. Readers of the publication determine the winners by filling out detailed questionnaires and giving personalized feedback in an additional comments section. To ensure fairness and validity, Travel + Leisure uses an extensive screening process that eliminates responses written by travel industry professionals or similar biased personnel.

Assistant Spa Manager Shannon Gunning attributes the recognition to the caliber of Westglow’s staff, “I’m so honored to be listed among the world’s best destination spas again this year, and to be part of such an amazing team who made the award possible.” We are thrilled to receive an award that comes from traveler’s feedback and hope to keep meeting the high standards of Travel + Leisure subscribers for years to come.

Join Us for an Upcoming Event with Skincare Company, Dr. Hauschka.

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Westglow Resort and Spa has had a long-standing relationship with world-renowned skincare company, Dr. Hauschka, for many years; and our estheticians often utilize Dr. Hauschka products when treating guests to our signature facial appointments. This German-based company specializes in organic skincare products composed of natural ingredients harvested through sustainable farm practices.

From 12:00-3:00 PM on Friday, June 26th, Westglow Resort & Spa will host a Dr. Hauschka representative who will provide free skin consultations to all guests interested in their products. During this event, all Dr. Hauschka products will be discounted 20% and for every $100.00 spent, guests will receive a complimentary full-sized Dr. Hauschka product. Guests will also receive a free sample of Dr. Hauschka’s newest product, Night Serum, which combines the benefits of apple blossom with the toning effects of witch hazel.

We hope to see everyone at Friday’s event. Please contact our Spa at Westglow with any questions at 828-295-5100.

New Summer Menu at Rowland’s Restaurant

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Warmer months mean the introduction of a new menu at Rowland’s Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa. This year the spring menu introduction is more unique and exciting than ever, because Westglow has proudly welcomed new Executive Chef Micheal Armes.

The kitchen at Westglow has always maintained a passionate commitment to the traditions of Appalachian cuisine while using an array of local ingredients. Chef Armes has brought an inspired twist to that commitment, which is sure to please both our treasured regulars and welcome new guests.

“As a chef, I am committed to providing guests at Rowland’s the best that our region has to offer through both innovation and tradition, while participating in the sustainable practices that are currently redefining America’s culinary landscape,” said Armes. Several of the dishes on our new menu reflect his unique philosophy.

Bonnie’s Heirloom Tomato Salad has been a crowd pleaser at Rowland’s for many seasons, to the point of becoming a staple item. Chef Armes and all of our restaurant staff see the dish as a perfect representation of what Appalachian cuisine has to offer customers. The heirloom tomatoes are lovingly handpicked by our owner Bonnie Schaefer from our local Farmer’s Market, in an effort to bring only the best produce from the farm to the Rowland’s table.

One of our favorite entrees on the new menu, the Half Rack Spring Lamb, is an excellent example of the region’s heritage cuisine and new innovation. The lamb comes from a local farm, while the combination of Sea Island Red Peas, Ramps, Bacon, Mint, and Jus adds a creative spin to an otherwise traditional dish.

We have eagerly awaited the release of our new menu, and hope that our customers will feel the passion, creativity, and dedication that went into the creation of Rowland’s summer atmosphere.

Click here to view the menu.

Call to make your reservations today 828-295-5152 or visit our page on OpenTable.

Rowland’s Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa Named a Diner’s Choice Restaurant for the Month of April

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Rowland’s Restaurant at Westglow Resort and Spa is proud to have recieved a monthly Diner’s Choice award from voters on OpenTable. We are honored to continue to recieve recognition from our customers in addition to the awards we are given on a yearly basis.

Our staff at Rowland’s Restaurant pride themselves on providing elegent and memorable service paired with cuisine inspired by Appalachian culture. We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the customers that continue to recognize us as a restaurant that values providing guests with a unique experience.

Reserve your table now! Our summer menu is upcoming and we are proud to introduce our new Executive Chef Micheal Armes. Chef Armes and the entire staff look forward to continuing to serve OpenTable customers and all guests that share our passion for dining and cuisine.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Gift from Westglow

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Spring welcomes the time of year where we honor the women that mean the most to us. Westglow places Mother’s Day on a top pedestal and this year we are rolling out a red carpet of specials. Along with our traditional Mother’s Day Brunch, which has always been a crowd favorite, we are offering a variety of Gift Certificate options to personalize your gifts to the special women in your life.

Available for purchase through May 11th, we are offering a large discount on Spa Day Package Gift Certificates. Normally priced at $225, $325, and $425 depending on how many spa services each guest prefers, we are now offering Gift Certificates priced at $200, $300, and $400 respectively. Every Spa Day Package includes full use of our Life Enrichment Center. A modern and updated weight and cardio fitness center, group exercise classes, pool with two hot tubs, two dry saunas, and a steam room are just a few of the amenities offered. Enjoy the added bonus of our full service luxury salon. There is no better way to end a world class spa day than with a fresh blow dry or manicure. These Gift Certificates are ready and waiting to be purchased online!

Additionally we are offering Gift Certificates for 10% off any overnight stay at Westglow. There are virtually no restrictions on this offer and a multitude of options are available. Both Bed and Breakfast and Resort Packages are included in this special and each includes full access to our Life Enrichment Center. There are a variety of options available within those two categories and therefore, we ask that clients call our Guest Services department to purchase these Gift Certificates. This department can be reached at 828-295-4463 or 1-800-562-0807.

View Mother’s Day Brunch Menu here.

Click here to purchase your Spa Day Package Gift Certificates! All Certificate Specials are redeemable for a year after the purchase date, with the monetary amount never expiring.

Upcoming Rowland’s Restaurant Wine Dinners

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This month, Rowland’s Restaurant is happy to invite the public to several upcoming wine events. We are proud to feature wine from Jones von Drehle and Fiddlehead Cellars vineyards in two separate dinners. Our chefs at Rowland’s have created two unique menus for the occasions and each dinner has been built to match the notes and flavors of the individual wines.

Westglow’s Restaurant Manager Gary Brown commented on the upcoming events, saying “For me the most exciting aspect of dinners like these is the shared passion for food and wine. It is always a beautiful thing to see what we do as restaurant through the eyes of our guests. Intimate settings like these allow for a free flow of thoughts, experiences, and perspectives.”

Each dinner will begin with an intimate meet and greet or a short wine tasting, which adds to the intimate setting of Rowland’s Restaurant and makes each dinner a unique experience.

Brown went on to discuss the important relationship between our menus and the wine we serve, “I think the guests can see when there is no relationship between the restaurant and the wine. It shows up, good or bad, in the menu…focusing not on the food and wine as separate entities, but on the perfection of their marriage is a key factor.”

The Drehle and Fiddlehead dinners will take place the 16th and 30th respectively. Click here for details.