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!

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.

Easter Brunch at Rowland’s Restaurant

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Easter at Rowland’s is built around time spent with loved ones, the spring season, and inspired Easter Brunch cuisine. Every year, Easter marks the budding spring season in the mountains and our guests are treated to the first signs of blooming flowers and new greenery. It’s a refreshing time of year when plants, wildlife, and people alike shake off their winter blues.

Our Easter Brunch menu remains a staple of the holiday and our chefs pride themselves on their unique spins on traditional dishes. Our Monte Cristo comes with a sweet chili drizzle and our Lamb and Egg dish is infused with local ingredients. For those seeking signature brunch items, Rowland’s is also offering options such as classic French Toast and Eggs Benedict.

Click here to view the full menu and call us directly at 828-295-5141 or visit OpenTable to make your Easter reservations.

Winter at Westglow

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You’ll often hear winter described as a time when the Earth goes to sleep after a long year of sun and greenery. While there is an amount of tranquility in that imagery, winter at Westglow is anything but asleep.

Unless it’s simply too cold for fingers and toes, our days begin with Westglow’s daily guided hike. A unique winter hiking experience guarantees brisk rejuvenation and peaceful forest reflections. With less people around than in the warmer months, our hikers are more likely to see families of deer and other wildlife running around the quiet trails.

Back at Westglow there’s hot coffee and soothing warm ginger tea waiting for all guests. Complete the perfect winter scene by sipping either beverage by the windows in your room or curled up in our Relaxation Lounge. More likely than not, there will be snowflakes to watch.

We know that people begin working towards their summer figures as soon as the new year begins and our fitness classes certainly do not attest to winter’s sleepy stereotype. We offer personal training sessions year round and our daily fitness schedules include cycling, fitball, yoga, and water aerobics.

Meals at Westglow during the winter months are no less inventive than their warm season counterparts. In fact, our chefs excel at taking unique advantage of High Country winter ingredients and traditional dishes. Click here to view our creative and indulgent menus.

To help guests take full advantage of the winter season, we are offering a variety of winter midweek specials. Click here to view them or call today to book your overnight stay or Day Spa Package at discounted rates.

Winter at Rowland’s Restaurant

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Winter has settled into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Time moves at a more leisurely place, people stay warm and content indoors, and the landscape takes on a white, blanketed beauty.

Rowland’s Restaurant has been a longtime favorite for winter dining in the High Country, thanks to our intimate and cozy dining spaces. This year Rowland’s has furthered that reputation by introducing several new indulgent dinner menus, which promise to provide guests with a unique dining experience several nights a week.

With rotating menus throughout the week, Rowland’s is ensuring that dinner guests taste something new every evening. Each menu features dishes inspired by the warmth and heartiness off cold weather flavors. Click here to view those menus and we hope to see you dining at Rowland’s soon!

Call 828-295-5152 or visit OpenTable.com to book your reservations.

Hooray, It’s Time for Beaujolais!

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November is trademarked for Thanksgiving, but the week before the popular holiday celebrates the coveted Beaujolais Nouveau. Beginning on Thursday November 19th, we will be exploring the wines of Beaujolais. Of the ten “Cru Appellations,” or vineyard groups, in the region we will be focusing on six of them and offering flights of three for $35, or six for $65.

Meet us in the Blue Ridge Parlor at 5pm on Thursday November 19th and raise a glass as we celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau. We will be pouring Beaujolais Nouveau for $5 a glass between 5 and 6 pm. Enjoy complimentary snacks and learn about the great Cru wines of Beaujolais as well.

Beaujolais Nouveau features wines with vibrant personalities. Known for being delicate, floral, and fruity, Cru Beaujolais wines are extremely versatile and food friendly.
We will be offering these tasting flights through the end of November.

Click here to view our other special offers and call our restaurant at 828-295-5141 to make your reservation today.

November & December Midweek Special Offers

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The holiday season is gearing up. Days are shorter, temperatures are falling, and everyone turns towards the hustle and bustle of family events and gift shopping. While the holidays are happy and exhilarating, they can also strain our bodies and minds. With those thoughts in mind, Westglow is offering midweek specials through the months of November and December.

Sunday through Thursday enjoy 20% off all overnight stays. Every overnight stay includes breakfast at Rowland’s Restaurant and full use of our Life Enrichment facilities, while Resort Package stays include all meals and a one hour spa service for every night booked. At our Life Enrichment Center we are offering $40 off our High Season rate for all Day Spa Packages Monday-Thursday. Normally priced at $225, $325, and $425, all Day Spa Packages include full use of the facilities at our Life Enrichment Center, our four course spa lunch, and spa services.

Restrictions apply. Click here for more details and call our reservations department for book your visit today at 828-295-4463.

Autumn at Rowland’s Restaurant

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Seasonal transition is always an exciting time at Rowland’s Restaurant. Aside from unveiling the wonderful new fall and winter menu, our restaurant has a multitude of new and upcoming announcements.

OpenTable has just unveiled their “Loved For” awards for the month of September, and once again Rowland’s has earned high recognition for “Notable Wine List,” “Scenic View,” “Special Occasion,” and “Most Booked.” We continue to be honored by our customers’ acknowledgment and thrive under the high expectations our clientele has helped us achieve. The additions to Rowland’s already impressive wine list and indulgent options in the new menu are guaranteed to continue earning the restaurant high awards and have led to other new and exciting options as well.

Klinker Brick Winery is featured on our wine list and Rowland’s at Westglow has chosen to feature the esteemed wines at an upcoming dinner. On October 21st, the restaurant will have a five course dinner with Klinker Brick wine pairings. Our Executive Chef Tony Bates has worked alongside Sommelier Gary Brown to create a menu that matches the intricate notes and flavors of the wine. The dinner is sure to be the perfect complement to the autumn season.
We hope to see you at our Klinker Brick wine dinner or dining at Rowland’s Restaurant soon. Click here to view more information on the wine dinner and here for our new indulgent fall menu. Visit OpenTable or call our restaurant directly at 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.

Westglow’s Fall Newsletter

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Westglow’s new fall newsletter was released last week and it is full of exciting new and upcoming information about the property. The release of a newsletter is always an affair at Westglow, because it highlights the most memorable aspects of every season at the resort.

Rowland’s Restaurant new menu has officially been announced and we’ve featured it in the newsletter and on our website. Along with the menu’s exciting new additions, we took the opportunity to highlight Rowland’s new Executive Chef Tony Bates. The newsletter includes Chef Bates’ career biography and the entire staff is thrilled to have him as a part of the Westglow family.

Our Life Enrichment Center is proud to introduce Max Boutelle as Westglow’s newest Wellness Director. Max has been with Westglow for several years teaching fitness classes and offering her services as a personal trainer. The newsletter features her personal fitness tips for the season, as well as some healthy eating suggestions for the fall and winter months.

As the days grow cooler we all feel the urge to stay cozy inside and indulge in the warmth of fireplaces, food, and friends. In the spirit of that seasonal transition, we announced our November and December midweek specials in the newsletter, which cater to those who enjoy cool weather retreats. Click here for more information on those fantastic discounts!

Click here to check out the enitre newsletter. It’s full of little extras that trademark Westglow’s unique atmosphere, such as new additions to our wine list, featured retail items, and a Rowland’s recipe you can try at home.

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.