First Snowflakes of the Season

Fall snows are not uncommon in the High Country. Mountain temperatures during the autumn season can be unpredictable and occasionally visitors and residents will be treated to an early snowfall. Last weekend, Westglow became a momentary winter wonderland as gusty winds and light snow showers enveloped the landscape.

Accumulation was little more than a dusting, but the quick dose of winter weather reminded us of the joys in the upcoming season. We love fall and its bountiful colors, but truly every season at Westglow has its own beautiful characteristics and winter is no exception. More frequent snows are on the horizon! If you were unable to visit us during leaf season, we hope to see you enjoying Westglow as a winter escape very soon.

How to Beat the Winter Blues

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We know dealing with cold temperatures, grey skies, and being stuck indoors can be rough during the winter months. Without the proper perspective, winter can be monotonous. Thankfully, we have tips for beating the cold-weather slump.

– Get Some Sun (Somehow)

We know it’s cold, but sunlight can do wonders for your emotions. Sunlight encourages the brain to release serotonin, a hormone associated with calm, focus, and an overall boosted mood. Without sun exposure serotonin levels can dip, contributing to Seasonal Affective Disorder. So, as long as it isn’t dangerously cold outside, bundle up and soak in a few minutes of sunlight every day.

– Exercise

Getting the appropriate amount of exercise can be difficult during winter. It’s dreary outside, bad weather can keep us away from the gym, and shorter days call us to stay cozy indoors. However, a lack of exercise can hinder our mental wellbeing. Physical activity releases endorphins and therefore alleviates the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. If the weather doesn’t permit getting out of your house, invest in some yoga or interval training in the comfort of your own home!

Of course, sometimes the best way to beat the blues is to change your routine or mix it up. A quick trip to Westglow can be just the ticket for a fresh, renewed outlook on the remainder of the season.

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.

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.

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