Planting Spring Flowers

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The rhododendrons are blooming in the High Country, which means it’s time to plant Westglow’s spring flowers! Every spring our landscaping team partners with florist Fuschia Moss and they spend a few days buying, arranging, and planting flowers throughout the property.
After purchase, every new flower is arranged on property before planting begins. This practice ensures our team will know how the final product will look before committing to the layout. Planting itself requires patience, as flowers are planted in pre-determined sections and watered in full before moving to the next area. However, the end result is well worth the effort and we look forward to watching Westglow’s blooms flourish well into the summer months!

Easter at Westglow

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Easter Brunch, along with being one of our most popular events, is the first big moment in Westglow’s yearly schedule after our oftentimes long winters. The event stands out as the jumpstart to our spring, new growth, and renewed activity.

This year we’ve focused on incorporating classic recipes with new twists into our Easter Brunch menu. We personally recommend Westglow’s Monte Cristo or our Bananas Foster French Toast. Click here to view the full, delicious menu.

As a special bonus this year, we’re introducing our first annual Easter Egg Hunt! Easter is traditionally a fun and colorful holiday and we strive to make Westglow events as festive as possible. So, we thought an egg hunt would be the perfect solution to our holiday goals. Beginning at 3pm Easter Sunday, we will feature afternoon drink specials for parents and adults, while children search for candy-filled eggs around our Portico. Concluding the hunt, we’ll host a raffle drawing for Grand Prizes perfect for all adults in attendance. We hope to see you there!

Please call Rowland’s Restaurant at 828-295-5141 to make your Easter Brunch reservations.

Hello Spring!

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Happy spring! Winter is finally behind us and we’re looking forward to seeing new growth and colors emerge. We just released our spring newsletter and it’s full of new items for this new season.

First, spring is always a reawakening for Rowland’s Restaurant. We love our winter menu, but the new season gives us a chance to get creative and highlight special events. In the next few weeks we’ll have an Easter Brunch, a wine dinner with Blowing Rock’s Savor Wine Festival, and will participate in Savor’s Taste Event. Each event is a chance for us to highlight specific aspects of Rowland’s Restaurant and we’re extremely excited for each one. Click here to view the Easter Brunch menu!

In celebration of spring, we’ve decided to extend our Low Season Rates into midweek May reservations. Book your May visit between now and April 21st to take advantage of these rates. This special applies to Day Spa Packages, Resort Packages, and Bed & Breakfast visits Monday-Thursday in the month May. Click here for more information.

Later in the season we’ll feature a Mother’s Day Brunch and an extravagant wine week. Stay tuned for more information and welcome to a wonderful spring!

The Two Seasons of Westglow

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Yes, we know there are technically four seasons to a year in the High Country. However, there are two distinct travel seasons at Westglow and the rest of the North Carolina Mountains. Commonly referred to as High and Low Season, they indicate the amount of travelers to our area at any given point in the year.

Now, we’re here to debunk a myth: High and Low Season do not imply there’s a better, or “higher,” season to travel. It’s all a matter of perspective and we’d like to explain.

High Season typically runs from May through the end of October. These months are filled with sunshine, pleasing temperatures, and an abundance of activity. Outdoor concerts, farmers markets, music festivals, and horse shows take up almost every weekend during High Season and the days in between are filled with shopping, hiking, and dining al fresco. Westglow is a hub of activity and the perfect place to balance warm weather fun with vacation relaxation.

Low Season is the period between the 1st of November and the end of April. While the weather may be notable colder this time of year, these months are the perfect time to “do as the Romans do.” Blowing Rock’s population dwindles down to its year-round residents and locals are happy to share their town secrets with travelers who enjoy smaller crowds, cooler weather, and winter wonderlands. We have never ending suggestions of winter and early spring activities; the result of spending years capitalizing on this relaxing time. Westglow in the Low Season truly embodies the isolated, escape from the outside world feeling that only a vacation in the Appalachian Mountains can offer.

In short, while there are two distinct travel seasons in this region, Westglow never loses its charm, comfort, and appeal. The landscape just changes slightly.

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!

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!

Daylight Savings Time at Westglow

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Every year, the most promising sign of spring in the High Country is turning the clocks up one hour. The extra hour of daylight welcomes an exciting and energetic time to the mountains and Westglow is no exception.

Longer days at Westglow mean we only have a few more weeks until the property is filled with bright green leaves, fresh grass, and glowing flowers. We anxiously look forward to tennis clinics and outdoor yoga classes in warm, inviting weather. For now, we’re excited to show dinner guests onto our portico for spectacular sunsets that peak during our prime dining hours. Springtime also means special events. Westglow hosts an exciting Easter Brunch, indulgent wine dinners, and intimate Mother’s Day Brunch all within the upcoming weeks. Click here to view our Easter menu and visit OpenTable to make reservations.