Summer Storms at Westglow

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While Blowing Rock is famously exempt from typical Southern summer heat, weather patterns are still fairly typical of the American South. These patterns mean that Blowing Rock and Westglow get their fair share of afternoon summer storms.

At Westglow, we look forward to the potential for a quick storm, as they give us a chance to experience the unmatched beauty in our environment. Because of Westglow’s unique placement on a mountain ridge, guests and staff member are able to watch storms roll in, oftentimes from the direction of Grandfather Mountain, and then move down into the valley or further along the ridge. The spectacle oftentimes makes for a stunning show with soothing rain, bright lightening, and crackling thunder.

After these storms, the skies typically clear quickly and we are gifted with slightly cooler weather and glowing vistas.

Summer Newsletter

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Warm weather has arrived at Westglow! As with every major shift in the seasons, we’ve recently released the latest edition of our Westglow newsletters.

Putting together a newsletter is always exciting, as it gives Westglow’s team a chance to convey all property happenings in one comprehensive setting. This edition is no different and we’re taking summer indulgence to new levels this season.

Truly, it’s the summer of “new” as we’ve unveiled our new summer menu at Rowland’s, a rejuvenated hiking program, and Rowland’s weekly Sunday Brunches all in time for this season. Luxury and a sense of fulfillment are always primary goals at Westglow and we hope these new offerings will add to our valued traditions.

We’re also sharing new recipes, new wine selections for the season, and new spa services that are perfect for the warm weather months! Stay tuned for more summertime information and we hope to see you enjoying Westglow soon!

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.

Westglow Recipe: Lobster Potato Salad

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August is here and some of the hottest days of the year are upon us! Dining alfresco and fun-loving cookouts are the flavors of the month as we all cherish the last weeks of true summer heat. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, salad, and ice cream reign supreme in August as summertime favorites, but for those of us who want a little something different Rowland’s Restaurant has the answer. Our Lobster Potato Salad pays homage to summer tradition, while adding a little flare.

Click here to view this recipe and others!

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.

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!