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.

Pumpkin Spa Services for Fall

October has arrived and we have the perfect way to celebrate this beautiful month. For the second consecutive year, Westglow’s Life Enrichment Center is offering pumpkin-themed spa upgrades!

Our Pumpkin Spice Pedicure combines the traditional service with a pumpkin spice fizzy bomb, gentle sugar scrub, and pumpkin soufflé body butter. The pedicure works to moisturize and protect the dry skin around our feet and ankles. As a bonus, the entire treatment surrounds you with comforting scents of pumpkin and spice.

The Pumpkin Collagen Mask is a traditional mask that incorporates natural pumpkin extract to help infuse skin with extra nutrients and antioxidants. This service can be added to any facial appointment! Click here for more information on pricing! Call 828.295.4463 to reserve your services and upgrades.

2017 Solar Eclipse

  

Much of the country was swept up in the 2017 Solar Eclipse earlier this week and Westglow was no exception! Everyone on property was prepared with eclipse glasses and our Graphic Designer even purchased a special lens for our camera. In fact, the entire of town of Blowing Rock was ready to make the most of this amazing event and our local Chamber of Commerce had a “Dark in the Park” event with Moon Pies, Sun Chips, and all thing eclipse related.

Unfortunately, clouds rolled in leading up to the peak moment of the eclipse and we were all a little worried we would miss the fantastic view. Thankfully our fears were alleviated when we realized our glasses were strong enough to see through thin clouds and our special lens captured several fantastic shots! In all, the day was incredibly memorable and we hope everyone caught a glimpse of that unforgettable event.

The Three F’s of Enjoying Wine

“Sometimes it’s easy to overthink the glass of wine in your hand. It’s not always about how wine looks, smells, and tastes. Long before I truly understood the wine in my glass, I only related to how it made me feel. Did it take me somewhere I had never been before? Could I get a sense of its history? I was transfixed by the elements of weather, earth, and physical hardships that it took to make that particular glass of wine.

Over time, my juvenile notions grew into dinner parties. While it was my passion for wine that drove me to study and want to learn all I could, these parties taught me true appreciation of wine. I had studied so many literal things about wine. Words like terroir, producer, AOC, varietal, and harvest were part of a new language, but a language I quickly realized was only spoken by other sommeliers. So, when I was finally given the chance to go on the floor as the sommelier for a restaurant, I quickly realized this new found language was not the ideal way to connect to our guests. I had to find a way to talk to my audience, and then I remembered the dinner parties. We all have our own way we describe wine. We all have our own language. The key to being a good sommelier is listening and interpreting. Someone might interpret a red wine with overripe fruit as sweet; even though I know most red wines are bone dry. Others might find a particular white wine tart and lacking body, while I know it is just young and too cold.

As a sommelier, I am not just a consumer or someone who loves wine. It is my job to sell wine. And sometimes, in a world of quotas, budgets, and ego it is easy to create a sense of division between seller and buyer. In the most arrogant of situations, the professional forgets they can still learn something. So at the end of the day, I remind myself that we are all enthusiasts.

So I offer the three F’s:
1. Favorites
The first question I ask any guest is “what do you drink at home.” This question establishes a baseline and it lets me know what you enjoy as a wine consumer. As a sommelier and salesperson, I have created a wine program that caters to all likes and therefore have a wine selection to satisfy everyone’s personal taste.
I am the first one to advocate stepping out your comfort zone, but until you are comfortable with the salesperson, stick to your guns. Make them make you happy. There is a time and place for adventure.
2. Friends
Experience is everything. An environment where all thoughts and opinions are free flowing and comfortable is central to a memorable wine experience. This comfort comes from good company and a mutual respect for different opinion. You tasted cherry. I tasted raspberry. Well, all red wine tastes like cherries and raspberries. Wine is subjective, so you should have fun debating it. “Is that cherry unripe or just cherry pie?” “Are you really tasting raspberry or is it actually cranberry?” I am amazed on a daily basis by the amount I learn about wine by simply listening to another person’s interpretation.
3. Food
As a lover of wine, I will certainly agree that some wines are delicious as an aperitif or a digestif. I can certainly start the evening with a glass of rosé and end with a madeira, but most wine is made to be enjoyed with food. I’ve never had a Gruner Veltliner come alive until it was married with fried chicken. The bodacious nature of a vintage Champagne gives balance to a ribeye topped with grilled bacon and morel butter poached lobster knuckle meat. Chablis pairs perfectly with oysters. I could go on and on. Wine is food. Not in any literal sense of vegetable, starch, or protein, but certainly as an accoutrement.
The pairing of food and wine is the beginning of the true adventure. Sure, we have to consider what we are drinking. But most importantly, why are we drinking it, who are we drinking with, and what are we drinking it with?”

 

– Gary Brown C.S

Westglow Named #1 Domestic Destination Spa by Travel + Leisure

After eleven consecutive years of being among Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards “Top Ten Destination Spas”, Westglow has been named 2017’s #1 Domestic Destination Spa! We are deeply honored by this recognition and sincerely appreciate all of our valued guests and friends who made this award possible.

Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards are determined every year through a readers’ survey. Destination Spa nominees are rated on their accommodations, facilities, treatments, service, food, and overall value; ensuring that each awarded property is held to the highest possible standard.

Congratulations to our fellow Relais & Chateaux properties that are also award recipients this year. We truly are unique in the world, around the world! And for those who have never visited Westglow, we look forward to showing why we are proud to be the very best of the best!

Click here to view all Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards!

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.

Sunday Brunch

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Beginning June 4th, Rowland’s Restaurant will offer weekly Sunday Brunch from 11am-2pm! This new tradition has been in Westglow works for a several weeks and the entire staff is thrilled to finally unveil it to the public.

The menu is the perfect blend of traditional brunch fare and creative Westglow cuisine. You’ll find Westglow’s Eggs Benedict has a crab twist and our burger features a truffle infused cheese. Traditional dishes such as shrimp & grits and quiche have their respected places as well.

Brunch is open to the public and reservations are required. Click here to view the menu and here to make reservations instantly on OpenTable.com!

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!

Introducing Our Newest Spa Service: The Skin Renewal Treatment!

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Spring has sprung at Westglow and we’re running full speed into this new season. In the spirit of feeling refreshed and renewed, we’ve created a brand new spa service guaranteed to give you a spring-like sense rejuvenation.

This new two hour service is the perfect fit for our Deluxe Day Package. Schedule your Skin Renewal Treatment, take full advantage of our spa facilities, and enjoy our four course spa lunch in one perfectly relaxing day. The service itself includes a body wrap, salt scrub, and body massage, which is a wonderful option for guests who want a bit of everything.

Click here to learn more about our Skin Renewal Treatment and other Vichy Services!

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.