Wildlife at Westglow

 

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One of the many benefits of being situated in the North Carolina mountains is that we share our property with an abundance of furry friends. We’ve grown so accustomed to seeing our neighborhood deer, turkeys, and even bear we forget that not everyone spends their day to day so close to wildlife and nature. So, we want to take the time to introduce our guests to some of our favorite neighbors.

The end of the season has welcomed the emergence of a new buck around the property. Female deer, or doe, and their babies are regularly seen around Westglow, but their male counterparts are more scarce. Last fall two large bucks roamed near and on Westglow’s property and the new addition seems as solitary as his counterparts. Oftentimes, doe can be seen grazing and traveling in groups, but the bucks in the area graze and wander Westglow’s acres alone.

Turkeys love to explore Westglow’s grounds, especially the areas around the Life Enrichment Center. Staff members at the Life Enrichment Center have a few feeders placed in nearby wooded areas to help feed the neighborhood chipmunks and birds, and turkey enjoy passing through to eat seeds that have fallen to the ground. They’ll happily tolerate a passerby as long as he maintains an appropriate distance. Otherwise, they will quickly run away until it’s safe to return!

Black bear inhabit the Pisgah National Forest that borders Westglow’s property. It is not uncommon for us to hear stories of bear tracks and sightings from Blowing Rock and the surrounding areas, but this year is the first in many that we’ve had a bear include Westglow in her territory. She’s been spotted on property a handful of times and from what we can tell is very content to keep her distance. She’s beginning her preparation for hibernation and when we do see her she’s preoccupied foraging for berries, nuts, and other food. We’re happy to make a little noise to let her know there are humans around, she then quickly travels elsewhere to forage, and only returns once activity around Westglow has quieted.

We hope to see you soon! Fall and the weeks before are a fantastic time to witness wildlife in the area and are a potential extra bonus to beautiful fall hikes and outdoor activities. Click here to view our Lodge at Westglow accommodations that are nestled in the woods on Westglow’s property.

Westglow’s Guide to Preparing for Fall

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We’ve noticed a morning chill in the air and leaves are slowly starting to change their hues. While days still climb to balmy highs and those of us living off the mountain are dwelling in sweltering heat, the calendar and nighttime lows do not lie. Fall is coming.
Many of us thrive in sweater weather and pumpkin season. It’s hard not to love such a brilliant array of colors, sunshine, and fun loving activities. However, before you jump into tailgating, apple orchards, and harvesting take some time for a seasonal wellbeing checklist.

1. Win the Battle Against Allergies: Detoxification Body Wrap and Lymphatic Stimulation Massage
Seasonal allergies can easily spoil what would otherwise be a perfect time of year. Few things ruin a hay ride or trip to a county fair faster than constant sneezing and congestion. Westglow’s Detoxification Body Wrap and Lymphatic Stimulation Massage is a natural and relaxing way to help boost the immune system and rid the body of toxins, which in turn will help ease the burden of fall allergies. Click here to learn more about this two hour spa service.

2. Nourish Your Skin with a Hydrating Moisturizer
Fall brings crisp air, less humidity, and stronger breezes. While the weather trend is popular for many people, it can be drying and harsh for our skin. We suggest trading your summertime moisturizer for a richer, fall option. Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream Light is a great moisturizing, protecting, and transitional product for the months between summer and winter. It’s readily available in our retail shop and used in many of our facial services as a calming and hydrating moisturizer.

3. Enjoy the Sunshine While it Lasts
Daylight Savings Time ends in almost two months. Leading up to November 6th there are weeks of sunshine and abundant fall foliage. We encourage our guests to make the most of the changing seasons by beginning each day of their visit with our guided hikes. The days are getting shorter and sunshine cannot be underrated as a tool to help improve our moods and emotional outlook, so make the most of sun-filled days while they’re still around.

Little-Known Facts About Westglow

 

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We spend a lot of time discussing the highlights of Westglow’s property. Holidays, specials, Rowland’s events, and property celebrations tend to stay in the spotlight, and leave little room for the smaller details that make Westglow truly unique. To share some interesting facts, we’ve compiled a little-known list about this amazing, historic property.

1. On a clear day, Charlotte’s city skyline can be seen from the Relaxation Lounge in our Life Enrichment Center.
2. Grazing deer and turkey love to wander through the wooded areas of our 42 acre estate.
3. Combined, our salon stylists have over 137 years of experience.
4. Westglow’s owner, Bonnie Schaefer, personally visits the local farmers market to ensure Rowland’s Restaurant uses fresh and local produce. She loves local heirloom tomatoes and her signature “Bonnie’s Heirloom Tomato Salad” has been a summer favorite at Rowland’s for years.
5. There are seven original Elliott Daingerfield paintings hanging in Westglow’s Mansion.
6. Guests can see both the sunrise and sunset from the front of the Mansion.
7. Westglow was a site for paratrooper training during World War II. Aircraft would fly by and drop troopers into the valleys surrounding Westglow.
8. Most of the books in the Mansion’s library are from the Daingerfield family. The books date back from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.
9. Westglow was inducted into Relais and Chateaux in 2010, the same year as Richard Gere’s hotel the Bedford Post.
10. The Daingerfield family camped out on the property after the purchasing the land to find the best site for the Westglow mansion; studying the night skies and the play of the morning light.
11. Westglow has a fresh herb garden just steps away from the Rowland’s kitchen. Our Restaurant Manager and chefs planted the herbs and will tend the garden all season.

Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016

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The voting is in! Westglow has been named the #2 Top Destination Spa in the United States by Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards.

Each Destination Spa nominated for the Awards was voted on by quality of accommodations, service, food, treatments, and overall value. A spa must receive a minimum number of votes before being eligible for an award and all compromised votes from a spa’s employees or votes considered to be spam are vetted out of the final tally.

Westglow has received a Destination Spa World’s Best Award for several years running, but the excitement and gratitude never quite wears off. Wendy Jarema, Westglow’s Spa Director, gives credit to the property’s dedicated staff. “I am extremely honored and humbled that Westglow Resort and Spa has won this award. The amazing staff at Westglow works so hard to create an unforgettable experience for every single guest and I am grateful to work with such a remarkable group of people. Westglow is such a unique property and its surrounding mountains are an extraordinarily healing place.”

Wendy reiterated a sentiment we’ve all been feeling since the World’s Best Awards were announced, “thank you, to all of our loyal guests who voted for us!”

Click here to view everything our award-winning spa has to offer.

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!

Westglow’s Herb Garden

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Consistently warm weather arrives a little later in the High Country. Gardeners in this area wait patiently while our neighbors in lower altitudes are tilling the ground and planting their first seeds. However, when planting season does come it’s something of a revival alongside late blooming rhododendrons and clear blue skies.

Our chefs and Restaurant Manager have been eagerly checking weather patterns for weeks looking for the perfect planting time. Finally, the weather aligned this past weekend and the Rowland’s Restaurant herb garden is well underway! Combining owner Bonnie Schaefer’s summertime Farmer’s Market trips, ingredients from local farms, and our chefs pulling basil, rosemary, thyme, and others from our garden, ensures that each dish coming out of Rowland’s kitchen is fresh and satisfying.

A Westglow Newsletter

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We’ve all flipped through our fair share of newsletters. They’re readily available for skimming in e-mails, and business waiting rooms around the world. However, most of those newsletters leave our brains as soon as they enter them.

So what makes a Westglow newsletter different? Each edition is a property wide collaboration. Westglow’s owners give inside tips, our chefs provide recipes, our Spa Director highlights unique retail suggestions, and our Wellness Director gives seasonal fitness tips. That level of teamwork ensures that each release is something exciting, memorable, and unique. The overall effect is something worth reading.

Every newsletter begins with a Letter from the Owners. Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer are actively involved at Westglow and the Letter gives them the opportunity to share the aspects of Westglow they love most with our valued patrons. The Letter gives customers a chance to look behind the curtain at Westglow as well. Insider information such as Bonnie’s daily Farmer’s Market trips add a personal touch, while also letting our guests know their meals at Rowland’s are infused with the best local ingredients.

Using fresh, local ingredients from our Farmer’s Markets and other High Country sources means we introduce rotating or seasonal menus in our newsletters as well. Accompanying those menus are recipes that guests can try in their own kitchens. Click here to view our most recent recipe and others!

Most importantly, the Westglow newsletter gives us the chance to share what’s happening on and around the property. Now, we have Mother’s Day Brunch, a wine dinner, gift certificate specials, and our Face Time Me Package. In the fall, we might have midweek specials, discounted lodging rates, and new wine offerings. Each newsletter features different offerings than the last, making each season new and unique.

Click here to view the entire newsletter and sign up to receive exclusive e-mail offers and future editions!

Mother’s Day at Westglow

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Choosing a unique gift for Mother’s Day can be a challenge. It’s an important day when we all get the chance to celebrate the important women in our lives, but oftentimes we resort to the traditional flowers or chocolates as a gift.

Westglow offers a more exciting alternative to the traditional celebrations. Give the gift of pure relaxation with our special Mother’s Day Gift Certificates. At $25 off, all of our Day Spa Package Gift Certificates include spa services, a four course spa lunch, and full use of our Life Enrichment Center facilities. For those out of town and looking for a longer retreat, we’re offering Gift Certificates for 10% off all overnight visits. These special offers are available for purchase through Mother’s Day and all gift certificates are valid one year after purchase date. Click here to purchase Day Spa Package gift certificates instantly! Please call our Guest Services Department at 1-800-562-0807 to purchase overnight gift certificates.

If you’re interested in a group affair, look no further than Mother’s Day Brunch at Rowland’s Restaurant. Brunch on Mother’s Day is a favorite. However, Rowland’s prides itself on putting a unique spin on every tradition. From our Bananas Foster French Toast to Irish Lamb Stew, our menu promises to have something special for everyone in your party. Click here to view the menu and call Rowland’s at 828-295-5141 to make your reservations. We hope to see you at Westglow soon!

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!

Wedding Season at Westglow

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Wedding season at Westglow is an exciting time when customer service and luxury exceed all other aspects of the property. Our all-inclusive resort is ideal for weddings for a multitude of reasons, but most importantly: we provide everything a bride and groom could need on our property.

From elegant receptions of 200 to intimate affairs of six, Westglow’s overnight accommodations are ready to surround those closest to the wedding party in unparalled comfort. Bridal parties might enjoy full use of our secluded and modern Fleur de lis Lodge, groomsman would love the poolroom and woodwork details in our Daingerfield house, a newly married couple could spend their first night tucked away in our Grand Master Suite, and parents of the bridal party would appreciate the comforts of our Veranda or Portico Suites.

Rowland’s Restaurant provides food and beverage for all events on our property and our Restaurant Manager, Gary Brown works closely with all wedding parties to ensure each menu is unique and meets personal standards. Our event coordinator, Jennifer Williams works with every bride and wedding party from the venue reservation through the wedding day. She ensures every aspect of the property is organized and personalized for each event and coordinates staffing efforts throughout the entire planning process.

Our Life Enrichment Center provides a full service salon, spa, and fitness center. Our salon offers elegant updos, natural, yet stunning, make-up applications, and nail services for every big day. Our spa provides all waxing, massage, and facial services leading up to events and they ensure rejuvenation and relaxation during planning.

Click here to request our wedding packet, contact Jennifer, and begin planning your Westglow wedding! Don’t forget to check out our photos from previous events!