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.

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.

Menu Tasting

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It’s almost newsletter time at Westglow! But, before we can unveil all the new happenings around the property, there are several behind the scenes details that must be completed.

One of the more exciting details is the upcoming fall and winter menu and we just finished the tasting process. A new menu release is always preceded by a three-night menu tasting that grades each new dish by presentation, taste, and composition. Tastings are a chance for the chefs at Rowland’s Restaurant to show off their creativity and convey their seasonal inspirations. The autumn menus will highlight seasonal comfort food. Fall and winter are known for their hearty dishes and Rowland’s has brought a lot of that flavor to the table for this new menu.

We would personally suggest the Taleggio Bisque, Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Hump Mountain Trout, and Pumpkin Beggar’s Purses as an excellent introduction to the new menu. The trout entrée is locally sourced and its prosciutto wrap adds a hearty, seasonal flavor. With thyme ice cream and candied thyme, the Pumpkin Beggar’s Purses are a quintessential autumn dessert. Finally, the Taleggio Bisque might just end up on our recipes page. The new menu will be released Monday October, 24th and we hope to see you dining at Rowland’s soon!

Click here to view our current menu and call 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.

Winter at Westglow

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You’ll often hear winter described as a time when the Earth goes to sleep after a long year of sun and greenery. While there is an amount of tranquility in that imagery, winter at Westglow is anything but asleep.

Unless it’s simply too cold for fingers and toes, our days begin with Westglow’s daily guided hike. A unique winter hiking experience guarantees brisk rejuvenation and peaceful forest reflections. With less people around than in the warmer months, our hikers are more likely to see families of deer and other wildlife running around the quiet trails.

Back at Westglow there’s hot coffee and soothing warm ginger tea waiting for all guests. Complete the perfect winter scene by sipping either beverage by the windows in your room or curled up in our Relaxation Lounge. More likely than not, there will be snowflakes to watch.

We know that people begin working towards their summer figures as soon as the new year begins and our fitness classes certainly do not attest to winter’s sleepy stereotype. We offer personal training sessions year round and our daily fitness schedules include cycling, fitball, yoga, and water aerobics.

Meals at Westglow during the winter months are no less inventive than their warm season counterparts. In fact, our chefs excel at taking unique advantage of High Country winter ingredients and traditional dishes. Click here to view our creative and indulgent menus.

To help guests take full advantage of the winter season, we are offering a variety of winter midweek specials. Click here to view them or call today to book your overnight stay or Day Spa Package at discounted rates.

Winter at Rowland’s Restaurant

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Winter has settled into the Blue Ridge Mountains. Time moves at a more leisurely place, people stay warm and content indoors, and the landscape takes on a white, blanketed beauty.

Rowland’s Restaurant has been a longtime favorite for winter dining in the High Country, thanks to our intimate and cozy dining spaces. This year Rowland’s has furthered that reputation by introducing several new indulgent dinner menus, which promise to provide guests with a unique dining experience several nights a week.

With rotating menus throughout the week, Rowland’s is ensuring that dinner guests taste something new every evening. Each menu features dishes inspired by the warmth and heartiness off cold weather flavors. Click here to view those menus and we hope to see you dining at Rowland’s soon!

Call 828-295-5152 or visit OpenTable.com to book your reservations.

January E-Newsletter

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Happy 2016! A New Year means a fresh start and many of us choose to focus that start on health and wellness. With that focus in mind, we’ve introduced our January Newsletter and it’s full of creative ways to start your year with healthy habits. Plus, it debuts our winter savings and a New Year, New You Package!

Now through the end of March, enjoy $40 off all midweek Day Spa Package. Each package includes full use of our Life Enrichment Center facilities and our four-course spa lunch that day. Click here for more details.

For those seeking overnight accommodations, we are offering 20% off all Bed and Breakfast stays through the end of March. All Bed and Breakfast stays include full use of our Life Enrichment facilities, luxury overnight accommodations, and breakfast each morning. Click here for more details. Additionally, our New Year, New You package offers 20% off our 3-night Mind, Body, and Spirit Retreat, which focuses on creating a lasting sense of balance and wellness.

Rowland’s restaurant recently unveiled new winter menus that draw from the cold weather months in the High Country. With rotating menus throughout the week, guests will experience something new at every sitting. Click here to view those menus.

Our newsletter details everything new happening on our property, including our new Daingerfield House! Click here to view the full newsletter.