WHEELING - Oglebay Resort and Conference Center continues to be an in-state tourist destination for residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
The 1,700-acre resort in Wheeling, W.Va., began as the summer estate of Earl W. Oglebay. Today, the center offers year-round recreational opportunities and excellent overnight accommodations while retaining its picturesque natural beauty. For generations, families, groups and individuals have indulged in the tradition and spirit that make Oglebay unique.
Caren Knoyer, marketing director for Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, said summer is a particularly good time to visit because there are so many activities. The resort's location also makes it a quick destination for summer fun.
The Oglebay Mansion Museum remains an iconic landmark at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.Va.
"It is an easy, convenient drive" for those living in the Mid-Ohio Valley, she said. "Usually any member of the family can find something to do at Oglebay."
Situated on a hilltop in the heart of Oglebay is the 271-room Wilson Lodge, featuring 59 new premium rooms and 212 completely remodeled rooms. The new 5,000-square-foot West Spa was completed in 2008, offering the finest in relaxing and therapeutic services. Additional amenities at the lodge include casual and fine dining, an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and wireless Internet.
For groups and larger families, Oglebay has 54 cottages, including four estate houses, and three new 8-bedroom premium cottages.
Groups of 10 to 400 are easily accommodated in Wilson Lodge's modern conference facilities. Dining options range from cookouts to banquets, to gourmet meals, all served in one of the beautiful dining rooms or one of the exceptional banquet rooms. Special themed events can also be catered at unique locations throughout the resort.
Oglebay is the perfect golf destination with 36 holes of championship golf now available at the Speidel Golf Club. The newest course was designed by Arnold Palmer and compliments the original championship course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr. The Speidel Golf Club features a fully-stocked pro shop, on-staff golf pro, modern locker facilities, driving range, and restaurant. Other golf amenities at Oglebay include the 18-hole regulation Crispin Golf Course, a Par III course and driving range.
Visitors of all ages will be delighted by the Good Zoo at Oglebay with 30 acres of animals, a mile and a half train ride, discovery lab, 0-gauge train exhibit, and planetarium. The Mansion Museum (Mr. Oglebay's summer home), Glass Museum and Artisan Center, Environmental Education Center, and specialty shops are also highlights of Oglebay.
Additional recreational opportunities at Oglebay include swimming at the large outdoor pool, 10 Har-Tru tennis courts, horse stables offering trail rides and lessons, plus pedal boating, miniature golf, fishing, and miles of paved walking/jogging trails.
The natural beauty of Oglebay can be enjoyed with a stroll along brick walking paths in the gardens. These gardens are a 16-acre recreation of the gardens that existed at the turn of the 19th century when Oglebay was still a private estate. Over 50,000 tulips, daffodils and hyacinths herald spring's arrival, and the summer months feature colorful annuals blooming from the beds and dangling from over 200 hanging baskets. The gardens' season is brought to a close with a vibrant display of mums in the fall.
Many special events and festivals take place at Oglebay throughout the year including Oglebayfest, the area's premier fall festival. This festival features artisans displaying and selling their unique wares plus entertainment and festival foods. Oglebay is home to one of America's largest holiday light shows, the Winter Festival of Lights. Each November and December, the six-mile driving show dazzles visitors with over a million lights on a six-mile drive displayed over 300 acres.
For more information, visit www.oglebay-resort.com or call 1-304-243-4000.