Destination: Oglebay

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Destination: Oglebay
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General Information:

Oglebay is a unique 1650 acre resort of exceptional beauty and abundant recreational activities nestled in the hills surrounding Wheeling, West Virginia. Wilson Lodge at Oglebay has overnight accommodations with fine dining, indoor pool, fitness room and massage therapy. For families and larger groups, 49 cottages are available at Oglebay.

Winter Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights Package - just $99!Oglebay also features two championship golf courses, one designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, and the newest course, designed by Arnold Palmer. Bissonnette Gardens at Oglebay features seasonal floral displays from April through October and the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay is America's largest light show with a million lights in November and December. There are also seven specialty shops scattered throughout Oglebay, all featuring unique gifts, wearables and collectibles.

Winter Fantasy at the Good Zoo

The 30-acre Good Zoo at Oglebay features over 80 species of animals, a hands-on Discovery Lab, the Benedum Science Theater with laser shows, train ride, and miniature train display. And, don't miss our special Komodo dragon exhibit!

Other family activities at Oglebay include swimming, tennis, Schenk Lake, the Mansion Museum, Schrader Environmental Education Center, horse stables and much more!


Wilson Lodge

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A family. A couple. A group. Everybody needs their own space. So every room in Wilson Lodge, all 212 of them, comes with the room you need and the appointments to make you feel at home. Wilson Lodge is equipped with all the modern luxuries including an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, Wolffe tanning bed, massage therapy and fitness room.
For Reservations call 800-624-6988 or 304-243-4090.

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Meetings & Conferences at Wilson Lodge
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For people who need more room, Oglebay offers a choice of cottages, deluxe or standard, by the day, weekend or week. Each cottage has a large living room, a fully-equipped kitchen and either two, four or six bedrooms. Ideal for larger families, golf outings or meeting groups.
For Reservations call 800-624-6988 or 304-243-4090.

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The Waddington House

Waddington House is one of Oglebay's finest facilities - a luxurious retreat nestled in a quiet nook at Oglebay. It is named for Waddington Farm, the name of the Oglebay property before it became a public recreation area. The last private owner of Waddington was Earl W. Oglebay, and Oglebay's only grandson, Courtney Burton, Jr., spent his first 14 summers at Waddington.

In 1974 Mr. Burton built a second home at Oglebay that he called Waddington. Today, this home retains the charm it had when the Burtons were in residence. Several family pieces have been donated by Burton's wife, Margaret, and the rest of the furnishings are reminiscent of the way it was decorated during Mr. Burton's lifetime. Recent renovations only add to the comfort and versatility of the deluxe facility.
For Reservations call 800-624-6988 or 304-243-4090.

Waddington House Rates

Festival of Lights:

Winter Festival of LightsNovember 1, 2003 - January 4, 2004

In 1985 a holiday tradition began at Oglebay and spread throughout the city of Wheeling. That tradition is the Winter Festival of Lights/City of Light celebration.

The first year, displays and landscape lighting covered about 125 acres over a three-mile drive throughout the resort. Since then, the show has grown into the nation's largest light show, covering more than three hundred acres over a six mile drive throughout the resort. Downtown Wheeling features dozens of homes, shops and business establishments ablaze in lights. The Winter Festival of Lights/City of Lights has earned a permanent spot on the American Bus Association's Top International Events.

World-renown landscape lighting expert Dick Bosch, a Netherlands resident, and the Wheeling Park Commission’s creative director, Robert J. Otten, are the creative talents behind Oglebay’s show. Bosch’s lighting expertise in providing just the right light for trees and buildings is made more difficult in winter when the hardwoods are bare. “Winter calls for special rules in lighting,” says Bosch. “There is a play of light, shadow and silhouetting effects that must appear natural, and is more difficult to achieve in winter.” Bob Otten designed the first five displays for the 1985 opening and, over the past decade, has created nearly 50 additional attractions throughout the park. Together, this design team has created America’s largest and most exciting holiday lighting attraction.

Every year, several new displays are added a a few displays are retired. The new displays will be added to more than fifty favorites from previous years including the animated Snowflake Tunnel, a display that delights visitors as they drive through dozens of twinkling snowflakes, and, the massive Polyhedron Star, standing on the highest hilltop in Oglebay and emblazoned with over 2,000 lights. Also returning this year is the Poinsettia Wreath and Candles, the festival's tallest display, standing nearing sixty feet and fifty feet in diameter. Other display favorites include a Candy Cane Wreath, The Twelve Days of Christmas and Willard the Snowman, named for the TV weatherman Willard Scott who “turned on” the lights in 1986.

While a year-round staff is required to assemble and refurbish the displays and hundreds of strings of lights, staff members from all areas of Oglebay spend months in planning, to provide visitors with a memorable experience. There are elaborate decorations at the Mansion Museum and Wilson Lodge, and unique gifts for the season at Oglebay’s retail shops. The Good Zoo at Oglebay transforms into "Winter Fantasy" with laser shows at the Benedum Theater plus a model train display featuring a winter holiday village. The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge offers a delicious holiday buffet nightly and lively holiday dinner shows are real treat.

The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable nightly from dusk to 11 pm. A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Trolley tours are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge. Seats are sold on the day of the tour only, first-come, first-served, $5.00 per seat.

Oglebay, and the Winter Festival of Lights, is located 4 miles from I-70 at Exit 2A. It is 60 miles from Pittsburgh via I-79 south and I-70 west; 120 miles from Columbus via I-70 east; and 150 miles from Cleveland via I-77 south and I-70 east. See location for further directions.


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