Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wheeling, West Virginia: Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

This is listed as a standout attraction in the Triple-A Guidebook. I'm not sure if that's a good description of the place, but it's certainly nice.

Oglebay is something of a hotel, spread out a few miles into the country on the outskirts of Wheeling. You could call it the foothills of the Appalachians.

The resort has plenty of hotel space, a couple of golf courses, restaurants, and conference rooms. There also is a zoo, a couple of lakes (one of which is pictured here), hiking trails, miniature golf, some shops, an amphitheater, and boats for rent. During our brief visit, we even had a deer come within 30 feet of us to check out the surroundings.

I would guess the place gets really crowded in December, when the Christmas light show comes on. You can see some of the permanent displays, or at least the dark version of them, year-round. So it must be spectacular. Let's look at it:

This really would be a good spot for a conference, weekend stay, etc. for those within a reasonable distance of it. I just might not call it a tourist stop for those driving through.

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