Head to this Wheeling resort for winter fun.
Written by Kathleen Jacobs
If you’ve never been to Oglebay resort, ’tis the season. It’s a great place to enjoy the best of winter through its vast array of accommodations, activities, cuisine, and natural beauty. Newly renovated accommodations, including 54 cottages, are available this winter, too, after a major project was completed over the summer. “They each received upgrades and enhancements to their fixtures, furnishings, and equipment as well as new wall treatments, flooring, and lighting,” according to Herb Faulkenberry, vice president of sales and marketing for the resort.
Plan now to visit WinterFest on January 29. It kicks off with a Polar Plunge at Schenk Lake at the resort to benefit Special Olympics West Virginia, and the evening party features seasonal eats, local brews, prize giveaways, and live music by Jukebox.
Now that winter has turned actually cold, Oglebay’s Nutting Winter Sports Complex has been making snow. Head there for skiing and snowboarding, including rentals and lessons. There’s tubing fun, when snowfall and snow-making permit, and snowshoeing on the park trails system when the natural snow is deep enough—or you can skate at the indoor ice rink at sister property Wheeling Park. When you’ve had enough snow and ice for the day, enjoy the resort’s many other attractions—the Good Zoo, multiple museums and gift shops, and great restaurants—or wind down in the 7,000-square-foot spa.
Oglebay is less than an hour and a half from Morgantown, and there’s lots more to do in Wheeling to make a full weekend of it. You’ll find resort package deals for the January 28–30 WinterFest weekend and the February 14–17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. Or stay at Oglebay any time through April 15 and pay half the regular price for a cottage.
“Besides location—easily accessible from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia—our ‘family-centered’ culture draws visitors to Oglebay Resort,” Faulkenberry says. “We honor family in everything we do and welcome everyone from the grandparents who want to keep long-standing family traditions of spending quality time with family to the modern ‘blended’ family looking to start their own traditions.”