December 5, 2012 Road Trip: Oglebay Holiday of Lights
Since 1985 the Winter Festival of Lights has been delighting visitors of all ages! This annual holiday light show is one of the nation’s largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort.
Looking for souvenirs or gifts for a special occasion? You’ll find a wide selection of unique merchandise available in our specialty shops of Oglebay.
Gourmet in the Gardens
Specializes in gourmet and regionally produced food products, food and kitchen related gift ware, wine, gift baskets, candy and confections.
Carriage House Glass
Features the area’s largest selection of decorative glass.
Pro Shop / Christmas Shop at the Clubhouse at the Speidel Golf Club
Features golf apparel, accessories and more. During the Winter Festival of Lights the Pro Shop at the Hamm Clubhouse is transformed into a Christmas wonderland featuring a large selection of one-of-a-kind decorations, ornaments and more.
This charming shop features flowering plants, seasonal items & unique gifts for the gardener.
A family. A couple. A group. Everybody needs their own space. So all 271 rooms at Wilson Lodge come with the space you need and the appointments to make you feel at home.Wilson Lodge at Oglebay recently completed an extensive expansion and renovation project adding 59 premium rooms and the new West Spa. The project also included the refurbishing of the existing 212 rooms, and the lobby, fitness center and business center have all been totally remodeled. Wilson Lodge offers fine and casual dining, wireless Internet, an indoor pool, jacuzzi and game room.
Built in 1846 by Hanson Chapline, Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum was originally an eight-room farmhouse. The Wheeling Mansion went through seven different owners before it was purchased by Earl W. Oglebay in 1900. Mr. Oglebay made the mansion and its surrounding grounds his family’s summer estate, and he called the estate Waddington Farms. Upon his death in 1926, after many renovations and expansions of the mansion, Mr. Oglebay willed his estate to the city of Wheeling in order that it become a facility for education and recreation for the region. The mansion became a museum in 1930.
The newly-renovated Ihlenfeld Dining Room in Wilson Lodge overlooks Schenk Lake and offers a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Summer diners can enjoy Cascading Waters, Schenk Lake’s 150 ft. fountain and diners in November and December will see the Festival of Lights transform the hillside into a magnificent display each evening. Private dining rooms are also available.
Whether here for the day or for an extended visit, be sure to stop by the The GlassWorks Grill in Wilson Lodge. The friendly, efficient staff and delectable menu items and a complete selection of legal beverages will make the The GlassWorks Grill a favorite Oglebay activity.
Situated adjacent to the Mansion, the Oglebay Institute Glass Museum is a treasure house of sparkle and glitter. Featuring more than3000 examples of Wheeling Glass made from 1829-1939, the Glass Museum displays cut lead crystal, Victorian art glass, Peachblow, pattern and depression and Northwood’s carnival glass and many other glass examples showcasing Ohio Valley history.
Every visitor to the Mountain State will enjoy viewing the largest piece of cut lead crystal ever made, The Sweeney Punch Bowl. Five feet tall and weighing 225 pounds, this crystal treasure is world famous – a remarkable masterpiece of Victorian glass.
The Glass Museums is one of the few places in our region where the beautiful art of glass making can still be observed and experienced by beginners. Guests can watched skilled glass artisans at work and even try their hands at the craft through one-on-one workshops.
Visitors of all ages will be delighted by the Good Zoo at Oglebay with 30 acres of animals. The zoo is dedicated to the memory of a seven-year-old boy named Philip Mayer Good, who loved nature.
The indoor Discovery Lab is designed to make learning about animals fun and easy for children. It includes a variety of hands on activities as well as animal exhibits such as the colorful poison dart frog, tiger salamander and baby Komodo dragons
Have a personal encounter with some of the animals from the Good Zoo! The Good Zoo at Oglebay is offering new “Animal Encounter” and “Meet the Keeper” programs that allow zoo guests to get into animal exhibits with the keepers to help feed and train some of the zoo’s animals! A portion of the proceeds from the “Animal Encounters” program will support Oglebay’s Good Zoo’s conservation programs.
Oglebay offers a choice of cottages – premium, deluxe or traditional – 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, extended families, golf outings or meeting groups.
• Premium Cottages
Completed in July 2008, May, Hess and Chambers Cottages offer the finest in overnight accommodations. Each premium cottage is 5,000 sq. ft. with 8 bedrooms and 6 ½ bathrooms.
• Deluxe Cottages
These cottages feature heating; air-conditioning; open fireplace; color TV; two, four or six carpeted bedrooms; fully equipped kitchens with microwave, coffee maker and telephone.
• Traditional Cottages
These cottages have four bedrooms and all the amenities of Deluxe Cottages although the living room and bedrooms are somewhat smaller.
The 5,000 sq. ft. West Spa at Wilson Lodge provides relaxing and therapeutic services, utilizing the finest products and equipment. You can expect the same great hospitality and service, for which Oglebay has always been noted, at the new West Spa.