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Guide To A 3-Day Weekend In Wheeling, W.Va.

January 25, 2014 6:00 AM

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facial 102821883 Guide To A 3 Day Weekend In Wheeling, W.Va.

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There are some of us fortunate enough to get a few days off from work in a row, whether due to accrued vacation time or a holiday. Why not put those days to good use? There are plenty of nearby attractions (read: within close driving proximity) that are easily accessible for a quick three-day jaunt. The one that won by a landslide when taking affordability, quality of amenities and variety of attractions into account was Oglebay Resort. An easy hour’s drive away, this quaint enterprise offers massages, luxurious amenities, entertainment and simply stunning scenery. Tucked into Wheeling, West Virginia’s highlands, this hidden gem is a perfect destination to get away from it all without making a huge travel sacrifice.

Oglebay Resort
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 243-4000
www.oglebay-resort.com

Choose from the convenience of Oglebay’s lodge amenities, or upgrade your stay with one of the resort’s premiere cottages or chalets. Whichever you choose for your extended weekend stay, you’ll be bathed in comfort and luxury. Make sure to schedule your stay around one of Oglebay’s events. From live music to antique shows, amateur golf outings and the festival of lights, there’s always something exciting happening. Be sure to pop over to Living Social or Groupon before booking – Oglebay always offers great deals on these money-saving sites.

Wheeling Park
1801 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 243-4085
www.wheeling-park.com

Wheeling Park boasts a bevy of year-round activities that are certain to entertain everyone in your group. In the summer, take a pedal boat trip on the Good Lake, stroll through the park’s lush flower garden or jump on a game of mini golf. The park also offers an Olympic-sized swimming pool and water slide. During the winter, the lake turns into an ice rink, so any season your trip falls in is sure to offer plenty of surprises.

Good Zoo
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 243-4030
www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo

Whether you’re looking to get up close and personal with a threatened or endangered species, get a closer look at exotic animals in the zoo’s Discovery Center or sign your kids up for a camp or class, the Good Zoo has it all. Boasting over 50 species of animal in its 30-acre preserve, visitors can hop a train ride through the facility, or opt to walk through and enjoy each and every animal in its glory. The zoo also has a petting area for domestic animals, a model train display and a theater dedicated to programs and laser shows. Visit the website for rates and hours, and learn all about this preeminent animal preserve before your visit.

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Wheeling Island
1 S Stone St.
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-5050
www.wheelingisland.com

A trip to Wheeling isn’t remotely complete without a trek to Wheeling Island Casino and Racetrack. With a dazzling array of table games, slots and live entertainment, you may need to add an extra day to your itinerary to take it all in. Try your hand in the casino’s Bad Beat Tournament, bet on a Greyhound race or just relax with a drink and your favorite video slot. However you choose to spend your visit, you’ll be well taken care of, thanks to the resort’s courteous, knowledgeable management and staff.

West Spa
Oglebay Resort & Conference Center
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, WV 26003
(800) 624-6988
www.westspa.com

After your whirlwind weekend wraps up, be sure to book a relaxing, luxurious massage, mani/pedi or even Thai yoga session at Oglebay’s premiere spa and salon. The West Spa offers cutting-edge services and top-of-the-line products to offer you the most soothing, tranquil pampering experience possible. Be sure to check out the spa’s menu of money-saving packages. From couples’ bundles to expectant mama experiences, The West Spa has something for everyone. Call ahead for availability or to make a reservation – space fills up quickly.

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Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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