Holiday fun: Oglebay Resort's Festival of Lights

Just a few hours' drive from either Baltimore or D.C. is one of the most renowned holiday lights displays in the U.S.: Wheeling, WV's Oglebay Resort. Photo: Tamar Alexia Fleishman

Wheeling, WV, December 7, 2011 - Immerse yourself in the holiday season at Oglebay Resort. Set on 1,800 acres, the resort features beautiful with hills, far-reaching vistas and historic buildings. 

Historic building at Wheeling's Oglebay Resort

Historic building at Wheeling’s Oglebay Resort

There’s a wide range of accommodations from private executive homes to the Wilson Lodge, which offers a “big family” feel. A fun option for groups is the rustic but comfortable cottages, some of which are pet-friendly. With huge, wood-burning fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, full kitchens and privacy, you can enjoy all of the amenities of the resort and have your own party, too. (Note: The deer are unafraid of humans and congregate near the cottages.)

Elderberry Cottage at Oglebay

Elderberry Cottage at Oglebay

Since Oglebay Resort has so many promotions and packages, it’s best to check their website for rates. It’s about a five-hour drive from the Baltimore metro area to Wheeling, West Virginia.

Just a few of the deer at Oglebay Resort

Just a few of the deer at Oglebay Resort

Where to eat

No need to leave the resort. Oglebay has a full selection of dining options from casual to elegant. 

The Glass Works Grill in the Lodge serves classic pub fare and comfort food, but with a thoughtful, food-lover’s touch.

View holiday lights and the winter scene through Jeffersonian windows at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room, where breakfast buffets, family-friendly dinner buffets and fine-dining a la carte menus are served. The restaurant is a steak and chop house, with beautifully presented accompaniments and fine wine collection.

Chilled shrimp at Oglebay's Ihlenfeld Dining Room

Chilled shrimp at Oglebay’s Ihlenfeld Dining Room

Caesar funnel salad at Oglebay's Ihlenfeld Dining Room

Caesar funnel salad at Oglebay’s Ihlenfeld Dining Room

What to do

The award-winning Festival of Lights is a six-mile car ride though 300 acres of intricate holiday light arrangements, including many that move. Different sections of the resort have a different holiday feel, including home-like, good old-fashioned, childhood favorites and elegant Christmas gardens. The festival runs nightly through January 8, 2012. 

Oglebay's Festival of Lights

Oglebay’s Festival of Lights

Something for everyone at Oglebay's Festival of Lights

Something for everyone at Oglebay’s Festival of Lights

Oglebay has several upscale shops, including an extensive collection of West Virginia made art glass, gourmet foods, and during the season, Christmas items – including items to make your own Oglebay-like light displays.

Some of the areas at Oglebay look like little Christmas gardens

Some of the areas at Oglebay look like little Christmas gardens

Garden shop at Oglebay

Garden shop at Oglebay

 

The Good Zoo on the premises has 30 acres of wild animals, including exotic species from around the globe. Model train enthusiasts will enjoy the collection at the zoo entrance highlighting trains that were so important to the area’s commerce.

The Mansion Museum is much more than a collection of Victorian housewares: there’s a “Main Street” depicting historic Wheeling, as well as other important historic items of the area. Each exhibit has been decorated to celebrate the holiday season.

The Mansion Museum at Oglebay, decorated for Christmas

The Mansion Museum at Oglebay, decorated for Christmas

Santa's checking his list at Oglebay Resort

Santa’s checking his list at Oglebay Resort

Oglebay has many things to do for active folks: horseback riding, golf courses and ranges designed by Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, miles of walking trails, an indoor pool and a luxury spa.

If you’re craving some late nightlife, Oglebay is only a few minutes from Wheeling Island Casino and Racetrack.

 

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Tamar Alexia Fleishman

It takes a Renaissance woman to cover the cool, shocking, tasty, and thought provoking things in the Baltimore region and beyond.

Tamar came to Charm City as a child prodigy violinist to study with Daniel Heifetz at the Peabody Conservatory. Musically, she accomplished the gamut from being Concertmistress of the now-defunct Annapolis Theater Orchestra to founding and conducting the Goucher/Johns Hopkins Russian Chorus. However, after earning her BA in Political Science from Goucher, her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and membership in the Maryland Bar, she discovered there was a whole world out there beyond classical music.

Or, perhaps it was when appearing on tv with celebrities such as Bill Maher, Greta Van Susteren, and Peter Frampton. Possibly, it was after she judged the Roadkill Cookoff, the International Water Tasting Fest, or the Mason-Dixon Chef Tournament.

Tamar is a Kentucky Colonel, a beauty pageant winner, and has managed several Southern rock and alt-country bands. She also has a column online, as well as articles of interest to the military.

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