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Oglebay upgrades keep people coming back

February 25, 2014
By FRED CONNORS - For The Times Leader , Times Leader

WHEELING-Oglebay Park continues to lure tourists and local visitors year after year through constant upgrades and by providing special events to meet a variety of interests.

Over a century ago, a tradition of generous hospitality began at the summer estate of Earl W. Oglebay in Wheeling. Today, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center offers 1,700 acres of year-round recreational and lodging opportunities.

Situated on a hilltop in the heart of Oglebay is the 271-room Wilson Lodge, featuring 59 new premium rooms and 212 completely remodeled rooms. The 5,000-square-foot West Spa offers the finest in relaxing and therapeutic services. Additional amenities at the lodge include casual and fine dining, an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna and wireless Internet.

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Photo By Fred Connors
Oglebay Park Zoo keeper Kala Bassa, introduces Toko, an American parrot to Caren Knoyer, Oglebay’s director of marketing. The zoo is one of several attractions that keeps visitors coming back to the park year after year.

For groups and larger families, Oglebay has 54 cottages, including four estate houses, and three new eight-bedroom premium cottages.

"We are blessed with a beautiful location and facilities that people have been enjoying since Oglebay became a park," said marketing director Caren Knoyer.

She said the park's main attractions include the hotel/restaurant facility at Wilson Lodge, three golf courses, the Good Zoo featuring more than 50 species of animals housed on 30 acres, walking trails, stables and cottages.

Well-known special events also drive repeat visitors to the park, according to Knoyer.

"We have the Festival of Lights each year from the second Friday in November through the first Sunday in January, Oglebay Fest on the first weekend in October and the ever popular Boo At The Zoo during the Halloween season," she said.

She said people have come to know Boo At The Zoo as a safe family atmosphere where they can enjoy Halloween.

"The zoo also attracts repeated visitors by offering special exhibits each summer," Knoyer said.

During the snow season, the ski area comes alive with skiers and snow boarders at all skill levels.

Oglebay has also become a destination wedding location whether people are interested in one day or overnight events. Another park asset is its ability to host business meetings, training sessions or conferences.

Knoyer said the park as 54 cottages available for individual use, reunions or groups interested in extended stays.

"The Wheeling Park Commission is constantly looking for ways to improve or renovate existing facilities or to add new ones," she said. "Last year, we renovated 12 cottages with new window blinds, appliances, carpeting, dishes and flatscreen televisions."

For information about the park, call 304-243-4000.



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