I love making memories with my kids and I especially love taking them to do things I remember my parents doing with me as a child. There is just something magical about reliving those childhood memories with my own children and so when we were given the opportunity to visit Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, WV to stay over night and view the Festival of Lights I was beyond excited. I knew this would be a perfect over night trip for our family because Alleigh and Kaelyn both had a huge fascination with Christmas lights this year.
When we first arrived at Oglebay (or O-Bay according to Alleigh) the first thing we did was check in at Wilson Lodge. I was impressed by not only the size of Wilson Lodge, but also the beauty. There were Christmas decorations everywhere and really got me in the Christmas spirit.
The lodge has 271 rooms – 59 new premium rooms and 212 completely remodeled rooms. It is situated on a hilltop which makes for gorgeous views, check out the view from our balcony.
There are four types of rooms to choose from at Wilson Lodge. Traditional, Intermediate, and Deluxe rooms are in the original section of Wilson Lodge which have all been recently renovated. Premium rooms are located in the new addition to Wilson Lodge and we were thrilled with our accommodations in a Premium Queen room. From the moment we walked through the doors literally everything about the lodge impressed me including the little details like light fixtures and crown molding, but I was definitely blown away when we walked into our room. Our room had two queen beds, wet bar, refrigerator, desk with high speed internet access, flat screen television, balcony, and deluxe bathroom. And when I say deluxe… I mean DELUXE. I could only wish for my bathroom at home to look like that bathroom. Double sinks on a granite counter top. Separate shower and bath tub. And oh so spacious.
Since we had a few hours til night fall we decided to check out the indoor pool, jacuzzi, and sauna. Again I was very impressed. Not only was the pool large, but there was an entire section that was only one foot deep that my girls absolutely loved. Dustin and I could sit in that section holding Willow while Alleigh and Kaelyn frolicked about in the water. Dustin and I also took turns sitting in the hot water of the jacuzzi relaxing against the jets. The only way we could convince the girls to get out of the pool was to promise them a morning swim before checking out of the lodge – which actually worked out well because it wore them out for the ride home, peace and quiet! Oh and this was also Willow’s first time swimming and she seemed to really like it.
Then it was time to check out the Winter Festival of Lights which is one of the nation’s largest Christmas light exhibits covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort that began in 1985. Since we have been making attempts at living a greener life style I was very pleased to see that the Winter Festival of Lights had gone green too. Four years ago they committed to using energy-efficient LED lights in all new displays and to begin converting all existing displays to LED – now all the displays at the Festival of Lights are LED which use 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and last five times longer. Plus you can also walk through the Gardens of Light which include 150 hanging baskets of light as well as thousands of lighted flowers and trees – simply breathtaking.
We also checked out quite a few shops that were full of beautiful Christmas décor and sweets. Kaelyn was in awe of all the yummy chocolates.
There are several dining options available at Oglebay Resort. Before heading home the next morning we enjoyed a fabulous buffet style breakfast in the gorgeous Ihlenfeld Dining Room which has been newly renovated and offers a beautiful view of Schenk Lake. The view was just as lovely as the meal and let’s just say this mama chowed down on everything from scrambled eggs to bacon to fresh fruit and lots more.
Our stay at Wilson Lodge in Oglebay was so much fun and the girls definitely enjoyed themselves. I highly suggest booking a room and checking out everything they have to offer. The Winter Festival of Lights will take place through January 6th 2013, but there is so much more to see and do as well. Just a few things include thirty-six holes of championship golf at the Speidel Golf Club, the Good Zoo with thirty acres of animals, large outdoor pool, tennis courts, magnificent gardens, and more. I definitely plan on making a trip down during the spring or summer as well to check everything out.