Category Archives: West Virginia

Twinkle, Twinkle

Hallway at Wilson Lodge

My husband, like his mother before him, loves Christmas.  Eats it.  Lives it. Breathes it.

Me?  Not so much.

Even as I sit here typing, my eyes keep darting over to our decorated tree–a trooper of trees, carefully culled from a field of Christmas tree candidates–heavily laden with decorations and strings of lights, admirably holding up weeks after Christmas has come and gone.

But I digress.

With the passing of my mother-in-law this past year, I wanted to give my husband a present that would sparkle as brightly as she had. oglebay ourdoorsAfter extensive research, I discovered Oglebay Resort’s Festival of Lights, located in West Virginia.

Oglebay is a four-hour drive from Buffalo, NY, so I opted for an overnight, early-December stay at the resort.  For $200 (including taxes) our room reservation at Wilson Lodge included breakfast and entry into the Festival of Lights.

Oglebay Mansion
Entrance to the greenhouse
Parlor in the mansion

The Oglebay Estate is impressive, with plenty of trails, a resort, golf course, mansion, and several outbuildings that have been converted into stores.  We strolled the grounds, and toured the mansion and the glass museum. Both were enjoyable and informative experiences.

Hubby and I ate in the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at the Lodge.  I ordered a vegetarian dinner off the menu while my husband opted to partake from the buffet.  Both of us dined leisurely while overlooking the Lodge’s grounds from our table.

After dinner, we headed out to experience the Festival of Lights. The weather was rainy, but our spirits weren’t dampened.  We opted not to take their trolley, and drove the grounds on our own.  On and on we drove, admiring over 80 displays of lights…. oglebay dinosaurs

They were big. (Really big)!


After taking in the Lights, my husband and I returned to the Lodge. We sat in front of the fireplace, drank warm beverages (purchased from the onsite coffee shop) and listened to a wonderful band playing on the second floor. 20151202_184803

My hubby and I awoke in the morning, had a hearty breakfast, visited the swimming pool, checked out of our spacious room, and headed home.

I’m glad we went to see Oglebay’s Festival of Lights. Although nothing will ever replace my mother-in-law’s enthusiasm for the holiday, it was a wonderful experience that my husband really enjoyed and that we were able to do together.