There’s a peaceful quiet in the outdoors. Yes, sometimes there is welcomed noise from kids riding bicycles, birds chirping, or the clang of a horseshoe hitting a peg, but for the most part, West Virginia’s state parks offer a respite in a world ever-changing and in fast forward.

Forty-nine areas make up the West Virginia State Park system. Ten of the 49 areas have lodges and restaurants, five of those with championship golf courses, and some with cabins and campgrounds. These are open year-round and are called: Pipestem, Twin Falls, Stonewall, Cacapon and Stonewall resorts; Chief Logan Lodge; Blackwater Falls, Hawks Nest, North Bend and Tygart Lake state parks. Each of these areas has unique character.

There are two lodges and two golf courses, but the real Pipestem is scenic and outdoor oriented. Hiking trails are great. There is horseback riding and seasonal fly-fishing packages are available. The campground is popular, as well as, [...]

Indulge in the Tradition and Spirit of Oglebay Resort

Indulge in the tradition and spirit that make Oglebay Resort unique while you enjoy 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities and picturesque natural beauty. Spend the night at the 271-room lodge featuring the West Spa, delicious dining, indoor pool, wireless Internet, fitness center and business center. Oglebay also has 54 cottages including three 8-bedroom premium cottages and four estate houses. Recreational activities include four golf courses including two championship courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, Sr., plus seven specialty shops, gardens, tennis, stables, fishing, two museums, outdoor pool, pedal boats, miniature golf, downhill skiing, a zoo and miles of walking trails.

Oglebay is also home to the Winter Festival of Lights, one of the nation’s largest holiday light shows, beginning November 9, 2012.

Located one hour from Pittsburgh in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. Call 800-624-6988 or visit

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How to Have a Fun Vacation in Greater Parkersburg

With the majestic Ohio River as a backdrop, we invite you to come escape, discover and play in Greater Parkersburg.

Just south of Parkersburg, West Virginia, you’ll feel like Tom Sawyer as you paddle down river in an authentic sternwheeler to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.

Listening to the steady churning of the engine and feeling the occasional spray of the paddle wheel, you’ll be quietly lulled into believing you’ve escaped every care in the world. The mystery and romance that shrouds the island’s original owners is intriguing and entertaining. As you tour the exquisite mansion you will hear the tale of Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett and their ill-fated relationship to Aaron Burr that eventually cost them their beloved paradise. Visitors to the island (open May-October) also enjoy wagon rides and the mansion’s sprawling lawns.

Back on the mainland continue your exploration into the region’s history [...]

Discover it all in JeffersonCounty, WV– adventure, gaming and history. For the best in leisure activities, the Eastern Panhandle has challenging golf courses, shopping treasures, whitewater rafting, thoroughbred horse racing, slots/table games, car racing, hiking, camping, bicycling and a variety of festivals.

The Appalachian Trail,C&OCanal, Potomac River and Shenandoah River offer hiking, bicycling, boating, rafting, fishing and camping. From mountain trails to river rapids, we’ll fill your senses with nature’s energy.

Hollywood Casino at the Charles Town Races features gaming with the excitement of live thoroughbred horse racing year round.

The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, The Entler Museum, The Jefferson County Museum, The John Brown Wax Museum, and the Jefferson County Courthouse are just a sampling of the attractions that take you straight into our area’s history.

JeffersonCountyis only about 1 1/2 hours fromBaltimore,DullesAirportandWashingtonDC. 

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With cooler weather and the holiday season just round the corner, it’s the perfect time for couples to plan a visit to North Bend State Park, West Virginia.

Get cozy with your loved one, while surrounded by Christmas décor and soaking up the warmth from the Lodge fireplace.

Christmas in the Country, available December 24 or 25, allows couples to spend the night atNorth Bendand feast on the plentiful Christmas buffet for just $99.

Buffet includes standing prime rib and turkey carving station, choice of four hot entrees, a 30-item salad bar, dessert station and more.

Additional nights are available at a 20 percent discount.

New Year’s Eve will find couples ringing in the New Year with an evening of live music, gourmet food and celebration.

Enjoy dinner, followed by dancing to live music until 12:30 a.m., share in refreshments, retire for the night and [...]

For more than 25 years, the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort, located in beautiful Wheeling, West Virginia has dazzled visitors with a million lights on 300 acres. This six-mile driving show is one of America’s largest holiday light festivals, featuring 75 larger-than-life displays on a six mile drive through the resort. 

The 271-room Wilson Lodge at Oglebay is beautifully decorated, inside and out, and features special overnight packages for the holidays and delicious dining including the nightly holiday buffet in the main dining room that overlooks the famous light show. 

Oglebay also has eight unique specialty shops, perfect for holiday gift-giving, and the 30-acre Good Zoo features the state’s largest model train display plus a nightly light show on the zoo patio with 35,000 LED lights choreographed to music. Other highlights include the magical Gardens of [...]

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