Festival of the Lights
Festival Of Lights Driving Tour is Your Safe Option for Holiday Fun   This holiday season, treat your family to a treasured tradition of Ohio Valley, the Oglebay Park Festival of Lights Driving Tour.   The six miles of festive lights are sure to dazzle the entire family and offers a COVID-safe experience from end-to-end for the visitor.   Stretching across 300 acres and with over 1-million LED lights, it is lauded by travel magazines and tour companies as one of the best ...
Play it Safe at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino and Racetrack
Play It Safe at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino and Racetrack By Jeremy Morris   Casinos are known for their continuous operations, blinking lights, an endless maze of games, chatty dealers, and wait staff.  The COVID crisis put casinos and gaming entertainment like Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack on pause. Even Las Vegas went dark. And America’s fabled Triple Crown horse racing event was forced to rearrange its order so that the Kentucky Derby ran in September instead of May an...
Highlands Sports Complex Delivers Unrivaled Experience
Our former State Senator and County Commissioner, Orphy Klempa, jokes that you couldn't buy a decent pair of underwear in Ohio County before the Commission undertook The Highlands Retail Development. It is a statement that's mostly true, and it always brings a few laughs from the crowd.   The joke's point is that our region had suffered economic hardship for an exhaustingly long time and that our County Commission had made a critical financial investment on the hilltop. Landing Cabela...
Tourism has Forever Changed
Tourism has Forever Changed EDITED: 9/10/2020 By: Jeremy Morris   A sit-down with Visit Wheeling, WV Director Frank O’Brien   Crystal balls don't actually exist. However, it doesn't take a soothsayer to predict that many aspects of life will never be the same in a post-COVID-19 world.  Travel and tourism are likely one of those aspects of our life that will be forever be impacted by this pandemic.   While we will someday move about the globe just as we once di...
Pandemic Hitting Tourism Industry in Wheeling Hard
Pandemic Hitting Tourism Industry In Wheeling Hard   WHEELING — The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far-reaching and have affected everyone, but few industries have taken the hit like the travel and tourism industry. In a typical summer, the city of Wheeling is bustling with activities with people pouring into town for shows and concerts to packed waterfront events at Wheeling Heritage Port nearly every weekend. Not so in 2020. Last week, the Wheeling Finance Com...