We had been wanting to visit West Virginia for a while, and this fall we finally got to visit! We went to the small town of Wheeling, West Virginia, and it gave us all the charming small town vibes. It honestly kind of felt like we were living in all of our favorite small town tv shows – Gilmore Girls, Virgin River, Bless This Mess (ya know, the best ones). Wheeling is located between Columbus, Ohio and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and plays an integral part in American history as Independence Hall in Wheeling is where West Virginia became a state in 1863. The city is definitely an off-the-beaten-path town and a great destination for any arts and culture lovers. We spent a few days exploring the city and here is our list of the six best things to do in Wheeling, West Virginia!
6 Things to do in Wheeling, West Virginia:
Visit the Centre Market:
Enjoy a French treat at Good Mansion Wines:
Watch sunset on the water at Heritage Port:
Go to a Lip Sync Battle at the Victoria Theater:
Victoria Theater is the oldest operating theater in West Virginia. We went to a Lip Sync Battle live event here, and it was one of those things that really made us feel like we were part of a small town tv show. It was set up just like the show Lip Sync Battle, but a small town version. Everyone from the local sheriff and news anchor to the high school band and local dance teams were participating in the lip sync concert. Everyone really went all out and you could tell they had been practicing for a while. It was really entertaining and fun to see how the whole community came together to participate and enjoy a fun night together.
Enjoy dinner at Elle and Jack’s:
Where to Stay:
Hampton Inn Wheeling:
Especially if you’re going to Oglebayfest, be sure to stay at Oglebay Resort. Oglebay Resort is a year-round resort that spans over 1500 acres! There is a stunning golf course, beautiful gardens, a zoo, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and you can even going skiing of snowboarding there in the winter! It’s truly a family-friendly resort where you can spend the whole weekend enjoying the beauty of nature and activities the whole family with enjoy. We went on a hike to one of the waterfalls on the property and it was a great way to spend our morning outside before we set off to explore even more. Book your stay at Oglebay Resort here!
*This post is sponsored by West Virginia Tourism and Visit Wheeling WV Convention & Visitors Bureau, but as always, all opinions are our own!