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If you go...Wheeling, W.Va.

Sunday, December 16, 2001

Entertainment and museums:

The Victoria Vaudeville Theater. 1228 Market St., Wheeling, WV 26003. 800-505-7464. Friday performances only, $10.

Jamboree USA. 1015 S. Main St., Wheeling, WV 26003. 800-624-5456.

Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay. Through Jan. 6. 800-624-6988. $5 donation per car requested.

Wheeling Downs, on Wheeling Island, has greyhound racing and video slots, blackjack, poker and keno. Open until 3 a.m. daily.

Victorian home tours. 810 Main St., Wheeling, WV 26003. Weekends, 1 p.m. $10 for four-house tour.

West Virginia Independence Hall Museum. 1528 Market St., Wheeling, WV 26003. Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 304-238-1300.

The Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum. 144 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV 26003. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. this month. $8 for adults, free for kids under age 10.

Suspension bridge. 10th and Main Street, Wheeling. The 1849 suspension bridge was the first over the Ohio River and the largest of its kind at the time. It was built without any federal or state money, which has been calculated to be the equivalent of a town of 10,000 raising $65 million today.

Stifel Fine Arts Center. 1330 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Open daily. 304-242-7700.

Accommodations

Wilson Lodge and Cottages, Oglebay. 1330 National Wheeling, WV 26003. Wilson Lodge two-night double packages range from $99-$165 (weekdays) to $135-$175 (weekends.) The "Mountaineer Breakfast Buffet" is included. Rooms fill up during the light show, so book early. Children under age 12 stay free and pay half price for meals (under age 3 meals are free.) Deluxe, multi-bedroom cottages are $470 (sleeps nine) to $1,050 (sleeps 26) per weekend. Online reservations: 800-624-6988; www.oglebay-resort.com.

Hampton Inn, Wheeling. 795 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. Doubles $69-$74. Fitness room and a breakfast buffet included. 304-233-0440.

Ramada Plaza City Center. 1200 Market St., Wheeling, WV 26003. 800-862-5873. Built in 1857, the remodeled hotel has restaurants and the "original Hallmark store." Doubles $66-83.

Best Western Wheeling Inn. 10th and Main, Wheeling, WV 26003. 800-528-1234. Other hotel chains in the area include Holiday Inn, Knights Inn, Super 8 and Days Inn.

Bonnie Dwaine B&B. Victorian B&B, 7 miles outside Wheeling. 505 Wheeling Ave., Glen Dale, WV 26038. 888-507-4569. $89-$124 double, with gourmet breakfast on weekends.

Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750. Victorian decorated double rooms in the hotel, which is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Rooms range from $69-$140. 800-331-9336.

Dining

Oglebay's Wilson Lodge has dinner ($15) and breakfast ($8.95) buffets at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room, and casual dining at the Glassworks Grill. 1330 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. 800-624-6988.

The Riverside at the Best Western, 10th and Main Street, overlooks the Ohio River and suspension bridge, lighted at night. 800-528-1234.

It's impossible to be depressed in the vivacious atmosphere of TJ's Sports Garden, even if you don't know a touchback from a quarterback. Sure, there are 25 television screens. But it's your chance to watch teams playing sports you didn't even know existed. You can get beef burgers and veggie burgers (try the coleslaw). 808 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003. 304-232-9555.

Figaretti's is an Italian restaurant with a friendly neighborhood feel and modest prices. Buy a bottle of their spaghetti sauce when you leave. 1035 Mount DeChantal Road, Wheeling, WV 26003, 304-243-5625.

Wheeling Coffee Shop, 101 Washington Ave., Wheeling, WV 26003. In continuous use as a coffee roasting plant since 1895, the cafe was added in 1993. 304-242-2223.

Nogales Mexican Restaurant, 12th and Market, Wheeling, WV 26003. Authentic Mexican specialties and great margaritas and flan. 304-232-9666.

Lebanon Bakery and Restaurant. 2122 Main St., Wheeling, WV 26003. Open six days. Stock up on the wonderful chocolate chip cookies and other goodies for your drive home. 304-232-0221.

Getting there:

From Pittsburgh, take I-79 south to I70 west, or Route 22 west to Route 7 south.

General information:

Wheeling Convention and Visitors Bureau. 1401 Main St., Wheeling WV 26003. 800-828-3097; www.wheelingcvb.com.

-- Christine Kuehn Kelly

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