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WEST VIRGINIA 

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MINDEN

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NEW RIVER GORGE

About ACE Adventure Resort

ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service. ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a 5-acre lake plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

WHEELING

Where to Stay

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Wheeling, W.V., Oglebay Resort and Conference Center offers exceptional overnight accommodations, world-class amenities and 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities. Swimming, tennis, horse stables, miniature golf, fishing, miles of paved walking/jogging trails, shopping, sightseeing, and visiting the West Spa and 30-acre Good Zoo are among the numerous activities onsite.

Once the estate of Earl W. Oglebay, the resort and conference center land dates back to the late 1700s. Upon his death in 1926, Oglebay willed his property to the people of Wheeling for as long as “they operate it as a place for public recreation.” Today it is the only self-supporting public municipal resort in operation. Funded mainly through its resort operations, Oglebay Park has more free activities than many facilities of its type in the country.

Oglebay is best known for golf as the resort presents four courses, including two championship layouts at the Speidel Golf Club. The par-71 Arnold Palmer design is a modern links layout that takes advantage of the rolling terrain with strategically-placed bunkers, contemporary mounding and ample-size greens. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the Jones Course is draped over the hills and dales of a former dairy farm, and hosted the West Virginia LPGA Classic for 11 years.

The resort also features the 18-hole regulation Crispin Course – Oglebay’s original layout – and a nine-hole, par-3 course. A full-service practice range and short-game area at Speidel offer warm-up and game-improvement opportunities.

Accommodations include the inviting, 270-room Wilson Lodge, quaint cottages and spacious estate houses. With over 20,000 square feet of meeting space spread over 15 rooms, Oglebay offers all the amenities to meet today’s business demands, and provides an ideal setting for training programs and corporate retreats.

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center Announces ‘Swing Into Spring’ Golf Package

Oglebay Resort and Conference Center – West Virginia’s most popular golf destination set in Oglebay Park in the Appalachian foothills – unveils its “Swing Into Spring” golf package, pairing championship golf and exceptional value.

Starting at $129 per person (based on double occupancy), the “Swing Into Spring” golf package includes nightly accommodations, golf on two acclaimed 18-hole layouts at the Speidel Golf Club designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Arnold Palmer, and GPS cart for each round.

Besides Speidel Golf Club, Oglebay’s golf amenities include the resort’s original course – the Crispin at just over 5,600 yards and ideal for warm-up rounds, seniors and beginners – two driving ranges and a family-friendly par-3 course at Wheeling Park.

“The ‘Swing Into Spring’ getaway is ideal to start the golf season off right with rounds on two of West Virginia’s most scenic layouts,” says Rodney Haley, Executive Vice President of Operations. “Oglebay also provides a welcoming break away from the hustle and bustle with our comfortable accommodations and friendly customer care.”

Oglebay offers additional stay-and-play packages highlighted by outstanding value and numerous extras:

Early Birdie Package – Available on weekdays (Sun.-Thurs.) and starting at $149 (per person, per night, double occupancy), the offer includes a round of golf and GPS cart on the Jones and Palmer courses, and lodging in the Wilson Lodge or golf cottages. Play on the Crispin Course is included based on availability (golf cart not included). Club storage, unlimited practice facility access and daily breakfast buffet also are included. 

His & Hers Weekday Package – Beginning at $159 (per person, per night, double occupancy) and perfect for couples, this package includes lodge accommodations and a round of golf on either the Jones or Palmer courses. Available Sun.-Thurs., the offer also features daily breakfast buffet and dinner, and a $50 spa gift card towards any service at the West Spa (reservations required). 

Championship Unlimited Getaway – Available Mon.-Thurs. and starting at $239 (per person, per night, double occupancy), guests enjoy stays in the Wilson Lodge or golf cottages, unlimited golf (with GPS cart) on the Jones and Palmer courses, daily breakfast buffet and play on the Crispin Course (based on availability, golf car not included). 

Eagle Weekend Package – Available Fri.-Sun. during the spring and starting at $299 (per person, double occupancy, two-night stay required), this getaway includes rounds of golf (with GPS cart) on both the Jones and Palmer courses, as well as daily play on the par-3 course and Crispin Course (subject to availability, golf cart not included). Accommodations in the Wilson Lodge or golf cottages and daily breakfast buffet also are included. 

Oglebay is an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and easily accessible from Columbus, Charleston (W.V.), Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and numerous Midwest and Northeast metropolitan areas.

For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions and details go to web site www.oglebay-resort.com, 800.624.6988.

White Sulphur Springs

Where to Stay

The Greenbrier

Located in White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. Known as "America's Resort," it encompasses 6,750 acres of undulating landscape that includes: four golf courses (including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club's private course); a championship indoor and outdoor tennis facility (including five outdoor clay courts and five indoor courts); The Greenbrier Clinic (specializing in executive health); a 40,000-square-foot spa; a mélange of sporting activities; shops; private homes at The Greenbrier Sporting Club; guests-only casino; and, at its heart, a vast and imposing grand hotel. Purchased in 2009 by West Virginia entrepreneur James C. Justice II, The Greenbrier has undergone a $250+ million restoration and is now home to The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedExCup event, and is currently developing a state-of-the-art medical complex on the resort's grounds.

For more information about springtime at The Greenbrier, visit www.greenbrier.com.

The Greenbrier Chapel Officially Opened With A Wedding Ceremony

Jill Justice, the daughter of Jim and Cathy Justice of Lewisburg, WV, and Adam Long, the son of Charlie and Jo Long of Frankford, WV, were married in a beautiful ceremony in The Greenbrier Chapel on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 5:30pm. The couple married in the recently completed Greenbrier Chapel, nestled on the grounds of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. The chapel's spectacular stained-glass windows were designed by Carleton Varney, the legendary long-time interior decorator of The Greenbrier. Bob Cochran was the on-site project manager.

The classic white wood and stone chapel, which can seat up to 500 guests, features a spectacular copper roof and steeple and colorful stained glass windows, which evoke the alluring landscapes of West Virginia. The rustic elegant interior of The Greenbrier Chapel features exposed wood-beam ceilings adorned with 10 custom chandeliers, checkerboard stained-wood floors, a wrap-around balcony and carved wood pews.

The couple exited The Greenbrier Chapel as three antique church bells from 1924 rang in celebration. A reception, featuring numerous heartfelt toasts, was highlighted by surprise singer Lionel Richie's stirring performance in a magnificent tent in Founders Park, located in the heart of The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier.

What to See & Do

River Expeditions Whitewater offers ultimate girlfriends getaway

River Expeditions‚ experienced whitewater rafting outfitters are helping groups of women turn off their cell phones and blackberries and enjoy a weekend getaway with just the girls. Offering an unforgettable and uninterrupted way to bond with friends, River Expeditions takes groups of women on either high-impact, high-adventure rafting trips on the Upper Gauley River, or on meandering, relaxed float trips on the New River. Featuring some of the world's best whitewater and most scenic float runs, River Expeditions packages are designed for the perfect girlfriend getaway in the stunning New River Gorge National Park. Detailed information, packages and reservations are available online at www.raftinginfo.com or by calling (800) 463-9873.

River Expeditions guides are skilled at helping girlfriends reconnect as they maneuver as their team through the Gauley River. The adrenaline gets pumping and laughter flows as exhilarating rapids and breathtaking scenery take hold. After a day of adventure on the river, girlfriends love to unwind and share stories from their trip over complimentary beverages at The Red Dog River Saloon, River Expeditions‚ on-site pub, relaxing poolside on the sundeck, with a therapeutic massage in the Massage Suite or kicking back in the deluxe, 18-person hot tub.

For women seeking even more ways to have fun together, River Expeditions doesn‚t stop with whitewater rafting. Unique shops and dining are just minutes away in Fayetteville, voted one of America's coolest small towns, in nearby Tamarac, showcasing the work of West Virginia artisans or at the renowned Greenbrier resort. For more adventure, ATV/UTV tours explore more than 500 miles of off-road trails and gorgeous landscapes. Or groups of friends can fly through trees, launching from platform to platform on a new zipline canopy tour, featuring sky bridges, rappelling and hiking. Zipline and Rafting Package start at just $209.

River Expedition lodging offerings are ideal for any group of girlfriends, from the most adventurous to the most pampered. Guests can rough it at natural campsites with in tents and platform tents ($10-15 per person, per night), bunk in rustic cabins ($65-75 per night per person), or stay in a deluxe cabin ($169 per night plus and additional $20 per person per night) or a luxury cabin ($379 per night plus additional $20 per person per night).

Conveniently located 4 miles south of the world-famous New River Gorge Bridge in the heart of West Virginia's New River Gorge National Park, River Expeditions guests Experience America's Best Whitewater®. A family-owned and operated business, River Expeditions offers more than 70 years of combined outfitting experience in rafting, mountain biking, ATV touring, horseback riding, rock climbing and rappelling. On-site RV and tent camp sites, outfitter and camp stores, Fire Creek Lodge and Conference Center, message therapy, dining area, outdoor pools, hot tubs, paintball and The Red Dog River Saloon˙ add to the guest experience. River Expeditions‚ rafting season runs annually April-October. Complete information, event schedules, directions and reservations are available at www.raftinginfo.com or (800) 463-9873.

River Expeditions Rafting Trips Are Adventurous, Affordable & Help Families Reconnect

The water is cool and calm during mid-summer, making it the perfect time for the entire family to embark on a whitewater rafting trip with River Expeditions. Summer's lower water and gentler rapids create the ideal atmosphere for families and first-timers to enjoy the river. The breathtaking scenery of New River Gorge National Park provides the picture-perfect backdrop for an unforgettable and affordable family getaway. More information and reservations are available online at www.raftinginfo.com or by calling (800) 463-9873.

A family owned company, River Expeditions has trips geared specifically toward families, offering a Family Class whitewater-rafting trip on the Upper New River, where the minimum required age is just six, giving even pint-sized travelers the chance to take on the rapids. No experience is required for this trip, allowing everyone at every experience level to learn and enjoy rafting together. And kids raft for half price on Upper New River single-day raft trips. The Upper New offers a playful introduction to rafting that's perfect for families with young children and even grandparents. Long, lazy pools mix with gentle rapids and incredible scenery for an easy, low-impact adventure that's as much fun as it is memorable.

River Expeditions also helps families create affordable hotel, camping and cabin packages perfectly suited for their taste and budget. Lodging packages include rafting, two nights of accommodations, one deluxe dinner and continental breakfast daily. Or, families can book their lodging separately and enjoy half-price rafting for kids on select trips. Travelers can choose from lodging options such as: camping, RV sites, platform tents, rustic, deluxe and luxury cabins and even hotel lodging.

In addition to rafting, River Expeditions offers adventure packages that will keep everyone in the clan entertained -- even harder-to-please teenagers. The New River Gorge provides some of the country‚s best rock climbing, rappelling and mountain biking, paintball in rugged underbrush and forts, horseback riding at a relaxed pace surrounded by dramatic views of the New River Gorge, soaring through tree tops on a zipline canopy tour, ATV/UTV road-trails, fishing and more.

Conveniently located four miles south of the world-famous New River Gorge Bridge in the heart of West Virginia‚s New River Gorge National Park, River Expeditions guests Experience America's Best Whitewater®. A family-owned and operated business, River Expeditions offers more than 70 years of combined outfitting experience in rafting, mountain biking, ATV touring, horseback riding, rock climbing and rappelling. On-site RV and tent camp sites, outfitter and camp stores, Fire Creek Lodge and Conference Center, message therapy, dining area, outdoor pools, hot tubs, paintball and The Red Dog River Saloon˙ add to the guest experience. River Expeditions‚ rafting season runs annually April-October. Complete information, event schedules, directions and reservations are available at www.raftinginfo.com or (800) 463-9873.