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Being Home in Wheeling

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Wheeling intends to entertain as a hip, post-industrial city. Collaborators say they are “shaking off the rust” to preserve the town’s heritage while supporting locally-owned breweries, bakeries, restaurants, and annual events. We are still in West Virginia, which means natural beauty – parks, rivers, and hiking trails.


  • Avenue Eats – Edgwood Neighborhood – A burger at “The Ave” was considered the 33rd best burger in the US in 2015 by the Thrillist publication. I was once a vegetarian for 5 years; now I eat meat occasionally. Great thing that I ate meat on the day I inspected Wheeling1 and Wheeling2. Phenomenal burger!

me looking at burger

  • Whisk Bakery – Edgwood Neighborhood – Delightful cupcakes, cakes, and other baked goods. Clearly for “treat yo-self” days, when you need the sugar to be light and fluffy.

whisk bakery

  • Later Alligator – Downtown, next to the Wheeling City Center Market – 4.6 stars out of 624 Google reviews. Known for specialty crepes. Somebody from WV Tourism recommends their “mad tea concoction of blackberry moonshine and fresh-brewed sweet tea.”
  • Coleman’s Fish Market – in Wheeling City Center Market – Proud to serve fried fish sandwiches since who knows when - a long time ago.
  • Vagabond Kitchen – downtown area – “hand-crafted, locally sourced food” for entrees in the $15-$20 range. Maybe someday I'll fork up the cash, but right now, I'd rather go get tacos.
  • For Mexican food:
    • Tacoholix
    • El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant
  • For Italian food:
    • Figaretti’s Restaurant
    • DiCarlo’s Pizza
  • Good Mansion Wines – Walk up red carpet stairs to admire and maybe enjoy wines, cheeses, breads, cured meats, sauces, and pastas.


wheeling collage

  • Wheeling Brewing Company - downtown - I have not yet been. How's their beer?

  • Wheeling Artisan Center - downtown hub for artwork by regional artists.

Wheeling Artisan Center

Photo by WV Tourism

Other Entertainment options include:

  • Wesbanco Arena - home to the Wheeling Wailers (hockey) and the West Virginia Roughriders (football)
  • Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights displays millions of lights along a 6-mile drive.
  • Wheeling Park hosts summer drive-in movies.
  • Wheeling Symphony Orchestra
  • Nail City Record Store
  • Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum
  • West Virginia Penitentiary – Moundsville, WV – Would you take a study break to visit a gothic-style prison and its 5-by-7 foot cells? Hmm.


  • Oglebay Resort and Oglebay Park – A 1700-acre elegant estate with golf courses (plural), hiking trails, horseback riding, mountain biking, tennis, spas, gourmet restaurants, outdoor and indoor pools, the Good Zoo, skiing and snowboarding, and probably more.
  • Wheeling Heritage Trail – 17-mile rail trail along the Ohio River.
  • Big Wheeling Creek has a rope swing near Lindsley Hall…check in with Figaretti
  • Palace of Gold – 30 minutes south of Wheeling – “America’s Taj Mahal” built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
  • Wheeling Island Marina Disc Golf Course – a short course that plays alongside the Ohio River – one day I will play there and report back to you all.

Wild and Wonderful bench

Wheeling Center Market

Please email Gerardo.Patron@hsc.wvu.edu with feedback on your adventures in Wheeling! We can post comments on this page!

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