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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 44 W E S T V I R G I N I A Wheeling sits on the bank of the Ohio River in the narrow sliver of West Virginia that extends up alongside the eastern border of Ohio and the western border of Pennsylvania, about 50 miles away from Pittsburgh International Airport. Wheeling's two biggest attractions are probably the Oglebay Resort and Wheeling Island. The former offers 1,700 acres of recreational and educational opportunities, including two museums and a zoo, along with upscale lodging and a conference center with 20,000 square feet of variable space in 15 meeting rooms. The resort's 271-room Wilson Lodge is complemented with 54 cottages. Wheeling Island is a 374-acre isle across from downtown Wheeling in a channel of the Ohio River. The Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Race- track is a multifaceted operation offering all the comforts and entertain- ments noted in its name, along with three full-service restaurants, three bars and a coffee bar. The 150-room property has four banquet spaces that seat up to 300 guests. Downtown Wheeling, less than a mile away from Wheeling Island across the river, is where you'll find WesBanco Arena, with approxi- mately 23,600 square feet in the arena, two meeting rooms that can seat 300, and an outside patio. The arena contains the Capitol Theatre, a historic performance venue that just completed a round of major restoration, giving the 85-year-old grand dame her shine back. Also downtown is the 173-room McLure Hotel, which opened in 1852. It's storied past has included visits by presidents, senators and famous actors. It includes an 8,000-square-foot ballroom. ■ Huntington sits pert and pretty at the confluence of the Guyandotte River and the Ohio River in Cabell County on the western edge of West Virginia. Its Old Central City district is known as the "Antique Capital" of the Tri-State (Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia). Huntington is also home to Marshall University and the Thundering Herd sports teams. Huntington is the second-largest city in the state with a population very nearly the same as Charlestonʼs and has several major meeting facilities, all very close to each other. The 200-room Pullman Plaza Hotel has more than 20,000 square feet of reception space and The Patio Room Restaurant. The Big Sandy Superstore Arena offers more than 15,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, full-service catering and an on-site coordinator. The Wesvanawha bar and restaurant is also a special event venue with a ballroom that can accommodate about 250 and on-site catering. ■ Wheeling: Northern Panhandle Pleasures Canaan Valley: Mountain and valley natural beauty come together exquisitely at the Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Conference Center, which sits on a plateau overlooking the highest mountain valley east of the Rockies. The park, just 10 miles from Davis, has 18 miles of marked trails and all manner of mountain beauty and recreation. The Canaan Valley Resort Lodge opened last October. The 160-room property sits on about 3.5 acres and has an atrium lobby and more than 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting space with additional outside space on hand. ■ Cabell-Huntington: West-by-West Virginia Tradition David Vance