Wilson Lodge at Oglebay Resort
465 Lodge Dr.
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
Participants in both November and February course sessions must arrive at Oglebay Resort between 4:00-6:00pm for registration as class begins promptly at 7:00pm. International participants and some participants traveling long distances or with multiple layovers usually choose to travel and arrive on Sunday in order to arrive in time for registration on Monday. If a Sunday stay is necessary then please budget for seven nights. Please schedule travel to allow time for check-in and school registration prior to kickoff ceremonies, as well as completion of all course requirements.
3:00 PM - Room Check-in Begins
4:30-6:30 PM - Student registration
5:00-6:30 PM - Dinner buffet open
6:40-7:30 PM - Opening ceremony
7:30-9:00 PM - Courses meet for individual opening session/class
Tuesday through Saturday
Classes meet all day
9:00-4:00 - Classes meet
4:00-5:00 PM - Social and Silent Auction
5:00-5:30 PM - Closing Ceremony
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) is the closest airport (approximately 1 hour away).
Columbus Airport (CMH) is another full-service option (approximately 2 hours away).
Pittsburgh airport is used by most participants. Columbus is a good alternative in bad weather when flights are canceled.
From Interstate 70, merge onto US-40 Spur/Mt De Chantal Road via exit 2A toward WV-88 north/Oglebay Park. Turn right onto National Road/RD-40 turn left onto WV-88/Bethany Pike. End at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, West Virginia. Parking at the hotel is FREE.
Transportation between Airport and Hotel
There are two preferred shuttle services:
Airport Limousine Plus : Click on Shuttle Request Form: Oglebay.
$184 round-trip, including gratuity
First Class Limousine : Click on Oglebay Schools.
$105 per person/one-way; $200 per person/round trip, plus gratuity
Reservations are required by both companies. Please book your shuttle reservation as soon as possible. Once landing at the airport please allow at least 1.5 hours for transportation to Oglebay.
If you are sending more than one person it can sometimes be less expensive to rent a car for the week. This also allows the participants to drive into town for a greater variety of dining locations and prices if they have time.
You must have your reservation at least 5 business days prior to the course to honor the discounted Oglebay AZA school fare from/to the Pittsburgh Airport. Please note the fare amount does not include gratuity. Please indicate if you would like to include the gratuity for your driver to be charged to your card at the time of reservations. (15% is customary).
Lodging options include single rooms, double rooms, and group cottages. Many students enjoy the relaxed social atmosphere of the cottages. Two, four and six bedroom cottages are located within walking distance to Wilson Lodge and feature a full kitchen with microwave, living room with wood burning fireplace and more. Standard double room rates apply to those staying in cottages. Please note that these accommodations are semi-private (private bedroom but share a bathroom, living room/common area, and kitchen).
Once you have been accepted into a class, the Oglebay Lodging Request Form will be sent to you. Do not make reservations until you have received your acceptance email from AZA. Submit your completed Lodging Request Form to Ashley Fisher via email or fax (304-243-4106). Note that reservations must be made with a credit card and the package amount will be charged to your card upon receipt of the reservation. Please do not call the resort to make reservations. If you choose a double rooom, you must request a specific roommate on the form. If you choose not stay at Oglebay Resort there will be a daily fee.
Lodging Package Rates(subject to change)
Standard Double Occupancy or Cottage: $759.14
Single Occupancy: $969.92
All packages include:
- 6 nights of accommodations (Monday-Saturday)
- Breakfast, lunch, and break service (Tuesday-Saturday)
- Banquet Dinner on Saturday
- Continental breakfast on Sunday
All of the seasonal recreation activities at Oglebay Park — including zoo admission, indoor pool and fitness center — are available to registrants at no additional cost. AZA School students are also granted admission to the Oglebay ski slopes for only $5.
The West Spa at Oglebay opened in August, 2008. Advance reservations are required for all spa treatments. Please call 800-624-6988.
Breakfast and lunch for five days is included in the hotel room cost (see above). Both are served buffet style with vegetarian options. If you have food allergies or special dietary needs please contact the AZA Professional Training Department before arriving in Wheeling.
Coffee, tea, sodas, and light snacks (chips, cookies, etc) are served at breaks. There is also a gift shop located in the lobby of Wilson Lodge with a variety of snacks and drinks.
Most courses have two hours for dinner. Dinner options at Oglebay Lodge include the Glassworks Grill, Ihlenfield Dining Room, in-room pizza delivery, and family-style meals delivered to the cottages. Other dinner options require driving into town. The banquet dinner on Saturday night is also included in your tuition and you will be able to choose a vegetarian option on-site.
If you like drinking coffee in the classroom, bring a travel mug with you to fill up during breaks. The coffee cups at the lodge don’t hold as much and are easy to spill on your papers or computers.
Speaking of papers…if you haven’t attended a class in a while, you will be taking notes. Don’t forget to bring a laptop or pad of paper and a writing utensil with you!
Dress in layers. The temperature fluctuates in the classrooms so please bring clothing layers in order to be comfortable during class.
Don’t know anyone? Don’t worry! Many people come to Wheeling not knowing anyone and leave with a whole group of new friends and colleagues! There will be over 300 people in the February session and approximately 100 people in the November session for you to meet.
For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Manager or call 301-562-0777 x251