In tough economic times, families may be thinking twice about a summer vacation.
Between gas, airfare, hotel rooms, and other expenses, hauling a family of four to the beach could set you back more money than you are willing to spend.
Many families are now learning how to get away for a few days, without breaking the bank.
They are taking "staycations", and saving hundreds of dollars, by vacationing close to home.
During Fourth of July weekend, Oglebay Resort in Wheeling is buzzing with activity.
Oglebay is a tourist destination right in our back yard, where the doors at Wilson Lodge open out to a vacationer's dream. Families from the tri-state area are taking time off to travel there for some R&R.
"There is something to do every day of the week," Caren Knoyer, Director of Marketing at Oglebay told 7News.
Knoyer said the resort offers special packages all year round that are geared toward families looking to save. The Great Escape package, available now, is priced for a family of four at $389.
"It's really a great deal," Knoyer said. "It's for those families who can't get away for an entire week or maybe their budget limits them."
The package includes access to most of Oglebay's top notch amenities, including the good zoo, peddle boating, indoor and outdoor pools, playgrounds, par 3 and miniature golf, driving range, tennis, and museums.
Breakfast is also included each morning, as well as one pizza with sodas and a $30 gift card to use towards dining, spa services, shopping, golf or room upgrades.
The Winowich family, from Pittsburgh, enjoys the amenities Oglebay has to offer, and says this is not their first "staycation".
"We do them because it's easy to load up the car, it's a shorter commute for the kids, it's not extensive travel wise, and it's affordable," Mark Winowich told 7News.
Winowich said he likes the variety of activities offered to his family of four, and his two young daughters, Ana and Nadia, take advantage of as much pool time as they can.
Maggie Yanchak lives in Wheeling but is spending three days at Oglebay to catch up with family from out of town. While she wasn't familiar with the term "staycation" she says she likes the idea.
"We do a lot of that," Yanchak told 7News. "Just a little get away, close by where you can drive, and it doesn't cost a whole lot."
Affordable trips are offered for more than just the family. Reservation specialists at Oglebay can create packages that fit your needs and budgets, whether it's a romantic getaway, a golf trip, or weekend away with the girls.
For more information, visit oglebay-resort.com, or call 304-243-4000.