Secret Kitchens Tour & Gourmet Market 2024

Wheeling, WV (May 9, 2024)-Get a rare peek at some of the most exquisite kitchens in Wheeling during Oglebay Institute’s Secret Kitchens of Wheeling Tour and Gourmet Market Saturday, June 8, 2024

Presented by the Committee of the Museums of Oglebay Institute, this biennial event raises money for the Mansion and Glass Museums. Usher in summer with a self-guided tour of Wheeling’s grandest kitchens. You can also shop from dozens of vendors at an outdoor marketplace.

Tickets for the tour are $22 in advance or $25 the day of the event. The vendor market is free. Even if you’re not going on the home tour, stop by the Mansion Museum and shop!

Marvel & Get Inspired

The Secret Kitchens Committee carefully selects the tour homes, looking for unique features, interesting décor, and varied locations around town. This year promises to showcase design and architectural gems. Six homes are featured on the tour and vary in style, size, and design.

“Kitchens are both professionally designed and owner inspired. There are complete remodels that required total gutting of the former space along with less major updates. All kitchen re-dos were driven by the homeowner’s desire for up-to-date cooking, comfortable movement, and traffic flow, plus memorable dining,” said event co-chair Jane Mahlke. “The homes themselves include everything from historic houses to recent builds. There really is something for every decorating buff and hopeful homeowner that is planning their own update.”

She added that the 2024 Secret Kitchens represent the contemporary look of clean, functional space that invites family and friends to enjoy cooking and entertaining in style. Tourgoers will see decorating trends that are popular today with white kitchens, open shelving, rustic kitchens, copper details, flooring choices, major appliance trends, and seating options.

Guest will also get ideas to take back to their own homes whether they are interested in a total kitchen re-do or simple ways to transform their existing kitchen into a more beautiful and inviting space.

“Guests will have a chance to view many ideas and learn about the latest options for their own kitchens. Everything from backsplashes to lighting choices are included with many surprises. Questions are welcome,” Mahlke said.

Get a Map & Tour the Kitchens

To discover whose kitchens are being featured, arrive at the Mansion Museum in Oglebay between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., June 8. Purchase a ticket and receive a detailed map to find each of the secret kitchens. Names will be revealed then – and only then.

Ticket sales end at 2 p.m. You have until 4 p.m. to take the self-guided tour. The market is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Call the Mansion Museum at 304-242-7272 or register online for the tour in advance.

Enjoy Outdoor Marketplace Shopping

The brick pathways outside the Mansion will be transformed into an outdoor marketplace.

Dozens of merchants and artisans will sell items such as home décor, garden items, artwork, textiles, pottery, baskets, candles, jewelry, kitchen accessories, plants and herbs, gourmet foods, and more.

Even those not going on the home tour are invited to stop by and see how products from these vendors can spice up their own homes