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Big times in small places

Ohio Meeting Guide

Ohio has a little bit of everything: big cities and small towns, wine bars and vineyards; waterfronts and storefronts, interstates and country lanes, museums and amusement parks.

For small meetings, the state’s plentiful small towns are a good fit. Many are easy to reach and relatively inexpensive, with more than enough activities and attractions to keep meeting goers occupied in their free time.

The towns and islands along the shores of Lake Erie, for example, are more than vacation destinations. Resorts there have ample meeting space, as well as golf, wineries and water parks.

Lima, in northwest Ohio, is Middle America at its best, a town where the local delicacy, the Kewpee hamburger, draws lines of hungry customers and citizens express a strong sense of community. Its location near Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton makes Clinton County a regional meeting point with rural flavor enhanced by annual traditions like its Banana Split Festival.

And although Akron and Toledo sit in the shadows of larger cities, each offers its own small-town advantages. The Akron Canton airport continues to defy national trends, with passenger counts holding steady, a credit to its emphasis on customer service. The city continues to add to downtown meeting options, with the opening of Greystone Hall across the street from its convention center. In Toledo, downtown will get a big boost in October with the opening of a multipurpose arena adjacent to the city’s convention center. It’s just one more enticement in a city already known for inventive venues at its minor-league ballpark, art museum and zoo.