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Why Your Next Event Should Meet in Shores & Islands Ohio

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Shores & Islands Ohio is an ideal destination for small to mid-sized meetings and conventions. Meeting planners appreciate this popular Midwest destination due to the quality and variety of event venues. Participants flock to conferences here because of the breadth of activities available outside the typical work day. Discover what’s beyond typical meeting destinations and satisfy what your attendees are really looking for.

Located on Ohio’s Lake Erie coast halfway between Toledo and Cleveland, Shores & Islands Ohio is close to major airports and highways, within a 5-hour drive of several major metropolitan areas. Shores & Islands is a year-round destination featuring more than 8,000 lodging rooms, expansive convention and meeting space, and acres of outdoor event venues. Complement the meeting with off-site activities such as Lake Erie cruises, island-hopping, wineries, historical attractions, amusements, water parks, beaches, golf, sailing, and other outdoor leisure options.

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While there are many reasons to choose Shores & Islands Ohio for your conference, convention, or meeting, many make the easy destination choice because of the opportunity to receive funding to support the event! Grants are available for quality conferences that generate overnight stays, create media exposure, increase area economic impact, and generate awareness that Shores & Islands is a year-round destination. Funding up to $4,000 is available for marketing, promotions, and advertising expenses; and/or cost associated with ground transportation for your attendees (some restrictions apply).

Top meeting venues in the region include Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Cedar Point Resorts, Put-in-Bay Resort and Conference Center, and the newly-refurbished Sawmill Creek Resort. Re-opening summer 2022, Sawmill Creek by Cedar Point Resorts is a unique combination of relaxing retreat and energetic forum for meetings and conferences. With more than 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Sawmill Creek is well equipped to host meetings, social gatherings, banquets, weddings, and conventions of all sizes. 239 guest rooms and suites welcome guests to the unmatched natural beauty of the resort property which features a world-class Tom Fazio designed golf course, adjacent nature preserve, and Lake Erie beach.

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Smaller meetings have the unique ability to hold events in truly distinctive locations – no boring conference rooms! Shores & Islands Ohio also has a number of these exclusive locations which will have your participants talking about you long after the meeting. Unique smaller venues include Camp Perry, Liberty Aviation Museum, Merry-Go-Round Museum, Culinary Vegetable Institute, and Millsite Lodge. You can even have your meeting island-style with events at the the Niagara Center at Put-in-Bay or the Lake View Venue Rental on Kelleys Island!


Let the Shores & Islands group accounts team show you why you need to bring your next event here! We invite you to set up a site visit. You can enhance your business trip with visits to wineries, historical attractions, golf, Lake Erie cruises, and other amazing activities. Contact Shores & Islands Ohio Group Accounts Manager, Tiffany Frisch at for more details or to book your event today.