“Our beautiful destination right on Lake
Erie offers year-round activities, over 8,000
guest rooms and over 615,000 square feet
of meeting space,” explained Amanda
Smith, director of group sales for the Lake
Erie Shores & Islands CVB. “We offer what
the big cities offer, yet provide great value.”
Naturally, with its location, the region
offers a variety of water sports and activi-
ties. Goodtime I-Lake Erie Island Cruises
takes groups on trips such as island-hop-
ping cruises, sunset cruises or wine-tasting
cruises aboard its 250-passenger vessel that
can also be rented for private events and
Even on land, water is a key attraction in
the region, according to Smith. Sandusky is
home to two large waterpark resorts: Great
Wolf Lodge Sandusky and Kalahari Resorts,
Sandusky. Kalahari is a destination within
itself with nearly 900 guest rooms, 215,000
square feet of meeting space and both
indoor and outdoor waterparks.
On-property guests can brave a zipline
tour, ropes course and rock-climbing wall
at the Safari Outdoor Adventure Park.
Also at the resort is the Safari Adventures
Animal Park, where guests can experience
up-close animal encounters.
Toledo, nestled in northwest Ohio, debuted
Hensville in 2016. The collection of restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment
venues is located within the city’s Warehouse District along the Maumee River.
Fifth Third Field, home of Minor League
Baseball’s Toledo Mud Hens, and Hensville
Park, a re-imagined green space, are also
part of the Hensville development.
Groups can use the facilities at Hens-
ville and Fifth Third Field for meetings,
corporate retreats, receptions, banquets
and teambuilding activities. Restaurants
NINE at Hensville and High Five both have
rooftop spaces that can be used for private
events and dining.
Just outside Toledo is the Schedel Arbo-
retum & Gardens, a 17-acre estate with an
on-site conference room, boardroom, wel-
come center and outdoor spaces that can
all be used for meetings and events. There
are both self-guided and guided tours of
the grounds available.
South of Toledo, Bowling Green State
University is scattered with public parks,
gardens and nature preserves. The Win-tergarden Woods and St. John’s Nature
Preserve provide hiking trails and geocaching options. Groups can also arrange for
private programs that can include plant
and animal identification, as well as cultural history and nature hikes.
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Latest + Greatest
➜ Hilton Cleveland Downtown (www.hilton.
com) debuted in 2016 with 600 guest
rooms, 50,000 square feet of meeting
space, views of Lake Erie and four food
and beverage outlets. The hotel is connected to the Huntington Convention
Center of Cleveland.
➜ The Kimpton Schofield Hotel (www.
kimptonhotels.com) opened in spring
2016 after a $50 million restoration.
The hotel has 122 rooms and 3,800
square feet of banquet space.
➜ Residence Inn Cleveland Downtown
( www.marriott.com) completed a $12
million renovation of its 175 guest
rooms and 3,000 square feet of meeting space.
➜ The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland (www.ritz
carlton.com) is undergoing a renovation,
including updates to its 206 guest
rooms, a reconfiguration of its lobby
and the creation of a larger, redesigned
fitness area. The completion date is set
➜ Embassy Suites by Hilton Akron Canton
Airport ( www.embassysuites.com)
debuted in early 2016 with 150 guest
suites and 6,000 square feet of meeting
space, including a ballroom, conference
room and a boardroom.
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➜ Kalahari Resorts & Conventions (www.
kalahariresorts.com) is undergoing
upgrades to its Sandusky outdoor
waterpark by adding five new slide
➜ Breakers Express hotel will undergo
an extensive transformation into Cedar
Point’s Express Hotel (www.cedarpoint.
com). The existing rooms will undergo
a renovation and there will be 69 new
accommodations added to the property.
There will also be a new splash pad
and outdoor courtyard added near the
outdoor swimming pool, in addition to
its other amenities.
➜ Marriott unveiled the Courtyard by
Marriott Toledo-North ( www.marriott.
com) in late 2016. The 97-room hotel
features the brand’s latest room design,
an indoor pool and 600 square feet of
➜ The 84-room Fairfield Inn & Suites
Bowling Green ( www.marriott.com)
opened in January. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, fitness room, 24/7
Corner Market and small meeting room,