Small Market Meetings

MAR 2017

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R o s s f o r d D u b l i n March 2017 29 Ohio's Suburban Scenery Courtesy Rossford CVB The Bass Pro Shops in Rossford can arrange demos and events for small groups. Sure, suburbs are usually less expensive, but they still offer all the same amenities as their big-city coun- terparts — and even more. Only in Ohio's suburbs will planners find venues with rolling rows of grapevines, views of a Lake Erie lighthouse or a sculpture park where they can meet in a pyramid-shaped house. Rossford The city of Rossford sits just across the Maumee River from downtown Toledo, making it Toledo's closest sub- urb. At the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike, four hotels form a sort of mini hotel district, and "all work together," said Beth Genson, executive director of the Rossford Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Hampton Inn and Suites has a 1,300-square-foot divisible meeting room, and the CVB once helped arrange an evening reception where attendees went from hotel to hotel. Rossford's big news is Project RED, short for Rossford Entertainment District. Across the street from the Hollywood Casino Toledo, plans are in the works for a new mixed-use development that will include a 150- room hotel with a conference center, slated for spring 2019, as well as restaurants and retail space. The nearby O h i o ' s suburbs are close to interna- tional airports for easy fly-in access and crossed by inter- states for conve- nient arrivals by automobile. Lake View Banquet Facility can accommodate about 200 people. Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts has a 526-seat theater for presenta- tions, speakers and movies, and the center's glass- walled rotunda is popular for receptions. Two recently opened air domes — Total Sports Complex and the Soccer Centre — are also available for events. With a liquor license and its own food truck, Total Sports hosts after-hours events and team-build- ing challenges. Groups can also take a behind-the- scenes tour at Bass Pro Shops, where the CVB can spon- sor a fudge tasting. Dublin Dublin, Ohio, plays up its connections to Dublin, Ireland, but the city is much more closely associated with the city of Columbus. Dublin straddles the banks of the Scioto River just 17 miles northwest of downtown Columbus. Dublin is home to three full-service conference hotels that can each accommodate events for about 300 people, said Pat King, national sales manager for the By Rachel Carter

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