Small Market Meetings

MAR 2017

The Newspaper for Smaller Cities, Facilities and Planners.

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C u y a h o g a F a l l s B u t l e r C o u n t y 30 Ohio Meeting Guide Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau. The 306-room Marriott, the 284-room Embassy Suites by Hilton and the 215-room Crowne Plaza each offer about 13,000 square feet of function space. But what "we are most excited about" is the new Bridge Park development under construction across the river from downtown. The project will include a 19,000-square-foot conference facility, called The Exchange at Bridge Park, that will connect to an adja- cent 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott. The Exchange will have an event courtyard and a 9,000-square-foot ball- room and "will be the largest meeting venue in Dublin," King said. Plans also call for a pedestrian bridge over the river connecting historic downtown to the develop- ment's new restaurants, pubs, shops and green space. To incorporate some Irish flair into meetings, plan- ners can rent an entire floor of the three-story Brazenhead Irish Pub, styled after the oldest pub in Ireland, or reserve the 200-person Manor Hall at the Golf Club of Dublin, where French doors open to the Celtic Patio and views of the rolling greens. Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Falls is located only five miles north of down- town Akron, but the city also sits on the edge of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the state's only national park. Located between town and country, the community is "really close to so many amazing assets," said Jim Mahon, vice president of marketing and brand management for the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau. Sandwiched between downtown's Front Street pedes- trian mall and the Cuyahoga River, the Sheraton Suites recently renovated its 209 guest rooms and 14 meeting spaces, including the 4,600-square-foot ballroom. The glass walls of Beau's on the River restaurant and lounge "jut out a little bit over the river," dishing up great views of the city's namesake falls, Mahon said. A few miles northwest of downtown Cuyahoga Falls, a cluster of three venues offer interesting options. The Blossom Music Center, summer home to the Cleveland Orchestra, is an amphitheater with a 5,700-seat pavilion and space for another 13,000 people on the surrounding lawn. On the same property, Kent State University's Porthouse Theatre is a 500-person outdoor covered venue that's available for private events and meeting groups. Across the street, Sarah's Vineyard is "one of only a handful of wineries that fall within a national park," Mahon said. The winery has a tasting room and several event spaces, including a loft, a garden and a new outdoor covered pavilion with a stone fireplace. Butler County Butler County is one of Ohio's fastest-growing regions, "so we are a little different than some suburbs because we can offer really high-level amenities as well as a great college town and the rural areas in between," said Margaret O'Gorman, tourism development man- ager for the Butler County Visitors Bureau. Hamilton is the county seat and the largest city, with about 65,000 residents; Oxford is home to Miami Courtesy Butler Co. VB Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Butler County has numerous meeting spaces for groups.

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