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Canton, OH Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 12
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,042
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 194
Committable Meeting Rooms* 9
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $89
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $257
*Maximum for a single hotel

Canton, OH Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Canton Stark County, a guide for meeting professionals. A world-class meeting destination with national attractions, a thriving arts scene, small town charm and scenic natural beauty, Canton Stark County is also known for its affordability and convenient Midwestern location. The county lays claim to many laurels, such as being the birthplace of American professional football and "Ohio's Golf Capital" (thanks to its 21 public courses); it is also the "Gateway to Ohio's Amish Country," as the southwest tip of Stark County includes the villages of Brewster, Navarre and Wilmot.

Nestled in northeastern Ohio, Canton Stark County is conveniently located along I-77 and U.S. Route 50. The county is 10 miles from Akron, 60 miles from Cleveland, 90 miles from Pittsburgh and 127 miles from Columbus. The county also serves as the terminus of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which winds 51 miles from Canton through Cleveland and to the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The county's Akron-Canton Airport is situated 10 miles northwest of Canton, and provides nonstop service to 12 major U.S. cities. Once in Canton Stark County, delegates can ride the county's Stark Area Regional Transit Authority bus system, which runs along 33 fixed routes in Alliance, Canton, Hartville, Jackson Township, Louisville, Massillon, North Canton and Uniontown.

Aside from its one of a kind attractions and convenient location, Canton Stark County is home to a range of unique and traditional meeting venues, as well as the International Association of Conference Centers-accredited The University Center, Kent State University at Stark in North Canton. Regarded as northeast Ohio's most technologically advanced conference center, The University Center features a sophisticated computing and communications infrastructure, a TV quality recording studio and Video Conference Room, among other highlights. Delegates can gather in the 14,355-square-foot center's 14 breakout rooms and 12 flexible conference rooms, including the 6,000-square-foot Timken Great Hall, 22-person Smith Board Room and 52-person tiered Hoover Seminar Room.

For smaller group outings and meetings, Canton Stark County features a collection of historical attractions, restaurants, museums, wineries and outdoor spaces with rental and event capabilities. More than a premier sports museum and showplace with 115,000 square feet of exhibits, Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame houses a 3,180-square-foot Event Center, a 3,960-square-foot Plaza Tent and a 750-square-foot Conference Room. The William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum celebrates the 25th president and Canton's favorite son; it also features a planetarium and science-related exhibits. Groups can take part in interactive science activities or enjoy a planetarium program, as well as join a guided tour. The Massillon Museum showcases an impressive collection of art and history objects, as well as welcomes private events in the 100-person Fred F. Silk Community Room and 250-person Gallery.

Groups can enjoy the great outdoors at Wilmot's The Wilderness Center, a nonprofit nature center home to more than 10 miles of trails, an animal observation area, planetarium and an interactive nature learning room. The Wilderness Center offers team building activities and indoor and outdoor event spaces, ranging from a 500-person auditorium to picnic shelters and three-season classrooms. Hartville's Maize Valley Market and Winery welcomes tours to join tastings and tours, as well as sample more than 100 meats and cheeses at its deli, and indulge in treats at its bakery and summer farmers market. The 150-year-old hand hewn beams surround Maize Valley Market and Winery's tasting room, while its private room features a cathedral ceiling, large bay windows and outdoor brick patio.

About Canton, OH / Additional Info

Named in honor of Revolutionary War general John Stark, Canton Stark County is a mid-sized Midwestern region that was a manufacturing center in the early 19th century. The county utilized its railroad lines in its early manufacturing days, and then evolved into an area built upon a service economy, with strength in the education, finance, and healthcare sectors. The county is home to Malone University, Walsh University, Stark State College, and a Kent State University branch.

Canton Stark County offers the very best in attractions, shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, and arts and culture, as well as a large network of public golf courses and wineries. The county offers something for everyone, as it is home to hidden Ohio Amish Country treasures, as well as such national attractions as the Pro Football Hall of Fame, William F. McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, and National First Ladies' Historical Site.

Popular Canton Stark County attractions include the National First Ladies' Library, the first and only facility devoted to the contributions of First Ladies and other notable women in history. The site consists of the Ida Saxton McKinley House, as well as the Education and Research Center, which houses exhibit spaces, a 91-seat Victorian theater, research library, and conference rooms in renovated 1895 bank building. The Canton Museum of Art serves as one piece of Canton's burgeoning arts scene, and focuses on American watercolors of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as contemporary ceramics. Shoppers delight in Hartville's six-acre hardware store and Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market, which houses more than 110 indoor, individually owned shops and 12 acres of outdoor shops.

Canton Stark County's many wineries include Perennial Vineyards, the county's oldest vineyard and winery. Located in Navarre, Perennial Vineyards boasts a post-and-beam structure that dates back to 1854, as well as a sunset patio, vineyard pavilion, live music, and menu of appetizers, flatbreads, and pizzas. Gervasi Vineyard and Italian Bistro is home to a winery, villa accommodations, event venue, and The Bistro, all in one; The Bistro serves rustic Italian fare made with seasonal, hand-crafted ingredients. Gervasi's newest offering is The Crush House, a winery, wine bar, and eatery with a casual menu.

For a culinary tour of Canton, visitors and residents alike turn to Canton Food Tours for walking and van tours that showcase the city's food, history, and arts. Among Canton's many restaurants is Bender's Tavern, the city's oldest restaurant, which serves fresh, seasonal cuisine in an elegant, relaxing setting that features marble and paneled oak walls and tin ceilings. Basil Asian Bistro is known for its spicy Szechuan, Thai curries, sushi, and stir-frys, inspired by Pacific and Southeastern Asia. Housed in a hilltop 1869 mansion in Minerva, Hart Mansion Restaurant serves American cuisine in an Italianate setting. Situated in Canal Fulton, V-Li's Thai Cuisine serves award-winning, authentic gourmet Thai cuisine in a quaint, cozy atmosphere.

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