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OHIO 2017

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67 w w w . o h i o h a s i t . c o m SAUDER VILLAGE 800-590-9755 saudervillage.org Contact: Jeanette Smith info@saudervillage.org Step out of today's fast paced world and into historic Sauder Village, Ohio's largest living history destination. Visit with cos- tumed guides in historic homes and shops and working craftsmen blending skill and creativity with glass, metal, fiber, wood and clay. Your group will love staying at the 98 room Heritage Inn, a beautiful respite in the country. Enjoy plenty of unique shopping and scrumptious homestyle meals at the Barn Restaurant. TOLEDO ZOO AND AQUARIUM 419-385-5721 ext. 3093 toledozoo.org Contact: Amanda Caig amanda.caig@toledozoo.org We offer group discount on admission and meals, motor coach parking, complimen- tary driver and tour operator admission, handicap accessibility, wheelchair, stroller and wagon rentals, full-service catering, picnic areas, Lights Before Christmas holiday lights display, and souvenirs and gift shops. LODGING GREAT WOLF LODGE - SANDUSKY 419-609-6000 greatwolf.com/sandusky Contact: Jan Kinkopf, CMP jkinkopf@greatwolf.com Great Wolf Lodge is a popular destination for school, church and scout trips. Organizers of youth group excursions love the ease of planning a visit with our professional team, and the attendees have the time of their lives in a fun and safe environment; featur- ing our 33K square foot waterpark! MAUMEE BAY LODGE AND CONFERENCE CENTER 877-496-9224 ext. 108 maumeebaystateparklodge.com Contact: Kim Cira kcira@xanterra.com Just east of Toledo and directly on Lake Erie, Maumee Bay features comfortable guest rooms and cottages with patios or balconies, full-service dining room and banquet spaces, indoor and outdoor pools, birdwatching boardwalk, paved hiking and biking trails, fishing, boating on our inland lake, free motorcoach parking and more. NORTHEAST MEMBERS DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATIONS AKRON/SUMMIT CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 330-374-8935 visitakron-summit.org Contact: Karen Harris kharris@visitakron-summit.org Greater Akron & Summit County…Come visit us! Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Hale Farm & Village, Akron Art Museum, Akron Civic Theatre, Akron Zoo, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RR, Harry London Chocolate Factory, MAPS Air Museum, live theatre, vibrant arts scene, shopping, dining and 5,500+ guest rooms. ASHLAND AREA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 419-281-4584 visitashlandohio.com Contact: Amy Daubenspeck cvb@ashlandoh.com If you're looking for exciting events, a relax- ing family outing, or a day of shopping and dining, Ashland County is a great place to make your next trip memorable. Ashland County offers a little something for every- one. Our fun, inviting events and attrac- tions, wrapped up in a warm and beautiful package that is Ashland County, are sure to satisfy any member of the family. BEACHWOOD CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 216-378-9333 visitbeachwoodohio.com Contact: Jessica Derecskey Jessica@VisitBeachwoodOhio.com Beachwood is a perfect hub location for exploring all of Northeast Ohio and is just 11 miles from downtown Cleveland. Come onboard to discover three of our most popu- lar tours: Passport to Beachwood, All Rise! U.S. Presidents from Northeast Ohio, and Birding. Complimentary step-on-guides available. CARROLL COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 877-727-0103 carrollcountyohio.com Contact: Kimberly Lewis kiml@carrollcountyohio.com Visitors are invited to "Retreat, Relax and Rejuvenate" in Carroll County. With its roll- ing hills and small-town charm, visitors can let their stress melt away as they explore museums, restaurants, shops, alpaca farms or festivals. No visit is complete without a cruise aboard the Atwood Queen. DESTINATION CLEVELAND 216-875-6607 thisiscleveland.com Contact: Jane Tougouma jtougouma@destinationcle.org Come see the "New Cleveland"— manageable enough to easily navigate, but large enough to generate big city excite- ment. The region wows with gems such as Lake Erie, the world's only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, more than 53,000 acres of park land, and boasts the 2nd largest theater district in the U.S. DESTINATION GEAUGA 800-775-8687 destinationgeauga.com Contact: Lynda Nemeth lynda@destinationgeauga.com Geauga County is offering exciting new opportunities to be your Group's Destination! Located less than an hour East of Cleveland and PERFECT for a City/Country combo Trip. We offer Amish Tours, Specialty Food Tours, Girlfriend Get-A-Way Shopping & Spa Adventures, and invite you to 'Explore OUR Outdoors', we customize this to OUR season & YOUR ability! HOLMES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND TOURISM BUREAU 330-674-3975 visitamishcountry.com Contact: Laurie Judson lauriej@holmescountychamber.com Take a step back in time as you witness scenes out of bygone times--shocking and threshing of wheat in the fields, furniture that is carefully and patiently crafted by hand, fruit pies made from scratch with freshly picked home-grown produce, Amish children making merry at recess in an Amish schoolyard. Visit Amish Country Ohio for a relaxing and nostalgic getaway with spectacular views of the beautiful pristine landscape! LAKE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU 800-368-5253 lakevisit.com Contact: Robert Ulas ulas@lakevisit.com Lake County, along with Ashtabula, features Ohio's largest concentration of wineries. The Holden Arboretum, the USA's largest with 3,600 acres, offers tram ride tours (by reservation). The restored President James A. Garfield National Historic Site offers the most original artifacts. The Gourmet Soap Shop offers hundreds of custom made soaps and free samples. MANSFIELD/RICHLAND COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 800-642-8282 mansfieldtourism.com Contact: Jodie Snavely jsnavely@mansfieldtourism.com Walk the halls of the Ohio State Reformatory, explore 14 authentic filming sites from The Shawshank Redemption, visit Malabar Farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married, tour BibleWalk's wax muse- ums and Dinner Theatre and savor local foods in downtown Mansfield's Carrousel District. Themed itineraries available to begin your adventure to Mansfield! MEDINA COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU 330-722-5502 visitmedinacounty.com Contact: Dan Hostetler info@visitmedinacounty.com Small town atmosphere, big city flavor. Medina County offers farms, orchards, outlets and Buckin' Ohio Pro Bull Riding from May to September. Visit Castle Noel, America's largest indoor entertainment complex with Santa's Squeeze, The Grinch, Tim Allen's Santa Clause and so much more. Explore the Possibilities in Medina County. N O RT H W E S T

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