Wilmington – Meeting in the middle

clinton-wilm-cvbWilmington, Ohio

Meeting in the Middle is Not a Compromise

In a shrinking world filled with gadgets like GPS devices, destinations are found after satellites triangulate the position. So if you are looking for the ideal place to meet in Southwest Ohio, your position may triangulate from Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus resulting in Wilmington.

Not only is it a retreat from the big cities, it is close enough to take advantage of their hot-spots too. Conveniently intersected by I-71 and close to three International airports and its own county airport for small aircraft, Wilmington is a day’s drive from 60 percent of the U.S. population.

You need six things when selecting the perfect meeting site. Location, location, location are the first three followed by quality, variety and quantity of meeting facilities, restaurants and entertainment.

Business or pleasure, it doesn’t matter, Wilmington and the surrounding Clinton County, can host your group or event. Bookings are frequented by conventions, road shows and executive retreats to weddings, reunions and clubs. Special events feature scrapbooking, antiques, fashion, pottery and dog shows to name several.

The bottom line is that you still have access to the big cities but your meetings are more affordable without sacrificing service or quality.

The Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau provides meeting planners with personalized and custom service to ensure every event will be successful. This includes site inspections of hotels and attractions, assistance in securing the accommodations needed, pre-event mailings, welcome packets for guests, and itineraries for group or spousal programs.

It’s no wonder the tag line for Clinton County is “An Open Invitation.”

The Roberts Conference Centre is the region’s largest and most diverse conference facility with 80,000 square feet and 24-foot ceilings. It features large, sweeping exhibition space, a grand ballroom, an executive boardroom, and numerous breakouts perfect for board retreats, strategy meetings, or workshop sessions.

Other choices for locating meetings that need high tech assistance and modern ambience are the state-of-the-art teleconferencing center at Wilmington College and The Hampton Inn. The teleconferencing center is ideal for smaller groups that require a high tech advantage while the Hampton offers a convenient and resourceful meeting room for up to 100 people, as well as a private board room. Laurel Oaks, another high tech choice, is the perfect location for bringing people together regionally or nationally through video conferencing.

Aside from the traditional meeting facilities, Clinton County also offers a wide variety of non-traditional meeting space.

The historic and ornate Murphy Theatre is a 750 seat venue available for meetings when not in use for theatrical productions. Another unique place is The Loft. It provides an intimate setting in a 9,000 square-foot ballroom that has two access doors to an elevated outdoor terrace, plus there are private meeting rooms. It is a favorite in historic downtown Wilmington for wedding ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners, plus private and corporate parties, fundraising events, and more. Across the street is The General Denver Hotel known as the epitome of grace and service. Their private meeting space is perfect for groups who want to be treated extra special. And for history buffs, there’s no place to meet like the conference room at The Clinton County History Center.

Not only is Wilmington and surrounding Clinton County ideal for meeting accommodations, it offers “An Open Invitation” to those desiring a destination that includes fantastic shopping, a relaxing pace, natural beauty, roads less traveled, behind the scene tours, great towns at a great value and one-of-a-kind special events.

But what really sets Clinton County apart is their world-class hospitality. You’ll arrive as a visitor, but leave as a friend.

While the three nearby, large metro areas are often an attractive destination point for travelers based on their ability to offer many attractions in a concentrated geographical area, what is often overlooked is an alternative destination. Clinton County is primarily a rural community slightly off the beaten path that has treasures of its own to offer. The ambiance of rural America is not a myth, it is as real as the people who reside there, who cherish old fashioned values, who are neighborly, and who know what it is to be hospitable.

Those who travel rural America are looking for something special. They want to “experience” something. The sight of a sign advertising merchandise that is homegrown and homemade excites them. They know that heritage shapes a community and that if a community preserves its heritage, it has integrity. They find worth in historic relics, architecture, and art. They prefer not to fight the masses when they tour museums, shop for antiques, or decide to end their day with a quiet dinner.

Clinton County and Wilmington are rich in history of bygone days with deep pride for their Quaker heritage. It’s a place where unique shopping opportunities prevail, and local artisans display their wares. In Clinton County fresh produce can still be found at roadside stands. Nature is a strong force there, and two area state parks provide every opportunity to enjoy nature at its best. Clinton County is also home to the nation’s only Banana Split Festival. Another favorite event is the Wilmington Art & Pottery Festival. Paying tribute to the areas’ deep agricultural roots is the Corn Festival, and for the holiday season, enjoy the thrilling Holidazzle Illuminated Parade & Festival. A video showcasing a variety of Clinton County attractions is available at ClintonCountyOhio.com.

To plan your meeting or trip to Clinton County, start at clintoncountyohio.com or call 1-877-428-4748 to have a custom travel itinerary designed for your visit.

By Frank R. Satullo, The OhioTraveler