Hotel At a Glance: Comfort Inn Hall of Fame
Comfort Inn Hall of Fame was named for Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame, located just three miles away. This must-see attraction honors more than 280 football players with jerseys, mementos, and game clips. The Canton Arts District is also a few miles south, where you can watch artists at work in their studios or grab a bite at several restaurants. A couple blocks away from this is the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, which honors the former president, and is home to a planetarium, Discover World (a science museum), a research library, and McKinley's tomb.
- Kick your feet up: Relax in your spacious room while reading a complimentary USA Today newspaper. Rooms features free high-speed Internet.
- Go shopping at Belden Village Mall, where you can pick up a new outfit at Express and Coach or dine at several restaurants; about a mile away.
- Take a dip in the seasonal, outdoor pool, or work on your tan on the sundeck.
- Visit Amish Country: About 25 miles away is Sugarcreek Village, an Amish community offering fresh baked goods, produce, and museums. The town is also known for its Swiss immigrants, earning it the nickname "the Little Switzerland of Ohio."
Canton, Ohio: Rich Football History and a Thriving Artists' Community
Canton is a midwestern town rich in football history. The NFL was founded here in 1920 (then called the American Professional Football Association), as was the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This museum highlights the lives and careers of the more than 280 players that have been enshrined as Hall of Famers—from Ray Nitschke and Dick Butkus to Jerry Rice and Dan Marino. In the Moments, Memories & Mementos gallery, you can see some of the game's historic jerseys and helmets. If football isn't your sport, you can tee off at 21 public golf courses, which helped earn Canton the unofficial title of "Ohio's Golf Capital."
This city also has a thriving art district. Nestled amid downtown Canton's restaurants, bars, and shops are galleries, live music venues, theaters, and numerous artist's studios. Take in local paintings and sculptures at the galleries—among them, the Canton Museum of Art, where you can see works by John Singer Sargent—or head to a studio to watch these artists work. Appreciate another kind of artwork at the Canton Classic Car Museum, which celebrates Canton's historic auto industry. Though less traditional than an artist's sketch, the 1937 Studebaker President's wheel wells and hood are an art form in and of themselves.
Canton is considered is a gateway to Ohio's large Amish community. It's less remote than you might think—the area is packed with museums, wineries, quilt and craft shops, and more than 80 hardwood furniture stores. Hungry travelers can enjoy the bounty of edibles made by Amish artisans and farmers, which include cheeses, baked goods, and blackberry pies. While exploring, you might even see a horse-pulled carriage.