The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard

1700 55th Street Ne, Canton, Ohio 44721
Innkeeper(s): Scott Swaldo
  • Introduction

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard

    This Tuscan-Inspired Inn and gathering place is a lively rustic retreat designed for tourists and business guests seeking to getaway or host events and celebrations.

    The Villas, an upscale boutique Inn with six Gervasi Villas each comprised of four individual suites (24 suites). Guests have the option of reserving an individual suite or an entire Villa. The luxurious suites with cozy fireplaces are touched with Italy and designed with gorgeous Tuscan-inspired décor includes Stucco walls, heated Travertine limestone floors, rustic wood doors, and wood ceiling details.

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard-Outside View

    In addition to the Villas, the Gervasi Vineyard Farmhouse is also available for overnight stays and consists of 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, sitting room, study, dining room, full modern kitchen, and other features. Just across our spring-fed lake you can visit our beautiful grounds, Vineyard, Bistro, Marketplace and Pavilion for the ultimate Tuscan experience in Northeast Ohio.

    • Complimentary Italian-style continental breakfast featuring house made pastries, granola and fresh fruit. Breakfast is delivered to each Villa Lobby in a rustic wine box. Additional charge for Farmhouse guests.
    • The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard-InteriorUpon entering our Tuscan villas, a spacious lobby (494 sq. ft.) greets you with comfortable style decor featuring portals to four private suites. Here you will find living room seating; dining seating; stone fireplace; and bakers rack with microwave, ice maker, refrigerator, and sink. The lobby has rear access to a shared patio (224 sq. ft.) and limited outdoor seating. Utilizing all four suites affords you exclusive use of the entire villa including the spacious lobby area and patio.
    • Complimentary beverages including bottled water, teas and sodas are provided in the refrigerator of the Villa Lobby. Guest Services can replenish the supply if it runs low during your stay. Additional charge for the Farmhouse.
    • Old-world style, handmade furnishings as well as geo-thermal heating and cooling throughout Gervasi Village.

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard-Cooking

    The Villas are located within a section of the Gervasi estate called The Village.
    Also located here are:

    • The Villa Grande Event Facility houses a versatile conference and event facility seating up to 128 guests. It features a ballroom, event lobby, and executive board rooms.
    • The Cucina, a Culinary and Wine Education Center housed in The Villa Grande Event Center, will offer culinary or wine experiences that can be incorporated into your special event or corporate retreat if desired.
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Cynthia Johnson for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    For a luxurious, Tuscan-inspired escape.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    To help make your stay with us even more memorable, we offer additional unique and special services to enhance your stay, including in-room Spa and Yoga services.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame – 5 miles away from Gervasi Vineyard.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Guests have told us that as soon as they “drive through our welcoming arches they feel that they have been transported to Tuscany”!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Canton/Stark County is known for its affordability, which means MORE fun for you and your family!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame, McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, National First Ladies Historical Site, the hidden treasures of nearby Ohio's Amish Country, and the quaint shops of neighboring Hartville and Canal Fulton.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard (for fine dining), The Marketplace at Gervasi Vineyard (for shopping), The Crush House Winery, Wine Bar, and Eatery at Gervasi Vineyard, and The Stark Park Bike and Hike Trail runs through the Gervasi Vineyard 55-acre estate.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    You can savor tastes from around the world, simply by visiting the many delectable restaurants that call Canton. Stark County home. From up-scale fine dining to down-home Amish cooking, you will find it all.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    24 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    Sorry, we do not accept pets.

  • Specific Amenities

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard-Wine Glasses

    • Access suites off Villa Lobby
    • Villa Lobby and outdoor patio to be utilized by all Villa guests in that particular Villa
    • Complimentary Italian-style continental breakfast delivered to Villa Lobby in a rustic wine box
    • USA Today Newspaper delivered to the Villa Lobby every morning
    • Cozy Fireplace in every suite and Villa Lobby
    • Luxurious spacious bathroom with stone walk-in shower
    • Heated towel bars
    • Plush linens
    • Luxury room amenities
    • Bathrobes and slippers
    • Blackout wood blinds
    • Cable/satellite TV
    • Blu-Ray DVD player
    • Multiple Flat-Screen Televisions
    • Clock radio with iPod dock
    • In-room Coffee Makers
    • Specially selected luxury toiletries
    • Desk
    • Electronic/magnetic keys
    • Hair dryer
    • Housekeeping
    • Complimentary Wireless High-speed Internet access
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Refrigerator
    • Sofa beds in all suites except Double Queen
    • Heated tile floors (winter months)
    • Voice mail
    • In-room safe
    • Concierge Service
    • Access to Stark Parks Middlebranch Walking/Bicycling Trail near Villa Grande
    • Bistro with rustic Italian far on property (closed Mondays)
    • Crush House with casual Italian fare, expanded wine tasting and tours (closed Sundays)
  • Weddings at Gervasi

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard weddings

    Gervasi Vineyard in Northeast Ohio provides a graceful and romantic setting for intimate outdoor or indoor weddings. Our 55-acre Italian-inspired estate provides a beautiful setting for weddings in two unique and spectacular venues:

    The Pavilion and The Villa Grande

    Our spacious outdoor Pavilion seating up to 200 guests overlooks a spring-fed lake and lavish grounds and vineyard, creating a breath-taking picturesque environment for your special day.

    Our indoor Villa Grande event center seating up to 120 guests for weddings, provides an elegant Italian Villa style setting for smaller intimate weddings in the Gervasi Village complex located on the south end of the lake.

    To complete the ultimate Tuscan vineyard experience, wedding guests can enjoy the comforts and charm of our 24 luxurious villa suites at The Villas, our boutique Inn also located in Gervasi Village.

    At Gervasi, you will experience the stylish and graceful wedding of your dreams. Gervasi Vineyard truly is Northeast Ohio’s memorable wedding destination.

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard dining table

    Wedding Planning Services

    There are few places able to provide the perfect outdoor or indoor wedding - and Gervasi is one of them!

    Our outdoor Pavilion with nearby bridal room and catering kitchen seats up to 200 people and overlooks the spring-fed lake. This space is ideal for weddings of 140-180 depending on the set-up requirements.

    The Villa Grande ballroom offers a beautiful indoor wedding setting. Our ballroom is ideal for wedding receptions of 60-100 guests, and can accommodate smaller ceremonies of 50 guests or less. The Villa Grande or Cantino Cellar Room are also perfect for rehearsal dinners.

    Our event coordination team will arrange for wedding planning arrangements to assure that you have a worry-free and relaxing time. We want your wedding day to be perfect. We have carefully arranged for the best resources to take care of all the details.

    To request current pricing information, or to schedule an appointment please contact us at

  • Bistro

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard evening

    Gervasi Vineyard & Italian Bistro offers Northeast Ohio a memorable destination for local wine lovers, diners, families, businesses, and tourists. Gervasi is one of the few special places where beauty, tradition, comfort, and appreciation for fresh food and good wine connect.

    We strive to make our wine varieties among the best in Ohio. Our wines are produced by wine experts. Our Wine Tasting Bar features over nine varietals of Gervasi wines. The grapes are selected by our experienced team and all wines are bottled and cellared on premise.

    The Bistro Hours of Operation

    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday - Thursday: 5PM-9PM
    • Friday: 5PM-10PM Winebar 11PM
    • Saturday: 12PM-10PM Winebar 11PM
    • Sunday: 12PM-8PM

    Call 330-497-1000, option 2 for restaurant reservations and more information after 2 PM Tuesday - Friday, or after 12 PM Saturday - Sunday. We do not accept e-mail reservations. Respectfully, tables are booked based on a two hour dining experience.

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    Rustic Italian Dining

    Gervasi's Italian Bistro restaurant in Canton, Ohio seats 160 guests and includes an extensive rustic Italian menu served in small and large plate portions for sharing. Our restaurant menu includes fresh, seasonal ingredients including antipasti, salads, brick-fired artisan pizzas, entrees, and desserts.

    Additional outdoor dining is available on the Piazza (Patio) in the summer months. Also consider the variety of dining rooms for private events and the Balconatta Loft as a casual meeting place with friends before dinner.

    Gervasi’s attentive and accommodating style of service will not disappoint you. Wherever you see the Gervasi quality stamp of approval, you know it is properly harvested, uniquely prepared, and simply delicious.

  • Winery

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard-Breakfast

    The Crush House: Winery - Wine Bar - Eatery

    Take it all in...and enjoy cafe-style lunches with indoor and outdoor dining, cappucinno and espresso, free WiFi, wine tasting bar and expanded tours of the winery.

    Let it all out...with casual venetian-style dinners, food and wine pairings, signature cocktails, craft beers, music and two levels of seating and bars.

    Crush House Hours:

    Mon - Thurs: 11AM-10:30PM Kitchen, Bar till 11PM

    Fri - Sat: 11AM - 11:30PM Kitchen, Bar till 12:30AM

    Closed Sundays

    The Gervasi Wines

    Our wines are produced by a team of experts. We strive to make our wine varieties among the best in Ohio. The grapes are selected by our experienced team and all wines are bottled and cellared on premise.

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard-Bar Area

    The Tasting Bar

    Taste for yourself! Enjoy a tasting experience like no other at our expansive Tasting Bar located in The Crush House with both seated and standing bar available. Guests can enjoy a selection of Wine Tasting Groups featuring Gervasi award-winning wines.

    Elevate your wine tasting experience with our Tasting Plate, a selection of small bites chosen to pair with any of the Wine Tasting Groups.

    Winery Tours

    Join us for a public tour of our state-of-the-art winery facilities at The Crush House every Saturday afternoon. Guests are welcome to enjoy lunch or tasting experiences before or after tours at The Crush house to enhance their experience. No reservations for Public Winery Tours, additional options available below with more intimate or private experiences.

    • Saturday Tour Schedule: Tours will begin every hour (12pm - 1pm - 2pm)
    • Location: Meet at The Crush House Tasting Bar
    • Duration: Approximately 30 minutes

    Enjoy a more in-depth, intimate tour of the winery led by a member of the wine making team. With this exclusive tour, your experience is elevated with a selection of small bites and popular Gervasi wine tastings at the conclusion of the tour. The food and wine tasting will take place in the winery. Pairings Tours will take place every Saturday at 3:30pm and 4:30pm at the Crush House, $19 per person (tax is additional).

    For more information on Pairings Tours and Private Tours please click here >

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard-Outside

    The Vineyard

    Gervasi Vineyard's winery produces wine made from carefully selected domestic and estate grapes. Our wine experts have impeccable taste and resources for finding the best selections of over a dozen varietals within our collection.

    Our estate vineyard consists of nearly six acres, carefully sited on our historic fifty-five acre farm property. We've chosen six exceptional wine grape varieties, well-suited to our terrain and climate, to patiently nurture to fruitful maturity in our Canton, Ohio vineyard.

    We also offer wine classes in our Cucina which is a great educational experience for learning about wine tasting and food pairings with wine.

  • The Cucina Culinary & Wine Education Center

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard wine and food

    Housed in our elegant, Tuscan-inspired inn and event space, the Cucina at Gervasi Vineyard offers fun, inspiring, educational experiences filled with delicious food and memorable wines. The Cucina hosts cooking classes taught by top-notch instructors in our beautiful and spacious professional working kitchen. Wine tastings and classes are taught by experienced wine educators in our tasting room. To find class descriptions and menus, just take a look at our calendar and register online.

    Interested in a food-and-wine-themed retreat? Register for a class or two and make a gourmet getaway by booking a room at The Villas, our luxurious, boutique inn. Your classes at the Cucina will be just across the courtyard, and you can spend your time outside class strolling our beautiful grounds, dining at The Bistro, exploring The Marketplace, or relaxing in front of the fireplace in your beautifully appointed room at the inn.

    Looking for the perfect setting for a corporate team-building event, family celebration, office get-together, or wedding shower? The Cucina is it. We are happy to create a custom culinary and/or wine experience tailored for you and your guests that can be incorporated into your special event or corporate retreat at Gervasi Vineyard. From novices to life-long gourmets, all who enjoy good food, good wine and good times will find them at the Cucina.

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard large dining tableCulinary Classes

    The delicate crunch of a buttery pastry, the tang of a juicy ripe tomato, the smooth richness of a warm bittersweet chocolate sauce, the savory chewiness of a grilled steak. The Cucina is about sharing the pleasures great food. Whether you want to bake a fragrant loaf of bread or learn how to season a sauce so it’s just right, you can learn how at the Cucina.

    You can sample the cuisines of Mexico or Japan or South America, or experience the food of Italy with a chef from Rome—all in our brand new, professional working kitchen.

    Most of our classes are hands-on. You’ll dive in and get cooking with personalized instruction from one of our experienced chef instructors, and create a meal that you’ll sit down to enjoy with a glass of wine. Some classes will be demonstration classes, where you’ll observe a master chef at work with lots of clear explanation, generous samples of every dish, and some pretty good stories, too.

    Upcoming Culinary Classes

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard classes

    Wine Classes

    At Gervasi Vineyard we love wine—from Abbraccio, our bold Cabernet Sauvignon with rich, mouth-filling flavors of black currants, cherries, and plum, to our Lucello, a Pinot Grigio with crisp citrus and apple flavors. We strive to make our wines among the best, and our experienced wine team is constantly learning. We also know that the more you know about wine, the more you enjoy it. Come learn with us!

    Whether you’re new to wine or a long-time wine enthusiast, we have classes that will stimulate your palate and your thinking about wine. We offer classes on a variety of subjects: wines to pair with holiday meals, a survey of the wines of Italy, or the great vintages of France.

    All our wine tastings and classes are taught by experienced wine educators in our beautifully appointed tasting room in the Villa Grande. See our class descriptions below or take a look at our schedule and register online.

    Upcoming Wine Classes

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard grapes

    Private Culinary Demonstration Events

    Create a special event that includes a culinary demonstration, along with additional catering options or a private hands-on culinary class.

    Teach a bride to cook with friends at a bridal shower, challenge the members of your gourmet group to learn some new dishes, celebrate a special anniversary by learning how to create the meal you share with friends and family and have some fun!

    Bring your clients, friends and family, corporate team, or club to the Villa Grande for a culinary demonstration as part of your special event or corporate event at Gervasi Vineyard.

    Choose from our demonstration menus to create an experience that’s perfect for you and your guests. In addition to the dishes your chef will demonstrate, other menu items are available from our catering packages to enhance your event. Food can be served before, after, or integrated into your culinary demonstration.

    Culinary demonstration events take place in the Ballaria (ballroom) at the Villa Grande. Facility fee and food and beverage minimum for the event space apply, in addition to the chef fee. The culinary demonstration menu, as well as any additional catering package options, will apply to the food and beverage minimum. Tax and service charge are not included.

    Click here for more information >

  • Groups & Meetings

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    Make every event special from corporate meetings to special events at Gervasi. Our beautiful grounds provide indoor and outdoor venues that are sure to inspire and impress your guests for productive and memorable occassions. We provide planning services that will cover your catering, seating, decorating and guest services needs.

    Business meetings, board retreats, family reunions, birthday parties, weddings and anniversaries are just some of the special occasions perfect in the Gervasi atmosphere. A variety of accommodations can be made for meetings and events ranging from 2 to 200 people. Each offer a unique setting and experience for any special occasion.

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    The Villa Grande Conference & Event Facility

    The Villa Grande event center is the cornerstone of the Gervasi Village complex on the south end of the spring-fed lake and projects the stately and welcoming feel of a grand Tuscan home. With its striking lobby and rear veranda, The Villa Grande is a spectacular setting for celebrations and corporate events.

    The Villa Grande Event Center houses a versatile conference and event facility that can accommodate groups anywhere from 2-120. It features a ballroom, event lobby, and executive board rooms.

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard side view

    The Outdoor Pavilion

    Our spacious outdoor Pavilion seating up to 200 guests overlooks the spring-fed lake and lavish grounds and vineyard, creating a breath-taking picturesque environment for your special event or corporate outing. Full service catering and event services are available for this open air venue during warm winter months.

    For more information on Special Events at Gervasi, click here >

  • Explore Treasures at The Marketplace

    The Villas at Gervasi Vineyard market place

    Enter through the doors of the Marketplace at Gervasi Vineyard and transport yourself to a rustic, cozy shop lifted from the hills of Tuscany! Whether shopping for a Gervasi memento or choosing a statement piece for your home, a visit to the Marketplace is a must for all Gervasi guests.

    Hours of Operation

    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday - Saturday: 11AM - 9PM
    • Sunday: 12PM - 6PM

    The Marketplace is centrally located on the estate next to The Bistro.

    Discover a unique array of hand-selected items and gifts, from authentic Italian pottery to Gervasi sweatshirts and hats. The Marketplace pays special attention to the branded products we support. Below are some of the current brands you will find featured in the Marketplace.

    • Gervasi Apparel
    • Vietri
    • Sid Dickens
    • Spiritiles
    • Carrol Boyes
    • Jan Barboglio

    Call 330.497.1000 option 3 for more information.

  • Guest Comments

    "Gervasi delivers"

    "My wife and I stayed here for our 5th wedding anniversary. With 3 children at home under the age of 5, we desperately needed some relaxing time alone. Our stay greatly exceeded expectations. The room, staff, Bistro and overall experience were amazing. One word: integrity - Gervasi delivers what it seeks to without compromise."

    Sean Tracey-Toledo, OH

    “Worth the price”

    This was a girlfriends' birthday getaway and it was perfect. The double queen room seemed roomier than the king but both rooms were VERY well done. The beds and linens were awesome. We too ended up with a villa to ourselves and it made the experience like having your own vacation home away. The patio outside the villa was great and the landscaping is beautiful. It was so peaceful and relaxing. It was also very secure since you need your room key to get into your villa - very nice for women traveling alone. My only negative was that being a light sleeper, I could hear talking in the common area outside my room. No one was talking loud, but I could hear it very well and that surprised me. There is a quiet rule for the common room that helps, but may not be enough. The pictures on their website do not do justice to how pretty it is.

    FoodFanAkron-Akron, Ohio

    “My parents loved it”

    I bought this for my parents as a present. Even though you are in canton (where i grew up) you don't feel like it. The villas are top notch as is the service and food. Villas on the grounds of the winery and restaurant. My parents loved it. I did Not stay but visited my parents there and they thanked me about a thousand times for my gift. If you can at least visit the restaurant or outdoor patio you will see what i mean. Worth it if you must be in canton. Definitely the nicest venue in the area.

    JenandTomandMonty-Arlington, Va


    We were fortunate enough to have a villa to ourselves. The main room is shared by other guests which may be a problem if they are noisy. Since there were no other guests, my husband and I were able to relax on the sofa and drink wine and play scrabble. The rooms are small but charming. The fireplace was a nice touch. Rooms would be great if there was a hot tub! The floors in the bathroom were slippery, so be careful.

    The restaurant was wonderful! Live entertainment playing in the background was just right! Food was very good but a little on the pricey side. The only downfall for us was no smoking on the entire premises. Would be nice for my husband to enjoy a cigar with his wine while we were relaxing. Overall, I would recommend this Vineyard to family and friends and look forward to returning again.


    "You owe it to yourself to check this place out"

    I had a large group (20 rooms) in Canton for a business meeting everyone raved about the villas. You won't believe that you're in Canton, Ohio. My guests were from all over the US and each was impressed. There are four rooms per villa. The rooms were spacious and well appointed, each had a fire place, flat screen HD TV, a shower large enough not to need a door, comfortable beds, and even a towel warmer.

    Each villa had a large common area with a fireplace, patio, refrigerator, separate ice machine, and plenty of seating (large table, a couch, comfortable easy chair, and two small table & chairs.

    There is no fitness room, the restaurant is not open on Mondays, but you get a warm breakfast each morning delivered to your villa. They should consider building a spa- that would put this place over the top!

    BrownsFan44-Cleveland, Ohio

    “Are we really in Canton, Ohio?”

    The Villas at Gervasi exceeded our expectations. At first we thought it strange to have this place in the middle of a residential area, but once you enter the grounds you feel as if you’ve been transported to another place. We stayed in the Villa Sorrento which I would recommend as it is one of the closest to the lake, and the views are amazing. We were in Sorrento 301 which is the two queens, we wanted the king but even booking 2 months out the queens were all they had available. The décor in the villas is gorgeous and not over the top, very tasteful. Each Villa has a stocked fridge in the common area with juice, pop, water and yogurt. However, either the other residents of the villa took all the water, or Gervasi should stock a few more bottles there were only a couple left when we checked in around 4 pm. The rooms also have individual fridges for your personal items. The bathrobes and slippers were a nice touch even though we didn’t utilize them. The breakfast delivered in the morning had a nice assortment of pastries, fruit and eggs. Serving it in the wine box was a nice added touch!


    “They have out-done themselves at the Villas!”

    We could not have picked a better place to celebrate my husband's birthday. We own a bed and breakfast and needed a getaway. When we check-in a hotel or bed & breakfast we notice things that the average traveler may not. Gervassi has thought of EVERYTHING! The decor makes you feel like you're in Italy. The mattresses, linens, bathrobes, slippers, bath amenities, and room decor are luxury all the way. The lighting, the sitting areas, the privacy, all all great. Being able to control the room temperature is another plus. The view of the landscape and lake are breathtaking. We stayed in Portofino and would do it again in a minute. The complimentary coffee, juice, soda, and bottled water were a welcome amenity. We didn't watch much TV but they even have a 2nd TV in the bathroom! The tile work in the bathroom and the shower was excellent. I cannot think of anything that I would change!

    ohiobedandbreakfast-Millersburg, Ohio

    "Wow, this is fabulous"

    The opposite of a hotel chain and we loved it? Spent one night at Fireze Villa after cooking class w/ Fabio and glad we did as it snowed 5" and we had a bottle of wine! Whoever decorated these villas has great style and taste. High end everything w/out being over the top. Favorites include radiant heated floor, huge comfy king sized bed, lemon verbena toiletries, great showers, remote control window blinds. four rooms all open into big common living room space w/ fridge and ice so could make this a fun gathering for 8 people. Breakfast comes in a big wooden box and is included w/ room price, so ate juices and fresh fruit. We fell asleep to flickering fire which is on 60 min timer so goes off while you're sleeping. I want to come back!

    MargyJudd-Cleveland, OH, USA