Danielle Johnson, Wisconsin Department of Tourism
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TRAVEL GREEN WISCONSIN, TESLA AND (TIRE)
TREADING LIGHTLY FOR EARTH DAY
Wisconsin boasts nearly 20 Tesla charging stations for environmentally conscious drivers
MADISON, Wis. (April 13, 2015) To mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, it seems fitting to look at a recent trend that has migrated to the Midwest – the growing popularity of electric cars, more specifically, Teslas. The carmaker, whose stock is up sharply on strong sales, just announced an improved navigation system that will plan routes taking into account available charging stations. So map your route from one Tesla charging station to the next in Wisconsin, building in time for visits to Travel Green Wisconsin Certified businesses along the way. From a state that was home to environmental activism trendsetter and founder of Earth Day Gaylord Nelson, it’s no surprise that the Badger state is the perfect place to (tire) tread lightly while enjoying one of the most eco-friendly destinations in the Midwest.
Nearly 20 Tesla Charging Stations and Counting
All the major destinations in Wisconsin have Tesla charging stations. To the north, there’s Eau Claire, Wausau, Green Bay and La Crosse. To the south, you’re covered with charging stations in Madison and Milwaukee. Which means you can effectively pinball your way around the vast majority of the state, taking any route you like.
In Madison, a city known for its love of two-wheel transportation and sporting tons of bike-friendly paths, you can experience two ends of the Travel Green Wisconsin Certified spectrum – nature’s art and artistic performances – when you visit both the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and the Overture Center for the Arts. There is a Supercharger station at East Towne Mall and a charging station at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. Other fine eco-lodging choices include the Arbor House, An Environmental Inn and Token Creek Eco Inn. Make a stop at Capital Brewery, where their craft beers have over 200 awards to their credit.
Green Bay is home to a Tesla charging station and stellar Travel Green Wisconsin Certified attractions, like the Green Bay Botanical Garden and a foodie find with a name that’s a (delicious) mouthful – Kavarna Coffeehouse & Parisi’s Delicatessen.
When in Wausau to charge your Tesla, you must visit the free Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, with its annual “Birds in Art” exhibition and spectacular sculpture gardens. Rib Mountain State Park, with a billion-year-old hill that is one of the oldest geologic formations on earth, is a great spot for picnicking and hiking.
There are two charging stations in the world waterpark capital, also known as Wisconsin Dells, where couples can unwind with a spa together service at the adult-only eco-friendly Sundara Inn & Spa. You’ll definitely want to take the short jaunt to Baraboo to visit the Aldo Leopold Foundation (note, there’s a regular charging station here too), where you can tour the “shack” made famous in Leopold’s tome “A Sand County Almanac.” Leopold is considered by many as the father of wildlife management. The International Crane Foundation is in Baraboo too, and it’s the only place in the world you can see all 15 species of cranes. Nearby Devil’s Lake State Park is the most visited park in Wisconsin and the hike up and view from the quartzite bluffs will literally and figuratively take your breath away.
The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, a favorite getaway for Chicagoans, has a Tesla charging station. In other words, recharge your batteries at the spa while your car is recharging. After all that R&R you should have plenty of energy for a zipline adventure – soar above the green treetops at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours.
The Elkhart Lake area is a vacationer’s paradise, and it seems fitting that nearby Road America race track in Plymouth would be kitted out with a charging station. Spend the night at The Osthoff Resort on the shores of the lake – this Travel Green Wisconsin Certified resort is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations That Are Also Attractions
You needn’t own a Tesla to leave a lighter footprint, any electric vehicle will do, and there are nearly 80 electric car charging stations conveniently scattered around the state.
In the Milwaukee area, charge up at Discovery World, a hands-on science center on Lake Michigan. As for Travel Green Wisconsin Certified attractions, the Harley-Davidson Museum, a tribute to two wheels under power, comes highly recommended. Lakefront Brewery is a thirst-quenching stop, as is the Miller Brewery Tour. Take in a major league baseball game at Miller Park – yes, the ballpark is Travel Green Wisconsin Certified – then retreat to the historic Pfister Hotel (bonus: there’s a Tesla charging station here) and take advantage of their on-site WELL Spa.
Door County sports some of the newest charging stations in the state with more on the way, evidence of the community’s longstanding predilection for ecotourism. The choices of Travel Green Wisconsin Certified inns and B&Bs here are bountiful: There’s the Black Walnut Guest House in Sturgeon Bay, Blacksmith Inn on the Shore in Baileys Harbor, and Bay Point Inn in Egg Harbor. Get out on the water with Bella Sailing Cruises in Ephraim or Door County Kayak Tours in Fish Creek. There’s also Bread & Water, a hybrid kayak outfitter/café/inn on Washington Island. Golf the Bay Ridge course in Sister Bay. Get all your steps in with visits to Whitefish Dunes State Park, Newport State Park, Peninsula State Park, and Potawatomi State Park.
For a complete list of Travel Green Wisconsin Certified hotels, attractions, restaurants and shops, visit www.TravelGreenWisconsin.com.
Sidebar: Tesla Connector and Supercharger Stations at a Glance
Wisconsin has a handful of Supercharger stations that can recharge a Model S in about 30-45 minutes. That way you can be back on the road and enjoying your Wisconsin road trip in no time flat.
Eau Claire Supercharger – 2 Supercharger stalls available 24/7
Shoppes at Oakwood
4601 Keystone Crossing
Eau Claire, WI 54701
La Crosse Supercharger – 6 Supercharger stalls available 24/7
Midwest Prairie Business Center
2845 Midwest Drive
Onalaska, WI 54650
Madison Supercharger – 3 Supercharger stalls available 24/7
East Towne Mall
89 East Towne Mall
Madison, WI 53704
Mauston Supercharger – 6 Supercharger stalls available 24/7
Culver’s of Mauston
640 McEvoy Street
Mauston, WI 53948
Pleasant Prairie Supercharger – 8 Supercharger stalls available 24/7
Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
11211 120th Avenue
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
Add to that list these connector stations, listed north to south:
Courtyard Wausau – 1 Tesla connector for guests only
1000 S. 22nd Avenue
Wausau, WI 54401
Midwest Renewable Energy Association – 1 Tesla connector, available to the public
7558 Deer Road
Cluster, Wisconsin 54423
Aloft Hotel – 1 Tesla connector for guests only
465 Pilgrim Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
Heidel House Resort & Spa – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only
643 Illinois Avenue
Green Lake, WI 54941
Road America – 1 Tesla connector open year-round
N7390 State Highway 67
Plymouth, WI 53073
Sandrift Resort – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only
1080 E. Hiawatha Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Cedar Lodge Settlement – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only
E11232 Hillside Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only
9 E. Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703
Marshall Auto Body – 3 Tesla connectors for customers only
22300 Bluemound Road
Waukesha, WI 53186
InterContinental Milwaukee – 1 Tesla connector for guests only
139 E. Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hilton Milwaukee City Center – 1 Tesla connector for guests only
509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
The Pfister Hotel – 3 Tesla connectors for guests only
424 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
2894 on Main Café – 2 Tesla connectors for guests only
2894 Main Street
East Troy, WI 53120
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – 2 Tesla connectors available to the public
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
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