Electric cars are becoming more popular among eco-minded travelers, and as they grow in numbers on the road, so grows the conundrum of finding a place to “charge up” and continue on the journey. Unlike gas stations, charging stations have been tough to find, especially along the coast of Maine, leading to a new phenomenon among travelers referred to as “charge anxiety”. However, the Inns Along the Coast, working together with Tesla Motors, have come to the rescue with charging stations in both Kennebunkport and Rockland, offering a “charge without a charge” for guests traveling the coast of Maine. One charge in Rockland will offer enough “juice” to easily make it to and from Bar Harbor for an Inns Along the Coast itinerary or 6-day package. When it comes to EV charging in Maine, Inns Along the Coast have you covered.
Determined to dispel the perception that electric vehicles are only adequate for short, urban commutes, Tesla Motors created its signature Destination Charging Program last year. This brilliant win: win campaign partners the forward-thinking car company with hotels, inns and other popular tourism destinations where charging stations have been installed compliments of Tesla Motors to service guests. Partnering with Select Registry, an association of quality-tested inns across the US, Tesla is in the process of expanding their Destination Charging Program with more than 170 inns that have come on board and installed charging stations to create a network for those who wish to enjoy inn-to-inn journeys, including Captain Jefferds Inn in Kennebunkport, Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport and Berry Manor Inn in Rockland. This ties in perfectly with the Inn to Inn itineraries created by Inns Along the Coast.
All three inns have dual chargers; one designed specifically for Tesla vehicles and the other for all other electric car models. In all three cases, guests of the three inns can “charge for no charge”, as the charging stations are offered as an amenity to guests. In Rockland, while the car charge is free to Berry Manor guests, Tesla and other electric car owners staying at LimeRock Inn or Granite Inn can also take advantage of the “fast charge” at 50 amps available at Berry Manor Inn for a nominal $10.00 per charge.
A complete charge takes just a few hours and gives approximately 265 miles of range. This means that any electric car owner who charges in Kennebunkport can easily make it to Rockland to charge up again, and then will have plenty of charge left to make the trip to and from the Bar Harbor inn, Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B. Then simply charge up again in Rockland or even Kennebunkport, and the itinerary is complete. For those who’d like to “top off” their charge, there is a level 2 charger (220-240 volts) at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor (available 8am – 5pm daily).
The eight participating members of Inns Along the Coast all endorse and practice eco-friendly travel. At 1802 House In Kennebunkport, for example, Maine blueberries and Maine-made maple syrups, grace the breakfast table. At LimeRock Inn, special eco-friendly detergents and cleaners are used exclusively to lower the footprint of guests’ travel and special re-usable shopping bags are offered to guests at all three of the participating Rockland inns. And in Bar Harbor, arrive and park the car because foot-power is all you need to get into town for shopping or dining when staying at Canterbury Cottage or Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B, just blocks from downtown Bar Harbor.
To book your trip to any of the Inns Along the Coast, simply visit www.InnsAlongtheCoast.com and click on the BOOK NOW button in the upper right corner. You’ll be transported to an availability calendar for all of the eight Inns Along the Coast, and from there planning your stays is easy. Whether you arrive by electric car, motorcycle or vintage car, you’ll always get a charge out of staying at any of the Inns Along the Coast. Come in your electric car and you’ll get a bonus charge!