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2016 GOMD Hotel and Travel

Hotel Reservations  

Welcome to The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. Located right in the heart of Madison, near the State Capitol, State Street, Overture Center, lakes, University of Wisconsin campus and Monona Terrace Convention Center, it’s easy to see why The Madison Concourse Hotel is Madison’s hotel.


The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club

1 W. Dayton St. | Madison, WI 53703


To make a hotel reservation call 800-356-8293

To contact a guest call 608-257-6000

To send a fax to a guest dial 608-257-5280


ACerS group rate $163 plus tax.  Available on or before April 22 or until the block sells out.  Rooms will go fast, don’t wait to book a room!


Single/Double                   $163 plus tax ($10 more per additional guest)

Triple                                $179 plus tax

Quad                                  $189 plus tax

Prevailing Government Rate – Government and Student reservations book directly with our Group Rooms Manager, Emily Rauber at erauber@concoursehotel.com or 608-294-3010.

*Reserve your room by April 22, 2016 to secure the negotiated conference rate


WARNING – If you are contacted by any company by email or phone asking you to make a hotel reservation through them, please do not respond.  These companies may falsely represent that they are affiliated with the hotel, ACerS or the meeting.  These companies are not reputable.  Do not provide any personal information to them.  To make a hotel reservation, please call the hotel reservation phone number below or go online.


Contact Greg Phelps at gphelps@ceramics.org  (614-794-5831) if you have any questions.


Visa Information  

If you are a non U.S. resident planning to attend this meeting, please note that the process of obtaining a visa to enter the United States may take several months. If you require an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa, please send an email with name of the meeting you plan to attend, your full name, mailing address, telephone number, date of birth, place of birth, passport number, passport issue date and passport expiration date to invitationletters@ceramics.org to obtain an official invitation from The American Ceramic Society.



The Madison Concourse Hotel is conveniently located near State Street, the State Capitol, University of Wisconsin campus, Monona Terrace Convention Center, Alliant Energy Center and just 5 miles from Dane County Regional Airport, offering several non-stop flights into Madison, Wisconsin.



The hotel offers an indoor parking garage. The current rate is $10 per night. Additional parking is available across the street at the State Street Capitol ramp (214 N. Carroll Street).


Complimentary Airport Shuttle

A complimentary airport shuttle is available to and from Dane County Regional Airport for all hotel guests. Please use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area (located between Carousels 1 and 2, near Door 5) to let us know that you have your luggage and are ready to be picked up. The shuttle pick-up area is located outside baggage claim, Door 5. Please make a reservation at the Front Desk for your return trip to the airport. The airport is 5 miles from the hotel.


Area Information  

Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau 

ACerS Concierge: Have questions about the meeting location? Contact Greg Phelps for assistance.


Madison Wisconsin, the state’s capital city with a population of 208,000—offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural offerings, outdoor recreation, distinctive restaurants, unique shops and vibrant nightlife. Two main entities power Madison, Wis. One is the state government, headquartered in this capital city. The other is the 43,000-student-strong University of Wisconsin-Madison. The two are connected by State Street, a half-mile shopping-dining-entertainment corridor that starts out a bit staid at its eastern end near the Capitol, then slowly lets its hair down as it nears Badger territory. The vibe both on the 936-acre campus and throughout the city is casual yet cerebral. Lively. And always funky. Students and residents alike embrace the outdoors year-round, cycling, running, boating, skiing. But you’re also apt to find them quietly tucked away in a bookstore, or heatedly debating the latest hot-button issue in a coffee shop. So what does this mean for you? You’ll never be bored when you come to town.


Greg’s Top 10 – Madison, Wisconsin, USA – 2016


The city tops many “best” lists, including:

Best Cities, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2009

Best Small City to Live, Men’s Journal, 2004

No. 2, Best Places to Educate Your Child, Forbes, 2007

Nation’s Smartest City, bizjournals, 2008

America’s Best Adventure Towns, National Geographic 2009

  1. State Street  Set on an isthmus between two scenic lakes, the famed State Street pedestrian mall links the Wisconsin State Capitol Square to the University of Wisconsin campus.  This unique shopping, business and entertainment district is home to more than 370 shops, galleries, restaurants, and night spots, many locally owned, plus museums and cultural destinations.
  2. State Capitol Building Rising between the picturesque waters of Lake Monona and Lake Mendota, the majestic granite structure of Wisconsin’s Capitol building glows like a beacon, accenting the Madison skyline.  Reaching to a height of over 200 feet, the Capitol dome is topped by Daniel Chester French’s elegant gilded bronze statue, “Wisconsin.” Edwin Blashfield’s mural “Resources of Wisconsin” lavishly decorates the ceiling of the rotunda, which is the only granite dome in the United States. Inside, visitors are treated to the unique textures of 43 varieties of stone from around the world, hand-carved furniture and exquisite glass mosaics.  The best way to experience the beauty and grandeur of Wisconsin’s Capitol building (located at 2 East Main Street, Madison, WI 53702) is to see it for yourself.
  3. Biking Capital of the Midwest  As the bike capital of the Midwest, the Madison area boasts more bikes than cars! In and around Madison, more than 200 miles of scenic biking and hiking trails are available for all biking and hiking enthusiasts.  With some of the most beautiful biking trails around (and people who are crazy for cycling!), Madison has become a premier destination for biking. Madison has one of the most widespread bike trail systems in the United States (as well as several bike rental companies) and was recently ranked #4 by USA Today as part of the Ten Best U.S. Cycling Towns.  
  4. University of Wisconsin   UW–Madison offers plentiful activities to enjoy year-round, from exploring natural, historic, and architectural marvels to attending a riveting arts performance or athletic event. 
  5. Olbrich Botanical Gardens  Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall. Voted one of the top ten most inspiring gardens in North America by Horticulture Magazine!
  6. Biplane Rides of America Experience a 1929, four-passenger, open-cockpit biplane ride available at Morey Airport in nearby Middleton. Get a bird’s-eye view of Lake Mendota and Madison Wisconsin.   Feel the wind in your face; smell the fresh cut hay; hear the sound of the wires sing along with the beautiful sound of the radial engine and feel like you have just stepped back in time to the great barnstorming era.  Reservations are recommended. 
  7. Cave of the Mounds Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is celebrating 75 years since the Cave opened for tours.  Since then Cave of the Mounds has become the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves. Guided tours of this geologic wonder follow paved, lighted walkways departing regularly every day of the year. Tours pass a stunning array of colorful crystal formations on paved lighted walkways.  Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is located in southwest Wisconsin just 20 minutes west of Madison, off U.S. Highways 18/151.
  8. Taliesin Preservation  Tangible evidence of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural genius, this 600-acre complex of structures and landscapes demonstrates Wright’s interests in Asian design and organic architecture. In fact, “Taliesin,” a nod to Wright’s Welsh heritage, means “shining brow” and refers to his belief that homes should be built not on the peak of a hill but just below, so they appear to have arisen naturally from the landscape rather than crown it. Various tours focus on Taliesin’s grounds, the hillside studio and theater, the house and its furnishings, and the estate in general.
  9. Chazen Museum of Art  This esteemed university museum offers works that date back thousands of years. Collections include furniture, currency, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, and prints. The museum’s scope is global, prominently featuring pieces from Asia, Western Europe, America, Africa, and the Middle East. Yearly exhibits highlight special collections or themes, and a great gift shop offers posters, books, jewelry, and other arts-related items.
  10. Betty Lou Cruises You’ll have a whole other perspective on Madison when you view it from a motor yacht on Lake Mendota. These popular cruises run throughout the day and evening and feature complete meals and full bar service. They often present lakeside scenery along 20-plus miles of shoreline, introducing visitors to Governor Nelson State Park, the Governor’s Residence, and such downtown landmarks as the State Capitol, Monona Terrace, and UW-Madison. Open-air and cabin seating are available, and options can be arranged for corporate or leisure functions. Reservations required.

WARNING – If you are contacted by any company by email or phone asking you to make a hotel reservation through them, please do not respond.  These companies may falsely represent that they are affiliated with the hotel, ACerS or the meeting.  These companies are not reputable.  Do not provide any personal information to them.  To make a hotel reservation, please call the hotel reservation phone number below or go online.

Contact Greg Phelps at gphelps@ceramics.org (614-794-5831) if you have any questions.    




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