Are you ready to break out of the bubble for a beach vacation? Join your BBC friends and escape to to Fort Myers Beach and vicinity.
3 night and 4 days
October 17-20 (Mon.-Thurs.)
Wednesday night - optional excursion: The Murder Mystery Dinner Train
$150 per person payable by check now -- but not cashed by our club until October 1.
(This includes our 4-day transportation, admission to the Edison & Ford Estate, admission to the Ringling Museum, our drivers’ rooms and tips, our breakfast staff tips, and our hotel mgmt. tips.)
It does not include the tip for your room attendant.
$109 per night for king bed or $119 per night for 2 queen beds (plus 11 ½ % tax). When we notify you that you have been chosen in our lottery and have a seat on our bus, we will send you a link to make your reservation directly with the hotel. They will not accept reservations at our discounted rate via phone. Do not make your reservation until you receive confirmation that you have survived the lottery!
$17 Optional Baily-Matthews National Shell Museum visit in Sanibel
$18 Optional Ding-Darling Wildlife Refuge 90-minute tram tour on Sanibel
$10 Optional Ringling Ca'd'Zan Mansion (not included in museum admission)
$125 Optional Murder Mystery Dinner Train; this group rate includes tax & gratuity, but requires 24 people to qualify for the group rate. The regular rate shown on their website does NOT include taxes or gratuities.
Once the lottery is complete, we'll be able to determine if we meet the numbers required for group rates. We'll then send you an email with whatever balance is due at that time for your tours.
Cost of your meals (and any shoe, purse, and boat purchases) are NOT included.
I/we would like to go to Ft. Myers & vicinity with the BBC on October 17th. Enclosed is my
$150 check (pp).
Print your name(s): __________________________________________________________________________________
I/we wish to be on the bus with these friends (name up to four) ________________________________________
I/we still have a credit with the BBC and I would like to use that credit. _________
I would like to share a 2-queen bed room with someone. ____________
My home phone # is : ___________________________________________________________________________
I/we live in the Village of ________________________________
I/we will be fully vaccinated by October1st ________________
OPTIONAL TOURS: (Please indicate the number on your reservation who plan to venture out on these optional tours for our planning purposes, group reservations and group rate determination.
NO payment is being collected for these tours at this time.
$18.00- Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge (# here) __________ I/we wish to go.
$17.00 - Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum (# here) __________ I/we wish to go.
$10.00 - Ringling Ca'd'Zan Mansion (# here) __________ I/we wish to go
$125.00 - Murder Mystery Dinner Train (# here) __________ I/we wish to go
We’ll spend approximately 90 minutes on a self-guided tour, using the Edison app that you will download on your phone, to learn about the personal lives and brilliant works of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. There will be time after the group tour for individually wandering about the property, gardens, and shops. There are plenty of places to relax and get off your feet if you wish. We’ll then drive about 25 minutes to lunch at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grill at Fort Myers Beach,
Photo Credit: Invertzoo
We then return to Lamers Bus Yard. For dinner, we suggest calling for carry out or checking your freezer for something to eat!
Tuesday (was originally scheduled for Wednesday)
Following our waterfront breakfast, we’ll venture to Sanibel Island, about an hour away, where you have to choose between two options: the Ding-Darling Wildlife Refuge or the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. (Yes, this is the toughest decision on the entire trip....that is unless you purchased a boat!) We tried everything we could think of, including a catered lunch at a beachside resort, to get around the local laws that prevent buses from loading or unloading on a public beach on the island, but were unsuccessful.)
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum offers in-depth information on local shelling and identification. There are 30 permanent exhibits, including the Great Hall of Shells which displays highlights of the Museum's collection of some 500,000 shells. The Beyond Shells living gallery of aquariums displays over 50 species of marine life. The discounted non-guided group tours cost $17 per person for groups of 10 or more. More info at: www.shellmuseum.org.
In October, there are 2 additional temporary exhibits:
Adorned by Seashells - how seashells have inspired fashion both past and present;
Photo Credit: cornellrockney04
The groups can then get back together over dinner at one of the Village’s five restaurants shown on this webpage: https://www.fishermensvillage.com.
Once we check-in at our hotel, less than 30 minutes from the Village, we can relax in its picturesque setting. You might consider joining others in our social room we reserved for our first evening, to meet fellow members, to chat or play games.
The BBC multi-day trips have been the "crown jewels" of the club's travel. This fall, the Best Western Waterfront Hotel in Fort Myers is holding 60 rooms for us, at a discounted rate for our members. This hotel will be our home base as we visit the area, soaking up sun, sand,
museums and history in and around Fort Myers. Each day in Fort Myers will begin with breakfast in the BW waterfront restaurant.
We're not saying that you can't simply grab a bite to eat at one of our hotel restaurants and slip under the covers in your room, but you're on vacation - so make the most of it if you can. But we understand if your choice looks more like this kitty's.
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We will then head to Times Square on Fort Myers Beach. After all, we can't have a day without at least one beach! Located in the downtown area of Fort Myers Beach and it is one of the most iconic areas of the Town. It is at the north end of Estero Island at the base of Matanzas Pass Bridge. A variety of beachfront retail and restaurant establishments along with the famous Lynn Hall Memorial Park pier and public beach access make up the square. Did we mention that there is a beach???
For more information, see: https://www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov/1123/Times-Square
followed by total relaxation and beach time at Bowditch Point Park, just 10 minutes away, at the northern tip of Estero Island.
Photo Credit: Russ
2022 Beach Trips
With sand in our toes, we'll drive @ 30 minutes to Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda. This is the last stop before arriving at our hotel, so there's no need to conserve energy. You can stop 'til you drop at the boutique shops in Fishermen’s Village. www.fishermensvillage.com
Photo Credit: Roger Wollstadt
If the Murder Mystery doesn't ring your bell, you'll have the option to ride down to TIMES SQUARE.
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Wednesday (was originally scheduled for Tuesday)
Following our waterfront breakfast, we venture just 4 minutes away, just across the Caloosahatchee River, to the Edison and Ford Winter Estates built in 1885, the Edison Botanical Research Lab, and the Edison Ford Museum on more than 20 acres of gardens. Info at: www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. This destination is the Travelers Choice in 2022 according to TripAdvisor.
Liability Waiver: The BBC has a revised Liability Waiver specific to our club. Even if you have signed a liability release form in the past for our club, we are asking that you sign the revised one. This will only need to be done one time; not yearly as in the past. Please click on link below, print and sign, and give the form to your bus leader on this trip. Before you click on the waiver, one of these is good for your lifetime. PLEASE do NOT submit these for every trip!!!
This serene location offers a choice of scenic settings. The back bay offers quiet waters, peaceful surroundings, and a close up look of vessels entering and exiting the bay, some followed by dolphins jumping in their wake. The gulf front provides a relaxed atmosphere for walkers, swimmers and sunbathers. Walking trails through the preserve area carry you through varied environments, and offer an excellent opportunity for bird watching while featuring panoramic views of Estero Bay. Learn more at https://www.leegov.com/parks/beaches/bowditchpoint.
Upon returning to our hotel in late afternoon, you can freshen up then enjoy dinner on your own or with friends, at one of three restaurants within a 2-minute walk of our hotel, including our hotel restaurant named 3 Fishermen Seafood, or an IHOP. You could then adjourn to your room for a quiet evening or join others in our social room for chats and/or games.
Fort Myers & Vicinity
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Anastasia State Park
Following our final waterfront breakfast, we head home, stopping to spend about 3 hours at the John & Mable Ringling Circus Museum. The Ringling is located in Sarasota and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to the State Art Museum of Florida, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, the Art Library, two Circus Museums, and the Historic Asolo Theater. There are several venues on the property where we can enjoy lunch. For more information about this activity, visit www.ringling.org.
Photo Credit: Gordon E. Robertson
Photo Credit: Roger Wollstadt
Ah - another possibility of sundown on the beach! The vibe at Times Square is even more entertaining in the evening hours. Many of the establishments in Times Square provide live music and beachfront dining. Or bring a chair and sit on the beach with your beverage of choice and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Before our arrival at Fort Myers, we will stop at Englewood Beach on Manasota Key for a few hours of gulf-front relaxation and lunch at your choice of 5 restaurants just across the street within 1-3 blocks of the park.
At Ding-Darling, you can take a 90-minute tram tour that includes an informative narrative ($18). Experienced naturalists can help you spot wildlife most visitors would never see. Search for roseate spoonbills, herons, egrets, ibis, alligators and much more while learning about the refuge's ecology and history. If you'd prefer to strike out on your own at the Wildlife Refuge, you can hike the Indigo Trail for $1.00. More info at: www.dingdarlingsociety.com.
Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162
You could instead hand your addressed envelope to a person at the counter at Safe Ship in Colony Plaza, saving you the stamp and avoiding a mail delay.
For those who are interested, we are offering a trip on the Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Included in each ticket price is a five-course meal, murder mystery show and train ride.
Join the fun and become a Super Sleuth as you try to solve Who Dunnit? during the comical murder mystery show that plays out in the aisles of each dining car in between meal courses. Each passenger receives a playbill, clue sheet, and pen to follow along with the live scripted show, writing down clues as they go. Clue sheets are collected before the final resolution act. One prize will be awarded by the actors to the one Super Sleuth in each dining car. This theater venue is truly a unique experience - a combination of five meal courses, live theater and the lively conversation of your fellow tablemates. You can learn more about this experience at www.semgulf.com.
Photo Credit: qwesy, qwesy
Photo Credit: dwhartwig
If you want to join us on this trip and will be fully vaccinated by October 1st, print the reservation form (click on green button below) and mail it along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $150 per person to the address below. On August 9th, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status.
The guys might choose to stretch their legs less expensively outside
(unless they decide to buy one of these boats.)
Your bus will carry you back to the hotel in time to freshen up for dinner.