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Program #20899RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Dec 1 — Dec 6, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day One: Sunday, December 01 - Arrival & Check-in, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Note: You'll recieve author and lecturer Charles Sobczak's book "Living Sanibel: A Nature Guide". Charles Sobczak will be giving a wrap-up lecture on Friday morning.

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00pm.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: The dinner buffet provides a changing daily menu of salad, choice of main course, side dishes, rolls and butter, dessert, and iced tea, soda, coffee/decaf, water.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and prepare for the full day ahead.

Lodging: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day Two: Monday, December 02 - Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Breakfast: The breakfast buffet provides a hot dish each day, assorted cold cereal, fruit, breakfast breads, milk, juice, coffee/decaf, tea, and water.

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely morning getting acquainted with your fellow Road Scholars or take a walk along the beach. We will leave the hotel in the late morning due to the special evening activity at Edison and Ford.

Lunch: Today we will have lunch in Fort Myers.

Afternoon: Visit Edison & Ford Winter Estates and take a look at tropical “Old Florida” as it was enjoyed by two giants of American science and technology, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Edison purchased his home and land in 1885. His good friend Ford bought the adjoining property in 1916. Together, the properties comprise more than 20 acres of botanical gardens, historic buildings including the Edison Ford Museum with its impressive collection of inventions, artifacts, and special exhibits plus Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory.

Dinner: Dinner at Edison and Ford Winter Estate

Evening: More than 120 years ago, Thomas Edison created the very first strand of electric light bulbs for use as a Christmas decoration. Following in this tradition the Edison and Ford Estates celebrate the season with Holiday Nights; each December the Estates twenty acres of gardens and historic buildings are seasonally decorated with Old Florida charm and lit up with millions of colored lights. Holiday Nights include nightly entertainment by school and community groups, culinary demonstrations, book signings and appearances by artists.

Lodging: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day Three: Tuesday, December 03 - Beachcombing, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refu...
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Field Trip: Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Founded as a tribute to early pioneers, this small complex tells the story of Sanibel from the time of the Calusa Indians 3,500 years ago through the era of Spanish exploration to families who settled on the island in the 1800s. Seven historic buildings representative of life on the island have been moved here and restored. Hear stories of Sanibel from a museum docent.

Lunch: Enjoy a changing daily choice of salad (such as chicken, shrimp, tuna ) on a bed of fresh greens, or a sandwich (such as BLT, Beach Club, Ham & Cheddar), plus a sweet treat, iced tea, lemonade, water.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. This museum of seashells and conchology is devoted to furthering awareness of nature and the natural environment through education and research. Learn about shells and mollusks as you view live specimens in tanks and more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world including shells in art and history, habitats, rare specimens, fossil shells, common Southwest Florida shells, and more. A special feature of the museum is its garden and exhibit dedicated to actor Raymond Burr (Perry Mason, Ironside) who was a shell enthusiast and supporter of the museum.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Lodging: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day Four: Wednesday, December 04 - Bailey Shell Museum, Sanibel Historical Museum an...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Beachcombing. There’s more to the beach than surf and sand! Learn about beachcombing and shelling, colored glass, sea beans, eggs and all sorts of natural treasures awaiting your discovery -- including how to find the best treasures.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Field Trip: J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Led by an expert, spend the afternoon exploring areas of this 6,300 acre nature preserve that is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the U.S. In addition to other wildlife, the refuge is renowned for its spectacular migratory bird populations. A single paved road, 4.25 miles long, loops through the preserve, along with gravel side trails. The NWR is named for Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jay Norwood Darling -- nicknamed Ding -- who was an important figure in the conservation movement and instrumental in founding the National Wildlife Federation under the leadership of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936. During a tram ride, an experienced naturalist will help you spot wildlife most visitors would never see.

Dinner: This evening we will dine out at a popular local restaurant, Timbers.

Evening: Hands-on Experience: Shellcrafting. Bring your shells and learn what you can make with these unusual items of natural beauty and wonder. See examples of the kinds of charming objects you can make from collected shells. Roll up your sleeves and become an artist!

Lodging: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The West Wind Inn is a charming beachfront hotel.

Contact info:
3345 West Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957 USA
phone: 239-472-1541
Room amenities: All rooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator, color cable TV, phone, alarm clock, hair dryer and a safe. Most rooms have a small microwave oven.

Facility amenities: Air conditioning, pool, butterfly garden, tennis court.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before:
Reservation required. Call hotel for additional information.


Day Five: Thursday, December 05 - Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. SCCF has a 6,900 square foot nature center for education, exhibition, and operations in addition to four miles of trails winding through various habitats. Since incorporating in 1967, SCCF has acquired and preserved some 1,800 acres of environmentally sensitive land on and around the islands that include critical wildlife habitats, rare and unique subtropical plant communities, tidal wetlands, and freshwater wetlands along the Sanibel River. Learn about the history of conservation on the islands and the work of SCCF.

Lunch: Lunch on Captiva at the Green Flash Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Returning to the hotel, you will have time for personal independent exploration on Sanibel, strolling along the beach, or just relaxing.

Dinner: Enjoy conviviality and good food at our farewell dinner with a fun and tasty "luau" at the hotel.

Evening: Entertainment: Famed ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson entertains with his "pals" Danny O'Day and Farfel. After years of touring in comedy stand-up, Jimmy was featured on many television shows throughout the 1950s, appearing with everyone from Milton Berle and Ed Sullivan to Kate Smith, Gary Moore, Jackie Gleason, and Pat Boone. He starred in his own TV show during the 1960s as well as numerous special events around the country. In 2011, celebrating his 70th year in show business, Jimmy Nelson was dubbed Dean of American Ventriloquists. He has never retired and continues as an active performer to this day.

Lodging: West Wind Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, December 06 - Presentation by local author and Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Presentation: Author Charles Sobczak. For our final session, we hear from this notable writer who is the author of "Living Sanibel: A Nature Guide" and "Six Mornings on Sanibel" as well a number of other books. Hotel check-out is by 11:00am.

Lunch: The program concludes with lunch. A box lunch is provided that you may eat at the hotel or take away with you. We hope you have enjoyed this learning adventure in Sanibel and southwest Florida, and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Sanibel Island, Florida
BIG ARTS SanibelKnown as Sanibel and Captiva’s home for all the arts, BIG ARTS has been providing cultural enrichment and fulfillment to island residents and visitors since 1979. BIG ARTS began when a group of artists dreamed of a cultural center on the island. Today, BIG ARTS members and participants enjoy a wide spectrum of performing and visual arts events, and the community participates in more than 200 educational classes and workshops each year. Please see their online schedule for specific programming.
For additional information, visit: www.bigarts.org
General OverviewExplore the Island or relax by the pool.
Periwinkle WayStroll down Sanibel Island's main street and busiest commercial district, where you will find a unique array of cafes, shops, and restaurants.
Schoolhouse GalleryQuaint gallery featuring work by local artists.

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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