2024 Weaving in the Sunshine State
Retreat Location & Travel Info.

We're back for the 6th year at the Crowne Plaza in the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers, Florida. Recently renovated lodging rooms and a wonderful staff keep us returning year after year. Great rates are available and the hotel has graciously offered to extend your stay prior and post event for some extra vacation days.

There are more renovations in the works at the Crowne Plaza in the fall of 2023 as the property transitions from an IHG property to the Hilton flag and upgrades to the Doubletree hotel standards. If the reservations system changes during the flagship conversion, updates will be posted here.


A block of rooms is being held at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops in Ft. Myers, Florida (13051 Bell Tower Drive, Ft. Myers, Florida 33907). You must make your own hotel reservations. The room base rate is $239 per night. Rate is for either a king/sleeper or double/double room. Handicap accessible rooms available upon request.

Please Note: The block of rooms reserved for our event will be released on January 1, 2024 for general booking. There is no guarantee that there will be availability or that you will be able to receive this rate when booking after this date.

By phone: Call the Crowne Plaza at 239/482-2900 and ask for the BRIGHT EXPECTATIONS group rate.

By online booking: Please use this website booking link (www.crowneplaza.com). Enter your arrival and departure dates. Click “Book”. The next page opened should have the correct discounted rate and provide options to select either a king bed or double queen bed room.

Other hotels within close proximity to the Crowne Plaza (event venue):
Fairfield Inn and Suites - 7090 Cypress Terrace; Fort Myers, FL 33907 (844-631-0595)
Homewood Suites by Hilton - 5255 Big Pine Way; Fort Myers, FL 33907 (855-655-0320)
Hilton Garden Inn - 12600 University Drive; Fort Myers, FL 33907 (855-618-4697)
Note that some of these hotels MAY be pet friendly and/or offer airport shuttle. Contact the hotel direct for more specific information.

Southwest Florida International Airport / Ft. Myers (RSW) is located within 15-20 minutes of the hotel. Complimentary shuttle service is available by the Crowne Plaza (contact them for more information). There are several airlines that fly into this airport - some of which are not always noted when booking through travel related websites (such as Frontier Airlines – www.flyfrontier.com). A listing of airlines that fly into this airport may be found at: www.flylcpa.com/airlines.

The Charlotte County Airport (PGD) in Punta Gorda is a little over 30 minutes from the event location. Airlines that fly into this airport include Allegiant Air (www.AllegiantAir.com) which normally has good fares. Check with your hotel for shuttle service or transport recommendations.

Other airports in the general area that may be convenient to use are Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Tampa International Airport (TPA), St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE), and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). There are many shuttle and limo services in south Florida that provide transport to these airports also.