Testimonials - Beatrice Bradley

Trip Reviews 

Trip: Maine
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait
Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: Small group size was great, hosts were excellent. Smaller group meant that they could meet individual needs and we were able to get to know each other quickly. I had travel delays, Jane was great in making sure I had airport pick up and able to join the activities quickly.
Name: Catherine

Trip: Northwoods
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait
Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: I enjoyed everything that was planned and still enjoyed some time on my own relaxing/reading. I laughed so hard my abs hurt. It was a great group of women.
Name: Sheri

Trip: Northwoods
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait
Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: We did the amazing race and that was real fun. I introduced everyone to pickle ball. The y did the scurry bikes and went into nisswa on golf carts. Ellen did a excellent bonfire. It was never a dull moment with the hosts. They had a good balance between activities and time on our own.
Name: Sherri

Trip: Northwoods
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait
Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: I’ve traveled with other tour places and this one is by far the best. Had so much fun. Met like minded woman that before the trip I did not know them and now I have 10 new friends. Can’t wait for my ne t two trips with you guys.
Name: Gretchen

Trip: Northwoods
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait
Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: This was a life-changing trip. I made new friends from all over this great country of ours and loved every minute of my time with these ladies.

I can’t begin to thank this group of ladies enough, we came together not knowing each other and by the end of our time together we were fast friends. Staying in touch and planning future trips together! The. Best. Time. Ever!
Name: Sabine

Trip: Maine
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: BB makes vacationing as a single, mature women as easy as it gets. Being unskilled at planning, myself – the women at BB have considered every detail and make each and every day simple and worry-free.

Whether married, widowed, divorced, or decidedly single, beginning a vacation with strangers can generate a bit of worry. But I think I can confidently say that by the end our journey there was an undeniable sisterhood of love and respect, no matter where we fell on the ‘conservative spectrum ~ or maybe even outside it. 🙂

Be reassured that these new acquaintances dotted across our great country have the potential to become joyful, life-long friends. If not a friend, at the very least a place to hang your hat for a visit when your feet happen to land on their little bit of soil. Looking forward to my next trip with BB!
Name: Katy

Trip: Mackinac Island
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: The trip to Mackinac Island was wonderful and so much fun! Everyone was so nice and kind and fun and interesting to get to know. As I said on our last day, “we came together as strangers, and we are all leaving as friends”! I truly believe this! I already miss everyone.
Now, I can’t wait for my next trip in September when I will be going to the Outer Banks with some new strangers that I’m sure will be another group just as wonderful as this one and I’ll be making more friends. Excited for new experiences with new friends! I love that we are of similar ages and all like-minded conservative women!

Thank you, Beatrice Bradley Womens Travel Club, for these trips and experiences where we can leave all the details to you!
Name: Marsha

Trip: Charleston & Savannah
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: I have been on two trips so far, and am scheduled for 3 more and cannot wait for Portugal and other European trips to be posted. I am sold on Beatrice Bradley and have to admit, a lot is due to our wonderful tour host, Debra Shutt. I have recommended to several of my friends already.
Name: Heather

Trip: Mackinac Island
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: My first trip with BB was exactly what I expected. The location was beautiful, while Shayne, Greer & Sarah were the best hosts to travel with. I met some really good-hearted friends with whom I’ll keep in touch. I’d definitely choose Beatrice Bradley for future trips. Thanks so much!!
Name: Christy

Trip: Mackinac Island
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: You will not be disappointed if you go on a trip with this group. Meet and make new friends. I loved it
Name: Jeanette

Trip: South Dakota / Thunderstik
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: Beatrice Bradley has created something truly special. Take 12 conservative women over 45 and put them in a beautiful and fun place. This South Dakota trip at the Thunderstik lodge is wonderful experience. I had a great time, met some awesome women, and shot a target 150 yards away with an AR-15.
Name: Kristine

Trip: South Dakota / Thunderstik
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: Book a trip with BB, If you have any reservations about enjoying it-they will go away the minute you are greeted by the Host’s! This trip and the camaraderie was enlightening, if you love your Country and like minded Women, book the trip!
Name: Linda

Trip: South Dakota / Thunderstik
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: Not sure I have enough words to express my feelings. I’ve NEVER been with a group that bonded as quickly as this amazing group of women. The shared love of our country was evident and I came away with a lightened heart knowing there are others…from all over this great land…that feel the same way I do💜 I’ve already got two friends to join the group..and that was BEFORE my Badlands trip. One will be my roommate for Yellowstone and the other has already booked two other trips! I have made wonderful friends for life that I will stay in touch with and can’t wait for the next adventure. Beatrice Bradley ROCKS!!
Name: D’Anne

Trip: South Dakota / Thunderstik
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: Wonderful travel group! Fantastic hosts! Great itinerary Beautiful site Arrive as strangers, leave as friends! Comfortable conversations Lots of laughing Thoroughly enjoyed this trip!
Name: Donna

Trip: Charleston & Savannah
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: Charleston/Savannah has always been on my bucket list as places to visit. The trip was so well planned as to give us all the opportunity to take in the history of these two cities. The company I had on the trip was just wonderful. Women from all over our country. So many laughs and friendships made. I’m looking forward to many more.
Name: Rose

Trip: Texas Safari + Boerne, Texas
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: Travel with Beatrice Bradley is so much fun. If anyone is thinking about a trip–just do it! You will be so glad and grateful for the experiences, the memories made and the friends. Thank you Debra and Team Bradley.
Name: Susan

Trip: Boerne, Texas
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: I liked eating at places unique to the region. Blackboard barbecue great food and fun experience. I would recommend both again. Food food and restaurants are important. A treat, not something I do at home very often so the eating out was special. With the costs of trip, the eating experiences contribute to the satisfaction of money well spent
Name: Maryiln

Trip: Crystal River, FL, 2022
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: If you want to travel and not go alone, I highly suggest Beatrice Bradley, I felt very safe and the women were wonderful. It was definitely a great step in expanding my comfort zone.
Name: Kimberly

Trip: Crystal River, FL, 2022
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: Traveling with a group of women from all over the country who were total strangers? Concerning? No. Absolutely 100% an experience to never forget. Being on a tour with like minded wonderful ladies who became instant friends sharing adventures that would be difficult to do as a solo traveler. Beatrice Bradley tours made everything easy. I plan to go on additional adventures and see more of our beautiful country.
Name: Terry

Trip: Crystal River, FL, 2022
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely 
Review: Wonderful caring company. I like that there is a small group. You get to know everyone really well. The flexibility with our hosts was wonderful. I would recommend this trip to any woman who loved adventure.
Name: Penny

Trip: Crystal River, FL, 2022
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Possibly 
Review: The crystal clear water and peaceful manatees (sea cows) were checked off my Bucket List on this trip. With perfect weather, this group of gals enjoyed sharing time together and getting to know each other. Our host went above and beyond to see we were all having a great time.
Name:Gayla

Trip: Crystal River, FL, 2022
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Defiantly 
Review: Who could imagine you could bring 12 complete strangers together. Beatrice Bradley provided the place, the activities, the food, and experience to make us friends.
Name: Kristine

Trip: Miami and The Florida Keys, 2022
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: This turned out to be one of the most memorable and enjoyable trips I have taken and look forward to my next trip with them in April. Fortunately, I am retired as I can see I will be booking many more trips with Beatrice Bradley. They left no stone unturned and had researched and selected the greatest excursions, beautiful properties to stay and had everything so well coordinated. We did so much in such a short time yet had time to relax and enjoy each other. I still cannot believe I just met everyone a week ago as we had so many laughs and funny stories, you would have thought we were college friends getting together for a reunion. Debra and Shayne were amazing and to top off the trip, Debra had gifts for us upon arrival and Shayne had a lovely, thoughtful bracelet she had made for us as a memory of our trip. Really great company and so lucky I was introduced to it.
Name: Heather

Trip: Miami and The Florida Keys, 2022
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: I needed this get away. I haven’t laughed so much and enjoyed myself in a long time. Great group of women.
Name: Mary

Trip: Miami and The Florida Keys, 2022
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: Great way to travel to somewhere you want to see with other women. More fun to share experiences and have no worries as to planning and scheduling and getting transportation and tickets, etc.
Name: Diane

Trip: Annapolis, 2021
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait

Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: Great way to see the USA with the luxury and ease of a curated trip and seasoned travelers as hosts! 
Name: Susie

Trip: Annapolis, 2021
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait
Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: Traveling with Beatrice Bradley was great for my first ‘group’ tour. I left home to meet 11 strangers, and even room with one of them. In the end, I met 11 of the most amazing warm hearted women; we left Annapolis, not as strangers, but as new friends. The amazing threads of life that have touched each of us caused some to open up and share experiences, which will encourage me in the future to reach out and try new things and not be fearful of “solo” travel… just plan it and do it. Thank you Beatrice Bradley for helping me find the strength I had forgotten I had. Thanks for shedding the fear to go “solo” and explore new places, meet the locals and learn the history of Annapolis. #TheBestIsYetToCome
Name: Nancy

Trip: Annapolis, 2021
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait
Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: It was a wonderful way to start the holidays. Everyone was great. Thank you for the opportunity.
Name: Linda

Trip: Annapolis, 2021
Will you travel with us again: Yes – I can’t wait
Would you recommend us to a friend: Most Definitely
Review: I am at a transitional time in my life. It was my first foray out being single. I felt safe, cared for, and welcomed by the other girls. It was really good for me to take this trip and I feel like I’ve grown. It doesn’t hurt that I also love history! Great trip, great group of girls. Very welcoming. Very well thought out, from the meals to the hotels, to the transportation. Would definitely recommend!
Name: Cheryl

Trip: Annapolis, 2021
Will you travel with us again: Possibly
Would you recommend us to a friend: Possibly
Review: I enjoyed the architecture and history of Annapolis! The Christmas decorations were also fun! It was good for me to get out of my CO comfort zone and back to discovering and learning! I love to travel & learn about other places! I also enjoyed the ladies in the group and hope to see them again on another trip!
Name: Laurie 

WHY CHOOSE BEATRICE BRADLEY TRAVEL GROUP

Customized for women, our Beatrice Bradley group is made up of conservative women who love America with all her values and traditions. These women want to empower themselves by Embracing Adventure and Being Fearless, they want to meet like-minded travelers and enjoy their company. We welcome solo women travelers and invite them to allow us to craft a trip that they will never forget.

DEBRA SHUTT

DEBRA SHUTT

The brand, Beatrice Bradley, is based on the relationship of Debra Countryman Shutt and Beatrice (Belle Baker) Bradley, her grandmother. Bea’s strong will and fearless adventurer spirit helped Debra develop into a business entrepreneur. Debra built a sourcing and design company and embarked on a career which included a great deal of business travel. Constantly packing & unpacking a suitcase, Debra visited production vendors on several continents and enjoyed cultural experiences from sea to mountain top and many small villages in-between. Embracing the landscapes, the people, the food and all the adventures that travel brings, Debra had the experience of a lifetime! Having an encouraging husband and understanding children, she wove a tapestry of travel, business and family into one big continuing adventure.

Now, a little older and much wiser, Debra is thrilled to have the opportunity to weave Beatrice Bradley into a travel adventure company offered by Gage Outdoors. Together we want to help you and your friends experience the outdoors, the excitement of travel and life’s special moments exploring new places and meeting new friends. 

So little time, so many fun places to see, experiences to have, won’t you join us?

Be Brilliant, Embrace Adventure, Be Fearless.

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KIM KALAN

Sales & Marketing Director

Kim Kalan is the Sales & Marketing Director as well as the co-founder of “Big Hat Outdoors” with her husband, John Kalan. Kim is a renaissance woman when it comes to her career. Currently, in addition to running the Sales and Marketing Department at Big Hat Outdoors, Kim has recently launched Thunderstik Rescue which re-homes retired and abandoned hunting dogs. Kim is also passionate about getting youth into the outdoors and the Next Generation hunting and fishing movement. She has been working with wild game chefs on the Harvest to Table movement.  “People want to know where their food comes from and being a part of the process demonstrates that this movement gets the entire family involved and excited about the outdoors.”

JANE RABE

JANE RABE

Jane is from Minneapolis, MN and LOVES to travel and LOVES people! Jane works with Debra and Kim helping them pull together fabulous adventures and will be hosting some of the adventures.  Jane has been on many interesting adventures on her many travels!  Some of her favorite places she has traveled to are Maine, Ireland, California, New York City and Kentucky!

JANE RABE

SARAH HERMANN

 

mercy sells

MERCY SELLS

Mercy grew up in The Last Frontier in Anchorage, Alaska. From early childhood, she was exposed to wilderness adventures in the great outdoors. Whether she was running in the mountains, canoeing from the foot of Portage Glacier, skiing on the vast trail systems, orienteering through wilderness territory, shooting at the Cook Inlet range, moose hunting with friends, hiking remotely with bear bells or fishing for Alaskan salmon and halibut, she never strayed far from her love for adventure and the outdoors. Her sense of adventure has continued to develop as she has lived in Oregon, Minnesota, California and Colorado. Mercy currently resides with her family in Las Vegas, NV.

Mercy’s business career has been as eclectic as her outdoor experiences. Including a wide array of specialties such as sales, marketing, hospitality, luxury travel, branding and hunting and fishing sales and partnerships. All of these contribute to her success here at Gage Outdoors.

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SHAYNE BARSNESS

“travel is rebellion in it’s purest form.

we follow our heart.

we free ourselves of labels.

we lose control willingly.

we trade a role for reality.

we love the unfamiliar.

we trust strangers.

we own only what we can carry.

we search for better questions, not answers.

we truly graduate.

we, sometimes, choose never to come back.”

hi…I am Shayne & I adore this quote.  – author unknown

I have lived in many places in our great nation.  there is so much more to see!

I simply cannot wait to meet you as a stranger & leave with you as a new friend!

Suzanne Ray

Suzanne Ray

When Suzanne graduated from college, she decided that she wanted to travel the world, so she was elated when her fiancé agreed that a perfect honeymoon would be a year and a half bicycle trip from British Columbia to Florida and then from the Netherlands to Greece. The once-in-a-lifetime trip left her with a constant wanderlust. Thankfully, the wonderful profession of teaching left Suzanne with time to travel each summer. When her two girls were little, that travel consisted of modest but adventurous camping and canoeing expeditions. As the girls grew, the family decided together that they preferred going to culturally interesting places like small villages in Mexico instead of heading to Hawaii, the vacation destination of choice for most Alaskans. In her forties, as a competitive masters runner, Suzanne was invited to travel to races in many unique locations, the most memorable of which was the Bangkok Marathon. Suzanne also enjoyed helping supervise service trips with groups of young people to Ecuador, Guatemala, and many locations in Mexico.

Over the years, Suzanne has found wonderful friends to go on adventures with. On the second day of a month-long walk on the Camino de Santiago del Norte (along the northern coast of Spain), she and her friend, Kathy, met a young German couple with whom they traveled the rest of the way and then joined for hikes across England, Scotland, and Portugal in subsequent summers. With other friends, she has wandered in Peru and hiked around Mt Blanc.

Suzanne is excited about joining Gage in offering travel experiences to women who are looking for friends to have adventures with. She loves to help women immerse themselves in new environments instead of simply being tourists, and she is dedicated to helping women be as active as they want to be while they develop new travel friendships that may last a lifetime.

Alisa Lewnau

Grace Kalan

Conservative Youth Ambassador

Grace is the daughter of the founder, Kim Kalan and is a Youth Patriot.  She has worked side by side with her mom traveling for the last 18 years.  Grace is heading to Auburn University the Fall of 2022 were she will be getting her degree in Wildlife Enterprise Management.  Grace is an avid hunter and outdoors woman!

 

Alisa Lewnau

Alisa Lewnau

Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure and family, Alisa also received her Associate’s degree from the Minnesota School of Business. Upon receiving her degree, Alisa took a few years off to be with her kids as they traveled through their beginning stages of childhood. Alisa’s children are very active in sports (Baseball, Football, Dance, Gymnastics and Basketball) and most of her free time is spent supporting them with their aspirations and activities. Her ultimate passion in life is family; enjoying nature walks, travel and time together. Alisa spends most of her leisure time with her family at their cabin in Northern Minnesota enjoying the great outdoors and participating in various open-air endeavors.

Alisa wears a variety of hats for Gage Outdoors since 2018 by executing a wide range of tasks behind the scenes in support of Team Gage Outdoors. In addition to financial assistance for Gage Outdoors and its patrons, Alisa expedites and finalizes daily hunts while maintaining the calendar for all events.

Angie Trovik

ANGIE TROVIK

Angie Trovik is Manager of Accounting & Human Resourcse for BBGage. Angie began her Gage Outdoor Expeditions story back in 2001. Over the years, Angie has seen the travel booking agency expand and contract with the economy and experienced an everchanging expanding selection of premier hunting and fishing destinations in the Gage portfolio of offerings. In her current position, Angie is responsible for maintaining the accounting and trip booking databases, the staffing needs and all things financial. Angie grew up fishing and camping and has always enjoyed the outdoors. She has passed on this passion to her husband and children.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to weave Beatrice Bradley into a travel adventure company sponsored by Gage Outdoors. Together, our team of women BBGage, want to help you and your family, spouse, or friends, experience the outdoors, go on great adventures and share life’s special moments exploring new places, meeting new friends. Let us help you put together a lifetime experience, call us today.