I was recently approached by a cool getaway/retreat opportunity specifically for gluten-free’ers. As you probably know, traveling while eating gluten free is always a pain in the butt. However, Good Commons, a retreat venue in Vermont, is hosting a gluten-free gourmet retreat June 21st-June 24th. That’s right, a gluten-free retreat.
I really identified with this quote from the press release from Good Commons Founder & Proprietor Tesha Buss, “Since I opened the doors to Good Commons nearly four years ago, it has been my dream to host a variety of weekend experiences in this beautifully restored country home. From food and wine weekends to health and wellness, we were noticing a consistent presence of people who had dietary restrictions. Because of our commitment to providing an ‘uncommonly good’ experience, we have always accommodated dietary needs and I thought why not create an entire weekend where people could travel and not worry about special requests at every meal? Our team of co-hosts for this weekend is informative, yet relaxed, to create the perfect weekend for our guests.”
This event is in conjuction with the New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group and is sponsored by Schar, RP’s Pasta Company, and El’s gluten-free.
This package includes transportaion from NYC to Plymouth, VT on their private Good charter bus and 3 nights lodging at Good Commons. You won’t even have to think about food, as there will be gourmet gluten-free meals prepared by private chefs, including a 4-course dinner with wine pairings and sommelier. This also includes local excursions (gluten-free hiking FTW), yoga classes, a baking workshop, and even massage therapists on site (for extra). For more details see their itinerary.
*Please note that the Good Commons retreat hosts retreats of all kinds, so they’re not considered a gluten-free facility* They mention in their itinerary “only gluten-free products will be used throughout the weekend, but this retreat is not intended for those with severe food allergies, as Good Commons is not an exclusively gluten-free facility.” So as a Celiac, I always have concerns about this statement, so I emailed to follow up and received this response: “As far as the GC kitchen, we will thoroughly clean and sanitize all surfaces and cookware. Everything is made from scratch and any prepared products are coming from our three gluten-free product sponsors. Our guest chef, Olivia Dupin, has Celiac Disease as does our presenting partner, Erin Smith, organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group.” Like all things that I write about on this site, only do with what you’re comfortable with as someone with food allergies, as I have a varied readership of sensitivities.
Here’s the cool part – they are offering a great deal for Celiac and the Beast readers – Buy one get one free! Just go to http://www.roodeloo.com/2012/
Bedroom prices per person, based on double occupancy
$700 – Deluxe Shared Bedroom, includes steam shower
$675 – Standard Shared Bedroom
$575 – Farmhouse Style Loft — charming shared sleeping quarters
All deposits are non-refundable. Deposits are transferable to another retreat or vacation rental pending availability if cancellation is received by May 31, 2012. Absolutely no refund, deposit or payment transfers will be made if cancellation is received after the above cancellation deadline of May 31, 2012. Balance must be paid in full by June 14, 2012.
Although I’m not able to go, I certainly hope that someone I know gets to go and report back on the sure-to-be-awesome experience.