Gluten Free Getaways

These days, with so many travel portals offering thousands of reviews (including ours for the GF community -- GlutenFreeTravelSite), many people don't see the need to use a travel agent. Our culture has become very do-it-yourself, with people going online to read reviews and then booking their own travel arrangements, thinking they're saving time or money. But I'm here to advocate the opposite. While there's certainly a great need for sites like ours (and the more "mainstream" -- not GF focused -- sites like TripAdvisor), they are still just part of planning a great trip. I always recommend people go online to read reviews and get a feel for the most GF-friendly destinations, properties, and restaurants as a first step as they begin to consider different travel options. But speaking from much personal experience, travel agents can also be an enormous help. I have used them to help plan many trips for our own family, I wouldn't have it any other way. Here are my TOP 10 REASONS TO CONSIDER USING A TRAVEL AGENT: 1.) They have YEARS of expertise, something none of us can match even after spending hours or days trolling travel websites like GlutenFreeTravelSite, TripAdvisor, or Airbnb.... Read more →


With the Holidays winding down and winter in full swing, perhaps you'd like to put something on the calendar to look forward to...something to get you through the winter doldrums. The Inn on Randolph, the top rated B&B in Napa, California's wine country, occasionally hosts gluten-free cooking and baking classes over a weekend at the Inn. This time, it's a three day class back by popular demand...taught by their Executive Chef Paul Fields, from January 29-31. Known for his innovative gluten-free breakfasts, Chef Paul will share his techniques, as well as one of his most-requested recipes! The meals at the Inn are entirely gluten-free all the time (the owner herself has been gluten free for years), so they have perfected the art of wonderful gluten-free cuisine! Staying at this recently renovated and luxurious inn is the perfect balance of Old World Victorian charm and modern amenities. You'll enjoy an evening reception, cooking classes, delicious breakfasts, a wine tasting, and free time to explore the area's wineries and many gluten-free friendly restaurants. You can view the full itinerary here. This is a great opportunity to beat the winter doldrums and treat yourself to a fun and informative weekend kicking up your... Read more →


You may be familiar with Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us and her amazing gluten free travel itineraries. Every few months, she unveils a new itinerary, and this time...it's Costa Rica. If some of her other recent gluten free itineraries (Prague, Croatia, China, Japan, India, and two bike tours through northern Italy) haven't been high on your own bucket list, perhaps Costa Rica is just what you're looking for. It offers a good value, close proximity, and little in the way of a language barrier (most people speak very good English). It's a great alternative to Europe for anyone concerned about security and safety. Plus, Costa Rica has had more than a century of democratic tradition and a high quality of life. Best of all, it presents a unique blend of relaxation and adventure...all while enjoying some of the most spectacular natural beauty on earth. As with all of Ellen's itineraries, it's not a group tour. You travel when you want...and with whom you want. Your trip to Costa Rica can be customized based on your desired dates of travel, length of stay, interests, and budget. The day-by-day itinerary laid out on our Costa Rica page is just a suggestion,... Read more →


As you know, Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us specializes in putting together gluten free travel itineraries that can be customized for her clients. She finds the best gluten free friendly hotels and restaurants in a particular destination, works with local travel experts, vets the chefs at the places she recommends, and lines up tours and transportation -- all so you can travel gluten-free and worry free! These aren't group tours (unless you happen to want to pull together a group of your family or friends to travel together). Everything is customizable, according to your budget and preferences. You decide WHEN you want to travel, for HOW LONG you want to travel, and what you want to SEE of the places Ellen recommends. Ellen's latest itinerary, which she's been hard at work on for a while, is for PRAGUE. I was particularly excited to hear about this myself, as I'd love to visit there with my family some day. It's really so encouraging that virtually any destination is within the reach of gluten free travelers these days...if you take advantage of the resources available to you (like Ellen!). If you've missed some of my past posts, she's also put together... Read more →


We're always adding helpful content, updating resources, and improving the functionality of GlutenFreeTravelSite and our free companion mobile app, Dine Gluten Free. But for those of you who haven't visited for a while -- or may not be aware of all the ways these valuable resources can help you DINE & TRAVEL gluten free more easily, we thought it might be time for a reminder... First Stop (if you need it): An Overview Under the RESOURCES tab within the navigation bar on our website, there's a section of the site called About Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity that contains 12 "chapters" of information that are helpful to both new and veteran gluten free folks. And if you have friends or family members that need to understand your diet better, send them a link to this page for answers to the questions they may have (sometimes it's easier when it comes from an impartial source!). Also, if you have a friend that suspects gluten may be adversely affecting their health, by all means, pass along this information to them. It could provide the spark that leads them to get tested. We've tried to make the explanations about Celiac, gluten sensitivity, and a... Read more →


For those of you considering the upcoming 5-night Gluten Free Gourmet All-Inclusive Vacation to the luxury El Dorado Royal Resort along Mexico's Riviera Maya -- with Celiac expert Dr. Alessio Fasano as the featured guest -- I encourage you to take advantage of it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! There is still space available, but Lesley Hayden Hock, gluten free travel specialist at Travel Leaders agency (and the person working with Dr. Fasano and his team to plan this unforgettable trip), will need to hear from you by September 8, 2015. That's when a small deposit is due. El Dorado was voted by Conde Nast as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World! The trip is a fantastic value -- and Lesley and Dr. Fasano's team have worked with El Dorado to ensure that there will be wonderful and safe gluten free options (and gluten free wines and other alcoholic beverages) at each meal. See the brochure below…and give Lesley a call at 800-487-6110 or email her at lhayden@travelleaders.com You can read more about the trip in my previous Blog post. Read more →


Like many other destinations where gluten free awareness is limited, India has been challenging for gluten free travelers. But now, one of our favorite travel agents, Ellen Morse of Gluten Free Travel-Us, has worked with a very reputable company in India, to develop an itinerary for travel to northern India. It includes all the must-see attractions of this diverse country, and best of all, the hotels where you'll stay and dine have been carefully vetted. Ellen was diagnosed with Celiac as a toddler and has been gluten free for many decades…long before "gluten free" was a household term. And she has also spent decades working as a travel agent. As awareness of Celiac Disease and gluten free diets has spread across the globe, she has been thrilled to merge her two areas of expertise and work with high quality travel partners to offer gluten free itineraries to fellow Celiacs. In India, Ellen works with a company called Travel Scope India to design the itineraries and vet the hotels. Ellen does not advocate dining at typical restaurants while traveling in India. That is why she and Travel Scope India have spent considerable time vetting the chefs at luxury hotels where her... Read more →


By now you know we like to make you aware of the very best gluten-free travel opportunities…and Ireland is one destination we're particularly excited about. Although the incidence of Celiac in Ireland is higher than elsewhere (close to 2% of the population) and awareness is good, care and caution are still needed when planning a trip and choosing places for the best gluten-free dining experiences. Now you can benefit from both Crafted Ireland Custom Tours' knowledge of the Emerald Isle AND the guidance of a gluten-free author and blogger. Together, they've planned a wonderful trip with gluten-free fine-dining experiences throughout Ireland. This 7-day/6-night trip will take place from October 11-17, 2015, and you'll enjoy luxury 5-star accommodations. This unforgettable journey will take you from Dublin to Killarney. You'll visit the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher (pictured), and The Burren…as well as castles and gardens. You'll even participate in an elite cooking class and gourmet dinner at the Ballymaloe Cookery School and attend a whiskey master class at the Jameson Distillery (where all whiskeys are gluten free). For more information, take a look at our Gluten Free Getaways page (scroll down to Gluten Free Getaway #2) or visit the... Read more →


Like many countries in Asia, gluten free travel to Japan can be difficult. Awareness of the diet is limited, and it's rare for chefs to understand the complexities involved in preparing a safe gluten-free meal. And traveling is NOT a time you want to put your health in the hands of anyone but the best-trained chefs! Enter Ellen Morse and Gluten Free Travel-Us. Once again, they have opened up an area of the world that was previously unavailable to the typical gluten free traveler. Just as she worked with Wendy Wu Tours to make China a safe destination for Celiac and gluten sensitive travelers, she has worked with Wendy Wu Tours to develop an equally tempting itinerary for Japan. Gluten free travelers will take comfort in knowing that Ellen has worked with Wendy's team to find the best hotels, where the chefs are able to ensure their gluten guests will receive safe meals during their stay. This itinerary, like all of Ellen's, is not a group tour -- unless it is your preference to assemble a large group of travel companions. Rather, it is a suggested itinerary you can take at any time and customize according to your preferences (dates,... Read more →


If you're gluten free, it's hard to beat the sheer thrill of discovering gluten-free friendly destinations. It's absolute heaven to discover a destination where you can dine on gourmet gluten-free specialties for every meal without worry. If it's in Tuscany, Italy, it's even better…. Some of you may recall the week-long gluten-free culinary events hosted by Jovial Foods (maker of divine gluten-free pasta and sauces) at a historic 18th century Tuscan villa. They hold these events once or twice a year -- Fall and late Spring -- and every time I write about it, it's pure torture. That's because attending one of these unique gluten-free culinary weeks is on my own personal Bucket List. Unfortunately, however, these gluten-free getaways are typically scheduled during times of the year when our kids are in school. But someday, perhaps…. If you're lucky enough to have the flexibility to travel in October, a particularly beautiful month in Italy, you'll want to consider treating yourself to this special vacation. And, in fact, you may not need to treat yourself…Jovial Foods may just treat you to a complimentary visit. Between now and June 30, 2015, you can enter their drawing for a free week (airfare and... Read more →


You may remember me posting back in February about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Dr. Alessio Fasano, one of the world's foremost experts on Celiac Disease, and other gluten free guests for a 5-night all-inclusive vacation along Mexico's Riviera Maya. Originally scheduled for October, the date has been changed to November 12-17, 2015. Dr. Fasano, from the Center for Celiac Research at Mass General Hospital, will be the keynote speaker at a banquet dinner during your stay, and you'll have an opportunity to interact with him at other events such as a welcome cocktail party, educational breakfast seminar, a culinary theatre dinner event, and more. You'll also have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful El Dorado Royal Resort, where all restaurants will have special gluten free options available for all meals during your stay. It's the perfect excuse to schedule a getaway -- where you'll soak in the warm sunshine and all the latest Celiac research and knowledge. Bring a friend or family member…whether they are gluten-free or not, fun will be had by all! Space is limited, so if there's even a chance you might be interested in attending, give Lesley Hayden Hock at Travel Leaders... Read more →


Almost every day, we hear about another great place for gluten-free travelers…and I get so excited to share these discoveries with you. That's our mission here at Gluten Free Travel Blog -- and also on our website GlutenFreeTravelSite…to help you take a true vacation from worry. We want to help you find places where you won't have to educate chefs or ask a zillion questions before each meal…places that give you confidence and let you forget about your dietary restrictions. That's why today, I'd like to recap some recent discoveries -- and also remind you of where to go to get more travel ideas on our website. Just a couple weeks ago, we announced a new itinerary for gluten free travel to Croatia, but are you aware of the other special itineraries for places outside the U.S. detailed on the Gluten Free Getaways page of our site? Keep in mind, these aren't "group" trips…you can follow the suggested itinerary developed by Celiac travel agent Ellen Morse OR customize it according to your own budget and interests -- AND pick your own dates of travel. Like cruising? If so, you're in luck…cruises are one of the most "gluten-free friendly" ways to... Read more →