gluten free resorts

Unless you reside in sunny Florida or southern California, I'm guessing most of you reading this right now dream of a break from this unforgiving winter! How does a 5-night, all-inclusive vacation on Mexico's Riviera Maya sound? What if I told you that you'd also enjoy gourmet gluten free meals -- and have the opportunity to interact, learn from, and dine with Dr. Alsessio Fasano, one of the world's foremost experts on Celiac Disease? You'd want to jump on the next plane, right?! Well, even though you'll have to wait until October to actually take the trip, you can reserve one of the coveted spots now. Take a look at the information below, and give Lesley a call for more details if you're interested. (As you probably recall from my mentioning her before, Lesley is a travel agent who specializes in gluten free travel opportunities. She has worked with Dr. Fasano to put together this amazing getaway at an amazing resort.) The price can't be beat, and with each booking, a donation will be made to Dr. Fasano's Center for Celiac Research. So you'll be funding a great cause, getting some much-needed R&R, and learning the latest about living with... Read more →


It's so thrilling to me to see the world opening up to gluten free travelers. Once upon a time, it was difficult to go on an extended vacation if you were gluten free, unless you were able to rent a condo with a kitchen and do your own cooking. And frankly, that's not much of a vacation, even for those of us who love to cook! Now, however, amazing opportunities abound for gluten free travelers. Take Costa Rica, for example...a very popular spot for tourists. Its beauty and the friendliness of the local population are unrivaled. And there's something for everyone, whether you're in the mood for adventure, eco-tourism, or just a week of rest and relaxation. Arenas Del Mar, a luxury boutique hotel situated on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is just the place to base yourself, too, since they have been preparing gluten free meals for guests for years -- and are now hosting two separate gluten free weeks in the Fall (one in September and one in November). Both restaurants will be entirely gluten free for each week, and guest chefs from acclaimed U.S. restaurants (some even with Celiac Disease themselves) will be working their... Read more →


Do you like to cook? Would you like to learn how to cook traditional Italian foods -- including delicious pastas and breads -- GLUTEN FREE -- from someone who's lived in Italy for 25 years? What if I were to say this opportunity is availalble to you -- all while staying in a beautiful 18th-century Tuscan Villa in Lucca, Italy? Check your calendar for June 21-28, 2014. It promises to be the perfect gluten free Getaway...a travel opportunity where you can leave your gluten-free worries at the door! Jovial Foods, maker of fine gluten-free pastas, sauces, and other Italian specialties, is once again hosting a wonderful week of cooking classes and relaxation -- with the opportunity to explore neighboring towns like Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terra, or Siena (all accessible for day trips by car, bus, or train). It's really the perfect balance of "getting away from it all" in this beautiful part of the world...while also learning new skills you can take home and recreate in your own kitchen. Carla, the Founder of Jovial Foods, will personally lead three hands-on cooking classes and share her knowledge of the Italian lifestyle, seasonal foods, and traditional Italian recipes (without the gluten, but... Read more →


It's time to start thinking about planning Winter escapes and Spring Break vacations! If you've put off planning due to concerns about whether you'll be able to find a vacation spot that can accommodate your gluten free diet, I'm here to say you have plenty of options. And frankly, "accommodating" is no longer an appropriate word to use in this case...there are now MANY resorts and cruise ships that go WAY beyond merely "accommodating" their guests. They deliver a truly incredible and memorable experience for the gluten free traveler. So how do you find the best places? I'd suggest contacting Lesley Hayden, a Gluten Free Travel Specialist with Travel Leaders travel agency. She loves her job, and she loves her gluten free clients even more! While not gluten free herself, Lesley has spent the past few years of her long and successful career as a travel agent building up quite a following among gluten free clients -- and working with chefs at numerous resorts to ensure these clients are well taken care of. Many of the resorts Lesley works with are top-rated, all-inclusive resorts located in the Caribbean and Mexico. And if cruising is more your thing, Lesley can also... Read more →