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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Winter Getaway at Good Commons (Gluten-Free Meals Available!)
Good Commons Winter Expedition Weekend
January 27 - 30, 2011
Plymouth, VT

Join new friends in the Northeast for a winter escape filled with snowy adventures, gourmet cuisine and rest & revitalization.

I first learned about Good Commons last summer through Kristen, an amazing sommelier,  friend, and fellow member of my NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group. I had the pleasure of attending a wine tasting hosted by sommelier Kristen in the fall. If Kristen's wine tasting class is any indication of what's in store at Good Commons for their Winter Expedition Weekend, then you are in for a real treat. Kristen is extremely knowledgeable and friendly and doesn't make you feel stupid when you know nothing about wine. (ahem... me!) Kristen, a fellow gluten-freer, is good friends with Chef Matthew Wexler at Good Commons, so I trust you are in excellent hands and that Chef Matthew knows how to handle gluten-free food requests.

I just booked a different vacation (yay!), so unfortunately I cannot make this trip up to Good Commons. I hope to make it to Vermont one day soon to check out everything they have to offer. Chef Matthew Wexler is well-versed in gluten-free meal preparation. If you book this trip, please be sure to call or email Good Commons ahead of time to let them know you require gluten-free meals.

If you end up visiting Good Commons for their Winter Expedition weekend, I would love feedback! Also, if you are interested in attending and getting an additional discount please send me an email and I will put you in touch with Kristen. 

Join Good Commons, one of the premier boutique retreat destinations in the Northeast for a winter escape filled with snowy adventures, gourmet cuisine and rest & revitalization. To learn more about Good Commons, CLICK HERE.

Limited time discount for my blog readers:

Round-trip transportation on our private jitney, the Good bus (NYC only)
3 nights lodging at Good Commons
Local shuttle service to Okemo Mountain, Killington, and snowmobiling
Meals prepared by private on-site chef
4-course dinner with guided wine pairings and sommelier
Optional yoga classes
On-site certified massage therapist (additional charge)


Thursday, January 27th
1pm Depart NYC on our private jitney, the Good bus, with gourmet snacks and beverages
Stop at First Stop for equipment rental
Arrival at Good Commons
7:30pm Hearty Winter Dinner

Friday, January 28th
7:00am Breakfast
7:45am Depart to Okemo Mountain*
1pm Optional Midday Drop Off/Pick Up
4pm End of Day Pickup
5pm Optional restorative yoga class
7pm Four Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings
*Additional activities at Okemo include ice skating, snow tubing and snowshoeing. Okemo also provides free shuttle service into the town of Ludlow for lunch and/or shopping.

Saturday, January 29th
7am Continental Breakfast
7:45am Depart for Killington followed by drop off for snowmobiling
10am Optional yoga class for those not skiing
1pm Optional Midday Drop Off/Pick up
4pm End of Day Pickup
5pm Snack
7pm Family Style Winter Feast

Sunday, January 30th
7am Coffee and light breakfast snacks
7:30am Depart for Okemo Mountain for FREE Hour of Power
9am Optional yoga class for those not skiing
9:30am Return to Good Commons
10:30am Hearty Brunch
11:30am Group Photo
12pm Departure

Tesha Buss is the owner/creator of Good Commons. Raised on a dairy farm and doing back flips by the age of three, Tesha reached her childhood dream of becoming a Broadway performer, only to discover that a new dream--a retreat center to rest and revitalize--would soon reveal itself. She welcomes the revolving door of health and wellness professionals, artists, vacationers and more who seek to "be Good".

Matthew Wexler is your chef for the weekend, as well as a freelance food and lifestyle writer. He is proud to share the bounty of the Northeast with all those who visit Good Commons through fresh, vibrant and accessible cuisine. Matthew's writing can be found at

Good Commons was originally built in the 1840’s and operated as a general store. It has been lovingly renovated and restored and now features six bedrooms and a sleeping loft, six bathrooms, two living rooms, and a multi-purpose studio. The property features all of the modern amenities of one’s own home, while still creating a warm and inviting environment that honors the historical traditions that have characterized the house for more than 160 years.

Bedroom prices per person, based on double occupancy
$675 regular --$575 discount - Black Diamond Bedroom, includes deluxe steam shower / SOLD OUT
$650 regular --$550 discount- Standard Bedroom--One Male and One Female Slot Left
$525 regular -- $425 discount- Loft, charming sleeping quarters

All deposits are non-refundable. See website for additional information.

Travel Information:
The Good bus will be leaving from 45th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues at 1pm sharp on Thursday, January 27th. The Good Bus will be leaving Good Commons on Sunday, January 30th at 11:45am to return to the same location in NYC. Providing your own transportation? Inquire about our discount. Please contact: tesha@

To register, please click here.

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