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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Gluten-Free Gourmet Weekend
I am so excited to announce that I am co-hosting this Gluten-Free Gourmet Weekend at Good Commons in Plymouth, VT. Please read on for more information and to sign up today!

Gluten-Free* Gourmet Weekend
in Partnership with the New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group
Join Good Commons and The New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group for a worry-free decadent getaway.  Whether you have dietary restrictions or are traveling with a loved one, our on-site chefs and health & wellness experts will ensure delicious meals, culinary adventures, and a chance to experience the bounty of the Green Mountain State.

Weekend includes:

  • Round-trip transportation on The Good Bus  (NYC only)
  • 3 nights lodging at Good Commons
  • All meals, snacks & beverages as outlined in itinerary, prepared by on-site private chef
  • 4-course dinner with wine pairings featuring sommelier Kristen Siebecker 
  •  Optional yoga classes, gluten-free cooking workshops, and local excursions
  • Massage by on-site certified massage therapist Jessica Ruth Shepard (additional charge)
We encourage you to participate in as much or as little as you'd like to create your own "uncommonly good" getaway.  This is your time to rest, retreat, and revitalize!
Thursday, June 21
  • 6:15pm   Depart NYC on the Good bus -- includes light dinner & beverages                      
  • Arrival at Good Commons
Friday, June 22
  • Continental breakfast
  • Opening Circle
  • Yoga class
  • Picnic at Quechee Gorge and a leisurely afternoon to explore what you love most.  Choose to take a light hike down the gorge to the river, meander through the antique shops, taste some of Vermont's artisan products, or visit the famed blown and pottery work of Simon Pearce
  • Dinner -- 4 Course Dinner with chef Matthew Wexler, featuring wine pairings from sommelier Kristen Siebecker 
  • Optional Gluten-Free cookie baking workshop
Saturday, June 23
Sunday, June 24
  • Continental breakfast
  • Yoga class
  • Brunch
  • Group photo
  • Departure
*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.
Itinerary subject to change
Good Commons was originally built in the 1840's and operated as a general store. It has been lovingly renovated ans 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.

CLICK HERE for a virtual tour.


The Good Bus leaves promptly at 6:15pm on Thursday, June 21 from 45th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues in Manhattan.  Drop-off will be at the same location on Sunday, June 24th, approximately 5:30pm depending upon traffic.  Providing your own transportation? Inquire about our discount.  Please contact: 

$75 Early registration discount through March 31st, 2012
Bedroom prices per person, based on double occupancy
$700 - discount = $625 Deluxe Shared Bedroom, includes steam shower
$675 - discount = $600 Standard Shared Bedroom
$575 - discount = $500 Farmhouse Style Loft -- charming shared sleeping quarters

Gratuity not included.

To register and receive and early bird discount, please click here for your initial $225 deposit/per person to hold your spot!

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.


Tesha Buss is the owner/creator of Good Commons and a partner in The Good Retreat Company. 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 and vacationers.  She is a member of the Okemo Valley and Killington Chamber of Commerce as well as Rotary International.

Erin Smith (Co-Host) was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1981 and "grew up on a gluten-free diet in a gluten-filled world."  As an adult, she has become extremely involved with the Celiac community, both online and in person.  Erin started the blog Gluten-Free Fun in 2007 as a way to show the world that being gluten-free should not stop you from living your life.  In 2011 she launched the blogGluten-Free Globetrotter to encourage others on a gluten-free diet to travel the world.  In addition to her blogs, Erin oversees the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group.  This is a social group where members can get together to enjoy gluten-free meals, share food recommendations and recipes as well as learn from one another.  Through her blogs, leadership of the Meetup group, and community advocacy, Erin encourages others to not allow their lives to be limited by Celiac Disease but to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Matthew Wexler (Chef) is a regular in the Good Commons kitchen, as well as a freelance food, travel 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. His culinary training includes years at his mother's side, along with coursework at the French Culinary Institute.  Matthew has written about everything from barbecue to bed and breakfasts for HemispheresGo Magazine, PassportATOUT France and Out There as well as online for EDGE Media NetworkThe Daily Meal, offManhattan,Endless Simmer and his own blog,  He is currently writing and recipe-testing the Good Commons food memoir, Uncommonly Good.

Kristen Siebecker (Sommelier) has been a great fan of viticulture and vinification since her first illicit sip of Boone's Farm wine beverage many years ago.  More recently, she became a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, completed the Advanced Certification program from the WSET with distinction and is certified in Advanced Blind Tasting by the American Sommelier Association.  You'll find Kristen at the NYC East Side Best Cellars wine shop, advising customers and assisting in the store's Sommelier for an Evening program.  Diagnosed with Celiac Disease since 2007, Kristen is a co-organizer of the NYC Celiac Meetup group and has hosted numerous wine tastings. She is also a beverage consultant for Good Commons. Follow Kristen's wine adventures at 

Jessica Ruth Shepard (Massage Therapist/Facilitator) received her professional training as a Holistic health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, where she studied and became an expert in over one hundred dietary theories and practical lifestyle-coaching methods.  Prior to her study in holistic health counseling, Jessica participated in a concentrative bodywork program at Antioch College, managed a yoga and Pilates studio in Denver, Colorado, wile simultaneously running her own successful massage practice, and worked with hundreds of athletes on numerous cycling tours, in addition to privately.  Jessica has studied several alternative healing methods, including: The Rosen Method, Polarity Therapy, and stress reduction techniques.

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