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Gluten-Free Gourmet Weekend
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May 17, 2012 — Plymouth, VT — Good Commons, a boutique retreat destination located in the beautiful green mountains of Plymouth, Vermont, presents a Gluten-Free Gourmet Weekend, June 21 – 24, 2012. This all-inclusive culinary weekend is a welcome option for the many people who are affected by Celiac disease (approximately one in every 133 U.S. residents) or choose to follow a gluten-free diet.

The weekend is co-hosted by the New York City Celiac Disease Meetup Group. Whether somebody has dietary restrictions or is traveling with a loved one, the 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 during the course of this worry-free, decadent getaway.

Good Commons Founder and Proprietor Tesha Buss says, “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  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.”

On board for the weekend is Celiac disease advocate and organizer of the New York City Celiac Disease  Meetup Group (currently with more than 1,400 members) Erin Smith. "I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1981 so I have been gluten-free for more than 30 years. I love to travel and could never imagine letting my gluten-free lifestyle prevent from exploring the world,” shares Smith, “Being gluten-free does require some additional planning when booking a trip. Finding safe gluten-free food during my travels adds to my level of excitement when exploring someplace new and I love to share my discoveries with my Gluten-Free Globetrotter readers."

"When I became the leader of the NYC Celiac Meetup group in 2006, my goal was to provide normal social experiences for people on the gluten-free diet. The Gluten-Free Gourmet Weekend at Good Commons combines my two passions: being gluten-free and travel. This weekend takes the worry out of being away from home. I have worked closely with the chefs to ensure that the weekend is safe for all of the attendees. I am also excited about all of our co-hosts. Four of our key participants have Celiac Disease so we are not only looking to support the gluten-free lifestyle but we are all living it as well."

The Details:
• 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
• 2 gluten-free baking classes by Olivia Dupin
• Optional yoga classes, Thai massage workshop with Elyse Sparkes
• Local excursions
• Massage by on-site certified massage therapist Jessica Ruth Shepard (additional charge)

Full Itinerary at:

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

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.

About Good Commons:
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.

Lead Product Sponsor:
Founded as a joint project of local Innsbruck doctor Dr. A. Schar and Bozen-based entrepreneur Untertfrifaller in 1922, the company began to focus on the production of gluten-free foods in 1981 under the leadership of Ulrich Ladurner. This specialization laid the groundwork for becoming Europe's market leader in gluten-free. Today, Dr. Schar is on its way to become the leading food specialist for special dietary and nutritional needs in Europe and North America.

Additional Product Sponsors:
RP's Pasta Company is an artisan food manufacturer to its core, strictly adhering to small batch production runs. In keeping with this artisan mission, RP's founder Peter Robertson worked tirelessly to develop RP's unique gluten-free pasta recipe, which utilizes brown rice flour as a primary ingredient. RP's fresh gluten-free pasta has the same taste and al'dente texture as traditional fresh pasta, and was recently featured in Oprah Magazine's "O" List. RP's fresh gluten-free pasta is certified gluten-free by GFCO.

What you'll find in every bag of El's gluten-free snacks is a big taste. Taste you'll crave, whether you care about gluten or not. And if you do care, El's samples and tests every production run to make sure that gluten levels don't exceed 5 PPM. El's Medleys have no preservatives or fake colors, no nasty trans-fats or hydrogenated oils, but they do have good whole grains and Omega-3s, along with that great flavor and a satisfying crunch that is baked into each batch.e

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