By Bridget

Summertime can be filled with shorter workweeks, long weekends, and extended vacations. But, according to a recent study, as many as 17% of families with children suffering from Celiac’s Disease have reported skipping family trips because of the anticipated difficulties they will face. While Laura, The Gluten-free Traveler, can probably speak most closely to overcoming any gluten related travel anxieties, there are certain travel destinations that are making it their mission to be gluten-free!

A huge trend in travel, in general, is to seek out unique and enriching experiences beyond the general allure of a given destination. A trip to Colorado is no longer just to see the mountains, but to take on a weight-loss goal. Travel to California has become a quest to learn from the best wine-makers. Well, now you can add gluten-free travel to the list.

Members of the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Association have added gluten-free pasta-making to their list of classes that guests can explore over a number of hours or days.

The Inn on Randolph in downtown Napa is offering a two-day series of gluten- and allergen-free cooking and baking classes. The course provides an overview of gluten-free grains and flours, as well as providing suggestions for how to setup a gluten-free kitchen. The second day of this gluten-free vacation teaches how to make your own gluten-free egg and vegan pastas, providing guests with the tools to keep their kitchen and bellies filled with gluten-free goodies.

This effort to incorporate gluten-free education as part of travel experience certainly indicates a marked rise in the demand for such courses and information. The California Association of Bed & Breakfast is working to bring the gluten-free culture to their guests in an interactive and informative way. This endeavor is indicative of the trends we can hope to see around the United States in the coming years, certainly helping reduce any gluten-related stressors of traveling!

If you’re interested in checking out the two-day gluten-free vacation at the Inn on Randolph, visit www.cabbi.com.

Study Cited: Black, J.L., Orfila, C., (2011). Impact of coeliac disease on dietary habits and quality of life. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 24, 582-587.