Traveling while being on a gluten-free diet can be quite stressful, as you are never sure if there will be something available for you to eat. I was so happy to find that was not the case during my recent visit to Great Wolf Lodge. I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Uselman, the Director of Food & Beverage at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg. Chris assured me there were a variety of options available, many that are standard Great Wolf fare, just a gluten-free version. Chris stressed the importance of making sure gluten-free individuals, especially children, do not feel left out or disappointed with limited food options during their stay.

From hot dogs, to hamburgers and pizza, everyone can feel comfortable eating breaded foods at Great Wolf Lodge due to the resorts' availability of gluten-free breads, dough and mixes. Due to the possibility of cross-contamination, these options are prepared separately to ensure its safety. There is a gluten-free menu available in The Loose Moose Bar and Grill, but food options are available to eat in the water park snack bar as well as Hungry as a Wolf. Chris also recommends that anyone speak with a server or ask the chef about any special requests or questions. While I personally eat gluten-free, the lodge culinary staff is fully trained and well-equipped to deal with a variety of allergies and dietary needs. 

Even without asking for special preparations, I found a myriad of naturally gluten-free options readily available during the breakfast and dinner buffet. For breakfast, I chose cheese eggs, potatoes and fruit. For dinner, I was able to eat fish, couscous, sweet potatoes, baked beans, mashed potatoes and more. I was more than pleased with what was available and felt comfortable knowing I could ask for something else if need be. Being able to adhere to my diet while I vacation at Great Wolf Lodge - without sacrificing quality and taste - is just one more reason why I love Great Wolf Resorts!

-Kira Riley, Ask a Mom Panelist for Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg