Gluten Free Vacations

Here’s a discovery that makes the IFC show Portlandia look prescient. Row Adventures out of Medford, Oregon is offering a gluten free vacation adventure

Rogue River – Gluten Free Vacation:

Gluten intolerance is widespread and ROW Adventures is proud to offer this special trip to meet the needs of those people that are gluten intolerant. The trip is accompanied by registered nurse Nadine Grzeskowiak who is a gluten-free expert and has her own business, “Gluten Free RN.” In addition to Nadine, a special chef will accompany the trip to prepare delicious gluten free cuisine that will test to less than 10 parts per million. Fresh, organic and free of allergy substances, this trip is also ideal for anyone with food allergies.

Below you will find information on the trip offered this spring/summer in Oregon.

Rogue River – Gluten Free Itinerary

August 18, 2012  Adult $1,199 Youth $1,139

DAY 1 – We offer an orientation meeting the evening before the trip at our meeting point at Morrison’s Lodge, or meet us there at 8:15 a.m. the morning of the trip. We’ll transfer in our van to the Rand Boat launch on the Rogue River, just 15 minutes away. At the river’s edge we’ll provide a thorough safety orientation, fit everyone with a PFD (personal flotation device) and then board the rafts and inflatable kayaks. You’ll have your choice of riding in an oar-powered raft, paddle raft or inflatable kayak.

At first the river is gentle and gives us time to perfect our paddling skills and settle in. After an hour or so we reach Grave Creek where the road ends and the federally-protected Wild & Scenic section of the Rogue River begins. We stop for lunch near the impressive Class V rapid called “Rainie Falls.” Guides run the boats through a fish ladder while guests walk around the rapid. The day continues as we ride the waves through a number of fun Class II and Class III rapids. Around 4:30 we arrive at the Black Bar Lodge, check into our rooms and get settled in. You might want walk and explore the property, relax in the surrounding forest or even take a nap. There’s time to sit and visit with friends while our gluten free meal is prepared by our chef including some wonderful hors d’ oeuvres. Around 7:00 we assemble in the lodge’s charming dining room for a family-style dinner. The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy in the lodge or outside under the stars.

DAY 2 – We meet about 7:30 a.m. for breakfast then pack up and head back to the river. We launch around 9:00 a.m. and begin another day of serenity and excitement rolled into one beautiful Rogue River canyon. We run a series of exhilarating Class II and Class III rapids, gaining confidence around every bend. Lunch is enjoyed on the river’s edge…usually at a historic site or a location where we can take a short walk. In the afternoon we visit the historic Rogue River Ranch that is a step back in time and a chance to learn about the early pioneers of the river.

We float just a little farther to Marial Lodge where we end our day of rafting. Just as they did the night before, Nadine and our chef prepare hors d’ oeuvres. Nadine is available to discuss the challenges of living a gluten free life and offers helpful tips and lively discussions. Our family-style dinner is served at 6:30. Then we head out on a nice hike on a gentle trail near the lodge to view the canyon and a lovely waterfall. Once back on the lodge, relax on the deck before heading to bed.

DAY 3 – Nothing is better than waking up to the song of birds and the quiet of the forest – such a soothing alternative to an alarm clock. Breakfast is served about 8:00 a.m. and then it’s time to pack up and head to the rafts once again. We start the day boating through Mule Creek Canyon, followed by Blossom Bar (considered by most to be the most thrilling rapids of our journey) and finally the Devil’s Staircase. Soon we’re floating in gentle waters and keeping eyes peeled for wildlife such as black bear, great blue herons, osprey and deer. We enjoy lunch on a sandy beach on river’s edge and then continue to the take-out at Foster Bar. Usually we arrive at Foster Bar at 3:00 p.m. Here we load our gear into the vans and then have a two-hour drive back to our starting point. We try to have guests back to their vehicles by 5:00 or 5:30 p.m.

  • Trip is designed and accompanied by RN Nadin Grzeskowiak, an expert in gluten free food and diet who will monitor all foods to be sure that they do not exceed 10 parts gluten per million as well as share her tips for living a gluten free life.
  • Food served will be organic, fresh and delicious and prepared by a knowledgeable chef.
  • We provide talented whitewater guides as well as our gluten free experts.
  • Lodge-to-lodge trip featuring fun, exciting whitewater during the day and comfortable, private cabins at night.

Thanks to Ashleigh Chatel for the tip!

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