We are going to the Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos next weekend. Has anyone been there? I've heard great things about it. How's the food as far as food allergies?
I have ever been in this place but my parents have a house nearby. We have eaten in PBC which is a little further down on 611. Also Friendly's on 940, the Mcdonalds thats across the street from Friendly's too.
We stayed there last year and I called ahead and spoke to the head chef. I cant recall his name right now. He was very helpful. I explained my children had peanut and wheat allergies and told me he had food there to accomodate both and would help me pick items out that are ok or he would make something fresh for my kids. Which he absolutely did. We also brought our own food which they let us eat in the dining room for breakfast. They were very understanding and we are looking forward to going there again. Just call ahead and let them know your coming.
We are going in 2 weeks for my PA son's birthday.
Here's a link to the park. We are going to the one in the Poconos.
Any recent experiences? Restaurant recommendations?
oops...edited to add the link LOL
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We just spent three nights there at the end of July. We only ate in the lodge once - at the buffet. For my son, I just picked a few things that looked safe (I can't remember but I think I gave him mac and cheese). Probably not the safest approach but my son was fine. He didn't really eat much - never does and he was eating free (the buffet is over $20pp). The staff was very friendly and I'm sure they would have had no trouble answering any questions. I did ask about the ice cream - it came out of machine and they said they only make vanilla and chocolate in the machine so he had some of that.
Otherwise, we ate breakfast in our room, went to McD's down the road, Friendly's (not really a good PA choice but he just had mac and cheese and hot dog), and we ate at Red Robin one night with some of my family who live only about 40 minutes away from the lodge.
It's not a 'rural' area - there are restaurants, stores, a grocery store, etc all on that road (rte. 611) so I don't think you'll have trouble finding something safe.
We really enjoyed ourselves. Have fun!
We went to the one in Wisconsin Dells in January 2007. My son was not able to eat anywhere in the lodge. When I called the restaurant manager to tell him about my son's allergies and ask what he could eat, he said he could not recommend anything. Not helpful at all. I actually wrote to the hotel manager about it.
Hopefully you'll have better luck. The kids loved the water park, by the way!
DS - age 4 - allergic to peanuts, eggs, walnuts, sesame
DS - age 2 - no known allergies
We went to the one in the Poconos last Sept.
We had a great time, but remember the food in the water park area as being horrible. Not for the allergy factor but,just bad in general. I noticed alot of people bringing in their own food (great idea) and eating it at the tables in the water park (breakfast,too). We asked about the pizza inside the hotel (not in the buffet but in the bakery type cafe). It was pizza hut express I think, (before pizza hut was not safe) and they told us that she shouldn't have the pizza. We went to the buffet and spoke to the chef. They got her a fresh pizza from there but that's all she ate. Next time I will bring lots more snacks from home and maybe even pizza and other foods she can have. They did have Divvies cookies and popcorn in the bakery!
Have a great time and bring food!
Jessica PA/TNA (11)
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