Our Great Wolf Lodge Vacation

So I mentioned in the Apple Pie Balls post that we made those snacks for an upcoming vacation.

I guess I shouldn’t tease such things, because it causes you all to wonder about what it is we’re doing, how we liked it and how we stayed paleo on the road. I’ll admit to being completely lazy about pictures and blog posts lately if you all will be happy with some adorable kid photos as my penance?

The only family member I could get to pose for the ubiquitous “family” shot in the lobby was Cole.

This is where we spent 3 days. The result, exhausted kids who slept incredibly well. And, sadly, colds for us all…

This series of Cole catching Wesley going down the slide is pretty much the most adorable thing evar.

Finian is the best swimmer of all the boys, and here he’s telling me, “Mama, take my picture UNDER the water!”

Cole’s favorite part of the trip was MagiQuest, a scavenger hunt adventure led by “magic” wands!

If you follow us on Instagram you’ve already seen this one, but of the thousand pictures I took with my “real” camera – this phone photo is my favorite of the boys on their MagiQuest! The boys’ cousin, Jeremiah, also joined us – it was such a treat to go with my sister and her son!

One of the reasons we loved our vacation was that it had a very homey feel – we never had to leave! Usually places like this nickle and dime you to hundreds of additional dollars at check out, but because each room has a mini-fridge and microwave, we were able to avoid the unhealthy food traps at the Lodge.

Now, the boys did get to splurge and choose a (gluten-free) treat from the “sweets shop”, but for the most part they were content with eating in our room from all the food we packed in two coolers. What did we pack & eat?

  • Paleo Kits (Berky, Apple Pie & Coconut Packs are our favorite)
  • Krunch Bars
  • Apple Pie Balls
  • Coconut Date Rolls
  • Pure Wraps & tuna salad for “sandwiches”
  • Pre-cooked whole chicken “pulled” meat & guacamole for “sandwiches”
  • USWM hotdogs & meat sticks
  • Salad greens & homemade balsamic dressing
  • Hard boiled eggs & bananas for breakfast
  • A veggie stirfry with pork (my breakfast)
  • Coconut milk yogurt & raspberries for snacks
  • Banana chips, baby carrots, apples & amish potato chips (fried in lard)
  • Kombucha, water bottles and coconut milk for coffee and some wine for the adults
  • Don’t forget a can opener for your tuna, coconut milk and wine!

We had a ton of food come home with us, too. Funniest thing was that my standard-diet sister became obsessed with Paleo Kits after trying them. She went shopping on their website the first night we were there!

Now that we’re home we’ve all got a cold. It might have been the treats we had, it might have been sharing water and personal space with hundreds of other people, it may have been simply traveling. Whatever it is, we’re now all fighting the same cold as a result. Our healing foods of choice? Bone broth, ginger tea with honey, kombucha, FCLO (the boys take the orange flavor in a shot glass of apple cider and love it) and oil of oregano (can’t get the kids to take this though). Hope to be back to normal before the next long weekend in a couple days!

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  • Whitney

    Try to give oils in honey on a spoon! I’ve yet to meet a kid who will pass on honey. 😉

    • Have you tried Oregano oil? Honey and pizza flavor to the max just don’t work… I take mine in a shot of water because there’s nothing that would disguise the flavor!

      • Yeah, I wouldn’t try it with honey. What we do is to buy empty capsules and drop the oregano oil into those. Our boys do fine that way. In fact, that’s how they take their FCLO, and raw garlic.

  • Deb

    If you went to the one in Williamsburg, VA (we’ve been many many times, since my now 7YO was barely walking), another decent food place to check out (which is blessedly off-site – I can’t eat GWL food, upsets my tummy AND drains my credit card :-() is Pierce’s Pitt BBQ, which is maybe a mile from GWL. We’ve combined the meat there with some of their veg and some of ours to make some pretty tasty meals, and if you go when the weather is warm enough to eat outside, it’s even easier to bring some of your own and then the kids play frisbee on the grass while the adults eat more slowly. LOL http://www.pierces.com/menu.asp

    • We are very familiar with Pierce’s! Since my mom lives in Va Beach we’re always making that trek down 64 and it’s a favorite of ours to stop to eat. When we arrived our room wasn’t ready and we went “on call” for a while. We burned an hour eating there before checking into the hotel 🙂

  • Erica @ The Paleo Kidz

    Looks like your family had a great time. We have talked about taking the kids there, but I’ve been hesitant with a 1.5 yr old. Looks like your kids had a great time.

    Thanks for the suggestion about putting the orange FCLO in Apple Cider. I’ve been trying to figure out how to give it to my kids. Thanks also for the list of foods. I’m flying with the kids in a little over a week and am trying to figure out snacks for the plane. Your list is a great help!

  • Jamie Peterson

    We are headed to GWL again over Christmas. . . I’ve been pondering what foods to take! Looks like you guys had a blast, Thanks for all the great eats ideas.

  • where do you buy the orange-flavored FCLO?

  • Ann Marie Saladyga

    Thank you so much for this post! We are getting ready to go to the GWL and we all recently changed over to a Paleo diet. I was just searching your blog to find snacks on the go! It is great to know we will have a mini fridge!

  • Samantha Ryan

    Thanks for sharing! We were inches from going there this year……hopefully next year!