Articles by Melanie Berkowitz

Melanie is a lawyer, freelance writer and expert on all things gluten free, who loves to travel with her husband and three girls, ages 14, 12 and 5. Her family’s favorite destinations include Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, New York City, and Southern California, although after fourteen years she has also mastered how to “survive the drive” between her home outside Chicago and family in St. Louis, Missouri and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Melanie sees travel as the perfect opportunity to get her family out of their comfort zones and onto new adventures while balancing different interests, ages and temperaments. You can read some of her other writing on business, legal, family and gluten free issues at and


Beachwalk Resort – An Ideal Family Vacation on Lake Michigan

If you were to ask me to pick my easiest family vacations, I would have to say the two summers we rented a house with my parents and sister’s family at the Beachwalk Resort in Michigan City, Indiana.  Now, a week in a house with your relatives may not sound like your idea of calm,…


No Gluten, Will Travel – Top Tips for a Great Gluten Free Vacation

In the ten years since my two oldest girls were diagnosed with celiac disease, we had never traveled for more than two nights without access to a kitchen – until now. On our vacation to California in December we learned to ride all-terrain vehicles, saw our first Joshua Tree, and, most significantly for me, successfully…

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