Even if you don’t drink wine AT ALL, you undoubtedly know that THE place to go to experience wine country is Northern California — Napa Valley.
There is a train — called the Wine Train — that gives a new meaning to the phrase Pub Crawl.
This Wine Train tours some of the greatest vineyards in Napa Valley, and takes you along for the ride — and the tasting.
This train has been in business since the late 1800s, but has been offering it’s gourmet onboard dining since 1989.
There are more than 40 wines onboard to sample, and you can even bring your own favorite wine to enjoy while riding the railway. There IS a re-corking fee if you bring your own bottle aboard the train, but if you also buy a bottle onboard, the re-corking fee is waived.
They do offer day and evening excursions. During the day, you see the wineries in all their bright and beautiful glory. If you take the ride at dusk, you will get to see Wine Country during the Magic Hour — the Most Beautiful lighting right before the sun goes down.
They even have nighttime rides which occur after dark in the winter months, when the daylight is shorter. You will get to see the magnificent holiday lights of the valley in all their Wine Country glory.
At the Napa Valley Wine Train, we pride ourselves on the quality of our food. Executive Chef Donald Young buys only fresh, local produce, line-caught fish, and humanely raised meats. All of our entrees are prepared on board, and guests are more than welcome to observe our kitchen car in action.Wine Train
Seating onboard the Wine Train is Traditional Rail Seating — which means you might be sharing a table with another couple during your travels. The exception to this is if you are a party of four — they are always enjoy seating together. There are also intimate accommodations if there is a special event on the train, or if it is a nighttime excursion.
I totally want to go during one of the Wine Train’s special events! They host a Murder Mystery train, Valentine’s Sweetheart Special, Romance on the Rails, and Thanksgiving on the train. I want to experience them all!
You can go to the Wine Train website to read all about what the train has to offer, and to reserve your seating. Book early, they fill up quick!