Napa Valley Wine Train Offers Historic Charm, Impressive Service Within Driving Distance of Home
There are a number of reasons I like living in the Sacramento area. Aside from the generally fantastic weather, we’re fairly close to so many wonderful cities and attractions. I think skiing and snowboarding are even better if I can drive a couple hours home and not have to worry about shoveling snow or putting snow chains on my Jetta. One of my favorite weekend vacation locations is the Napa Valley and all the relaxation it has to offer. From the Riverwalk in Napa to the quaint shops and mud baths in Calistoga, I love it all.
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my mom aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. If you haven’t had the chance to ride the train recently, you will be pleasantly surprised with both the impeccable service and delicious food served on both the lunch and dinner train rides.
The cars were made in 1915 and 1917 and have been restored to their natural charm and beauty. The dome car features domed windows and offers spectacular views of the surrounding wine country as well as a special menu specifically for dome car passengers.
There are three separate kitchens that prepare all of the food served on the train fresh. If you’ve ever been on a train, you can appreciate the skill necessary to walk, much less, cook, while riding the rails.
While the Napa Valley Wine Train’s nine cars can hold as many as 400 passengers, you’ll rarely find more than 300, to ensure the comfort of the riders. If you’re looking for an extra special way to celebrate that momentous anniversary, rehearsal dinner, family reunion or other group event, the Wine Train offers personal cars with the same attentive service you’ll find on their daily trips.
In addition to the three hour trip from Napa to St. Helena and back, passengers should check out the wine available for purchase at the train depot. The selection and prices are impressive, even for Napa Valley.
There are a number of spas specialty shops in downtown Napa and during the winter months and tourist off-season, many are offering specials and discounts. The Riverwalk has undergone a series of restorations and you will find a restaurant to satisfy just about any craving. Lucky for us, a trip to Napa Valley may be a relaxing day trip or much longer vacation.
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