If you like wine, a nice gourmet meal, complete with white linen service, and a great view, you may want to take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train! I have to say it was more than just a meal. The experience was one that I will always revisit when I think of northern California. It was like reliving an era that I never got to live the first time around. From the moment the steward seated us, luxury and tradition of this historic railroad made me feel like I had stepped back in time.
Once aboard and seated we had a choice of pan seared salmon or roasted beef tenderloin. The train wound its way through rolling hills of family owned vineyards and past various wineries. The complete trip lasts about three hours. At the half way point we were directed to the lounge car for coffee and dessert. I wish I could try something new, but every time creme` brûlée is one of the choices, I can't resist it. In the lounge car we just sat back in comfy, over stuffed chairs, faced the outside windows and watched the world go by.
There were three options to choose from. Whatever your taste and budget, they can accommodate. There is the Vista Dome at $144 per person, for romantic moonlight dinners, the Gourmet Express (which I chose) at $114 per person, for a
So, if you ever decide to take a trip to Napa for a little wine adventure, be sure to make reservations ahead for the Napa Valley Wine Train. I think you'll be glad you did.