A journey upon the Napa Valley Wine Train offers each visitor an insight to the riches of Northern California. The trip takes visitors through the Napa Valley to sample fine wines, cheeses, and to explore an amazing slice of history. As you step up into the hundred-year-old rail cars, you are embraced with a refined opulence for the senses. This experience is a must for historians, wine lovers, and those seeking a romantic afternoon getaway.
The journey is designed to be experienced by couples or small groups. As you board the train, you find yourself in beautifully designed Pullman railcars. Lush velvet draperies hang above the windows. White linen covers the elegant wooden tables. No details are left to chance. The physical decor speaks of refined taste.
“The train itself has two engines, three kitchens on board and a collection of early 20th century Pullman rail cars faithfully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and plush armchairs that evoke the spirit of luxury rail travel in the early 1900s. Take a trip into the luxurious American past and experience an unparalleled memory-making journey.” – winetrain.com
After boarding at the McKinstry Street Station, you’ll be seated by a concierge. Your trip begins with either a meal or a flight of wines to sample as you pass through the fields that collectively create the Napa Valley. All of the wines are sourced from area wineries. The wine selection changes with the passing vintages from the surrounding valley. As the train slowly pulls its way through area vineyards, visitors feast on their first treat. After a pleasant journey, the train reaches the half-way mark. At this time, everyone switches over to a second railcar. Half of your trip will be spent in the dining car, enjoying a fabulous meal. The other half of your journey will be spent resting comfortably in lounge car sampling amazing wines. At all times, you are the center of the staffs’ attention.
“The Wine Train offers a thirty-six mile round trip journey from Napa to St. Helena and back, lasting three hours, through beautiful Wine country and past famous and historic wineries.” – winetrain.com
A pleasant option for this trip is the extended journey that stops at a Napa Valley winery. There you will explore the winery, their grounds, and their wines. Enjoy the grounds with a glass of wine with someone special!
This blog is traditionally focused upon hikes in Northern California, but for one incredible afternoon, embrace the rich history that has made Napa a worldwide destination for culture and refinement.