My husband and I took the Napa Wine Train along with a group from a conference he was attending. It was our most relaxing day on our trip. The cars are beautifully restored, and so well done, I could almost imagine it was 1910. We were seated in the dining car and given a choice of entrees for lunch. We selected the beef tips in mushroom gravy, grilled asparagus, and potatoes, paired with a local Syrah. It was wonderfully prepared, and came out piping hot. We enjoyed eating our lunch and watching the scenery of vineyards through our velvet curtained window. After lunch, we moved to the lounge car for desert, more wine and coffee. Our destination was Domaine Chandon, and it took several hours to get there. My husband and I love Domaine Chandon, so were really looking forward to our visit, but truth is, I was a little sad when we came to our destination, because it meant leaving the luxuary of the wine train. If you're going to Napa, enjoy history, gorgeous scenery, and being pampered, make the Napa Wine Train a must-do.
Napa Valley is home to world class wineries and the roads to all these wineries are few. So, the traffic builds up on weekends and the summer months of May through September. A way to see the Valley starting in Napa and going round trip through the Valley is on the Napa Valley Wine Train.
It is exciting from the moment you enter the train station which is almost like a Napa Valley museum till the last step you take off the train on your return. Not only do you see the heavy auto traffic on the roads from the train, you can view the expansive fields and hills of grapevines as well as the many wineries along the trains route. Inside the train, which is a throwback to the glory days of railroading in the USA, you can enjoy a dining car, lounge car and and elevated seating car. My wife and I sat in the lounge car and enjoyed a glass of wine while watching the traffic at a standstill on the nearby road. When we were called for lunch in the dining call, it was set up first class and the meal was excellent.
Fun for all and lunch or dinner tours are available. Open seven days a week , Luncheon tour boarding at 11 am, Mon.-Fri. and Brunch, 9 am and Lunch, 1 pm Sat.- Sun.. The Dinner train is daily at 6 pm. All train rides are three hours. Advance reservations are suggested and Jackets are suggested on Dinner Trains. Choo, Choo, and Chug, Chug.
A 3 hour, 36 mile train ride from Napa to Saint Helena aboard restored early 20th century Pullman cars. Not only is the ride scenic, but guest are treated to a gourmet meal prepared on board by an award winning chef and wine tasting. Reservations are required. Rates range from $40 to $125 per person depending on the package.