Aug 082014

The Napa Valley Wine Train has carried more than 2 million passengers since it began operating in 1989.  There are so many packages available it is easy to see why.  The train runs from the historic town of Napa to St. Helena and back.  It is a lovely 36 mile round-trip and passengers relax in either vintage Pullman or Vista Dome rail cars that have been lavishly restored.  Passengers wend their way through Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena in addition to seeing numerous wineries through the large picture windows.

There are 3 packages to choose from:  The Vista Dome, Gourmet Express and Silverado Grill each have their own kitchen and specific menu.  The dinner train departs at 6:30pm and you can select from two gourmet packages. The Lunch Train departs at 11:30am and returns at 2:30pm. During spring and summer, the Napa Valley is bathed in golden sunlight for most of the journey.  In the fall and winter, the train departs after sunset so you can experience the romance and adventure on a train traveling at night. There are also several winery tours to choose from. The Evening Winery Tour will take you to Grgich Hills Winery, followed by a gourmet dinner back on the Train. Or choose from the Ambassador Winery, Domaine Chandon, Grgich Hills or Valley First Tours available on every lunch train. There are special holiday events including Easter, Mother’s Day and Santa Trains. Would you prefer to travel with a Murder Mystery Troupe, Sing Along Piano Bar or take part in the Wine Education Dinner Series? The Napa Valley Wine Train has a package that is exactly right for your vacation or your group.  800-427-4124. 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa. •

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