The Napa Valley Wine Train utilizes the railroad that used to transport guests to the spa resort over in Calistoga. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the railroad is one hundred and fifty years old. Add in the one-hundred-year-old railcars and you have a history lesson. All while you are learning about wine and tasting it at the same time.
The wine train travels thirty-six miles all the way to St. Helena and back again. However, you won’t travel that distance. The distance you do travel will be dependent on the wine train tour you choose. There are many different wine train tours to choose from, so you will always find one that fits your road trip vacation needs.
The full-day wine train tours are the most popular. But half-day tours, lunch tours, and dinner tours are also available. There are three different full-day wine train tours. Each one will have you stopping at different wine estates in the valley. The full-day tours last between five and six hours. So, you will want to plan your day accordingly.
If you choose one of the shorter wine train tours, you can choose which wine estate or vineyard you are stopping at. A few of the options include Castello di Amorosa, Beringer Vineyards, Whitehall Lane Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, and Inglenook Winery.
There are also specialty wine train tours that include romantic dinners, holiday meals, and murder mysteries.
If you happen to choose a wine train tour that offers lunches or dinners, you will find seasonal dishes on the menu. All the ingredients are fresh and wholesome. So, you will never need to question what you are eating. As you eat your meal, you will find yourself gazing out the window towards the gorgeous Napa Valley.
Prior to boarding the wine train, you can begin tasting different wines at the Wine Shop. The shop features more than two hundred different types of wines. It is easy to find a favorite before the rest of your day even begins. Don’t lose track of time though. You must begin boarding the wine train approximately thirty minutes before it leaves the station.
Afterward, you can stop at the gift shop to purchase any wine you didn’t get during your visits to the estates and vineyards.
If you are looking for a unique experience for your next road trip, I recommend you add the Napa Valley Wine Train to your itinerary. Even though kids and teenagers will not be able to drink the wine on this train, they will still have an amazing time. After all, no one can resist riding a train and being mesmerized by the views that they see through the windows.
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