A Wonderful Journey Through the Napa Valley by Train!


California - Napa Valley Wine Train

On our excellent tour through the wine country of California, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train!  We felt like we were taking a trip back into the past as we traveled through the Napa Valley in classic dining cars and pulled by a classic locomotive.  We had a wonderful time!  We recommend you try the wine train as the first thing on your list to do in Napa Valley, as it gives you a great introduction to the valley and can help you decide on things you would like to do later on in your trip. 

We arrived at the Napa train station to await the arrival of the train and checked out the gift stores inside.  The stores contained over 200 different types of wine bottles to purchase (possibly after you have tasted them on the train 😉 ).  There was a short presentation on the history of the train and a description of how the train ride would work.  Once the train arrived, we were loaded up.  There were two types of train cars: dining cars or lounge cars. 

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All Aboard!

We began in the dining car, where we were served an included glass of chardonnay and a soup/salad and an entrée.  There are many choices for the entrée and ours were delicious!  During the entire lunch we were treated to spectacular views of the Napa Valley, including (of course) fields upon fields of vineyards!California - Napa Valley Wine Train Wine

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Delicious entree!

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Great view while eating lunch!

Following lunch, we moved to one of the lounge cars where we were served dessert (again…yummy!).  The lounge seats we sat in were arranged to face directly out the window so the views were better than the lunch car, which is an accomplishment as the lunch car views were amazing. 

California - Napa Valley Wine Train Lounge Car

Lounge Car

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In addition, our lounge car included the wine tasting bar.  Although this experience was an additional cost, when in Napa… know what we mean!?!  They had many different wines to taste and the options change regularly, so just go over and ask the server what’s available and we are sure you find some favourites.

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Wine Tasting!

After dessert was done, they allowed us to wander all around the train.  We went right from the front to the back and saw a great variety of cars, including all the dining and lounge cars, the back car with its outside deck to enjoy, the kitchen car (where you can watch the chefs work their magic) and the fancier dining car (we mention this more later) and checking out the locomotive at the front of the train.

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Watching the Napa Valley go by!

There are three options for dining on the train.  There is a café style car that serves more café style foods (burger, sandwiches, etc.), there are the dining cars we experienced, which offer a finer dining experience and there is the vista dining car, which offers similar options for food, but more courses included and they have better views from the 360 degree view dome car!

We definitely recommend this as the perfect introduction to the Napa Valley for anyone heading there.

We would like to thank Ryan Neergaard and Napa Valley Wine Train for hosting us!

Have you taken scenic train rides around the world?  Tell us about it in the comments below, we’d love to hear about it!


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2 Responses to A Wonderful Journey Through the Napa Valley by Train!

  1. That looks incredible… trains and wine and dessert and foreign countries? That’s a combination made in heaven.
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    Sally November 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm Reply
    • It really was heaven! Such a relaxing and eloquent way to see the Napa Valley. We would do it again in a heartbeat! 🙂

      evan&tracy November 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm Reply

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