San Francisco Bay Times
Inaugural Wine Train Pride Ride to Benefit the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation
This year marks the first ever Wine Train Pride Ride, and the San Francisco Bay Times is proud to be a media sponsor.
For the past five years, the Napa Valley Wine Train has offered other LGBT celebrations with fine food, delicious wines, gorgeous scenery and a festive atmosphere, but this year’s event marks a new tradition. Your ticket to the March 19 “Wine Train Pride Ride” comes with a bonus: The event will benefit the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF), which supports HIV services, hunger programs and helps homeless and disenfranchised youth.
By Claire Webb
Take a leaf out of Michael Portillo’s book and discover America’s scenic rail network
Michael Portillo is heading across the pond. In his new series, he’s swapped his trusty Bradshaw’s for Appleton’s General Guide to the US (the 1879 edition) and explores the East Coast via its sprawling railroads, beginning at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
The US boasts some of the best train trips in the world, whether your taste is for mountains, rolling valleys or vintage trains. These are our favourites…
The St. Augustine Record
At the turn of the 19th century, more Americans traveled by train than by any other method. The invention of the automobile made it easier and cheaper for travelers to take trips without relying on the set schedule of a train. The world changed even more following the widespread use of the airplanes. Railroad professionals, such as Clarence Gooden of CSX among others, hope that travelers may go back to traveling via railroad after learning more about the top train rides in the United States.
By Kelly E. Carter
The San Francisco Bay Area will flaunt its fabulousness for nine days when Super Bowl 50 and the oodles of festivities leading up to the National Football League’s behemoth championship take place this month and next.
TUESDAY, FEB. 2 – WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3
As Super Bowl City and the NFL Experience continue in San Francisco, this is a good time to explore the region. Hop aboard the “Big Game Train” for a rare opportunity to taste award-winning wines, enjoy a fabulous four-course meal, meet NFL champions and special guests and collect autographs on the historic Napa Valley Wine Train.
Orbitz Travel Blog
What will 2016’s hottest destinations be? We’ve placed our bets on these four destinations, with the help of the Orbitz Insider Index.
COMEBACK KID 2016
Napa Wine Country: Months of drought and wildfires made 2015 a challenging year for California’s wine country, estimated to be worth $50 billion. However, the Napa region is set to rebound in 2016 with the planned opening of several new culinary developments, including the region’s first izakaya, or Japanese-style gastropub, a “Vintners Hall of Fame” and a casual lunch spot run by student talent from the Culinary Institute of America. The BottleRock food, music and wine festival from May 27 – 29 will also bring visitors to Napa.
Wine is still the main attraction, and Orbitz.com recommends first-time Napa Valley visitors experience top sights including the ritzy terrace at Domaine Carneros estate; Sterling Winery, which is reached only by a gondola to the top of the mountain; or the famous Napa Valley Wine Train.
By Ivane Lund-Soyombo
The Culture Trip
The hustle and bustle of everyday life in San Francisco can really wear on a person, so it’s nice to escape the city from time to time. Check out these quick getaways for instant staycation vibes.
By Dana Rebmann
Napa Valley knows how to turn on the charm. Its more than 400 wineries provide the ideal setting for romance. Scenarios of sipping wine and dining on gourmet food are easy to come by among its acres of vines and award winning restaurants. Savor the view and dinner from vintage Pullman railcars as you roll through Napa Valley on the Wine Train or enjoy a flight of wine paired with chocolate at the Trinitas Estate Cave. The options for wine country date nights are endless.
But there’s more for lovebirds in Napa Valley than just drinking and eating. Feel invigorated after a mud bath and couples massage at Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort or a hike through Skyline Wilderness Park. If you like to get up early, you can soar sky high in a hot air balloon. If you like to stay up late, get tickets for a live show at Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa. Whatever your heart desires, you don’t have to look hard to discover romantic things to do in Napa Valley.
By Linda Zavoral
San Jose Mercury News
Dick Vermeil’s chardonnay. Charles Woodson’s cabernet sauvignon. Rick Mirer’s sauvignon blanc.
See the trend there?
Yep, these NFL notables have talents that extend beyond the gridiron.
In honor of the Bay Area’s upcoming hosting of Super Bowl 50, the Napa Valley Wine Train has put together a Championship Wine Flight that will be available on all of its lunch and dinner trains throughout the football season. Passengers can try a flight of four wines for $20, with $1 of each flight going to the NFL Hall of Fame Players Foundation. (Pssst, Woodson’s cab retails for $112, so this is a sweet deal.)
By Melanie Ulate
How’s this for a perfect family holiday memory? A beautifully decorated train adorned with thousands of lights, hot spiced cider and cocoa, and an appearance by Santa—pretty great, right? A holiday train ride offers something special for everyone in your family whether you are a train fanatic or not. We’ve rounded up the best holiday trains the Bay Area has to offer. Many of these sell out faster than a speeding train, so get your tickets now!
The Napa Valley Wine Train Santa Train
Each December, the Napa Valley Wine Train transforms into the magical Santa Express. Children are first greeted by a professional photographer for a picture with Santa at the station. The fun continues on the train as costumed characters including Frosty the Snowman, the Gingerbread Man, Rudolph and of course Santa meander through the cars entertaining the little ones during this 1.5 hour journey. Along with a glass of wine, parents will also the enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the vineyards as the train chugs along Highway 29 from Napa to the town of Yountville.
By Dana Rebmann
USA Today 10 Best
So many restaurants, so little time. Napa Valley is home to more than 125 restaurants, with new spots opening their doors almost every day. Between vineyard tours and wine tastings, it’s tough to squeeze everything in, but there’s no good excuse to skip a meal here. There are too many delicious dishes waiting.
9. Napa Valley Wine Train Excursions
By Liza Utter
The Daily Meal
How can you possibly see all there is to see in Napa in a weekend? Well you can’t. Like trying to see the entire Louvre museum in a day – It’s just not possible. In order to fully grasp the magnitude of this thriving valley you need at least five days – and even then you are barely scratching the surface. With more than 450 wineries, world class dining, art, shopping and award winning spas, it takes more than a couple days to even begin to get a feel for this dynamic valley. But give me 48 hours and I can get you close.
By Lyn Mettler
Go To Travel Gal
Say “leaf peeping” and everyone immediately thinks of New England, Colorado’s golden aspens or the Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina! But did you know places like Wine Country, Oklahoma and even New Mexico have plenty of fall foliage to boast about but with fewer “leaf peeping” crowds?
I offered some of my top picks for off-the-radar fall foliage destinations during an appearance today on Indianapolis’ WISH TV, which you can view below:
By Kelly O’Mara
There’s something a little romantic, a little old-fashioned and exotic, about train travel. Sure, you could blow past everything in your car or fly over it. Instead, take your time on the train, where the journey is more than the destination. Not sure what train trip to take first? Try these most-searched North American train voyages on Yahoo.
5. Napa Valley Wine Train: Fun on More Than Four Wheels
By Tom Bastek
Napa Valley Wine Train – Napa, California
What’s better than touring Napa Valley during the fall by train? Touring it with a great lunch and stops at the major wineries along the way on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Their restored Pullman dining cars offer a perfect view of the valley while allowing you to eat a spectacular meal with, what else, wine. They run the wine and non wine tours seven days a week all the way through November and if you go early enough in the season, you can request to be sat in their open air dining car.
By Elizabeth Warnimont
THE NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN offers a variety of ways to enjoy a ride on the historic train that ambles through the region at a leisurely pace between downtown Napa and Calistoga. Enjoy a wine tasting event on board, stop for a winery tour en route, or take part in a murder mystery dinner. Any way you choose, you’ll also enjoy a gourmet multi-course lunch or dinner prepared by chef Kelly MacDonald along the way.
For a romantic night out with that special someone, I recommend the Champagne Vista Dome Sunset Dinner ride. For starters, the vista dome car is set apart from the rest of the train. There is a greater sense of privacy without the steady flow of passengers squeezing between your table and the one across the aisle.
By Dawn Garcia
4. The Napa Valley Wine Train
There are moments in life where luxury becomes more than mere “fanciful things”. It takes on a far deeper meaning. Luxury, to me, has become an experience like no other. Attention to detail, beautiful restoration, authentic craftsmanship, and a richer story to tell. Finding any place or experience like that is much harder than you’d imagine but once in a great while, you get to do something completely different that epitomizes the luxury of a past I only dream of experiencing. That, for me, was the Napa Valley Wine Train.
By Anthony Conboy
It’s not only about the wine, but oenophiles, people with a religious-like devotion to wine, as well as a variety of other passengers including those seeking an authentic experience, will fall in love with the Napa Valley Wine Train.
Departing from America’s epicenter of wine production in Napa, the train is for those who can expertly identify and uncork the nation’s finest wine, as well as the less experienced whose only wine knowledge is what they learned last week when they purchased a bottle of wine off of the shelf of their neighborhood grocery store.
Whichever wine drinker you are, the Wine Train serves up great wine, a gourmet meal, a nostalgic trip back in time and scenic views of row after row of vineyards from expertly restored rail cars.
By Mellissa Williams
The Diary of a Jewellery Lover
Napa Valley is at the centre of the wine trade in California. It is also incredibly beautiful, full of vineyards and rolling countryside and is next to the Sonoma Valley another great wine producing area.
The valley which is north of San Francisco has a lovely Mediterranean climate, and this combined with the volcanic and marine soil from millions of years of enrichment produce grapes that make great wines.
This is a taster of what we did on this visit to this stunning area.
What To Experience – The Napa Valley Wine Train
By Susie Reese
Chugging through one of the most famous wine regions of the world, the Napa Valley Wine Train is part restaurant, part museum, and all fun. Housed in 1915 Pullman railcars that have been restored to pristine quality, the train is a nostalgic journey in early 20th century style with a welcome two-ounce pour, a three-course meal, and a three-hour ride across the vineyards of Napa Valley.
“It was one of the most exclusive experiences of my life,” boasts Gosha Reese, destination coordinator, U.S. West for Flight Centre. “A beautiful old fashionable train, staff dressed in beautiful uniforms—you had a feeling of being transported to the 20’s.”
Blog – Visit Napa Valley
With the coastal Mayacamas mountain range on the west and the dryer, rocky Vaca mountain range on the east, the valley makes for a dramatic sunset. If you are lucky, it will be a little cloudy on the coast that day which creates a cotton candy colored sunset on the west and purple mountains on the east.
Here are the best places to watch the sunset in Napa Valley:
By Tammy Kennon
NAPA, Calif. — In our hurry-up age of jet travel and road rage, sometimes an ambling ride through the countryside can be a balm for the soul. Add a gourmet meal, a bottle of wine and a vintage train, and you’ve got the perfect travel day.
These were the thoughts clickety-clacking around in my head as the Napa Valley Wine Train pulled out of the station on a lovely November day.
By Stephanie Be
While my very favorite experience was hopping on the Napa Valley Wine Train, run by the grand-daughter of the original founder (I love how they kept the business in the family), there are so many fun ways to eat and drink in Napa.
By Katie Foote
Epicure & Culture
5. Wine Paired With Vineyard Views On An Antique Train (Napa Valley, California)
This website beautifully catalogs the different cars that make up the Napa Valley Wine Train. Each train car has its own dedicated page complete with car history information and car specs.
By Ashley Chalmers & Carolyn Wilson
The Lazy Travelers
THE NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN // Part one of the day took us on the Valley First Winery Tour, and we can unabashedly declare this there very best way you can get to know the Napa Valley. The tour kicked off at Raymond Vineyards, and luckily for everyone, the sun made her appearance as we were en route. The rest of the day was warm, sunny and full of wine… what more could you possibly want?
When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, traditional cards and flowers may not be a best fit if mom has her own distinct style. Show the lady how special she is and how fortunate you feel to have her as your mom by giving a gift that fits her personality and the special glow she carries with her.
Napa Valley Wine Train The grand Napa Valley Wine Train is a terrific Mother’s Day gift for moms who would enjoy a relaxing three-hour, thirty-six mile round trip journey through one of the world’s most well-known wine valleys…. Mom will forever remember her incredible Mother’s Day on the Napa Valley Wine Train.
Blog Vinho Tinto
Você é amante de vinho e vai visitar o Napa Valley? Então, uma boa pedida é o Wine Train. Não vou negar que é um passeio voltado pra turista, mas é bem interessante! Sem dúvidas, uma maneira diferente, aconchegante e inesquecível de conhecer um pouco dessa belíssima região.
Restaurante – Ao contrário do que muita gente imagina, o Wine Train não é um simples meio de transporte que liga uma vinícola do Napa a outra. Ele é, na verdade, um restaurante muito particular que funciona a bordo de um antigo trem composto por duas locomotivas, três cozinhas e um conjunto de vagões do início do século XX e que atravessa – bem devagarzinho – todo o Napa Valley em um percurso de 40km que dura cerca de três horas.
By Irene S. Levine
Legendary for its more than 400 wineries and numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, Napa Valley also is welcoming to families. “It’s not just about the wines or an adult-only destination,” said Mike St. Jovite, a Bay Area travel adviser with Pro travel International.
The same Mediterranean-type climate so conducive to grape growing — warm, sunny days followed by cool evenings — enables visitors of all ages to enjoy the outdoors. Each of the cities and towns along State Highway 29 — the 30-mile stretch of road traversing the valley from Calistoga in the north to American Canyon in the south — is family-friendly. With traditions of hospitality dating to the mid-1800s (when a hotel first opened in Yountville), the area offers many choices for relaxed lodging and dining.
By Max Grinnell
Travel and Leaisure
Why just get somewhere when you can make the journey—slipping along the Mississippi, threading through Napa’s vineyards, or thundering across the Grand Canyon—as glorious as your final destination.
Grab your beau and your DSLR; it’s time to take it slow.
Avanti Travel Insurance
Napa Valley Wine Train, California
Train journeys and fine wine are a match made in heaven, and this is one reason why the Napa Valley Wine Train has proved so popular. Offering a three-hour journey through the heart of this famed region of California, those on board have the chance to see Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St Helena and their respective vineyards – the produce of which you will be able to sample from your seat.
By Abby Tegnelia
The Huffington Post
When I lived in New York City after college, “wine country” seemed like an exotic, intimidating locale that I would never have the opportunity to explore. My impression couldn’t have been more off! Many years later, I live so close to Napa and Sonoma that I go about twice a month — and have explored wineries and tasting rooms all over California. What I love about it is that it offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a newbie wine connoisseur or an aficionado looking for new places to explore, I bet this wine country extravaganza has something for you.