記念撮影をして、列車に乗り込む。 After getting a snap photo taken, passengers will ride the train.
A Trip to Napa Valley and Wine Country At 7 AM on August 28, 2008, we left Redondo Beach and drove to Napa Valley. We arrived at Novato, 25 miles southwest of Napa at 3 PM, and checked in at a hotel. Then, we went to Napa Wine Train main station in downtown Napa to try its Gourmet Express dinner for the first time.
The Vista Dome, Gourmet Express and Silverado Grill each have their own kitchen and specific menu. Award-winning Executive Chef, Kelly Macdonald uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients, earth friendly produce, humanely raised meats and line caught fish. Each meal is cooked to order aboard the train. Some of the side dishes and desserts are prepared in the Napa Valley Wine Train’s Culinary Arts Center and finished onboard during the three hour excursions. Even the sorbets are homemade! Special selections are offered to meet your specific dietary needs.
The trains were renovated classic built around 1915 to 1917 by Pullman and Vista Dome cars built in 1947. The 3 course lunch is around $38, and the 5 course dinner is around $46. A train fare is around $49 per person.
列車内のダイニングテーブル。 A dinning table on the train.
Other options are "Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre," "Moonlight Escape," "Vintner's Lunch," "Appellation Dinner," and "Family Fun Night". For Christmas, there is "Santa Train". The Napa wine train runs twice a day: one for lunch and another for dinner. Depending on your choice of program, the train cars will be separated. There are more than 10 train cars connected. If you wish, you can select to ride the train without reserving for lunch or dinner and buy your own meals at the dining train car. Please refer to the website of Napa Wine Train.
Tea, coffee, and 12 percent tips are included with a lunch or dinner course, but wine is not included. If you wish to give more tips, you are welcomed to do so.
Our table was early seating. At the dining train car, we had appetizer to the main course. The train arrived at the destination station. We were told to change to a lounge train, about two train cars behind. The train switched the direction after 30 minute stop and headed back to the other station. At the lounge train, we had coffee, tea, and desserts.
We were very tired after driving over 450 miles (720 km) to Napa that day, so we fell asleep after having desserts.
The 5 course dinner was pretty delicious and well presented. It came with appetizer plate, walnut and lettuce salad, watermelon and pineapple sorbets, an entree and desserts. For entree, the selection was Roasted Beef, Roasted Chicken, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, and Fresh Seafood of the day. For wine, we ordered Wine Train 2005 Nappa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It was $34 for a bottle.
The late seating passengers had appetizer and wine at a lounge train for one hour, and then had the rest of the 5 course dinner at the dinning table.
For a dinner train, the check in time was 5:40 PM, took a snap shot in front of the train around 6 PM, and got onto the train. It departed at 6:30 PM and came back to the main station around 9:30 PM. The snap photo and a train photo in a nice leather folder was sold at $25 each. I did not like our snap photo, but I picked it up and purchased it at the main station, because I wanted to keep the train photo, capturing the front side of the train.
I did not know but the roots of gorgeous sleeper trains come from America. They were originally built by several American manufactures in 1930's including Pullman Company for trans-America trains. Enjoy a taste of wine and touch of train history when you visit Napa area next time.
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