Hey! From sunny, yet cool, dry and beautiful, wine country to the masses…Napa, California. I can’t wait to share this little vaca with y’all! I’m absolutely sure over the next couple of weeks I’ll make you want to add Napa to your “I’m gonna go there soon” list. Running Man is holding down the fort at home so Houston is covered. I’m holding my daughter’s hand (ha!! not really but does cooking and paying for stuff count?) while she completes one of her PA rotations at the hospital in Napa. I know exactly what you’re thinking…it’s situations like this that make parenting a super tough job.

We used to live in Livermore (that’s in what’s called the TriValley area on the other side of Oakland) and had some family who lived here in Napa so we knew there were some activities we wanted to try. One of many things on our agenda was the Napa Valley Wine Train. They offer many different tours, but we chose The Gourmet Lunch Tour.  I wanted make sure we would have great light and visibility during the 3 hour trip for all the pictures I knew I would take. This is what we saw as we boarded the train on the bridge leading up to the rail cars, it’s called The Love Lock Bridge.

Napa Valley Wine Train

It reminds me of the bridge in Paris the authorities took down a couple of years ago because of the weight the locks created on the bridge. We were also privileged to meet a Pearl Harbor survivor and retired conductor of the Wine Train on the bridge.

Napa Valley Wine Train

After taking some pictures and talking with him, we boarded the train.  We were greeted with a starter glass of wine and shown to our assigned seats. All the seats in the starter cars faced the windows and swiveled so your view of the countryside was unobscured. We were served a light snack and a flight of wines on the way up to St. Helena, which serves as the midway point of the tour. The dining car was exactly like you imagine it would be when trains were the main way to travel. We were served an amazing three course meal complete with beautiful china, crystal wine glasses and amazing coffee service. The train goes slow enough to get great pictures, I will share more of those under the photography tab as we go along, but here’s one for starters: The countryside is so green right now!

Napa Valley Wine Train

This was an amazing tour and I would recommend it to anyone who will be in Napa for a couple of days. The staff was excellent, the service was top notch and I got to spend a whole afternoon drinking wine with my daughter. What more could a mother want????

Napa Valley Wine Train

 

 

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