AAA Editor Notes
Napa Valley Wine Train station is located at 1275 McKinstry St. in the heart of downtown. This 3-hour, 36-mile round-trip journey heads through the Napa Valley to St. Helena and back. Step aboard a restored, 100-year-old vintage Pullman dining car or the 1952 Vista Dome car and embark on a scenic trip winding past vineyards and wineries. Guests pre-purchasing a Winery Tour option can transfer to specific wineries at scheduled stops along the way.
A delicious part of the experience is the food; there are three onboard kitchens and a staff of chefs who whip up gourmet meals—with, naturally, selections from an extensive wine list. Service is top notch, and there's also a tasting bar stocked with Napa Valley wines. Summer lunch trips aboard the Silverado Car are alfresco courtesy of open windows.
Romantics will want to pledge their devotion to each other at the Love Lock Bridge, a small pedestrian foot bridge connecting the station to the train's boarding platform. It's dedicated to lovers, who are invited to seal their affection by personalizing a small padlock with initials, names or a date, attaching it to a fence and then tossing the key beneath the bridge. The tradition of “locking” two souls together is believed to have originated in China.
Visitors coming from San Francisco can take advantage of car-free transportation via the San Francisco Connection package. On weekdays passengers depart from the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, travel across the bay by ferry to Vallejo and then transfer to a private motorcoach for the trip to Napa; on weekends the trip is by bus. Reservations must be made at least a day in advance.