As parents to little ones, my husband and I find that we don’t have much alone time these days. Dates have become few and far between and I find myself reminiscing on our past-life date adventures often.
Now that our children are getting older, we have finally started slowly stepping away to reinvest in each other more often.
We started off by taking short dates to the movie theater and finally decided it was time to just go ahead and take the plunge to escape for a full day trip to Napa! So last weekend, off to Napa we went.
Disclaimer: I was provided with complimentary tickets for the Gourmet Express Luncheon for two from the Napa Valley Wine Train in exchange for a post. As always, the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Napa is about an hour and a half from where we are located and is the home of the Napa Valley Wine Train, one of the most unique restaurants that Napa has to offer. The Napa Valley Wine Train is an antique train that runs on 25-miles of track in the heart of the Napa Valley. It offers five unique dining journeys to choose from and seven winery tours, all with multiple course meals included.
After browsing the Napa Valley Wine Train’s website for some time, my husband and I finally decided that the Gourmet Express Train was the perfect fit for our quick one day visit to Napa.
The Gourmet Express train offers multiple course dining as well as beautiful views during its 3 hour romantic journey through the Napa Valley. It offers two seatings – guests who are assigned first seating, start their journey in the dining car eating a delicious lunch while traveling up the valley, and are served dessert with coffee or tea in one of the lounge cars on the return trip. Guests with a second seating assignment are served appetizers in one of the lounge cars while heading North to St. Helena and their lunch in the dining cars on the return trip.
We had the second seating assignment and started our journey in a 1915 Pullman Lounge Car with comfortable, swiveled seating. We sat and conversed while enjoying the views and were offered a glass of wine with a delicious cheese platter.
Throughout our time in the lounge car, we had a lovely waitress on board to tell us a little about the wineries we passed by with fun facts and great tips should we decide to do some wine tasting afterward.
After about an hour, we moved right on over to the dining car for lunch.
We started off with a delicious bottle of Hyde and Sons wine that we picked up from the wine shop inside of the Napa Valley Wine Train station and quickly moved on to our meals. Both my husband and I chose the Bibb Lettuce Salad and the Seared Beef Filet, both of which were not only well executed but also very, very good!
For dessert, we shared the carrot cake and chocolate pudding.
All in all, I have to say that the Napa Valley Wine Train was a great day date experience for us. We had a wonderful time together and enjoyed great wine with delicious food, as well as gorgeous scenery. My husband and I are hoping to visit again soon to try out one of their winery tours because they sound so amazing!
If you live nearby or happen to be in the area, I highly recommend that you experience the journey for yourself, and be sure to bring along a lock for the Wine Train’s Love Lock Bridge!