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Hop Aboard The Napa Wine Train and Choo-Choo-Chug

Check out America’s greatest vineyards in style as you ride the Napa Valley Wine Train from Napa to St. Helena.

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Check out America’s greatest vineyards in style as you ride and drink aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train from Napa to St. Helena.  Let’s face it, there’s no wrong way to tour the Napa Valley, but there is a really right way. This train is the right way and it is sure to leave you stupefied either from the picturesque views or the amount of wine you drink, regardless of the reason it will be a trip to remember. This train actually rides on a rail that is 150 years old. The rail, of course, has been updated, but it still very much has an older feel and harkens back to the time when train travel was more necessary. The only difference is that you’ll have a bunch of delicious wine to drink alongside high-class meals.

 

 

There is nothing better than a beautiful train ride with beautiful scenery, delectable wine, and exquisite fine dining. But if that’s not enough for you then you will delight in the fact that there are also visits made to historic castles for you to check out and feel like royalty. The train even offers a murder-mystery package where you try your best to solve a scary, rail-riding murder mystery, all while dressed in your best vintage clothes, so yes, this package means that you will have to leave your cargo shorts at home, sorry. Unless you have vintage cargo shorts, then maybe you can get away with it, but I don’t know how vintage cargo shorts can really get.

 

 

The actual train is one that was built in 1915 and is full of first-class rail coaches from that time period, so you’ll feel high class in an old school kind of way. The rail line was built by Samuel Brannan to give paying customers a stress-free route up to his day spa in beautiful Calistoga, California. This may sound unnecessary now, but the west in the 1915s was very wild. Robberies, gunfire, and vigilantism ran rampant back in those days, so safe passage to Calistoga was of huge importance to California’s first millionaire. Nothing ruins a relaxing trip to the spa quite like being robbed and shot.

Eventually, Samuel sold his beloved railroad due to personal issues. Once sold, the railroad sold again and again until it eventually opened up as the Napa Valley Wine Train in 1989.

 

 

The tickets only cost a few hundred dollars, which is well worth it considering you’ll be traveling the gorgeous Napa Valley in style. Sip wine and stare at all the majestic vineyards all while in the romantic setting of a train. There are dining cars as well with vista windows so that you can get a better view so you can capture beautiful pictures in your mind and on your camera.

Some of the wineries you visit are the Charles Krug Winery, the Palmaz Vineyards Winery, the Vine Cliff Winery as well as several others. If you’re looking to delve a little further into your winery tour then you can even buy a private dinner with the vintners themselves to eat a meal and drink some exquisitely paired wine.

 Napa Valley is an extremely special place, so why not tour it in a special way, aboard the amazing Napa Valley Wine Train.

 

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America’s Most Beautiful Tulip Farms

Spring is the season when the flowers start to bloom. There is nothing more beautiful than a field of flowers, and tulips are one of the most stunning flowers to see growing in the fields. Tulip season runs from about March to May and it is…

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Spring is the season when the flowers start to bloom. There is nothing more beautiful than a field of flowers, and tulips are one of the most stunning flowers to see growing in the fields. Tulip season runs from about March to May and it is worth the trip to see this sight. If you are planning to travel this spring you can get up close and personal with some of America’s prettiest blooms if you visit one of these family-operated tulip farms. 

In Modesto, California you will find Dutch Hollow Farms. You can visit their tulip fields beginning in early April, and they post a bloom update on their Facebook page. In the fall you can enjoy their pumpkin patch, corn maze and hayrides. 

VanderZanden Farms in Hillsboro, Oregon began in 1979 with one acre of tulips. You can now enjoy seven acres of tulips each year, and relish the peonies in May when the tulip season is over. 

In 1985 the Iverson family opened the doors of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon with 40 acres of tulips. Now when you visit you can enjoy a vineyard and the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, held from March to April each year. 

 

Tulip Town in Mount Vernon, Washington is has been owned and operated by the DeGeode family since 1986. The fields feature 70 varieties of tulips that you can see on a trolley ride around the fields.

Open all year long, also in Mount Vernon, Washington is RoozenGaaarde. Established in 1985 by the Roozen family there is more than 1000 acres of tulips, daffodils, and irises to see. 

Woodland, Washington is home to the Holland America Flower Gardens established by the Dobbe family in 1980. Holland America Flower Gardens is home to the Woodland Tulip Festival held in April each year. 

The tulip fields of Texas Tulips, located in Pilot Point, Texas open the beginning of February. Visiting the 80 acres of tulips you can pick your own stems. 

 

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The Best Food Towns To Visit This Summer

Are you still looking for that perfect summer destination? Are you a foodie? You will find everything you are looking for in these top notch food towns, and their best dining spots. After all, all the best travel decisions are made with your stomach in…

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Are you still looking for that perfect summer destination? Are you a foodie? You will find everything you are looking for in these top notch food towns, and their best dining spots. After all, all the best travel decisions are made with your stomach in mind.  

PORTLAND, MAINE

Not as famous as the west coast one, this Portland has so much to offer your taste buds. At Dukfat you can find fries double fried in duck fat and served in a cone with a variety of funky dipping sauces. Have you ever had spudnuts? That’s a potato donut, you will find them at the Holy Donut, made from both regular and sweet potatoes.

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

Asheville may be a weird little town but their restaurant scene could hold it’s own in San Francisco or New York City. You will find the best pizza at All Souls Pizza with toppings like salted turnips, and the ever favorite clam pie. At Biscuit Head you can try the mimosa fried chicken biscuit, with biscuits the size of your head. 

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

You can’t miss Charleston with it’s old fashioned mix of charm and humble low-country cooking. The Butcher and Bee’s sandwich masterminds have created favorites like grilled cheese with blueberry jam and toasted almonds with gruyere. And go to McCrady’s or Husk to taste the true southern cooking of Chef Sean Brock.

THE NORTH FORK, LONG ISLAND

A northeast coastal town with a beachy feel, The North Fork is a summer food haven. You can have a lunch of lobster rolls served from the camper turned lunch truck outside in the afternoon, or go to a fancy dinner at the North Fork Table and Inn in the evening. At Billy’s By the Bay you will find whole lobster, frozen drinks and tiki vibes. 

BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

With breathtaking sunsets, stunning views, bohemian vibes and excellent cuisine Big Sur may just be the perfect summer destination. Nepenthe is classic California with the ambrosia burger, paired with a glass of wine you can relax and marvel at your surroundings. You will find the best breakfast pizza you will ever enjoy at Big Sur Bakery.

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The World’s Most Unique Dining Experiences

Sure, you can get a great meal anywhere. But how many times have you had a meal that sticks with you for the rest of your life? If your answer is “not enough,” then you need to check out one of these amazing global dining destinations. Food aside, the atmosphere and experience will stick with […]

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