Lonely Planet Writer

Solve a 1920s murder mystery aboard a wine train in the Napa Valley

Is there anything better than exploring the wine valleys of Napa County, California, on a train with huge windows, curated meals and wine tastings? The answer is yes, and it’s solving a murder mystery while you’re sipping from your glass of Napa wine.

The new Murder Mystery tour will be 1920s-inspired, which means feather boas and other Gatsby-esque attire. Image courtesy of the Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is about to launch a Murder Mystery Tour, one that will take passengers back into the 1920s, right in the middle of the United States’ prohibition era. The plot of the murder mystery which guests will have to try and solve by trading clues and gathering information before the time runs out and the murderer escapes features “mobsters, jealous lovers, a rival mafioso, and a pair of undercover federal agents.”

The murder mystery will take place during dinner, in the course of the almost three-hour-long trip. Image courtesy of the Napa Valley Wine Train

“Our vintage train is the ideal setting for this interactive journey and its early 1920s theme,” said Scott Goldie, the Co-CEO of The Napa Valley Wine Train, in a statement. And to better suspend their disbelief and let themselves be surrounded by the Prohibition-era setting, guests are of course encouraged to dress up in 1920s fashion like tassel skirts, pinstripe suits, sequin headbands and fedoras.

The murder mystery will be featured as a tour from the middle of April until November. Image courtesy of the Napa Valley Wine Train

The Murder Mystery Tour will start on 13 April and continue on selected dates through November 2019. Tickets for the experience start at $216 per person. If you’d like to know more about the Napa Valley Wine Train and its experiences, you can check out the official website here.