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Napa Valley Wine Train to St Helena with Gourmet Lunch

Meet in the vibrant Oxbow district of downtown Napa and hop aboard the famous Napa Valley Wine Train. This meticulously restored antique train takes you on a relaxing, scenic 3-hour round-trip ride through stunning Napa Valley. Sit back and soak in impeccable views of Napa’s gorgeous vineyards as you travel north to the quaint village of St Helena, passing the towns of Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford along the way. When your eyes aren't pasted to the large viewing windows offering stunning vistas, you’re encouraged to explore this unique train during your journey – you may even visit the kitchen car to watch the head chefs work their magic while preparing your gourmet meal.Choose from a fresh, seasonal menu, and enjoy a delicious meal prepared to your specifications (see Itinerary for a sample menu). This highly acclaimed restaurant prides itself in using fresh ingredients and sustainable produce, as well as humanely raised meats and line-caught or farmed fish. Before or after your meal, head to the lounge car to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from the bar (own expense) and lounge on the loveseats.You will be placed in either first or second seating:First Seating Section. In this seating section, enjoy soup or salad followed by your choice of main course on your ride to St Helena. Top off your unique dining experience with coffee and dessert in one of the lounge cars during your return trip to Napa. Second Seating Section. In this seating section, you’ll be served appetizers on your ride up to St Helena; on your return trip, dine on soup or salad and then enjoy your choice of main course followed by dessert.

$795 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Sonoma and Napa Wine Country Private Full-Day Tour

Full Day 8 Hour Tour We typically visit one or two wineries before lunch, then another one or two after, depending on the driving distances and pace you choose. Some prefer to get four tastings in, others like a long lunch & enjoy a bottle and the views at just a couple of stops. It's up to you. If seeing a little bit of both valleys, I highly recommend visiting Napa before Sonoma to prevent afternoon traffic delays. A sit down restaurant lunch can be taken in a wine country town like Sonoma or Yountville. Picnicking is generally not permitted in Napa Valley but can be done at select locations in Sonoma Valley. Great food is available (dine in or to go) at various deli locations. 8 hour tour (Extra time is $100 per hour) Departure time is flexible. Contact with your preference after booking.  Drive times from SF to wine regions: 1 hour to Southern Sonoma Valley 1:15 Southern Napa Valley or Glen Ellen (mid Sonoma) 1:30 Northern Napa (Rutherford, Oakville, Yontville, St Helena, Calastoga) 1:30 Northern Sonoma (Healdsburg, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek) 1:45 Far North (Calistoga, Anderson Valley, Geyserville) Transportation for passengers is provided in an extended 2015 Ford Expedition EL XLT equipped with 4-wheel drive. Selected for its size, this comfortable vehicle has leather seats and a full 3rd row with 17% more leg room than other SUVs of its model year. This modern vehicle is clean and has working air conditioning and heating.

$950 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Muir Woods, Napa and Sonoma 3-Day Tour from San Francisco

DAY ONE: FROM MUIR WOODS AND "CHEESE COUNTRY" TO SONOMA Begin with a pickup at your hotel in San Francisco. Head north over the Golden Gate Bridge for a morning stroll beneath the world's tallest trees at Muir Woods, then head to the charming village of Mill Valley. Gaze out upon the pastures and oak-covered hillsides of Marin County on a scenic drive into "Cheese Country". Stop at local cheese-makers to sample their delectable, award-winning cheeses. Head into the charming farm town of Petaluma, enjoy lunch at one of its excellent cafes, or indulge in a wine tasting at a local tasting room. Drive into Sonoma County for an afternoon tour and tasting of one of our favorite local wineries.*** Choose from among many exceptional restaurants for a dinner on Sonoma Plaza. *** For our afternoon wine tasting, we often visit one of the following wineries: Buena Vista Winery, Kunde Family Winery, B.R. Cohn Winery, Ravenswood Winery. We also might visit any other winery in the Sonoma Valley depending on circumstance. DAY TWO: NAPA VALLEY TOUR Set a celebratory tone of the day with a visit to Domaine Chandon, learn about the methode champenoise in California, and enjoy a morning champagne toast. Continuing into the heart Napa Valley, visit the town of Yountville and delight in a pastry from the Bouchon Bakery and stroll the gardens of the famed French Laundry. Stop at the famed Oakville Grocery for a classic Napa lunch, surrounded by vineyards. Make a stop at the Culinary Institute of a America and take in the sights of the historic Greystone building. In St Helena, browse galleries and tasting rooms to your heart's content. Finish the day with a tasting at one of our favorite Napa wineries before returning to Sonoma for the evening. *** For our afternoon wine tasting, we often visit one of the following wineries: Silver Oak, V. Sattui Winery, Frog's Leap Winery, Artesa Winery. We also might visit any other winery in the Napa Valley, depending on circumstance. DAY THREE: SONOMA TO SAN FRANCISCO Start your day with an morning walk through Jack London's aptly named "Beauty Ranch", and relax with a coffee in the hamlet of Glen Ellen. Or, if an in-depth tasting of biodynamic wines sounds appealing, opt to embark on a morning tour and barrel tasting at Benzinger Family Winery.*** Make a stop at Cornerstone Sonoma, where a variety of artists display their work alongside tasting rooms and shops. Enjoy a tasty lunch at Cornerstone, and commemorate the end of the trip with a tasting flight of locally made spirits. Relax on the scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge back to San Francisco. *** If you would like to join the tour at Benzinger, we will arrange that for you for an additional charge of $50 per person.