The Luv Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train
Oh dear men, listen to me please - I beg of you. Forget those tired old roses, this might be the Valentine's Day gift to top all other Valentine's Day gifts.  If you are willing to pull this one off, you might be able to get by with just a card from this Valentine's Day forward - at least for awhile.  Sigh. If only my husband liked wine...and trains. Wait.  He does love trains, but wine? not so much.  Perhaps he can just take this one for the team (and pack himself a cooler of Heineken for the trip).

The The Napa Valley Wine Train  "is a relaxing 3 hour, thirty-six mile round-trip journey between the historic town of Napa through one of the world's most famous wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena and back.  Guests aboard the Wine Train enjoy the option of a freshly prepared lunch or dinner as they view vineyards and wineries from any of the vintage 1915-1917 Pullman Dining, Lounge, or 1952 Vista Dome rail cars which have been lavishly restored."

O.K.  So you've got beautifully restored Pullman train cars chugging through the most gorgeous vineyards in California, a gourmet lunch (or dinner) and all you have to do is enjoy a little (or alot) of wine and make eyes at her.  You're so money. 
After your 3 hour tour, you'll need a place to....unwind? shall we say?  Avia Napa is a newer luxury boutique hotel in Napa that isn't your typical frilly, lacy B&B.  It's sophisticated and modern but still rustic and warm. Designed for romance, the hotel is perfectly positioned next to shopping, restaurants, tasting rooms and night spots, the Oxbow Public Market and the 140 year old Napa Valley Opera House.  Hey, take in a show - icing on the cake.

Guestroom.  They even encourage wine in the bathtub.


Funky Lobby

The Terrace.  That bench-looking thing is actually a swing...awwww.
The Avia provides a wealth of local information on their web site that will make it so easy for you to hit the ground running and get the most out of your stay.  Plus insider information & tips directly from Napa locals - brilliant.

How Much?
As you can imagine, there are plenty of different packages to choose from starting at $209 per night and up to $759 per night for the "Vintner Suite".  They even have a wine breakfast - do people in Napa just walk around town constantly buzzed?  Maybe that's why everyone loves it there.

See links above for more info and Happy Valentine's Day.


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