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The Napa Valley Wine Train

You're doing the tourist thing in Northern California, so just fork over the $120 and take the Napa Valley Wine train. You're in Napa, for pete's sake, what were you going to do, "just walk around"? This is what you came here for.

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The napa valley wine train

Welcome to Napa! Spend some money on a 3 hour train ride with tasty food! And you can bring your own wine, too, but there's an $18 corking fee, so you might want to bring your own opener >_>;

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It's long...

The train is pretty much an actual train. It's a good 8 wagons long.

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Dim Sum Charlie's

This is not what I expect from a dim sum location. To my great unfortunuity, we did not try to find it after our train ride.

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Swank as

Plush, velvet, drapery, frosted glass, artwork... swank as all-get-out.

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Also, the chibibis came with.

The chibibibis had never been on a tour train before, and were very excited to see what it was like (spoilers: they approve of this train)

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Opus One

The Opus One winery (and I still hate that word, thank you very much) only makes one wine, and it sells for about $235 a bottle. Needless to say, we did not buy or try any, but the estate is an impressive thing to pass by.

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So scenic

The chibibibis enjoying the view

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The view

I won't lie - Napa Valley is idyllic.

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Part of the view has roads...

The chibibibis stole some of our appetizer snacks, then went straight back to looking outside.

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Because wind indicators

I have no idea what Sullenger is, but I also won't ruin the mystery by looking it up.

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Free wine!

This is the "reds" sampler, which is supposed to have four glasses of red. Except our waitress accidentally poured the same wine twice, so we got five glasses. Hurray! (the sixth glass is Arty's "wine train" red we started with)

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How to keep your seats reserved

We went for a brief walkabout on the train, and asked the chibibibis to hold our spots. They were more than happy to oblige.

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Gotta fan those fields

With fans. Big-ass industrial fans.

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Wood finish. Because fancy

An unused bar in the middle of the train. Don't worry though, there were three wagons with well stocked and staffed bars.

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Kids: never do this

Unless you actually look at where your train's going. Or you're in India. In which case you probably still want to look at what's coming straight for you.

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I genuinely don't understand

If you need to tell staff this, rather than it being a given, I kind of expect them to be of the level where "reading" is not exactly part of their skillset.

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A view from inside

Lighting is always fun.

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What's this?

The chibibibis discovered a little ladybird (that's right, -bird. Not -bug. English is a wonderful language) on the other side of the window, and were trying to get it to notice them... (it totally didn't!)

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