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Wine Tasting Rail Excursions
The Overland Trail private railcar is running the Santa Barbara Vino Train
from Los Angeles to the Downtown Santa Barbara Wine Trail on select Saturdays almost every month!
Some of the prior trips have completely sold out just from members of the
Orange County Wine Meetup Group and the
Southern California Rail Travel Meetup Group
before tickets were even made available to the public! If you didn't get a
chance to go on a prior trip, or would like to go again, here is another chance!
CALL 800-539-7245 TO BOOK NOW!
CLICK HERE for a slide show of a ride on the Vino Train!
There will be an escorted tour by Tom Anderson of as many of these wine tasting rooms as time
allows with a break for lunch at one of the many Santa Barbara eateries. At no extra cost you are
welcome to tag along on the escorted tour, or you may go off to explore at your own pace. Each
wine tasting room charges between $5 and $15 for between 3 and 7 pours at each room. You are not
required to participate in the tastings at every stop (or any stop).
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Round-trip in the private railcar including breakfast and dinner plus wine, soft drinks
or coffee is just $125.00.
You can park directly under the MTA building at L.A. Union Station all day for just $6. Amtrak
staff may not be aware of this special event but they will be able to point you to the right
track if you ask for Train #799. The Overland Trail private railcar will be on the Amtrak train
that has just one level, usually the only Amtrak train without 2 levels in the station.
The train departs Los Angeles at 7:30AM arriving in Santa Barbara at 10:30AM. The return train
departs at 4:31PM arriving back at 7:15PM.
Buy your ticket soon to avoid disappointment!
Below are the details of this trip:
The Santa Barbara Vino Train is just the ticket for those wishing a day of escape.
Enjoy an easy going get-a-way with first class service and personal attention.
The special day will be filled with wonderful adventure, great food and lots of premium
wine tasting! Our wine tour will be fun, educational and will tantalize your taste buds.
Do you love wine? Do you love adventure? Do you love the mystique and romance long associated
with exotic train travel? Then ... please peruse these features......
- First Class seating aboard private club car, Overland Trail.
- All meals and beverages on board included in your fare.
- While enroute, you'll enjoy a delicious and freshly prepared buffet style breakfast with
Belgium waffle, southwest Fritata, sliced chicken sausages and more. Our waiter/porters, who
have your comfort and enjoyment in mind, will beckon to your call.
- Relax and leave the cares of the world behind. The moment you step aboard the Overland Trail
you become aware of the subdued elegance and refined Streamline Moderne appointments of an earlier,
more gracious era.
- Our special conveyance: The Overland Trail is a 1940s built, former Southern Pacific
club lounge that was built as a mid train 1st class lounge for the San Francisco Overland.
The car features a stunning Streamline Modern interior, a most gracious quarter-circle bar,
a comfortable ride, and expansive picture windows. You'll arrive in Santa Barbara in style aboard
this gem from the past!
- Our Routing: The Wine Lover's Train transverses the spectacular "coast line" of the former
Southern Pacific Railroad (now Union Pacific). This was the route of the famed Coast Daylight,
described by many as, "the most beautiful train in the world". The train was inaugurated on
March 21, 1937 and ran up until the advent of Amtrak in 1971. Our special car will be coupled to
the regularly scheduled Amtrak train #799, northbound and train #792 southbound. We'll enjoy many
scenic highlights through the large picture windows of the Overland Trail including the;
Santa Susana pass, many seaside miles along the mighty Pacific Ocean, and, of course, our
final destination, the "American Riviera" - aka, Santa Barbara.
- OverlandTrail.com CALL 800-KEY-RAIL (800-539-7245) TO BOOK TODAY!
Please mention TrainWeb when you call.
- Report & Photos of the Oct 23, 2010 VinoTrain trip by Carl Morrison
- Report & Photo of the May 22, 2010 VinoTrain trip by Ken Barrett
- Report & Photos of the Jan 23, 2010 VinoTrain trip by Carl Morrison
- Report & Photos of the Oct 10, 2009 VinoTrain trip by Carl Morrison
- What's New with Santa Barbara Carfree
Report & Photos by Carl Morrison
- Photos and More Information
- A Railfan Trip Report by Chris Guenzler
Most of the wine tasting rooms in the above map are within 3 blocks of the Amtrak Station
where we will depart the train about 10:30 AM. Most of the wine tasting rooms open at 11 AM.
Some in our wine tasting group like to wait until after lunch before visiting many or any of the
wine tasting rooms. That is OK. You are welcome to come along with the guided group,
rejoin the group a bit later, or just do Santa Barbara on your own. It's your day!
Below is a map of some of the restaurants that are within a few blocks of the Amtrak Station:
Ride a Private RailCar Round-Trip From Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo
With An Ocean View For Almost The Entire Trip - Just $49.95!
(Connecting Amtrak Train Available From Los Angeles To Santa Barbara)
Call 800-539-7245 For More Info.
This trip operates on the same days as the above train. This is really just a continuation of
the above. After passengers of the wine lover's train disembark in Santa Barbara, the riders
of the Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo train will board. Simple snacks and beverages are included.
The train makes a quick turn around in San Luis Obispo to head back to Santa Barbara. Do not plan
to be able to spend any time off the train in San Luis Obispo. This is basically just to enjoy
the scenic ocean view ride in a private railcar between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. If you
wish to originate in Los Angeles, you can either purchase a ticket to ride the wine tasting train
or you can purchase a round trip ticket from Amtrak to ride in the Amtrak coach section as far as
Santa Barbara before moving up to the private railcar.
for a report and photos by Chris Guenzler for a train enthusiast perspective of both the
Los Angeles - Santa Barbara trip and the Santa Barbara - San Luis Obispo trip.
OTHER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
WINE & RAIL OPTIONS:
Luncheon By The Sea: Date: Saturdays, March 12 & May 7, 2011,
Price: $149 per person round trip
between Los Angeles to San Deigo with more than 4 hours to tour San Diego.
Includes a 4 course gourmet luncheon with wine and champagne.
CLICK HERE for more details.
Order Railroad Themed Wine At LocoVino.com Today!
Available for shipment to most states.
for more information!
Click here for more LocoVino info from Carl Morrison.
for the "official map"of the The Downtown Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. Note: Some of
these wine tasting rooms are no longer in business and some are located well beyond walking
distance of the Amtrak station. The map that we have provided of just the wine tasting rooms near
the Amtrak station is a better guide to use for this trip.
Station Platform Photo Courtesy of Carl Morrison of
Click Here for info
about The Vintage Steakouse
at the Amtrak / Metrolink Station Platform in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Their lounge located in the old Santa Fe Freight House is a great place to
sample good wines by the glass or to enjoy dinner in a vintage Pullman Car.
Click Here for info
about the Napa Valley Wine Train.
Click Here for photos
of The Wine Depot in Brea, California.
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