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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jump on Board: Getting Hitched on the Wine Train

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Autumn Millhouse

Are you a globe-trotting couple on a quest for never-ending adventure? Think outside the neatly tied wedding box and consider a non-traditional venue that screams thrilling, out of the ordinary and the best destination wedding, ever. The Napa Valley Wine Train delivers exactly that.

Most soon-to-be brides and grooms journey to wine country to be surrounded by vineyard views, dine on decadent cuisine and sip popular varietals. Couples can have all that while in the comfort of a classic means of transportation. The train tracks date back to the 1860’s and the Pullman Dining Lounge and Vista Dome have all been lavishly restored to a luxurious-vintage appeal. In style, travel thirty-six scenic miles round-trip up valley on a three-hour leisurely ride. Along the way, the train stops at different wineries and drop-off points.

Invite a wedding party of up to 125 people or elope with an intimate group of close friends and family. There are a variety of options for an elopement, a conventional wedding or vow renewal. Or customize your own wedding with their wedding coordinator. Chef Kelly Macdonald offers brides and grooms a delicious menu and local wines lend to an upscale love affair. This unique venue is set to make for an unforgettable wedding.

About: Autumn Millhouse is a local travel writer, international trekker and self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic.” Author of the hugely popular Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, she is currently working on two books with similar themes dealing with travel and romance. Check out her blog here.

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