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Northern California dinner train recommendations?

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Does anyone have any recommendations or experiences to report about any of the northern California dinner trains? I am thinking about making reservations on one for our wedding anniversary in late November. We live in Sacramento and are not too far from any of them. Thanks.

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  1. I've been on the Napa Valley Wine Train - once was enough - I don't recommend it. It's not about the food, it's about being stuck on a train with two seatings and not much to look at, especially in the evening.

    1. you might try the Sunset Dinner Train in McCloud. Not cheap, about $100 per person, but food is good and views are lovely.

      1. I agree with Nancy, the Wine Train was not worth it for us either. I can attest to the views of the Skink Train, but not their meal service. We had a dinner trip booked for the River train but the locomotive broke down the day of and our trip was cancelled. We have yet to reschedule, but I can give two thumbs up for their customer service. Happy anniversary!


        1. I don't like dinner trains. If someone has had a great experience, I'd love to hear it.

          I did take Amtrack once ..and overnight trip. I am not a huge Amtrack fan but I must say, the dinner we had that night was very good..with candlelight and all.

          We took the snow train (Amtrack) to Reno once and that was fun. We brought our own food and wine picnic and sat in the observation car. Had a blast!

          1. I found the Sierra Dinner Train in Oakdale to be less expensive but a wonderful time. It is about an hour east of the Bay Area near Modesto. We heard about it on the Food Network.

            1. We went on the McCloud Dinner Train a couple of years ago in November. It was just lovely, though at that time of year it gets dark early so we couldn't really see anything outside. It gets quite cold there at that time too so be prepared when you get on/off the train to have a coat!
              Anyway, the food was really very good. There was a selection of assorted breads to start, then salads, then our mains - I had venison with lingonberries; my BF had beef Wellington. Then there was a choice of sweets after. We bought a bottle of wine (wine is not included in the price) - I believe it was a Pinot Noir for about $16.00.
              There was a break between the salad and the main - as I recall there was a car for dancing which you could go to (we stayed where we were). You may choose to pay extra for a table for two when you make your reseveration (otherwise you might be seated with other people, which we didn't want to do).
              There is a hotel directly across the street from the train station and there are several good B&Bs in McCloud.
              We had a very nice time and the food was quite good.