Once the Bride and Groom Walk into the Sunset, the Honeymoon Phase Begins
Explore California wineries in Sonoma and Napa for a deliciously memorable experience.
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By Rail or Air
Honeymooners can leave the car behind and tour wine country by rail on the Napa Valley Wine Train, which departs from historic McKinstry Street Station in Napa and chugs through such charming stops as Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, and St. Helena.
The train stops at three wineries along the 36-mile route. Passengers can reserve winery tours in advance or stay aboard and explore the train.
Diners enjoy lunch or dinner in one of two meticulously restored cars, a 1915 Pullman outfitted with Honduran mahogany and brass or a 1952 Vista Dome, a posh, glassed-topped observation car.
The movable feast includes such gourmet fare as smoked salmon crepe with crème fraiche, American caviar and honey onion marmalade and grilled quail on mozzarella polenta with red chard in a shiitake mushroom jus. Prices start at $114 for train fare, a multi-course lunch and a glass of California sparkling wine.
The train also is accessible by ferry from San Francisco for day trips. Guests on the luncheon train can leave San Francisco at 8:30 a.m. and be back in the City by the Bay by 7 p.m.
Honeymooners can rise above it all in a hot air balloon that offers a bird’s-eye view of wine country. Founded in 1980, Napa Valley Balloons is the oldest operator but there are a number to choose from.
Flights depart at sunrise from the Domaine Chandon Winery in Yountville. Certified pilots guide balloons that can accommodate as few as two passengers, up to a group of 16.
Back on terra firma, couples enjoy a champagne breakfast at Domaine Chandon’s Etoile restaurant. Prices start at $215 per person for a one-hour air voyage and post-flight dining.
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