Northern California’s iconic Napa Valley Wine Train has added a high tea experience to its already luxurious set of offerings. The new service will be offered every weekend in April and May on the train’s trademark three-hour, 36-mile round trip route between downtown Napa and St. Helena.
“We’ve created our new tea service as a perfect way to spend quality time with loved ones over a comforting cup of tea and flavorful treats in a luxury atmosphere,” said Nathan Davis, general manager, Napa Valley Wine Train. “There is no better setting to transport guests to the glory days of afternoon tea than our train’s antique Pullman railcars, which have been beautifully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and plush armchairs.”
Available to guests who are at least 10 years old, the high tea experience departs at 11:30am from the McKinstry Street Station (check-in is at 10:30am). Service begins with a glass of sparkling wine, or cider for those under the age of 21, served with a cheese plate.
Next, a tea cart will travel through the railcar serving tea in classic, ornate cups. The second course includes a soup and side salad, followed by finger sandwiches, warm scones and accompaniments, and strawberries with cream Chantilly. Petit fours and miniature desserts round out the experience. The train arrives back in Napa at 2:30pm.
Tickets start at $165 per person for the standard service. For guests who’d like to upgrade their experience for an additional $135 per two-top table, they’ll also receive caviar, along with housemade chips, mini blinis, diced eggs, green scallions, and crème fraîche. A selection of more than 40 mostly local wines will also be available for purchase, along with wine flights and non-alcoholic drinks.
For more information or to book a ticket, head over to the Napa Valley Wine Train’s official website.