Trip report by Carl Morrison

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Los Angeles to Santa Barbara

 

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 Fares must increase after March 8 to $160.00, sign up soon!

2014 Schedule

Please call in reservations at 714 546-6923 after March

March 8

March 29

April 26

May 10 (sold out)

May 18

June 4-10 Portland Vino

June 28

July 5

August 2 (Sold Out)

August 30

September 20

October 18 Beer Festival

November 29

December 14

 

Starting at $145 per person for on line credit card orders ... a great value for all day entertrainment! Online bookings only until after February. Please call in your reservations to 714 546-6923.

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For more information or to make reservations

please call (714) 546-6923

Purchase seats on line now using your credit card or PayPal account (Courtesy of the South Coast Railroad Museum)

 

 

The Santa Barbara Vino Train is just the ticket for those wishing a day of escape to the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. 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!

Urban Wine Trail -- All our wine tasting will take place right in down town Santa Barbara led by our experienced guide, Tom Anderson. The tours are 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 our trip features!

 

 

 Please peruse these features:

  • First Class seating aboard private railway cars.

  • Delicious meal service prepared fresh on board.

  • All meals and beverages on board train included in your fare.

  • Beautiful scenery with a climactic segment along the Pacific.

  • Traveling companions are like minded, kindred spirits.

  • Get to Union Station, we'll take over from there!

  • Escorted walking tour of tasting rooms right in downtown Santa Barbara.

  • Need to party ... reserve a private Vino Train. Call for date availability.

  • Fare: a great value at $145.00 per person - remember, family style all-you-can-eat meals and beverages included!

 

Join us for an escape from the rigors of the week for a first class adventure to Santa Barbara ... one of California's dynamic wine regions.

Relax and leave the cares of the world behind as you board the Santa Barbara Daylight Vino Train in Los Angeles. 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.

While enroute, you'll enjoy a delicious and freshly prepared family style buffet breakfast with Belgium waffle, a delicious frittata, sliced sausages and more. Our waiter/porters, who have your comfort and enjoyment in mind, will beckon to your call. The dinner menu changes from time to time, so is not shown here, but rest assured, always good!

 

"One of California's most beautiful and exciting viticultural regions lies ... just 90 minutes north of the seemingly endless urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara ... is making some of the most thrilling wines in America. ... From ocean-cooled valleys to stark mountain vineyards; from racy syrah to velvety pinot noir to the prospect of great cabernet; from rustic ranchers to reclusive celebrities - if any wine region can have it all, it's Santa Barbara."

from "Under the Boardwalk"Anthony Dias Blue

 

 

 

 

 

Our special conveyance:

 

 

 

 

 

Individually owned private railway cars make up our special Vino Train. The Overland Trail is our primary car and makes most trips. It is a 1940s era, former Southern Pacific club lounge that was built as a mid train, 1st class lounge for the San Francisco Overland. Carefully restored and upgraded to meet current Amtrak passenger train requirements, the Overland Trail can be added to virtually any Amtrak train for exciting destinations around the country. The car features a stunning Streamline Modern interior, a most gracious quarter-circle bar, a very comfortable ride, and expansive picture windows. You'll arrive in Santa Barbara in style aboard this gem from the past! The Silver Splendor dome lounge or former Super Chief lounge Acoma are frequent running mates.

 

Our Routing:

The Santa Barbara Vino 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 a modern day version of that legendary train, the regularly scheduled Amtrak train # 1761, northbound and train # 1790 southbound. We'll enjoy many scenic highlights through the large picture windows of the Overland Trail including the; Santa Susana pass, farmer's fields, many seaside miles along the mighty Pacific Ocean, and, of course, our final destination, Santa Barbara - aka, the "American Riviera".

 

 

Itinerary:

Train:

Board the vintage private railcars for a 7:50 am departure from Union Station Los Angeles, 800 N. Alameda Street, CA 90012. Plenty of parking, $14 for all day. When in the station, ask for Amtrak Train # 1761, our special cars will be attached to it.

Wine!

Upon arrival Santa Barbara at 10:19, our volunteer wine guide, Tom Anderson, will lead you on a walking tour to several tasting rooms. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. You are, of course, free to join or decline the tour, or leave the tour at any time. If you want to explore Santa Barbara completely on your own, you have approximately 6 hours to do so! After your visit, please return to the Santa Barbara train station and await our special carriage, which departs at 4:35 pm.

Train:

At 4:35 pm, we depart Santa Barbara for our evening run back to LA. We'll enjoy the sunset, a light buffet dinner and dessert in our "exclusive club on rails" as we make our way back home ... scheduled arrival time at Union Station is 7:15pm. (other stops available ... call for more information)

Fares:

 

$145.00 per person for on line credit car orders, unreserved seating in Overland Trail and/or companion car. $150 if phone order placed. (Please use link near top of page for on line credit card orders).

Some of our trips feature the remarkable Silver Splendor dome car, 360 degree views "from the top of the train". When available, tickets are $160.00 with seating in dome in one direction, and downstairs seating in the other direction. ($165 if phone order at phone number below)

The Vino Train theme includes a walking tour of the "Urban Wine Trail" which is free to participate in, but wine tasting fees are not included and are settled on an individual basis.

  • Fares include first class train service by vintage private railway car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and return, breakfast buffet aboard northbound train, and an evening meal on the southbound train.

 

Each sailing has limited seating, book early to avoid disappointment ... especially with small groups.

  • Not included but encouraged: Wine purchases! Lets support the local Santa Barbara tasting rooms!

 

If paying by check, please make out to:
LARail.com, Inc. and mail to:
2054 Halladay Street
Santa Ana, CA 92707-2904

Phone 714 546-6923

Our cancellation policy:

A full refund is given if canceled for any reason 96 hours prior to your ride. If you have to cancel within 96 hours before departure, you may transfer your ticket to someone else without penalty or re-book to another trip with a $25.00 per ticket reschedule fee. Cancellations outside this policy and no-shows are not refunded. Train runs rain or shine.

 

  • For your convenience, You may board at any intermediate station (such as Glendale, Bob Hope Airport, Van Nuys, etc.)
     

Options:

 

 

Would you prefer to be on your own in Santa Barbara? There's the old mission, the Pacific ocean, a 50 cent shuttle bus service up and down State Street (shopping district!) or Cabrillo Street (to the ZOO!) and much more.

Santa Barbara Trolley Tours offers an excellent city overview hitting all the highlights of Santa Barbara for only $19.00/day pass (free reboarding)

Bicycle rentals available at the ocean front ... only a few blocks from the train station ... very handy to reach some of the out lying tasting rooms!

Private or small group wine tours to vineyards available as an option, starting at approximately $150.00 (per person additional to rail fare). Includes transportation, gourmet box lunch, tasting fees and driver tip. Please inquire for more info.

Don't forget ... your own private Vino Train is possible with only 36 folks needed (family members, friends, business associates, ...) $145.00 pp with a 34 person minimum.

 

 

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WINE GROWING REGION

Santa Barbara County has a history of wine making and wine grape growing stretching back more than 200 years to before California was a state. From the Mission Era of early California through the Ranchero and Pueblo Era, struggling through Prohibition to the beginning of the modern era of viniculture that started in the 60's, Santa Barbara County continues to combine traditional, hand-made techniques, with the latest cutting-edge innovations in grape-growing and wine making.

Father Junipero Serra brought grape vine cuttings from Mexico in 1782 to be planted in the fertile bottoms of Sycamore Creek (in what is now known as the Milpas district of Santa Barbara). The largest mission vineyard, about 25 acres, was located in the San Jose Creek area, and an adobe winery, built nearby in 1804, is now Goleta's oldest landmark. In 1884, Justinian Caire imported grape slips from France and planted a 150-acre vineyard on Santa Cruz Island. His prize-winning wines were shipped to San Francisco for bottling. A grapevine planted in 1842 on a farm in Carpinteria grew to monstrous proportions. In fifty years, it had a trunk measuring nine feet around, an arbor covering two acres and an annual yield of ten tons of grapes!

The wine industry has enjoyed a renaissance in Santa Barbara County in the last 25 years. Early studies by researchers from U.C. Davis found that Santa Barbara County was cooler than most wine regions of Northern California and that it had an excellent balance of geology, climate, soil and water, giving it great potential as a viticultural area. The first modern vineyards were planted in the Tepusquet area of the Santa Maria Valley in the early 1960s. Shortly thereafter, vineyards were planted in several parts of the Santa Ynez Valley.

There are now almost 100 wineries in Santa Barbara County, located primarily in the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Sta Rita Hills appellations. Most of the wineries are small businesses, run by individuals or families. The wine industry in Santa Barbara County grew from virtually nothing in 1970 to a $360 million business 32 years later. More than a million cases of wine are produced annually.

The wines of this region have earned great respect among knowledgeable wine drinkers and have won an impressive array of medals in regional, national and international competitions. The wines frequently receive overall sweepstakes, double golds and platinums, and best-of-class awards, as well as excellent reviews. Santa Barbara County is well-known for fine Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and other varietals. Above information courtesy of the SBCVA.

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Update 2/15/14

The Vino train is proudly operated by LARail.com, Inc.