The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of the most distinctive Napa restaurants, offering an authentic, memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, with fine dining service, multiple course meals, Napa Valley scenery and ultimate relaxation aboard exquisitely restored vintage rail cars. This top dining establishment is housed in a museum quality, antique train that runs on 25-miles of track in the heart of the Napa Valley. The train itself has two engines, three kitchens on board and a collection of early 20th century Pullman rail cars faithfully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and plush armchairs that evoke the spirit of luxury rail travel in the early 1900s. Take a trip into the luxurious American past and experience an unparalleled memory-making journey.
Having grown up on the fertile, pancake-flat plains of southwestern Ontario, I figure one of the most amazing things about the Canadian Rockies is the dawning realization of how stubborn nature truly is. Defying wind, chilling temperatures and thin, acidic soil, life still thrives in this unforgiving setting. Scrubby pines eke out an existence even on the highest, most remote peaks; jutting out from the rock face on angles that seem to defy gravity. Prettier—but no less impressive—is the tiny prairie crocus that sprouts from what appears to be barren rock, but is actually a soft cushion of moss and lichen.