This was a wonderful, fun time for my husband and myself. We decided to splurge and book the Vista Dome car and were thrilled we did! The service and food were both outstanding! Hubby had the beef tenderloin meal and I enjoyed a fantastic fish special. We had done quite a bit of wine tasting the days before so after our "included" drink, my husband had a beer and I enjoyed the most delicious "Wine Train Mary". So don't be afraid to order something else if you so desire. I can see that at other times of the year, it might get dark early and you can't see much, but in the summer, it stayed light out until about the last half hour. Then it was quite romantic so we got the best of both worlds. It goes as far as St Helena and it was fun to watch the engine go on by on the next track to reconnect to go back. I was wondering how that was going to work out. I didn't know if the whole train turned around or what. Between the main meal and dessert, we were able to walk the rest of the train including areas that had open windows. Although nice, the Vista Dome care was best because the seats are elevated. The working kitchen is under (you can't hear anything). Everything is well managed and they have it down to a science. Enjoy...you'll be glad you did.
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