Category Archives: Wine and Food

Napa Valley Wine Train Tour

I’ve done your basic tour of the wine country before but it wasn’t anything like the Napa Valley Wine Train Tour.  This tour serves you perfect pairings of wine and gourmet food while riding in vintage rail cars.  How cool is that?

Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

The 36-mile round trip  journey travels through Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and back. It allows you to choose what type of meal you would like.  You can choose a four-course meal in the Dining car, a romantic moonlight dinner in the Vista Dome or an open-air, ala-carte meal in Silverado car. These experiences cater to a wide-range of budgets and tastes in order to make the tour fit your needs.

Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

The tour hosts many different events throughout the year: a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, where professional actors dressed in 1915-era costumes mingle with the guests; a weekly Vinter’s Lunch, where a special guest vinter works with the train’s chef and wine director to plan a four-course meal; and many other special events that feature wines from around the globe.  These events are kinda pricey, but well worth it if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Universal Studios – The Nightlife

Citywalk

Universal Citywalk

Reggae, latin dancing, piano bars, gourmet food and the Blue Man Group are not necessarily things you would associate with a kiddie theme park, but Universal Citywalk is prepared to keep your nights packed with delicious food and fabulous activities.

Citywalk is a 30-acre entertainment complex with live-music, casual and formal dining, shopping and a movie theater.

Emeril's Restaurant Orlando

Emeril's Restaurant Orlando

I can’t wait to try some of the restaurants when I’m there on my honeymoon.  Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando is at the top of my list, how could I not try some of the this famous chef’s food.  Also, his restaurant has a wine gallery with 12,000 bottles of wine, wow!

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is next on my list.  With live music every night and a unique combo of Key West and Caribbean foods, it’s gonna be so much fun!

And then there’s the Hard Rock Cafe, Russ and I have eaten at a Hard Rock everytime we’ve traveled together and it would be bad karma to break this tradition on our honeymoon.

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

The next stop I’ll have to make in Citywalk is a Blue Man Group performance.  The Blue Man Group is world-famous for their show that combines music, comedy and multimedia theatrics.  I’ve never seen them perform before but every review I’ve ever heard has been glowing.  Be Warned: The first four rows of the theater are called the “Poncho Section.”  This section is provided with ponchos because it is the most “interactive” section and the performers work with some materials that could splash. Fun.  I think I’m gonna pass on sitting in the “Poncho Section.”

Citywalk Map

Citywalk Map