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Santa Barbara Vino Train

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The Santa Barbara Vino Train is the perfect daycation.  A day of wine tasting, eating and shopping in one of the greatest seaside resorts in the world.


Our starting point is the historic Los Angeles Union Station where we will board the Vino Train.  The Vino Train is made up private vintage cars which are attached to the back of an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.  Departure time is 7:45am while your are being served a complementary Mimosa to start our journey.  A continental breakfast including waffles, fresh fruit, sausage and a frittata is included on our trip north.  After Ventura you're treated to wonderful views of the California coastline.  At 10:15am we arrive in Santa Barbara.

From here you can follow a tour of the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail or head out on your own.  Arrangements can be made to be shuttle up to the Santa Ynez Valley to visit the vineyards.  If wine tasting isn't your thing, Santa Barbara is home to several microbreweries and brewpubs.  The city is also known for its restaurants and shopping.  You have six hours to enjoy Santa Barbara which has been called the American Riviera.

At 4:30pm we re-board our train and head home.  Dinner is provided as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean.  We arrive back in Los Angeles around 7:15pm.

Our car for this trip is the Overland Trail.  She was built in 1949 by the Pullman Standard company for the Southern Pacific Railroad.  She is a lounge/club car and has been restored to be just like she was in the 50's, including having a barber shop onboard!  I doubt we'll have a barber for this trip but who knows.... For more information on the car go to

Many members from this Meetup Group have taken the Vino Train trip to Santa Barbara and the reviews have been great!  If you'd like to see photos and travelogues from past trips on the Santa Barbara Vino Train, please visit:

For online reservations go to

Reservations by phone can be made at (714) 546-6923. (There's a $5.00 surcharge for telephone orders)

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  • Tom

    If anyone else is coming from the Chino Hills area please leave a message here so Dina can contact you.

    March 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am coming from Chino Hills.

      March 19, 2013

  • Annie W H

    I'm in Whittier, we're carpool in Leffingwell & Valley View.

    March 18, 2013

  • Mylinh

    My 4 yo son is crazy about train and got me interest in it now.

    March 17, 2013

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  • Tom
    Vino Train Guide, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
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