Do you re-read "Murder on the Orient Express" every year? Are you always the winner when your friends and family play Clue? Do you like wine? Do you like to drink wine while playing Clue and pretending to be in an Agatha Christie novel? If the answer to any of these questions (especially that last one) is yes, you've got to learn more about the murder mystery train in Napa Valley.
We've told you about wine trails and great wineries before, but nothing like this murder mystery dinner on a vintage train that travels through California wine country. It's a three-hour gourmet dinner and themed murder mystery show on the Napa Valley Wine Train and it looks like so much fun.
Here's the description from The Murder Mystery Company, who organizes these special train rides:
"Enter the thrilling world of 1920s prohibition-era mobsters. Your surroundings are stylish and elegant, but things take a dramatic turn at Mafia Don Lou Zar's juice joint when someone is put on ice. Onboard, potential suspects are everywhere, but no one's talking. Jealous, jilted lovers. A rival Mafioso. A pair of undercover feds. Who's on the level and who's on the lam? Trade clues with fellow passengers, gather information, and solve the crime before the murderer runs free."
Also, you get to dress in costume. Think flapper dresses, pinstripe suits, and fedoras, plus the opportunity for some really great hairstyles.
The train is made of Pullman railcars built in 1915, which were used as first-class coaches for the Northern Pacific Railway's premier trains. They are opulent and beautiful, and when you add in the costumes, you'll feel like you're in a cool speakeasy.
If you're not familiar with murder mystery theater, it's where the guests are part of the action. The show happens all around you, with the actors playing suspects appearing like any other guest. You could be sitting at the dinner table with the murderer and not know it! Your goal is to solve the mystery before the end of dinner.
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Seat yourself in our comfortable Vista Dome, complete with luxurious plush booths, Honduran mahogany paneling, and views from every angle. And it doesn't stop there, you'll enjoy fresh California cuisine with your wine of choice to pair. 🍷✨ 📸: @lksawaydays . . . #WineTrain #NapaWineTrain #NapaValley #NapaValleyWineTrain #VistaDome #WineLovers
The wine train begins at the McKinstry Street Station in downtown Napa, about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, and takes a 36-mile round trip journey with St. Helena as the turn around point. If you're not up for the murder mystery tour, they have regular lunch and dinner tours, a special Thanksgiving tour, and even a beer train if you prefer hops to Pinot.
Right now, the tickets for the murder mystery train in Napa are $249. Check winetrain.com for upcoming dates.