Santa Barbara Wine Train Typical Itinerary

Time for a train ride with friends

Overview: The Itinerary Begins At Union Station 7:00 Saturday Morning!

Route Details

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Departure At 7:30 AM From Union Station

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Board the Overland Trail or the Silver Splendor for a 7:30 am departure at Union Station Los Angeles, 800 N. Alameda St. Plenty of parking, $14 for all day. When in the station, ask for Amtrak Train # 799, our special car will be attached to it.

While heading for Santa Barbara, you'll enjoy a delicious and freshly prepared buffet style breakfast with Belgium waffle, southwest frittata, sliced chicken sausages and more. Our waiter/porters, who have your comfort and enjoyment in mind, will beckon to your call.

Union Station Los Angeles
Union Station

The Santa Barbara Daylight Wine Lover's Train transverses the spectacular "coast line" of the former Southern Pacific Railroad (now Union Pacific). This was the route of the famed Coast Daylight, (hence our nod to the heritage of the line and train) described by many as, "the most beautiful train in the world".

The train was inaugurated on March 21, 1937 and ran up until the advent of Amtrak in 1971. Our special car will be coupled to the regularly scheduled Amtrak train # 799, northbound and train # 792 southbound. We'll enjoy many scenic highlights through the large picture windows of the Overland Trail including the; Santa Susana pass, farmer's fields, many seaside miles along the mighty Pacific Ocean, and, of course, our final destination, the "American Riviera" - aka, Santa Barbara.

Our Route Is About 100 Miles Station To Station

We will have a few stops along the way

Arrival In Santa Barbara At 10:45 AM

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Santa Barbara Station
Santa Barbara Station

Did you know? - The station was built in 1902 by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the Spanish Mission Revival Style. It is located within walking distance of Santa Barbara Harbor, Stearns Wharf and State Street, Santa Barbara's main thoroughfare.

Santa Barbara Wineries

Thanks to Google Earth, we have an aerial view of the station and the wineries!

Aerial View
The station is in the bottom left corner (long red roof)

Although most "Santa Barbara Wineries" are actually located north of Santa Barbara about 40 miles, there are still a few wineries located in the city including the well know Santa Barbara Winery.

Santa Barbara Wineries include wineries in the city as well as the surrounding areas. Together the city of Santa Barbara as well as the areas of: Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, Buellton, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez are home to over one hundred wineries.

PLace we go within blocks of the train station

Find Out More About The Tasting Rooms

Santa Barbara Winery
Santa Barbara Winery Entrance

Carr Vineyards & Winery

Margerum Wine Company

Jaffurs Wine Cellars


Oreana Winery

Santa Barbara Winery

Cottonwood Canyon

Municipal Winemakers



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At Lunchtime We Take A Break... You Will Not Starve!

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Other Activities For Those Who Aren't Wine Enthusiasts...

Taking the train into downtown Santa Barbara gives you many options. Pick up the trolley at the train station and hop-on-hop-off at your own leisure to explore all Santa Barbara has to offer. Take in the architectural gems of downtown, the County Courthouse. A Spanish-Moorish masterpiece with an 80 foot clock tower has hand-painted ceilings, giant murals and beautiful imported tiles.

Walk through pretty residential neighborhoods (or hop on the Old Towne Trolley) to Mission Santa Barbara, “Queen of the Missions for its graceful beauty.” The tenth of the 21 Franciscan missions in California it offers historical insight to life in the early 18th century. Self-guided tours may be taken from 9am – 5pm daily.  Enjoy a sunset dinner at one of the delicious restaurants on Stearns Wharf, or stand at the end of the wharf to watch for dolphins or whales.

"But I don't drink wine..." Well, try all the other activities since we have six hours in Santa Barbara. There are many things to do! Museums and attractions! Take the Santa Barbara Trolley !

Walk to Stearns Wharf (Enjoy unique gift shops, dining and fishing), visit the zoo, El Presidio(Last in chain of four military fortresses built by the Spanish) or go shopping along the main drag! ..... or, sip the vino!!

Trolley     Whales     Golf     Parks     Beaches
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Departs Santa Barbara At 4:31!

We enjoy dinner on the way back to Los Angeles arriving at Union Station about 7:30 PM. This is a typical in route menu for the adventure...

It's NOT Your Typical "Meals On Wheels"


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