Date Night with Austin Steam Train Association
Date night is one of those special things that creates the perfect space and environment to connect with your significant other, you know what I mean?
Sam and I do date nights at home every so often, but there's something about getting out of the house that takes away all of the potential distractions... like: I forgot to vaccuum today (which is crucial with two dogs who shed SO much, you wouldn't believe how distracting it can be, especially when a dog hair somehow finds it's way into the food you're about to bite into), or why don't we watch a movie after we finish eating, which leads to not talking or me falling asleep before 9pm, ha!
Last weekend in an attempt to do something fun and different for date night, Sam and I decided to head aboard the Austin Steam Train and enjoy a 3 course dinner on the Wine Flyer featuring food from Greenhouse Craft Food with wine pairings from Stonehouse Vineyards! The ride started at 7pm and ended around 10pm, so we were able to enjoy the hill country during sunset and then experience a moonlit dinner, and it was all very romantic, and I honestly wish the ride would've gone on for a little longer!
This would also be a fun thing to do with a group of friends - there were groups and there were people on dates and a couple that was celebrating an anniversary. The car we were in had a mix of parties and everyone was enjoying themselves.
Oh, I forgot to mention that I felt like I was in an episode of Gilmore Girls because they had a musician going from car to car, playing his acoustic guitar and singing - which added something special to the whole atmosphere of it all!
The train offers different cars and different seating options. Tables that fit groups, tables for two, and even private compartments with doors that you can close! The car we were in was called Nambe and I loved being able to imagine we were passenger's aboard a car in a different era - the stainless steel passenger car was manufactured in 1937 for the Santa Fe railroad. It originally served a line between Chicago & Los Angeles, and after WW2 did several different lines including between Galveston, TX and Chicago! It served as a first class lounge and dorm in it's hay-day, and even had a barbershop attached (now the bathroom). After it's life as a passenger car it was to be completely gutted and used in a museum but was instead refurbished and brought back to life with the Austin Steam Train! I LOVE little bits of history like this.
Austin Steam Train offers rides every weekend of the month! You'll want to check their online calendar in advance to get the seats you want before they are sold out and find more special events like this coming up! Several events coming up you might be interested in: Oktoberfest – Saint Arnold Brewing Company on September 16, Murder Mystery- Zombie Train on October 21, and Murder Myster- Zombie Train on October 28. They've also got special rides and events for parents and kids as well!