Having seen this train featured in a PBS special we were so excited to be able to acquire tickets at the last minute. We took the Fort Bragg Skunk Train to Northspur, traveling in the Parlor Car. A couple of points that need to be made clear which is slightly different than what our expectations were. The seats are basic, padded benches in groups of four, facing each other without tables in between, so be prepared, you may be facing and close to people you don't know if the train is full. Dogs are allowed, and while we had no children in the Parlor car, we had 3 dogs. They were very polite and quiet, but they were still allowed in this car and throughout the train. For those that are allergic, this is important to know.
We were told that in the morning you start with mimosas and quiche. Well, that's sort of correct- at least the mimosa. The "quiche" was one of those appetizers that are 36 for $7 at Costco, and you get 1 little appetizer. THAT was disappointing. However, JD our wonderful hostess had plenty of cheese and crackers in addition to 15+ different local wines and beers for our free wine tasting to enjoy on our trip. After about 2 1/2 hours you arrive in Northspur for a BBQ lunch, which is kind of pricey, but very yummy. Be sure to bring cash- as this is a cash only train and lunch area. Traveling through the redwoods and seeing the old logging cabins is like stepping back into the past. So beautiful. We spent some additional time on the open car and took photos, and enjoyed the ride in that car, before returning to the parlor car for more wine tasting and music by a very talented Train Singer This is one of those attractions that should NOT be missed if you are traveling in the area. Be sure to check out the Miniature Train Display when you return to Fort Bragg which is free with your ticket!
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