I had a chance to sleep in a caboose. And I jumped on it.
I saw the photo on the website of that lovely room with the curved ceiling, that big bed, that cupola above it and I signed up. Two nights.
And, guess what? It was just as nice as the photo promised.
I usually write about how to spend a day away but my experience at the Napa Valley Railway Inn was such a pleasure, I decided it’s time to describe a night away. Sure, I slept through most of it, but waking up in a railway car was sure fun.
The inn is really about 10 railcars linked together, five on either side of a platform. They sit on a track near what had to be the old railway station, now a collection of shops and offices. At one end, I am happy to say, is a little coffee shop.
The cars are old but so well maintained that we can forgive a little age. The bathrooms are small. The owners, nevertheless, have managed to fill these cars with big comfy beds and a table for two. Rocking chairs and outdoor sofas just outside the door make for a welcome spot to have your coffee and danish. (Bouchon Bakery is within steps of this place if you prefer. Such croissants…)
The location — set right in the heart of Yountville in Napa Valley — couldn’t be more convenient. Plenty of restaurants, shops and winery tasting rooms are nearby. But you have to be content with sleeping at the edge of a parking lot. I never noticed. After a full day of food, wine tasting and tours, I fell into that big bed grateful for another day in Paradise.
ⓒ Photos and text Mary K. Tilghman