Update: The train is back running for summer and fall 2021. Cheers!
The Adirondack Mountains offer breath-taking views of upstate New York, which can be a welcome escape for urbanites looking for a break. But wouldn’t those breath-taking views be even better with some breath-taking wine and beer? Yes. The answer is yes. The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is offering a beer and wine train for people who want to sip on a drink while gazing at the lush scenery.
The train departs from Utica’s Union Station and travels north through the Adirondack Mountains to Remsen Station. Live music and cheeses by Cabot Cheese will be provided, while beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Coach seat tickets sell for $25, and first class tickets go for $45. The first class car will feature table seating and hors d’oeuvres. If you’re looking for a little more sustenance, passengers are encouraged to visit the café car for light and heavy dining options.
There seems to be something inherently appealing and human about drinking on trains. Whether it’s the Napa Valley wine train or the Uncorked Line on the Smoky Mountain railroad, people from coast to coast just can’t get enough of train booze cruises.
If you’re heading to Utica’s train ride and someone in your group is planning on driving, a $10 discount is offered for designated drivers. Designated drivers will receive a wristband indicating they can’t be served alcohol, but will be offered complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. The train has regular departures in fall, spring, and summer, so book a ticket now!