CARBONDALE – September will feature the steady rhythm of a restored passenger train, the clink of wine glasses and the delectable samples from restaurants of Carbondale to Dickson City.
Live music, immersion in history and a taste for culture combine to make the Wine Train one of the most popular Carbondale-based events of the year.
The Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director Laure Carlo are proud to present another fabulous tour of wines and restaurants across five train stops.
There are two excursions: September 16th and September 23rd. Each excursion is $50 and will include five stops from Carbondale to Dickson City.
This is the third year for the excursion and it has grown in that time. It began with just one train. When the popularity of the event became apparent, it was two trains from then on.
Bring your wallet! Everyone will get a special tote that can hold four wine bottles, plus there may be opportunies for purchasing from other venders.
“Besides wine, some venders such as Traditions by Linda and Cigars on State will be selling products,” Carlo said.
One special addition is Traditions by Linda, who will be showing off her painted wine glasses.
Chocolate Creations will be selling their specialty chocolates at the Jessup station.
Cigars on State will be selling cigars on the September 16th excursion at the Carbondale station. On September 23rd, one of the wineries will take over cigar sales at the platform.
For those who experienced the wine train in previous years, there's a number of new wineries and restaurants to sample from.
The Manhattan Manor and PersoNELLized Cakes are both new local additions to the wine train.New wineries include Mari Lake and Malacari.
The last stop at Dickson City will feature Happy Valley Sports Bar, Nosh and Legends.
Some restaurants and wineries will be doing both weekends.
Examples of the hors d'oeuvre-like selections at the stations include pulled pork sliders from Legends, Nosh's risotto balls and PersoNELLized Cakes will serve pumpkin soup shooters and mini cupcakes.
Bring a wine bottle opener to share amongst friends and wear comfortable shoes. Each platform excursion will be an hour to taste wine and food, listen to music and converse with friends.
It's not just wining and dining either. Each stop will also feature live music, this year by singer Chris Mullineaux.
Also expect history lessons from Carbondale's own historian Dr. S Robert Powell. He is a wealth of knowledge on the history of the D & H Railroad. What better time to learn than on a restored passenger train?
“This could not happen without Steamtown National Historic Site and our number one sponsor PPL,” Laure explained.
Many factors had to come together to make this event a success, as it has every year.
The wine train runs on September 16th and September 23rd. Each excursion is $50 per person, which includes a complimentary wine tasting glass and tastings at each of the five stops. The train runs rain or shine.
Propst Transportation will bus the excursion guests back to Carbondale.
To reserve your place, call Laure at the Chamber of Commerce 570-282-1690. Space is limited and the trains sell out every year.
For more information, please visit www.carbondalechamber.org.