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Private Railcar Excursions and Tours for 2015

including

Armed Forces Day on The Midway

and

Guests of the Hearsts
(Two Tours!)

Armed Forces Day on the USS Midway,
May 16, 2015

Offered by Colonial Crafts.

Photograph of the Midway in San Diego President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

And what better way to celebrate our armed forces than to encounter the awesome size and power of the USS Midway and experience what it must have been like to serve on a ship that was once the largest in the world.

Aerial Photograph of the Midway in San Diego The USS Midway was commissioned September 10, 1945 just a week after the end of WWII. The Midway served in our nation's defense including major roles in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. Decommissioned on April 12, 1992 the Midway was stored inactive in Bremerton, Washington. The Midway was towed to San Diego in 2003, refurbished and opened to the public as a museum on June 7, 2004.

Our exclusive all-day tour includes travel from Los Angeles and Orange County Amtrak stations to San Diego and back aboard vintage private railcar Colonial Crafts, and a special rarely given behind-the scenes tour of the Midway conducted by Scott McGaugh. Mr. McGaugh, Midway Museum Marketing Director, historian and writer of three books on the USS Midway will be personally conducting our exclusive tour. We will be exploring fascinating sections of the Midway rarely seen by the visiting public.

Itinerary:

Our private railcar, Colonial Crafts is on the rear of Amtrak’s Surfliner Train 572 leaving Los Angeles at 11:15 AM and arriving in San Diego at 2:03 PM picking up guests at all Amtrak Surfliner stations. Onboard Colonial Crafts, we are greeted by the Steward and staff, who will assist in boarding. Once aboard the train we settle into our comfortable seats or our bartender will be happy to make you the drink of your choice followed by luncheon hors d’oeuvres as our train glides out of the depot and begins its journey to San Diego. From the San Diego train station, it is a short two block walk to the Midway. While on the Midway, we will be free to roam the public areas after our behind the scenes tours. We will have plenty of time to tour the displays and contemplate life aboard this huge ship. We will reboard Colonial Crafts for a 6:45 PM departure for Los Angeles and home. All too soon, following dessert and a savored cup of coffee, it’s time to gather our carry-ons and get ready to detrain.

Notes:

USS Midway Coat of ArmsThis behind-the-scenes tour involves a lot of walking, and ascent and descent of flights of stairs and ladders. Guests who require a wheelchair will find some areas on this tour are not accessible. However, the public areas of the Midway are accessible.

May days in San Diego are usually warm and clear, with cool to chilly evenings. It’s wise to bring a sweater or light jacket.

The tour package includes hors d'oeuvres and bar service aboard Colonial Crafts. Lunch and dinner hors d'oeuvres will be served by our staff at your seat and the available tables.

Aboard Colonial Crafts you’ll be pampered by our professional staff who will provide a selection of hors oeuvres and dessert items served at seats and available tables. All hors d’oeuvres are prepared by our chef for you fresh in our kitchen, as well as our complimentary bar that features premium labels of beer, wine and spirits.

We will feature one departure this year on Armed Forces Day, May 16, 2015.

Priced at $259/person. 10% earlybird discount for bookings received before 3/1/15.

Please contact Colonial Crafts toll free at (877) 224-1150 or at ColonialCrafts@earthlink.net for a color brochure, additional information, reservations and booking for our May 16 Armed Forces Day Tour.

Guests of the Hearsts,
September 10-12, 2015

Offered by Colonial Crafts.

Experience what it was like to be an honored guest of William Randolph Hearst! These exclusive overnight getaways includes travel from Los Angeles Panoramic View of Hearst Castle to the region in vintage private railcar COLONIAL CRAFTS, a private catered dinner at Hearst Castle and special behind the scenes tours personally conducted by a Museum Executive. Also included is lodging in a deluxe ocean-front hotel in San Simeon, and a short wine-tasting tour prior to reboarding COLONIAL CRAFTS in Paso Robles. Aboard COLONIAL CRAFTS you'll be pampered by our professional staff who will provide luncheon, hors d'Oeurves and dinner prepared for you fresh in our kitchen, as well as our complimentary bar.

***This tour is limited to 18 guests***

Itinerary

Thursday, September 10: Our steward will meet us in the main waiting room of Los Angeles Union Station and conduct us to private railcar Colonial Crafts waiting for us on the rear of the Amtrak's Coast Starlight departing at 10:25 AM. As the train leaves the depot, we enjoy a champagne toast to begin our journey to San Luis Obispo. Luncheon will be served around Noon following the sound of the dinner chimes.

As we sit down, the ongoing views of the Pacific shoreline provide a continually changing scene for our meal. The tables are set with crisp starched linens, fine china and glassware in the railroad tradition. Our meals are prepared fresh on board by our chef. Enjoy throughout the trip our complimentary bar including premium labels of beer, wines from the Central Coast and spirits.

Photograph of the Windows on the Water Deck After enjoying some mid-afternoon hors d'Oeuvres, we arrive in San Luis Obispo. There we'll be met by a motorcoach for the ride to Morro Bay and sunset dinner at the Windows on the Water restaurant. Following dinner, our motorcoach will take us to the Cavalier Ocean Front Resort. Be sure to enjoy a stroll along the resort's beach, perhaps relax by one of the firepits and contemplate the ocean waves as they roll up on the sand below.

Friday, September 11: Following breakfast at the Resort's restaruant, board the motorcoach for a short ride to Point Piedras and a stop at the Elephant Seal haul-out.

Then we will stop by the Light Station, which is the old lighthouse undergoing restoration by a volunteer group. All the while, spectacular vistas of California's central coast stretch in both directions.

We'll meander back to the historic Sebastian's General Store and Cafe in old San Simeon. By coincidence, the Hearst Ranch wine tasting room shares the building. Hearst wines are only sold direct; not through retail outlets, so if a particular wine picques your interest, now is the time, and the place to purchase some.

Photograph of the Midway in San Diego Before heading up the hill to the Castle we stop at our hotel to freshen up.

The Castle's bus boards us at 2:45 for the short trip up the hill to the steps of the Castle. Here we are greeted by a Museum executive for our exclusive tour of the Castle and grounds. The tour will last approximately 3 hours, and take us to places not seen by the general public. During this tour you will be climbing many flights of steps, so bring comfortable walking shoes. There will be periodic rest breaks, and a few of the places in the main house are accessible by elevator. We will go from the lowest basements to the highest towers, through guest houses and terraces that make up the Castle property.

Sunset at Hearst Castle Our tour leader takes us to the Nepture Terrace, where several tables set with fine china and glassware await. We take our seats as the tour leader bids us farewell, and the staff brings us the first of several courses that will comprise our dinner. Featured, of course, are hearst wines and Hearst beef, raised locally on the many thousands of acres of Hearst ranch that stretches below us.

Late Summer and Fall provide the best chances to witness a spectacular sunset over the Pacific. What better way to end the day?

All too soon our wonderful dinner is over and our motorcoach awaits to return us to the hotel. It's a little chilly tonight, and a fire in our room's fireplace seems like a splendid idea! Open the sliding glass door, watch the waves crashing on the Beach, and enjoy the warmth of the fire from the comfort of the easy chairs positioned for the perfect ocean view.

Great Hall, Hearst Castle We get a taste of what it must have been like as one of Mr. Hearst's guests as the Castle has been reserved for our

exclusive use. The Hearst family is still involved with the Central Coast. Our meal features beef grown here on the Hearst Ranch and wines from grapes grown in the Hearst Vineyards.

Best Western Cavalier Resort After dinner, the Castle motorcoach will take us to our overnight accommodations at the Cavalier Ocean Front Resort.





Saturday, September 12: After breakfast, we board our trolley coach for a trip over the Coast Range and down into the Paso Robles wine region. We will enjoy a tour and tasting at two wineries with a light lunch before we reboard Colonial Crafts at 1:38 PM.

Heading south, we enjoy a glass of Central Coast wine as we head up and over Cuesta Pass. Hor d'Oeurves followed by dinner are served as we observe the golden sunset over the beach as we glide back to Los Angeles and a 9:00 PM arrival.

Pricing: Ocean View King Room, with Fireplace: $1,949/person double occupancy (single supplement $250); Ocean Front King Room, with Fireplace: $2,099 ppdo (single supplement $320). Earlybird pricing for bookings received and paid for by April 15, 2015: Ocean View $1,759; Ocean Front $1,889.

Part of the proceeds from these tours will be used to benefit Hearst Castle

Tours of Hearst Castle include climbing stairs. There are no elevators or ramps

Please contact Colonial Crafts toll free at (877) 224-1150 or at ColonialCrafts@earthlink.net for a color brochure, additional information, reservations and booking for the September 22-24 Hearst Castle Tour.

Guests of the Hearsts,
October 22-24, 2015

Offered by California Zephyr Railcar Charters.

Experience what it was like to be an honored guest of William Randolph Hearst! This exclusive two night getaway includes travel from Oakland Panoramic View of Hearst Castle to the region in vintage private railcar SILVER LARIAT, a private catered dinner at Hearst Castle and special behind the

scenes tours personally conducted by a Museum Executive. Also included is lodging in a deluxe ocean-front hotel in San Simeon, and a short wine-tasting tour prior to reboarding in Paso Robles. Aboard SILVER LARIAT you'll be pampered by our professional staff who will provide luncheon, hors d'Oeurves and dinner prepared for you fresh in our kitchen, as well as our complimentary bar.

***This tour is limited to 18 guests***

Itinerary

Wednesday, October 22: Our private railcar will be added to the southbound Coast Starlight, Amtrak train 11, at the Oakland Jack London Square Station. Scheduled arrival time is 8:35 AM. At the railcar we are greeted by our Steward and assisted aboard. We enjoy a champagne toast or a mimosa and a light morning snack as our train glides out of the depot and begins its journey to the Central Coast.

Around noon the Steward rings the diner chimes and announces that the luncheon service will begin.

We are seated at tables set with snowy white starched tablecloths and nabery. Fine China and glassware complete the setting of rail travel as it used to be. A glass of a central coast wine would be the perfect compliment to our meal, and the server is happy to provide.

This Oakland departure will take us to Paso Robles. There we'll be met by a motorcoach for the ride to Morro Bay and dinner at Windows on the Water. Following dinner, our motorcoach will take us to the Cavalier Ocean Front Resort. Be sure to enjoy a stroll along the resort's beach, perhaps relax by one of the firepits and contemplate the ocean waves as they roll up on the sand below.

Thursday, October 23: Following breakfast at the Resort's restaruant, board the motorcoach for a short ride to Point Piedras and a stop at the Elephant Seal haul-out.

Then we will stop by the Light Station, which is the old lighthouse undergoing restoration by a volunteer group. All the while, spectacular vistas of California's central coast stretch in both directions.

We'll meander back to the historic Sebastian's General Store and Cafe in old San Simeon. By coincidence, the Hearst Ranch wine tasting room shares the building. Hearst wines are only sold direct; not through retail outlets, so if a particular wine picques your interest, now is the time, and the place to purchase some.

Before heading up the hill to the Castle we stop and our hotel to freshen up.

The Castle's bus boards us at 2:45 for the short trip up the hill to the steps of the Castle. Here we are greeted by a Museum executive for our exclusive tour of the Castle and grounds. The tour will last approximately 3 hours, and take us to places not seen by the general public. During this tour you will be climbing many flights of steps, so bring comfortable walking shoes. There will be periodic rest breaks, and a few of the places in the main house are accessible by elevator. We will go from the lowest basements to the highest towers, through guest houses and terraces that make up the Castle property.

Our tour leader takes us to the Nepture Terrace, where several tables set with fine china and glassware await. We take our seats as the tour leader bids us farewell, and the staff brings us the first of several courses that will comprise our dinner. Featured, of course, are hearst wines and Hearst beef, raised locally on the many thousands of acres of Hearst ranch that stretches below us.

Late Summer and Fall provide the best chances to witness a spectacular sunset over the Pacific. What better way to end the day?

All too soon our wonderful dinner is over and our motorcoach awaits to return us to the hotel. It's a little chilly tonight, and a fire in our room's fireplace seems like a splendid idea! Open the sliding glass door, watch the waves crashing on the Beach, and enjoy the warmth of the fire from the comfort of the easy chairs positioned for the perfect ocean view.

Friday, October 24: After a refreshing night's sleep, lulled by the sound of the ocean waves, we head to breakfast at the hotel's restaurant. Then it's back to the room to pack and make ready for the motorcoach that will take us on a tour of several of the area's wineries. This is harvest time, and if we're lucky we can see some of the process. The vintners are a friendly lot and are more than happy to share with their visitors. After enjoying a box lunch at one of the wineries, we'll reboard the bus for the journey to the train station.

Once aboard the train we settle into our comfortable seats and enjoy hors d'Oeuvres, perhaps along with a bottle of wine just purchased from one of the wineries we visited. Or, our bartender will be happy to make you the drink of your choice.

Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle We get a taste of what it must have been like as one of Mr. Hearst's guests as the Castle has been reserved for our

exclusive use. The Hearst family is still involved with the Central Coast. Our meal features beef grown here on the Hearst Ranch and wines from grapes grown in the Hearst Vineyards.

Best Western Cavalier Resort After dinner, the Castle motorcoach will take us to our overnight accommodations at the Cavalier Ocean Front Resort.


Friday, October 24: Following breakfast, we board our motorcoach for a ride across the crest of the Coast Range and into the wine region of the Central Coast. With a great variety of microclimates, the area is renowned for the high quality red and white wines it produces. We’ll enjoy a tour and tasting at two wineries, and a bite of lunch before we reboard the train at 3:15 PM.

Settled in again aboard our private railcar, we enjoy a glass of Central Coast wine as we begin our ascent of Cuesta Pass. We are treated to home-made hors d’Oeuvres and a multi-course dinner that our chef has made for us in his tiny kitchen. Timing is perfect to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Santa Lucia Mountains as our train glides on its way back to Oakland. 9:30 PM comes all too swiftly, and our journey for now is over, but we resolve to return soon to this charming piece of California!

Pricing: Ocean View King Room, with Fireplace: $1,949/person double occupancy (single supplement $250); Ocean Front King Room, with Fireplace: $2,099 ppdo (single supplement $320). Earlybird pricing for bookings received and paid for by April 15, 2015: Ocean View $1,759; Ocean Front $1,889.

Part of the proceeds from these tours will be used to benefit Hearst Castle

Tours of Hearst Castle include climbing stairs. There are no elevators or ramps

Please contact California Zephyr Railcar Charters by clicking here or calling (714) 751-2032 for a color brochure, additional information, reservations and booking the Octover 22-24 Guests of the Hearsts Tour.

Testimonials

Wonderful service, food was superb, the entire two days were very memorable. The tour was extra special, the guide and his knowledge were the best and we got the feeling that we were special as well.
Dick and Sherry S.

Excellent. Food was absolutely delectable and the service could not have been more accommodating. Please thank your team again for us. Tour a bit short, but the trip to the archives was the highlight! Fantastic, Passionate, Knowledgeable Host.
Kelly L.

The whole trip was outstanding--service, Hearst Tour, dinner, motel, trolley, wine and olive tours, length of time on train. If you are planning another next year, would like to do it again, just because it was such a interesting, well planned and managed trip.
Judy D.

Fabulous people, food, and service. We can't imagine better. Tracy was a fantastic guide and we felt privileged to see the archives, especially. Tracy kept things moving along, but we never felt rushed. Sunset was incredible.
Maria P. and Richard H.

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This page updated:
12/08/2015