Train_Silver Lariat Thanksgiving_IMG_1659Thanksgiving Day aboard the Silver Lariat has become a 25-year tradition.  The California Zephyr Rail car is located on the rear of the Coast Starlight as it makes its way from Los Angeles to Oakland.  Thanksgiving is all about good food, and guests celebrate with a lovely breakfast, a complete luncheon, hors d’oeuvres and the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings prepared by Chefs George Lewis and served by a team of train service professionals. Dinner is paired with favorite wines, including selections from local California vintners, including Hearst Ranch Wines.

Train_FoodServiceShotHearstRanchWine&OilThe turkeys are whole birds and are roasted fresh on board, with taste tempting aromas giving a preview of the anticipated feast to come.  Thanksgiving Dinner includes spiced butternut squash with apple soup, oven roasted breast of turkey with stuffing, giblet gravy and cranberry chutney, green beans almandine, garlic mashed potatoes and hot croissants, as well as Chef George’s homemade creamy pumpkin cheesecake, along with coffee and selections from the bar. Pricing per person of $349.00 includes complimentary bar service, featuring premium labels of beer, wine and spirits throughout the trip.

Pony Express_Mary Louise Lawser_1948_Silver Lariat_Screenshot (524)An original art work still can be viewed on the Silver Lariat train that was built in 1948. A mural titled Pony Express was painted for this car by a popular artist of the time, Mary Louise Lawser, in 1948. It is one of the very few original California Zephyr murals in existence. The mural is oil on canvas and was restored in 1989 by a professional art conservator.

Train_CCInterior1The cars’ deluxe accommodations make the perfect beginning and ending for groups on tour, special celebrations or corporate entertaining included.  It is an imaginative, first-class way to entertain guests or clients, while savory aromas of food cooking in the kitchen and your favorite music playing on the sound system combine with the ever-changing scenery outside the windows to make this a memorable experience for travelers.

TrainSilvercoast8California Zephyr Railcar Charters
1146 Charleston Street•Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 751-2032

By Bonnie Carroll