Dining out is a treat, for sure. But let’s ratchet it up a bit, shall we? Something beyond simply tables and chairs and a room. How about candlelight dining while luxuriously cruising along a waterway or perhaps relishing something special while riding the rails on a vintage train? Or what about lingering over your meal at an airport, hobnobbing with the jet-set scene as you have a front-row seat to their comings and goings? As Connecticut savors the summer season, we take a look how you can take yourself “out” to eat and savor both the journey and the food.
TRAINS: The Chocolate Decadence Sunset Tour
Railroad Museum of New England at Thomaston Railroad Station
Thanks to the Railroad Museum of New England, Fascia’s Chocolates of Waterbury and Litchfield’s Haight-Brown Vineyard, you not only get one sweet sunset ride on a vintage passenger train, you can enjoy it while sipping reds and whites, snacking on boutique chocolates, and getting an earful of railroad history thrown in for good measure.
That’s the deal on this culinary combination sponsored by the Railroad Museum of New England, which offers the ride and tastings from the historic Thomaston Railroad Station.
This out-of-the-ordinary evening starts with a light buffet and live music and a meander around the museum at the historic 1881 Thomaston Train Station. Plan to sip the first of several wines from Haight-Brown Vineyard as you wait to board for the 3½-hour experience.
“I think we are one of the best-kept secrets in Connecticut,” says board member Howard Pincus, who, with a host of other volunteer train aficionados, man the train for events such as the chocolate and wine trip. “We had relationships with vineyards for a few years, then Fascia approached us about doing something with them at its new location along the tracks in Waterbury and we put it all together and everyone is extremely happy about it.”