As locals we often miss out on experiences people travel from around the world to come visit our region for. One of those is the Tennessee Central Railway Museum (TCRM) excursion train that lays over in our quaint Watertown every other weekend. With a resounding CHOO-CHOO, the train parks and the town floods with hundreds of travelers excited to experience our small town life. The TCRM is hosting several fall and winter themed excursion train rides on a restored classic streamlined stainless steel passenger train.
Imagine this: You're rolling through Middle Tennessee on a speakeasy wine train adventure, sipping through 168 miles of DelMonaco's wines. You will be greeted with a souvenir wine glass, led through the winery’s full tasting menu with DelMonaco Winery staff on the train to host your adventure.
During the layover in Watertown, visit the restaurants for lunch and shop the stores around the square including the DelMonaco wine shop before heading back to Nashville on this 6.5 hour round trip.
Learn about how a weekend hobby evolved into a premier Tennessee winery and vineyard for Barbara and David DelMonaco. Starting as garagistas, making wine in their basement in 2002, they soon joined other wine enthusiasts as members of TVOS, Tennessee’s amateur wine-making society, and their infatuation with the grape continued to grow. Hear the stories of how they planted four varieties of grapes around their home to expand their winemaking adventures, and by 2006 they’d relocated to 52 beautiful acres in Putnam County that were perfect for growing grapes.
Ticket price includes wine tastings and your wine glass to take home. No food or drink may be brought on board the train, however, cheese trays, cold drinks, food, beer and wine will be for sale in the dining car. Visit tcry.org for more information and to reserve advanced tickets for the Polar Express Christmas adventures.