The Spirit of Washington dinner train was a fun way to spend an afternoon with my mom, cousin and aunt. We were in a regular car and the view seemed pretty good. Going with a group seems to be a better option, because our side had the better views both there and back and the tables-for-two were on the other side. I definitely wouldn't call this a romantic experience. There are just a lot of people in close quarters, not to mention a ton of kids, at least on the afternoon we took it. The stop at the winery is pretty short and the winery was crowded. However, the tasting was fun, even though I didn't really sample a wine I'd consider buying. The food was not great, but not bad either. It reminded me of being on a cruise, where they are trying to serve a lot of people with a limited kitchen. But I thought it was pretty good, and I'm a picky vegetarian. Not gourmet, but not bad either. But our server was great and we were on a train so it was fun! All in all, if you're expectations aren't super-high you'll have a good time. If you are looking for great food and a romantic table, I suggest a different locale.
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