Napa Sweet: The Love Lock Bridge

By Alysia Gray Painter

VALENTINE'SWHIMSY:Going out for a luxe meal on the heartiest day of the year is a tried-and-true tradition. In fact, tried-and-true-ier traditions don't come along that often. And while many of us would never give up the fancy Valentine's meal out, we desire a new spin to the proceedings. Nope, we don't want our waiter to be on a unicycle — well, we won't speak for everyone out there — and we rather like sipping fine wine with our sweetheart and whispering loving nothings. But the spin can come before or after the meal, and it can tie in nicely, too, to the affection-focused meaning of the day. The Napa Valley Wine Trainhas both concepts locked up, literally. They do the posh plates oh-so-well, as you likely know, and definitely come the middle of February, which is a hot time on the wine country rails. But they also excel at whimsy, too, that different spin some crave for their holiday. We speak, of course, of the Love Lock Bridge, the little span not far from the wine train's station. “Love Lock”is a bit of a spoiler, so if you don't know what it is, from the name, we'll just go ahead and make the big reveal:Couples leave locks on fences, and throw out the key, to signify their devotion and commitment.

CUTESTUFF: It does tug the heart, actually many hearts, given that oodles of wine train-riding sweethearts have left their lock there.Read More…

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