Our GOLDEN SPIKE train trip

Visit the time & place that turned our state golden

We'll have a bona fide site once all activities are locked in, sometime in Autumn 2022. For now, here's a peek at the currently planned highlights of our upstairs-downstairs rail-magnate themed getaway. 

FRIDAY, 13 January 2023

  • All-day train travel from Santa Ana or Los Angeles to San Francisco
  • Afternoon tea potluck (with a side of history) in the train's Observation Car
  • Dinner at The Big Four restaurant

SATURDAY, 14 January

  • Railway Museum &/or leisure exploration (I suspect some of us will be headed to Fisherman's Wharf)
  • Optional lunch in Chinatown - the community that built the railroad!
  • Afternoon tea at the historic Nob Hill Fairmont Hotel's Laurel Court
  • Jay Alexander's famed Marrakech Magic show (preceded by appetizers at the venue)
  • Optional after-hours reveling at the Fairmont's rowdy Tonga Room

SUNDAY, 15 January

  • Late morning train from San Francisco to Old Sacramento
  • A visit to the renowned California State Railroad Museum
  • Afternoon tea at a local tearoom
  • Leisure time in historic Old Sac
  • Dinner and accommodations on the waterfront Delta King riverboat!

MONDAY, 16 January

  • All day train from Sacramento back down to Los Angeles or your destination

There will be options to cut a day off either or both ends, and to arrange your own transportation, be it via a scenic drive or a new-fangled aeroplane

Possible additions changes:

  • Chinatown Alleys walking tour
  • Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park