It’s never a good idea to “go off the rails” on Valentine’s Day — although V-Day can certainly have that effect on some people — but it’s a great idea to get on the rails with your Valentine this weekend. The Durango and Silverton railroad’s annual Romance on the Rails Train will leave the station Saturday morning.
Romance on the Rails sold out to lovers and train lovers alike last year, but seats are still available for this year’s trip. Boarding begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and the Durango train departs the depot at 10 a.m. sharp. The train will chug through the wintery Animas River valley and past the snowcapped San Juan Mountains to Cascade Canyon.
The train’s turn-of-century feel will fit right in with your Victorian Valentine’s celebration. The Premium Class Package includes seats in the Presidential, First Class, and Deluxe railcars as well as a brunch buffet, a chocolate treat, a complimentary glass of wine or cider, a rose for the ladies, and serenades by a strolling minstrel (ahem, a talented guitarist and singer) who will be taking requests, so have your favorite Bon Jovi ballad picked out.
The standard class package includes coach seats and access to the Concession Car, which sells snacks, lunch items, drinks (adult and PG versions) and souvenirs. The Durango train will chug to Cascade Canyon and return to the Durango depot at 3 p.m.
Make a weekend getaway of it by staying in Durango for Valentine’s Day dinner and a night of romance, taking the Durango Valentine’s train Saturday, touring our breweries Saturday night, and enjoying our bruncheries (that totally should be a word) Sunday morning. Book your room today at the Durango Quality Inn for your last-minute romantic getaway!