"Summertime in the Mountains Dinner" Train Promises Breathtaking Views and West Virginia-Made Food

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It’s all about the beautiful views and West Virginia-made food for the annual "Summertime in the Mountains" Dinner Train, on track for Saturday July 13, 2013. The annual train ride promises splendid food and spectacular views of West Virginia as it takes passengers on a two-and-a-half-hour ride through the breathtaking mountains of Grant County, winding along the South Branch of the Potomac River.

Boarding for the 1950s refurbished Amtrak begins at 4:00 PM at the South Side Depot in Petersburg, W.Va with a departure time at 4:30 PM.

It’s really become a destination for people from all over, including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and of course, West Virginia. It’s the allure of the winding river and the beautiful mountain vistas that keep people coming back for more.

It’s all about the beautiful views and West Virginia made food for the annual Summertime in the Mountains Dinner Train, on track for Saturday July 13, 2013.

The annual train ride promises splendid food and spectacular views of West Virginia as it takes passengers on a two-and-a-half-hour ride through the breathtaking mountains of Grant County, winding along the South Branch of the Potomac River.

The Summertime in the Mountains Dinner Train begins with a West Virginia food and wine tasting, beginning at 2 p.m., at the South Side Depot, featuring specialty food and wine from West Virginia. Popular West Virginia-made foods to be served include habanero jelly, drunken peach jam, and hot pepper jelly.

Boarding for the 1950s refurbished Amtrak begins at 4 p.m. at the South Side Depot in Petersburg, WV with a departure time at 4:30 p.m. The two-and-a-half-hour ride takes passengers on a journey through the Potomac Highlands, winding along the South Branch of the Potomac River, taking passengers to Moorefield and back.

Dinner on the train will be served and includes cheese and meat platter, salsas, dips, chips, and a course of four meats, including brisket, shrimp, chicken and meatballs, all West Virginia-made products. Passengers have a choice of cheesecake with pecan pie jelly, turtle cake or chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.

“It’s really become a destination for people from all over, including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and of course, West Virginia,” says Eileen Sindledecker, proprietor of the South Side Depot, where the train departs. “It’s the allure of the winding river and the beautiful mountain vistas that keep people coming back for more.”

Grant County, long known for its natural outdoor splendor, has become a vacation destination thanks to its natural beauty, quaint cabins and cottages, historical attractions and outdoor sporting and adventure opportunities.

The Summertime in the Mountains Dinner Train is just one of a few train rides that that Grant County offers, including the “Valentine Express Dinner Train” in February, the “Autumn Splendor Dinner Train” in October, and the “Snowflake Express” in December.

Tickets are $60 a piece and include the West Virginia wine and food tasting, train ride and dinner. Reservations are required, and are for adults only.

For more information about the Summertime in the Mountains Train, please visit http://www.southsidedepot.com or call 304.257.9264.

Grant County, West Virginia is host to several nationally recognized attractions including Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Smoke Hole Caverns, and the North Fork Mountain Trail. The area is rich in history with a variety of historical structures and sites. Annual events include elegant dinner trains, Spring Mountain Festival in late April, and the Christmas Festival of Lights holiday light display in Welton Park. For more information about Grant County, please 304.257.9266 or visit http://www.grantcountywva.com.

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