Weekend Trips for the Beer Lover

Create your dream beercation with must-do brewery tours, beer festivals and bars.

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San Diego Winery Train, California

San Diego Winery Train, California

Hop aboard the Coaster commuter train with San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours for the Winery Train Tour, which makes several stops at wineries and wine bars along Southern California’s coast. Each tour includes tastings of 15 wines as well as a fine dining-wine pairing light luncheon. 960 1280

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The Presidential, Portugal

The Presidential, Portugal

Twice a year, for fifteen days each time, The Presidential Train, once known as the Portuguese Royal Train, comes out of retirement from the National Railway Museum in Lisbon to embark on a gourmet travel experience through Portugal. The nine-hour round-trip journey through Portugal’s Douro Valley wine region includes a four-course meal prepared by a Michelin starred chef, as well as wine pairings, unlimited spirits and a stop at a vineyard for special events and a port tasting. 960 1280

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Tren Sabores Del Valle, Chile

Tren Sabores Del Valle, Chile

The Sabores del Valle train travels from Santiago, Chile to San Fernando, where visitors board a bus for Santa Cruz to visit one vineyard and the museum. Tastings of three wines are included on the two-hour train journey, as is live music. 960 1280

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Great Southern Rail’s Indian Pacific, Australia

Great Southern Rail’s Indian Pacific, Australia

The four-day, three-night transcontinental journey from Sydney to Perth on Great Southern Rail’s Indian Pacific passes through Australia’s major wine regions, including a stop for a wine-tasting tour in the Barossa in South Australia. On the train itself travelers enjoy gourmet wine menus that reflect each of these regions. 960 1280

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Franschhoek Wine Tram, South Africa

Franschhoek Wine Tram, South Africa

This hop-on, hop-off tour by open-air tram and bus trolley travels through the Franschhoek Valley wine region in South Africa. The tour stops at eight vineyards allowing passengers to visit as many or as few as they like at their leisure. Basic tour packages include complimentary tastings at two vineyards. Visitors are encouraged to make their own lunch reservations at the vineyard of their choice. 960 1280

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Italy

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Italy

The legendary Orient Express travels overnight from London to Venice and includes brunch with bellinis, a four-course dinner and half a bottle of wine per guest, breakfast the following morning, a three-course lunch with wine, and afternoon tea, all in vintage luxury Pullman rail cars. Upon arrival in Venice, passengers may add on a boat tour through Venice’s secret lagoon wineries or the Collio Wine Tour, moving from tasting to tasting in a motorcycle’s sidecar. 960 1280

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Korean Wine and Cinema Train, Korea

Korean Wine and Cinema Train, Korea

This one-of-a-kind train ride runs along the Seoul to Chung-buk Yeongdong trainline, offering unlimited wine tasting, live performance and movies. Upon arrival at Yeongdong Station, travelers take a bus to the Wine Korea garden where they can enjoy a buffet luncheon, visit the traditional music museum, and enjoy a wine foot bath. 960 1280

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Napa Valley Wine Train, California

Napa Valley Wine Train, California

Billed as a restaurant on rails, the Napa Valley Wine Train runs a collection of restored early 20th-century Pullman cars on 25 miles of tracks across northern California’s Napa Valley. Travelers may select from an array of themed lunches and dinners or opt instead for a winery tour, which includes transfers to local vineyards. 960 1280

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Mallorca Gourmet Train Tour, Mallorca, Spain

Mallorca Gourmet Train Tour, Mallorca, Spain

On the Mallorca Gourmet Train tour, visitors travel via tram to two vineyards where they may sample eight local wines as well Jabugo ham, regional cured cheeses, Mallorca sobrasada sausage, and coca de trampo, a traditional flatbread.   960 1280

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Looking for a gourmet rail adventure closer to home? You can find wine train experiences in Colorado, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Many of these excursions are offered only seasonally or on specific dates, so make sure to check with the tour operator before making any travel plans. 960 1280

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Cinnamon and lots of icing make these sticky cinnamon buns a treat morning, noon or night. 960 1280

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The original buns -- freshly-baked hot cross buns served hot with raisins baked inside. 960 1280

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Moving away from sticky and into the classics stuck between buns, we first start with Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe. First opened in 1922 in Naugatuck, CT, by 3 Italian brothers, Nardelli's serves authentic Italian meat sandwiches. 960 1280

  

One more classic from Nardelli's -- a meatball sub. Mmm. 960 1280

  

The Vortex in Atlanta, GA, opened its doors in 1992. Each burger is a work of art. One specialty burger, called the Elvis Burger, is served with peanut butter, bacon and banana. 960 1280

  

The Super Fat Daddy sandwich at Munchie's in Sarasota, FL, is loaded with 6 cheeseburgers, french fries, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, a pound of Philly steak, mushrooms, peppers and several slices of cheese. Not your average sandwich, but we'll take the goodies stuck in the middle anyway. 960 1280

  

Juicy cuts of pastrami meat for the best sandwiches can't be purchased just anywhere. Next time you're in New York City, stop on over at Katz's Delicatessen and 2nd Ave Deli for some of the best. 960 1280

  

New Englanders are proud of their lobster rolls and 2 restaurants in Kennebunkport, ME, claim to be the best -- The Clam Shack and Alisson's Restaurant. Next time you're in Maine, taste them both and see for yourself. 960 1280

  

Open 24 hours a day, the 75-year-old Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh, PA, serves 20 different sandwiches. All their sandwiches are prepared on Italian bread with their special addition -- french fries. 960 1280

  

Do you know who created the first Coney Island hot dog? Perhaps the winner of this war will never be determined, but the hot dogs at American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI, are delicious. 960 1280

  

In St. Louis, MO, the Iron Barley's Monte Cristo hot dog is served with 2 filleted Chicago-red hot dogs grilled with strawberry jam and melted cheese. 960 1280

  

GCS Ballpark in Sauget, IL, has a burger that surpasses all the others and is dubbed Baseball's Best Burger. A burger topped with bacon and cheddar cheese, served between 2 Krispy Kreme doughnut halves -- What's not to love? 960 1280

  

John Ascuaga's Nugget and The (Little) Nugget in Reno, NV, both claim to have the best Awful, Awful Burger. You be the judge. 960 1280

  

We think Anthony Bourdain said it best when he visited Chicago's Silver Palm restaurant and devoured a sandwich called 3 Little Pigs, topped with smoked ham, breaded pork cutlet, 2 strips of bacon and 2 fried eggs -- "A work of genius, in an evil way." 960 1280

  

The Cherry Cricket in Denver, CO, gives its customers the choice of 21 different delicious patties. If their selection doesn't suit you, simply build your own, like this triple-decker cheeseburger. Delicious! 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

This goose is cooked and ready for sale at the Ning Xia Market in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market of Taipei

Ning Xia Market of Taipei

Food guide Theresa Lin shows off the plump oysters in the popular oyster omelet at the Ning Xia Market of Taipei. 960 1280

  

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial sits in the heart of modern Taipei, Taiwan. 960 1280

  

Sweet tofu with cold beans

Sweet tofu with cold beans

Sweet tofu with cold beans and pumpkin make for a popular and healthy dish in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Chinese pancakes filled with cream or bean paste are a popular street eat at the Ning Xia Market in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Seoul food guide James Yoo

Seoul food guide James Yoo

Seoul food guide James Yoo shows off the snails he's about to eat on the streets of Myeongdong. 960 1280

  

Balinese chilies

Balinese chilies

Balinese chilies are a key ingredient in sambal, a popular sauce served with most street eats. 960 1280

  

A street eat stand in Ubud, Bali

A street eat stand in Ubud, Bali

This street eat stand in Ubud, Bali, sells as many as 6 roasted pigs each day. 960 1280

  

Jimbaron Beach in Bali

Jimbaron Beach in Bali

At Jimbaron Beach in Bali, buy your fish from the fishermen and locals will grill it for you, each adding their own special spicy sauce. 960 1280

  

The terraced rice fields of central Bali

The terraced rice fields of central Bali

The terraced rice fields of central Bali are one of the island's most alluring sights. 960 1280

  

A street vendor in Delhi

A street vendor in Delhi

A street vendor in Delhi makes jalebi, a sweet dough fried in oil. 960 1280

  

A Tibetan immigrant in Delhi, India

A Tibetan immigrant in Delhi, India

A Tibetan immigrant has her daily bowl of fresh noodles on the streets of Delhi, India. 960 1280

  

Chandni Chwok in Delhi

Chandni Chwok in Delhi

Amazing street eats can be found in the narrow alleys of Chandni Chwok in Delhi. 960 1280

  

Singapore street eats

Singapore street eats

Singapore street eats are more than simple snacks; they’re delicious whole meals that can be bought for under $5. 960 1280

  

Shaved ice topped with green tea

Shaved ice topped with green tea

Shaved ice topped with green tea and red beans is a cool and refreshing treat during the hot summer days in Kyoto, Japan. 960 1280

  

Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple

One of Kyoto's most iconic locations, the Kiyomizudera Temple, sits in the lush hills above this ancient city. 960 1280

  

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