Let's Beat the Heat ... Beach Train to O.C.! Saturday, August 17, 2019 9:30 AM

SoCal Wine Enthusiasts

It's going to be hotter than blazing in the Inland Empire, so let's get away for the day and do some wine tasting while we beat the heat! Get to bed early the night before, and have a good breakfast Saturday morning, because this is going to be a pretty long day.
We'll start like we did last time, at the Anaheim station where we can catch the 9:43 train to San Clemente. We'll take that long hike up the hill from the Pier to San Clemente Winery for a follow-up visit to taste some wines. I'll be better prepared when selecting a lunch spot for us afterwards. We should have plenty of time for lunch and window shopping before we move on to the next stop.
Like last time, we'll catch the 4:30 afternoon train, but instead of heading home, let's stop in San Juan Capistrano, and visit Rancho Capistrano Winery (they're literally right across the street from the train station). They have both wine and food. If we want more wine before heading home, we can walk over to Five Vines Wine Bar for a night-cap before catching the 8:15 train back to Anaheim.
Yep ... this will be a long day, folks! I know last time we took this trip, we all wished we could have spent more time down in OC, and maybe even stopped in at another Winery. To do that, while sticking to Amtrak's schedule, this was the best itinerary I could come up with. Hey, we're a bunch of winos ... WE CAN DO THIS! I have the utmost faith in us being able to pull off a 12-hour wine trip!
Here is the itinerary I scoped out:
Train 768 to San Clemente - Leaves Anaheim at 9:43am
Train 583 to San Juan Capistrano - Leaves San Clemente at 4:36pm
Train 591 to Anaheim - Leaves San Juan Capistrano at 8:17pm
I checked this route going standard on the way down, and business class for the trip back, and it came to $45. Each person is responsible for the costs of their train tickets, wine tastings and food tabs.

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Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center 2626 E Katella Ave AnaheimCA  92806