.Culture Crush—Napa Wine Train, Maria Muldaur and her Jazzabelle Quintet, and More


Love Train

Sweep the one you love off their feet and onto the rails of the Napa Valley Wine Train. The mobile Wine Country experience is getting all mushy for February, with romantic packages available that include gourmet food and drinks aboard the train’s two-story Vista Dome, an elevated observation-style dining car with luxuriously plush booths. For Valentine’s Day weekend, the train offers lunch and dinner tours complete with sparkling wines, a multi-course meal and gifts for your sweetheart, running Thursday through Monday, Feb. 10–14. Reserve your spot on the Napa Valley Wine Train at winetrain.com.

music in the park san jose
music in the park san jose


Pop-Up Love

This weekend, love is in the air and on sale at Marin Art & Garden Center’s Valentine’s Day Pop-Up at the shop. German-born local artist and goldsmith Lilia Chandran hosts her Werkstatt—that is, workshop—boutique at the center, featuring handcrafted 18k gold pieces, romantic décor, artwork and music. Additionally, floral artist Rebecca J. Designs sells romantic bouquets of fresh flowers, Love Handles Candles offers waxworks based on Greek statues and Lily Bites brings chocolate truffles, baked goods and other artisanal sweets. Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10–13, at 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 10am to 4pm each day. Maringarden.org.


Love on the Menu

A trio of downtown Healdsburg spots are helping guests celebrate Valentine’s Day this month. Hotel Healdsburg, Spoonbar and Harmon Guest House all have romantic specials up their sleeves. The Rooftop, at Harmon Guest House, celebrates throughout the month of February by adding special Valentine-themed delights to its menu. Spoonbar, at h2 hotel, is also adding delicious, festive Valentine-inspired menu items and cocktails from Feb. 9–14. Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen is creating a lovers-inspired five-course tasting menu Feb. 11–14. Get details on these offers at hotelhealdsburg.com, spoonbar.com and harmonguesthouse.com.

Santa Rosa

Animated Love

Cozy up with your Sweet Babboo at the Charles M. Schulz Museum for a love-filled Peanuts movie marathon weekend and Valentine’s Day event featuring crafts and a photo with Charlie Brown. Included with admission, the museum’s theater screens several mushy Peanuts shorts, including A Charlie Brown Valentine; You’re in Love, Charlie Brown and more, Feb. 12–14 (The same schedule will run each day). Also, kids are invited to get crafty and take their picture with ole’ Blockhead from 11am to 2pm on Monday, Feb. 14, at 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Get details at schulzmuseum.org.

—Charlie Swanson

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.


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