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Photo Friday: Train Place Deli, Capitola California

July 3rd, 2009 by bsmith | 11 Comments | Filed in Family Travel, Photo Friday, Santa Cruz County Adventures

Train Place Deli, Capitola California

It was Day 8 of our Santa Cruz adventure.  Due to circumstances mostly beyond my control I needed a place to eat dinner at 6:45 pm.  The kids were cranky and exhausted.  My husband was out eating with friends.  I was desperately seeking a place that was so entertaining that the little ones would behave themselves well enough that we wouldn’t be kicked out!

I found my oasis in the town of Capitola, California.   I headed to the Train Place Deli hoping that the mesmorizing sight of model trains would calm my rowdy crew.  Well, as you can see from the pictures below, the kids were still pretty rowdy, but the gracious service and fascinating trains did put everyone in a better mood.

Tired, but Happy at the Train Place Deli

Tired, but Happy at the Train Place Deli

The hardworking owners of the Train Place Deli welcomed us fifteen minutes before closing, patiently took my children’s order,  (A five year old can be pretty undecided at 7pm), and even treated us to some extra cookies.  My Italian Special was delicious and included: a huge salami sandwich, pasta salad, and a drink.  Each kids meal came with a big cookie which made everyone happy.

Yummy Treats at the Train Place Deli
Yummy Treats at the Train Place Deli

 

Then of course there are the trains.  Half the deli is filled with elaborate model trains that run  throughout your visit. Take a look:
All Aboard at the Train Place Deli

All Aboard at the Train Place Deli

 

Thomas Steams Along at the Train Place Deli

Thomas Steams Along at the Train Place Deli

 If you are looking for more train adventures, this week we also took the beach train at Roaring Camp in Felton, Ca and visited Sonoma’s Traintown a very affordable train adventure.

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Happy Trails,

Bridget

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A Spooky Train Ride…

October 12th, 2008 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in Autumn Adventures

Roaring Camp is one of the jewels of Santa Cruz County.  It offers two railroad adventures, a narrow gauge ride up  a steep hill into the redwoods and a beach train that rides to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  Our family has been blessed to enjoy the beauty of the Holiday Lights Train complete with carols and a visit from Santa.  We have also had the chance to ride Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy post Fourth of July festivities.

I regret, however, that I never had the chance to ride the ghost train. On October 24th and 25th train passengers will be treated to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow as they ride through the redwoods.  That ride was pretty spooky already.  I think that this fun Halloween themed presentation would make it even better.  If you are lucky enough to be in the Santa Cruz area, check it out and tell me about your adventure.

Here’s a picture from our Roaring Camp visit this Summer.

 

Happy Trails,

Bridget

Destiny gets to work at the Blacksmith Shop

Destiny gets to work at the Blacksmith Shop

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