Minnesota Zephyr

★★★★☆
  • 127 E Golden Lake Ln

    Circle Pines, MN 55014

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  • 651-430-3000

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We needed to ride the Zepphy once before it is sold and may be relocated. Dress warm and to the hilt to get the full affect. The food is wonderful, the guest you are seated with are a joy and the maurading singers in period customs can really carry a tune. A great time.

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We needed to ride the Zepphy once before it is sold and may be relocated. Dress warm and to the hilt to get the full affect. The food is wonderful, the guest you are seated with are a joy and the maurading singers in period customs can really carry a tune. A great time.

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My boyfriend & I had a great time on the train back in Sept '06. We're engaged 6/4/07!!! Now , 'Nothin' would be finer' than to get married on the MN Zephyr train with our family present. We want to share this wonderful experience with them.
The food was fabulous, the entertainment was fabulous and to top it off, we were invited to the locomotive. Awesome!! The staff was great . Wanting a quiet , romantic trip, the guests across from us didn't show so we had the entire table to ourselves. We were seated at table #55 which was a very special # for us. It just couldn't have been any better. This is a must trip for all couples in love. The entertainment was exceptional. Get your camera ready, here they come again.
Bill and Cindy

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★★★★★

My boyfriend & I had a great time on the train back in Sept '06. We're engaged 6/4/07!!! Now , 'Nothin' would be finer' than to get married on the MN Zephyr train with our family present. We want to share this wonderful experience with them.
The food was fabulous, the entertainment was fabulous and to top it off, we were invited to the locomotive. Awesome!! The staff was great . Wanting a quiet , romantic trip, the guests across from us didn't show so we had the entire table to ourselves. We were seated at table #55 which was a very special # for us. It just couldn't have been any better. This is a must trip for all couples in love. The entertainment was exceptional. Get your camera ready, here they come again.
Bill and Cindy

Pros: There is a photographer on board but there is no obligation to buy the photo's (we did)

Cons: smoking area.

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Don't bother with this trip, unless you happen to remember travelling this way. The experience just is *not* worth the price. The soup tasted like campbell's. The salad had *WAY* too much dressing. The prime rib reminded me of the $15 special at the VFW down the road from our house, and the cheesecake was, well, cheesecake. Added a couple cocktails, a $26 bottle of wine, the MANDATORY $7/person service fee, our initial cost rose from $170 to well over $230. Adding insult to injury, they pleasantly asked for an 18% gratuity to top it all off... You have got to be kidding me. A 3-hour train ride with a mediocre meal (for the price) while being nickle-and-dimed until the wallet is bleeding is not my idea of a good time. The scenery was nonexistant (nighttime), the music was 1940's jazz (when they remembered to turn it on) and the singers were fabulous. If you like to casually toss away your money, this ride is for you. Ridiculous! Never again!

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Don't bother with this trip, unless you happen to remember travelling this way. The experience just is *not* worth the price. The soup tasted like campbell's. The salad had *WAY* too much dressing. The prime rib reminded me of the $15 special at the VFW down the road from our house, and the cheesecake was, well, cheesecake. Added a couple cocktails, a $26 bottle of wine, the MANDATORY $7/person service fee, our initial cost rose from $170 to well over $230. Adding insult to injury, they pleasantly asked for an 18% gratuity to top it all off... You have got to be kidding me. A 3-hour train ride with a mediocre meal (for the price) while being nickle-and-dimed until the wallet is bleeding is not my idea of a good time. The scenery was nonexistant (nighttime), the music was 1940's jazz (when they remembered to turn it on) and the singers were fabulous. If you like to casually toss away your money, this ride is for you. Ridiculous! Never again!

Pros: Nice atmosphere, ambiance

Cons: Are you kidding, $200+ for a $25 meal?

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We were married aboard the MN Zephyr by a local retired judge; the ceremony was wonderfully short! The train photographer took awesome pictures; the wedding party was seated together, service / food were wonderful! Only disappointment was not very much snow outside yet. The wedding party had limosine service from Stillwater to Forepaugh's in St. Paul for the reception- open bar & eight huge trays of food; guests had the mansion's entire first floor, all 3 fireplaces, and superb waitstaff. At 9pm they limoed over to the WR Inn to kick up their heels on a lit up wooden dance floor to the live music of "TFB". And at the end of the evening, the newlywed's best friends (Chuck & Kim Borst) gave the newlyweds a ride home w/ everyone singing at the top of their lungs! Both the MN Zephyr and Forepaugh's will be wonderful places to spend romantic anniversaries for MANY years to come!

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★★★★★

We were married aboard the MN Zephyr by a local retired judge; the ceremony was wonderfully short! The train photographer took awesome pictures; the wedding party was seated together, service / food were wonderful! Only disappointment was not very much snow outside yet. The wedding party had limosine service from Stillwater to Forepaugh's in St. Paul for the reception- open bar & eight huge trays of food; guests had the mansion's entire first floor, all 3 fireplaces, and superb waitstaff. At 9pm they limoed over to the WR Inn to kick up their heels on a lit up wooden dance floor to the live music of "TFB". And at the end of the evening, the newlywed's best friends (Chuck & Kim Borst) gave the newlyweds a ride home w/ everyone singing at the top of their lungs! Both the MN Zephyr and Forepaugh's will be wonderful places to spend romantic anniversaries for MANY years to come!

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The train ride is most of the experience, but they do have entertainment during the ride. Go when the leaves are turning and the scenery will be well worth it!

Plan to spend a lot of money--tickets are quite expensive. It's a fun treat once, but not something I'd do every year.

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★★★★☆

The train ride is most of the experience, but they do have entertainment during the ride. Go when the leaves are turning and the scenery will be well worth it!

Plan to spend a lot of money--tickets are quite expensive. It's a fun treat once, but not something I'd do every year.

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My first suggestion when going on the Minnesota Zephyr is make sure you go with a group of 4. The tables have 4 seats, and if you go with just 2, you will probably get seated with another couple. Not that it is bad to meet other people, but we got seated with a natural products person that tried to sell us stuff the entire trip. Not exactly how we wanted to spend our ride. The food was very good, and it was a fun train ride. The Zephyr also offers special train rides. I heard the Harry Potter train was excellent, and we will be going on the Polar Express train in a few weeks.

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My first suggestion when going on the Minnesota Zephyr is make sure you go with a group of 4. The tables have 4 seats, and if you go with just 2, you will probably get seated with another couple. Not that it is bad to meet other people, but we got seated with a natural products person that tried to sell us stuff the entire trip. Not exactly how we wanted to spend our ride. The food was very good, and it was a fun train ride. The Zephyr also offers special train rides. I heard the Harry Potter train was excellent, and we will be going on the Polar Express train in a few weeks.

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Take a ride on the Zepher and see a little of what train travel used to be like back in the the really good old days. Having traveled on the Orient Express and many of the crack US trains when they were really forms of transportation ;made me appreciate the Zepher all the more. the food was delicious(Prime Rib) and the added entertainment of the strolling singers added totally to the ambience of the evening! All theother "passengers" were equally taken with the atmosphere. We all had great conversations about things present and past. Absolutely take this "trip" at least once YOU WON"T BE DISAPOINTED!!!

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★★★★★

Take a ride on the Zepher and see a little of what train travel used to be like back in the the really good old days. Having traveled on the Orient Express and many of the crack US trains when they were really forms of transportation ;made me appreciate the Zepher all the more. the food was delicious(Prime Rib) and the added entertainment of the strolling singers added totally to the ambience of the evening! All theother "passengers" were equally taken with the atmosphere. We all had great conversations about things present and past. Absolutely take this "trip" at least once YOU WON"T BE DISAPOINTED!!!

Pros: Elegant, Really good food, Charming entertainme

Cons: NONE

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I found my experience to be quite enjoyable an will be repeating it again very soon. The Grand Dome is exceptional.

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★★★★★

I found my experience to be quite enjoyable an will be repeating it again very soon. The Grand Dome is exceptional.

Pros: quite, personal, entertaining

Cons: Walkingthroughsmoking

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Expect to enter another era as you embark on this outing. The slower pace requires adaptation - but let it refresh rather than frustrate you. See the historical pictures in the train station. Fortunately our tablemates (strangers) turned out to be great people who are now good friends. The meal was a feast. Our prime rib was done perfectly to our specs and HUGE. Salad and veg were delicious, also perfect cheesecake and great coffee. Strolling singers great with 40s-era songs. Beverage service was disappointingly slow, but the great evening made up for it. Order ALL your beverages right away, you might not get another chance. Semi-formal dress required - don't worry. Be tastefully comfortable.

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★★★★★

Expect to enter another era as you embark on this outing. The slower pace requires adaptation - but let it refresh rather than frustrate you. See the historical pictures in the train station. Fortunately our tablemates (strangers) turned out to be great people who are now good friends. The meal was a feast. Our prime rib was done perfectly to our specs and HUGE. Salad and veg were delicious, also perfect cheesecake and great coffee. Strolling singers great with 40s-era songs. Beverage service was disappointingly slow, but the great evening made up for it. Order ALL your beverages right away, you might not get another chance. Semi-formal dress required - don't worry. Be tastefully comfortable.

Pros: easy free parking, generous portions, gourmet quality

Cons: slow beverage service

 

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