A Weekend Blitz on the Silver Meteor

Jeffrey and McCown in Roomette

You know how some people plan big trips for weeks? Pack days in advance and count down to their departure?

Jeffrey and his finacee McCown don’t operate like that.

“We were looking for just a weekend getaway,” Jeffrey says. “I looked the day before and the flight options weren’t great, and we liked the idea of traveling overnight and saving the first night’s hotel stay by sleeping on the train.”

So the couple booked a roomette aboard our Silver Meteor one hour before the train left the station. They call it a Weekend Blitz, and rightfully so!

“It was a very spontaneous, spur of the moment decision,” Jeffrey says of their getaway from Charleston, S.C., to New York City. “We were using Amtrak Guest Rewards points, and it was the same amount of points between Miami and Boston, so we were attracted by the big city feel of New York.”

McCown, who was riding an over-night train for the first time, and Jeffrey were surprised by the privacy and amenities in their roomette. “There’s an actual bed, not just a seat that reclines,” he says.

When the couple boarded in South Carolina, they were greeted by their train attendant who explained the workings of the train and made their beds for the night.

“It sounds like its going to take forever,” Jeffrey says, “but by the time you get some sleep, wake up, get breakfast, you’re almost there.”

Since they booked a roomette, their reservation also came with free meals in the train’s dining car—a perk he calls, “an awesome deal.”

By the time they were done with breakfast and had played around on the computer a little, they were pulling into Manhattan (approximately 30 minutes ahead of schedule!).

“The time goes by very fast,” he says. “There’s plenty to do on the train. If you’re comparing it to driving, it is just a way better experience. You can sit back, grab a beer if you want, play on the computer, and just kick back and relax.”

To see more pictures of Jeffrey and McCown's adventure on Amtrak's Silver Meteor, check out their blog here.

Read More All Aboard!: Roomette with a View (or Two)

14 comments
DavidAdler
DavidAdler

I'll be getting on in Savannah in two weeks, riding in coach all the way to NYP. It doesn't end there. I take the subway to Grand Central Terminal and catch a Metro North to New Haven, CT and meet my mom there. A few days later, I turn around and come back. Even in coach, it can still be comfortable, but first class would be very nice. I had once ridden the Palmetto from Wilson, NC to Miami before when that train served Florida. That was also all in coach. 

peacox6
peacox6

My husband and I just completed a marvelous Amtrak vacation in the roomettes and loved every minute of it!  Our last segment was for two nights on the Empire Builder from Seattle to Wisconsin.  Even though we're well into our 70's the roomette was perfect for us and the meals delicious.  We did book way ahead of time, when the rates were a little less expensive. It's a most pleasant and relaxing way to travel and we slept very well in the bunks.  Our wonderful car attendant even gave us mimosas and chocolates.  Thank you,  Amtrak!

johnmeeks1974
johnmeeks1974

I don't mind sleeping in my seat as the sleeper car berths cost an arm and a leg.  

robteed48808
robteed48808

A roomette is the best way to go, However we have traveled coach and the seats are still pretty comfortable. Probably a good idea to book ahead, roomettes fill up fast!

whatever15
whatever15

Um no way can you get a roomette on the day of departure! Those rooms fill up quick and are gone! I had to book my accessible handicapped room a month ago because July and August are all sold out!!! So don't sit there and tell me that you can get a room w/out a reservation on the day of departure because you can't!!!!!  This idiot probably bribed them!!!

Tort14U
Tort14U

I am so looking forward to our trip down to San Francisco.  We also purchased a roomette and so thrilled about our own privacy and some quiet time.  This is going to be so much fun.  Then a stay over night in San Fran then to our ship the Grand Princess off to Hawaii.  We are leaving from Seattle too.  I love traveling on Amtrak to me it is the only way to go!  B-)

RobertRoker
RobertRoker

@whatever15 On certain days & certain trains there are rooms available, all you have to do is ask. I got the last room on the Texas eagle Christmas Day last year from Springfield, IL to Malvern, Ar & I am glad I did cause when the blizzard hit just as we got into Arkansas the train went into BIG DELAYS!!!!! Instead of 1 meal I ended up getting 4 meals which were are included in the price of the sleeper & no it wasn't expensive even though I got it at the last minute. JUST CHECK & sometimes you will be surprised!!!!!!

RobertRoker
RobertRoker

@whatever15  But a handicapped room might be more difficult to get but the train I was on just recently my roomette was downstairs & I noticed the handicapped room was empty.

Tort14U
Tort14U

@Amtrak @Tort14U   I heard that there are movies on board for those who buy roomettes and bedrooms.  What type of movies are there?

Tort14U
Tort14U

@Amtrak @Tort14U That is so true.  I so love taking the train and being in a roomette will be our own little world.  I love being in the observation car as well. 

Amtrak
Amtrak moderator

@Tort14U Movies are available on our Auto Train on the East Coast. The train you'll be on does not have them. But the scenery is so amazing, you won't want to be distracted!
If you'd like to watch a movie on your laptop or tablet we recommend downloading it before boarding the train.

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