So tonight I am leaving to meet my husband at our long-weekend vacation destination. I am excited about this trip for a number of reasons, including the fact that I am trying a new adventure for this trip.

Now, normally I would hop on a plane and fly the friendly skies because my love of flying is not a secret from anyone. However, since I’m feeling rather feisty these days, I decided to do something different. I’m taking a train. But not only am I taking a train, I’m taking a train for 14 hours. It’s an overnight and I’m sleeping in what Amtrak calls a “roomette”.

From what I have read, this Roomette is approximately 3 1/2 feet by 6 1/2 feet. There’s a bunk that folds up into the ceiling and another bunk that turns into two chairs and a table. There’s also a fold up sink and toilet.

I’m not only excited about this little adventure, I am über excited. I’m sure that I’ll be blogging and posting photos and the like from my little Roomette tonight and tomorrow morning. If this ride goes well, I might be able to convince my husband to try a train trip on one of our adventures together.

If anyone has a Roomette experience they’d like to share, feel free to post a comment. I’d love to hear how others have enjoyed the experience.


  1. We did the roomette thing on the SW Chief (LA-Chicago) back in 2000. It’s not that bad, and was actually pretty fun.

    The worst thing was the horrible flu bug I picked up in Chicago and I spent 24 hours in the upper bunk. I even missed one of the free meals. That’s how sick I was. Oh, yeah, the flush mechanism on the toilets failed 2/3 of the way through the return, and we had to go to the other car to use the restroom.

    1. My ride tonight is 14 hours which I think will be a good introduction to how overnight travel by train is. I hope you didn’t pick up the flu bug on the train! And I have to admit that it’s good to know that the toilets don’t just go out on the tracks.

  2. No, I picked it up in Chicago most definitely. Or, worse, before we left for Chicago. It was probably the worst illness I had in 5 years on either side.

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