Are you ready to Bottlerock & “Roll”?
With Bottlerock barely a month away, you may be thinking your festival plans are well dialed in. You’ve booked your hotel or AirBnB in Downtown Napa. You’ve planned your festival-ready wardrobe. You’ve booked your flights and have even planned a scenic driving route for your venture north of the Golden Gate into the wine country.
But do you have a game plan for those crucial last few miles to (and from) the Bottlerock venue? Many Bottlerockers overlook this all-important detail, which can really make or break your Bottlerock experience. While scoring a place to crash within a few miles of the venue is a big win for your weekend, it’s critical to figure out how you’re going to navigate those few miles to and from the venue – especially amid the throng of fellow concert-goers.
Trust us, the Uber and Lyft surge pricing is about to get REAL. Also prepare to be corralled to designated rideshare passenger pickup points where you will have to wait upwards of 20-30 minutes to get your ride.
The BEST solution on two wheels
One creative alternative that will also significantly increase the overall FUN-factor for your weekend is renting bikes to get to and from Bottlerock. Bottlerock is a bike-friendly event, with FREE bike parking located a short walk from the venue.
A simple game plan would be to check-in to your hotel and then take an Uber or Lyft to Napa Valley Bike Shop to pickup your rental bikes and bike back to your hotel or directly to the Bottlerock venue from there. Then with your bikes at your hotel, you’ll be free to bike to and from the festival – and anywhere else you want to explore – all weekend long!
All Bottlerock bike rentals include helmets, handlebar bags to carry along a few personal items and lights for additional safety at night. Also key: one bike lock is included for every two bikes rented – good-to-know since the FREE Bike Parking at Bottlerock does require you to bring your own lock.
Break away from the festival & explore Napa Valley by bike
Chances are, you’re saving at least one day during your Bottlerock weekend where you’ll plan to arrive to the festival a little later in the day so you have a chance to sneak out and enjoy the rest that Napa Valley has to offer. After all, you wouldn’t come all this way and miss the chance to experience the vineyards up close!
Having rental bikes for the entire weekend means you’ll have a great way to get out and explore Napa’s scenic countryside and visit some wineries when you’re not at the festival. With your Bottlerock bike rentals you can easily jump on the Napa Valley Vine Trail, a car-free bike path that will transport you from the heart of Downtown Napa 9 miles all the way to Yountville.
Best of all, you can stop and visit wineries along the Vine Trail – Laird Family Estate and Domaine Chandon – and others within about a mile of the bike path including Monticello Vineyards, Andretti Winery and Trefethen Family Vineyards.And if you make it all the way to Yountville (9 miles for a total of 18 roundtrip), you’ll have a bevy of restaurants from casual al fresco picnicking (Addendum Fried Chicken, anyone?) to refined-casual dining under a canopy of opulent chandeliers at the trendy new RH Cafe. For a complete range of tasting and dining options and attractions within reach of the Vine Trail, check out Napa Valley Bike Tours’ guide to riding the Napa Valley Vine Trail.