I’m back, y’all! Sorry for the hiatus, but I have had a lot of things going on in my life. When the time is right, I will update, but I am alive and well and back in the blogging world. It feels so good to be back after the mental break.
Memorial weekend, Allison and I jetted off to Napa Valley, California for BottleRock music festival. After Austin City Limits, I swore off music festivals, but gave it another chance at Hangout last year. Between Hangout in Gulf Shores and now BottleRock, I have found a couple of festivals I can get on board with.
Where to stay
Allison and I stayed in Fairfield, California, which is less than 30 minutes from the festival grounds. The drive is pretty and easy, with very little traffic. The best part of Fairfield? They have a Huckleberry’s, which quickly became a morning tradition for us. Neither one of us return to the same restaurants when we are on vacations and trips, but we ate at Huckleberry’s every morning while we were there. The waitresses were friendly, food prices great, and mimosas were half the price of a glass of wine at the festival.
This isn’t your average festival. Even Bruno Mars referred to it as “the fancy coachella.” BottleRock is an upscale music festival that takes place in Napa California. Last year’s headliners were epic (Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, and Maroon 5), and this year the lineup was just as fun. Snoop Dogg, Chainsmokers, The Killers, Bruno Mars, and various other artists rocked the stages all weekend. In order to differentiate themselves from other festivals, BottleRock is geared toward a more upscale crowd. They bring in gourmet food, variety of wine, and even fake grass to prevent festival goers from getting all muddy.
This year, you could watch music on one of 6 stages including a VIP acoustic stage for VIP pass holders. You could also catch your favorite bands again at one of two after parties nearby. Everything was spaced out well and it was easy to get from one stage to the next, despite the huge groups of people.
Fashion at Bottlerock is a bit classier than other music festivals. Allison and I had a blast planing outfits and doing mini photo shoots each morning.
People wear what they want to feel comfortable. We stuck with dresses and rompers because it kept us cool during the day when it would be sunny and warm. There were just as many girls in shorts and jeans. You can be as casual or dressy as you want, however you may want to leave your body glitter at home. We didn’t see a lot of that at all.
What to eat
There are over 50 food and drink stalls to keep you satisfied during your time at the festival. We were impressed with the wide variety of food in such a small space. You can have literally anything your heart desires just a few steps away. If you have VIP access, you have a few more options than everyone else too. I saw Chicago style pizza and was extremely jealous when I saw it was in the VIP only section.
This Texas girl jumped on the opportunity to have some tacos, elote, and nachos. Don’t worry, I tried a variety of other foods too.
The BottleRock App makes it easy to search for your favorite foods and find where the vendors are located. We noticed a few of the stalls and trucks switched places from where they were on the app, but for the most part it was up to date.
Check out the dessert stalls for even more creative goodness.
What to do
Aside from watching some of the best bands in the world, my favorite part of BottleRock was the silent disco. It didn’t matter if it was in the middle of the day or late at night, people were always dancing. Allison and I loved it.
Another fun thing that sets BottleRock aside from other festivals is the culinary stage. We were able to catch a couple of culinary greats that paired of with some of the artists from the festival. Allison was a giddy child getting to see Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr with Masaharu Morimoto. Childhood Jess came out for me too watching Tiffani Thiessen. There was something so surreal about seeing Giada de Laurentiis up close and personal too.
Check out the great art installations and multiple sponsor booths for great photo opportunities.
Walk through the SPA and check out the products and treatments they offer.
Needless to say, we are looking forward to next year’s lineup announcement and can’t wait to go back. Seriously, this is the festival not to miss out on.