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What to Do in Napa During BottleRock Weekend

Local musician Sanho shares his insider tips for making the most of your BottleRock Napa Valley weekend. From sunrise hot-air balloon rides to foodie paradises and live music venues, discover the hidden gems of Napa Valley through the eyes of a longtime resident.

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What’s up, everyone? It’s Sanho here! With BottleRock Napa Valley just around the corner, I’m hyped to share some local tips on how to make the most of your time in Napa. The festival is going to be fire, but there’s so much more to explore in this beautiful valley. Here’s my local guide to making the most of your BottleRock weekend.

As someone who’s been making beats and writing songs since I was a kid, Napa has always been my muse. Born in Pueblo, Colorado, I moved to Napa Valley in 1995 and instantly vibed with the place. The energy here is unlike anywhere else, and I definitely want you to see it from my point of view.

The dopest way to start your day is with a sunrise hot-air balloon ride with Napa Valley Balloons in Yountville. Trust me, there’s nothing like seeing the valley from above—it’s a bucket list experience and the perfect way to set a chill tone for your day. Plus, since balloons fly early in the morning, it won’t mess with your other plans. Watching the sunrise over the vineyards is magical and a peaceful way to start your day.

After you’re back on solid ground, slide over to Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery in Yountville. I’m obsessed with their pastries – the croissants and macarons are next level. If you’re craving a heartier breakfast, Petit Soleil in downtown Napa has you covered with bomb food and a chill patio to soak up the morning sun. The laid-back vibe there is perfect for kicking back before the festival hype kicks in. 

Once you’re fueled up, dive into some of Napa’s cultural vibes at the Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. The outdoor sculptures and Northern California art are super dope and a great way to get inspired before heading back to the festival. Checking out art always gives me fresh ideas and a new perspective.

When in Napa, it's a must to try all the different blends; you can’t miss out on the wine. Trefethen Family Vineyard has stunning views and dope wine. Their estate perfectly blends tradition with innovation, reflecting Napa Valley’s unique character. If you’re into variety, Oxbow Public Market is the spot. It’s a foodie paradise with local cheeses, chocolates, and wines. The hardest part? Deciding what to try first! The energy at Oxbow is always lit, and it’s a great place to meet people and soak up the local scene.

As the day winds down, you’ll need to refuel for the night. If you’re looking for something new with a dope vibe, you gotta check out Scala Osteria in downtown Napa. The place has a killer atmosphere and some seriously good eats. If you’re feeling bougie, Angele in Napa will blow your mind with its French bistro vibe and delicious menu. Each dish is crafted with precision and passion, making it the perfect spot for a special night out.

After dinner, if you’re still buzzing with energy, hit up Blue Note Napa for some live music. Whether it’s jazz or hip-hop, the vibe is always on point, and the intimate setting is perfect for music lovers. As someone who’s performed in venues all over the valley, I can tell you that Blue Note is one of the best spots to catch live acts. If you’re in the mood for something more laid-back, Cadet Wine & Beer Bar is a chill spot with a great selection of local wines and craft beers. It’s a great place to unwind and reflect on the day.

Got late-night munchies? Napa Palisades Saloon is where you need to be. Their sliders and craft beers are legit, and the lively atmosphere makes it a popular spot for both locals and visitors. It’s the perfect way to wrap up your Napa adventure with some good food and good vibes.

So there you have it – a local’s guide to making the most of your time in Napa Valley during BottleRock. Enjoy the festival, explore the valley, and soak in all the good vibes. Napa is more than just a destination; it’s an experience, and I can’t wait for you to see it through my eyes. See you at BottleRock!

Sanho

Sanho, a Napa Valley local, blends hip-hop, rap, and freestyle, influenced by Mac Miller and Bob Marley. Performing at venues like Porchfest and Blue Note, he's set for BottleRock 2024. Insta: @sanho1

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