How to Do BottleRock Napa Valley

By Dana Rebmann

Where is BottleRock?

BottleRock is held at theNapa Valley Expo. It’s just a couple blocks from downtown Napa, on the other side of the river.

Getting there

You don’t have to drive if you don’t want to. The folks at BottleRock have set upBottleBusesthat will pick up and drop off from outside of Napa. For $29 roundtrip, you can jump on a bus at 10 am, get dropped at BottleRock and then jump back on after the 11 pm show, or catch the 1 am bus for a ride home. There are half a dozen pick-up and drop-off locations to choose from. With two in San Francisco, and one in Oakland, Concord, San Rafael and Sacramento, they’re covering plenty of ground.

Staying there

If you’re thinking staying in town is a better way to go, get a reservation sooner to make your life easier. BottleRock has a good list ofhotel partners. TheNapa Valley Welcome Centerand theDowntown Napa Associationcan also help you find a spot to rest your head. You’re not limited to hotels. Downtown Napa has more than two dozen bed-and-breakfasts, most within BottleRock walking distance.

Parking

Lots of music lovers means lots of cars. If you’re staying in town, park your car at your hotel and forget about it. If you’re driving in for the day, use BottleRock's shuttles running from more than 12-thousand parking spaces. If you want to save $10 and guarantee a spot, you canpre-pay $20 for parking. Free shuttles will take folks the two miles or so to BottleRock.

Getting Around

Once the music starts playing, walking is most likely going to be the fastest and easiest way to get around.

Uberis another option for shorter trips around town whether you're heading to the music, to an after party downtown, or back to your bed when the day is done. You can request a ride using the app for iPhone/Android or through themobile site. The pricing will becomparable to that in SF.

For those before and after show stretches, think about heading into Downtown Napa. Stretch your legs and make the short walk. What’s waiting might surprise you.

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Dana can be found on Twitter@drebmann

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