How many times do you put “music festival” and “family day” in the same train of thought? Me neither. But alas, when I told my dad that I wanted to go to Bottlerock this year, he couldn’t resist seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Once the two of us were excited about it, my mom was a shoe in. So that is the short version of how the San Mateo Stewarts ended up at a music festival, and yet another example of how I have the coolest parents in the world!
We only wanted to attend Sunday of Bottlerock, but being that it was a long weekend we thought to make a whole trip out of it. We drove up on Saturday morning and enjoyed a day of wine tasting to start it off. We first stopped at Del Dotto caves and then found Oakville Grocery – the cutest store around – for lunch.
After a quick snack, we made our way to Domaine Chandon winery. There are only 4 places in Napa to taste sparkling wine, and we have already tasted at Domaine Carneros and Schramsberg, so naturally we had to try a new place. It was one of the best and not at all overpriced, which in itself convinced my father to join the wine club!
Sunday was festival day! We took our time getting up and ready, and the Marriott had a bus stop across the street that went straight to the festival entrance. It was an absolute perfect day, where I got to catch up with a friend watching the X Ambassadors, stand front row for The Lumineers (my current favorite band), and rock out with dad during the Red Hot Chili Peppers! After two years of Outside Lands, I can definitely say I preferred Bottlerock. The smaller venue and many stages made it too fun to miss out on next year!
Monday I naturally suffered severe post-concert depression, so I had to model my Lumineers band tee to compensate. We went to breakfast at the Fremont Diner, the cutest place in all of Sonoma and Napa, and they had the absolute best pancakes in the entire world! If you are ever remotely in a ten mile radius of this place, it is worth going.
I hope anybody heading to Napa anytime soon enjoys themselves as much as we did!
Life is an adventure, so keep exploring it.