By Maria Dontas
Since 2013, BottleRock Napa Valley has married music’s hottest acts with wine country’s best brews, wines and chefs. The three-day event features over 80 bands, gourmet food, craft beer and specialty cocktails. Headed to the festival but staying in Sonoma? Even better. We’ve got tricks for navigating the terrain so your weekend can really rock and roll.
Where to Stay
- Stay at the Sonoma Creek Inn. It’s a 5-minute drive or Uber from Sonoma Plaza – the bus pick-up and drop-off location provided by BottleRock.
- Stay at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek. Not only are you within 10 minutes of the Bennett Valley Road Park and Ride where the BottleRock shuttle will pick you up and drop you off, but you’re also within 30 minutes of several beloved Sonoma wineries, including Matanzas Creek, St. Francis and the Benziger Family Winery. Downtown Santa Rosa and historic Railroad Square is just a stone’s throw away.
- Other hotels:
- Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn: 550 2nd St W, Sonoma, CA 95476
- Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa: 100 Boyes Blvd, Sonoma, CA 95476
- The Cottage Inn and Spa: 310 1st St E, Sonoma, CA 95476
You can take your pick of airports that get you near Sonoma, including San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), Santa Rosa/Sonoma Airport (STS) and San Jose International Airport (SJC). Sonoma County Airport now has routes from Phoenix, Minneapolis, Alaska, Hawaii and Southern California.
Once you’ve landed, you’ve got choices for getting to BottleRock, too. Daily shuttles run at regular intervals from Sonoma Plaza in Sonoma and the Park & Ride at Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. There’s also Sonoma County Transit and, of course, Uber and Lyft.
If you’re staying near Glen Ellen, and consider yourself an expert biker, you might consider adapting the NAPA DRY CREEK-TRINITY-CARNEROS LOOP (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12235524) to get to BottleRock. Complimentary bike parking will be provided near the venue, and don’t forget to bring your lock. Of course, safety is a priority, so we only recommend this option if you think you’ll be heading back before it gets dark and are an expert biker. Trinity Road is mountainous, windy and steep.
If you’re driving, the festival has designated parking a short walk from the venue and parking passes can be purchased ahead of time using the BottleRock website.
We’ve got some first-hand experience tips for rounding out the details of your trip.
- Rent a locker. It’s a great place to throw in an extra layer for when it get’s chilly in the evening.
- Don’t take off your wristband. Your wristband is your key in and out of BottleRock. You can leave and re-enter the festival, but only if you’ve got your wristband on, so leave it on until you’re heading back home.
- Use Tap and Pay. Food and drink vendors throughout the festival will feature Tap & Pay Fast Lane signs. Load up your Android Pay and Apple Pay accounts to spend less time waiting in line and more time enjoying your favorite bands.