Hotel staff might specialize in where you stay, but they often play concierge, too, helping people decide what to do and where to find adventure when they’re visiting the Napa Valley. We consider it our duty to help you get settled and find your way, and that includes figuring out what to do outside of BottleRock either before, during, or after the festival. From fabulous nature spots for hikes to some of the best eats in the area, here’s what you shouldn’t miss.
Morimoto is Napa’s answer to cravings for high-end Japanese dining, and that’s exactly what they deliver. This upscale joint serves up some of the most divine food and what visitors claim are the best cocktails in the region.
Spots at Morimoto book up fast, so be sure to book your reservations well in advance (call now if you haven’t). When arrive, we have a few suggestions; for groups, start with the multi-course tasting menu. At $120, it’s a steal that comes with plenty of food for three to four people. Tempting tidbits like Maine Lobster and Hamachi Tartare also rank highly, as do the Sticky Ribs and Lamb Carpaccio.
Hiking? Check! Picnicking? Check! Swimming? Maybe – it depends on the time of year and how the water is. Either way, Skyline Park is the perfect destination for people who love all things outdoors. Park your vehicle at the start for just $5 a day and wander in across naturally cultivated gardens, equestrian trails, hiking trails, and biking trails.
Skyline is a dream come true, even in tourism season. It gets busy, but there’s plenty of room for people to stretch out, ensuring that you won’t feel overwhelmed when you visit. That said, it’s bound to be busier during BottleRock. We recommend visiting early in the day, or if you’re short on time, close to evening for the most serene experience.
Want to bring home cool souvenirs? Need a last-minute dress for BottleRock? You have options! Although it may be surprising, Napa excels in far more than just wine; we do shopping really well, too.
Fashion-loving ladies will find plenty to love here in Napa. Try Betty’s Girl for sweet vintage selections, or head in to The Mustard Seed for something a bit more upscale. Scott Lyall Clothes for Men specializes in suits and tuxedos, ensuring that forgotten suit doesn’t become an issue during your trip. Just want something new to love? Try Cake Plate Fashion Boutique – there’s a little something in there for every woman.
Craving a more local experience? Stop at the Oxbow Market for gourmet cheeses and your favorite local wines. In this iconic location, you’ll also discover charcuterie meats made right here in Napa and a long list of gifts to take home to loved ones. Grab local produce for a healthy snack, veg out on the patio while sipping some java, or sneak in for chocolates from master chocolatiers. Oxbow is an experience in its own right.