Hi friends - I’m so excited BottleRock Napa Valley is almost heeeere! For those of you new to BottleRock, it’s an annual music festival that began in 2013. Every year since it’s brought 40,000 people each day of the fest. This year it’s set to begin this Friday (May 25th) and will end Sunday the 27th.
BottleRock brings the most heavy hitter musicians ever. I love it! This year we get to hang in the Napa County Fairgrounds listening to Bruno Mars, Snoop Dogg, Phantogram, Earth wind and fire, Muse, The Chainsmokers, MY PERSONAL FAV (St. Paul and The Broken Bones), E-40, Low Cut Connie, and so many more musicians I really can’t type them all ha. And of course there are amazing aftershows in downtown Napa if you want to keep the party going.
Unfortunately BottleRock is sold out, though you can get your hands on some sold out tix here, gouging free! Either way put it on your radar for next year because it’s definitely worth a visit. And for all you BottleRock lovers ready to rock n’ roll, I’ve put together a short list of ways to keep it healthy while you’re jammin out this Memorial Day weekend.
Please please please take this seriously! Lather on some sunscreen that isn’t cancerous 30 minutes before you plan to arrive. Bring it with you so you can layer more on every couple hours (or more frequently if you’re sweating a lot).
Bring a hat and some shades. And bring some light layers too so you can cover up if you feel like you might be starting to burn. (Also do you love how my felt hat as dog hair on it jeeezzz Tessa get it together)
You’re gonna be camping out here for a while. Give yourself the best chance to enjoy every moment by eating a healthy breakfast (hint: smoothies are your friend) at Hudson in Oxbow before you go into the festival. Or of course you can always make your own using my go to smoothie recipe.
Now once you’re in is where it gets fun.
If you end up veering off course, that’s ok. Keep in mind that we are in the Napa Valley foodie nation here with fine dining and exquisite chefs, so you just need to look for something moderately healthy as all the food tends to be very decadent.
Anyway, I chose vendors based on visits to their restaurants. So while I’m not sure what they’re going to plate up, I assume their fest food will be at least sort of consistent with their restaurant.
Even though it’s not going to be super hot this weekend, you need to stay hydrated!! So prepare yourself to buy some expensive festival water. Your body will thank you for it.
And yes I know of course you’re going to be boozing haha... I mean they have some of the best wines in the world (it’s in Napa, duh), craft beer, cocktails and even a bourbon bar. But just make sure you’re pairing your alcohol and water 1:1 so you don’t get a nasty hangover in the morning.
This part is so important! There’s so much to take in in a festival like this. I think it’s really important to build in a little time to decompress and rejuvenate. My favorite way to do this is to visit the Spa. There will be Rapid Recovery Hydration Therapy (yes, that does mean IV hydration), Zeel massages, Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, Lush (G-d I love them!!) and more.
Lastly, let’s face it. It’s easy to lose track of time and get scatterbrained in the sun… So this tip is only sort of health related, but I’ll tell you anyway. Download the BottleRock App. It’ll help you with finding food, wineries, building your schedule, you name it. Bring some order to all this joyous chaos gf.
Ok, that’s it folks! Have so much fun this weekend!!!! 🎶
I love February because the month is all about LOVE! And really I am a sappy romantic. I eat up all the cheesy sayings and quotes from my man. This year instead of champagne and chocolate (although I feel like he / I would still really like that) I am inspired to give a healthy gift guide for the sweetest time of the year.
5 Health Based Gift Ideas for Him.
1. Napa Wine Train
Give the gift of romance on the rails. What guy doesn't like to eat? Dinner and wine on a machine. Sounds like a win-win to me. For the month of February locals get 50% off all tours and packages. All aboard the Napa wine train!
Purchase here: Napa Wine Train
2. Sign up for a Paddle Triathlon together
How cool is this?! Have you ever even heard of a paddle triathlon before? Instead of the traditional triathlon Half Moon Bay which is one of the most beautiful locations on the Northern California coastside presents a paddle board, bike ride and run tri. Here are your options:
Sprint: 1 mile Paddle – 10 Mile Bike – 5k Run
Olympic: 1 mile Paddle – 40k Bike – 10k Run
Race Day is April 22, 2018
Sign up here: Half Moon Bay Triathlon
3. Ritual Coffee tasting
Coffee is basically a religion for many. Ritual will give you a private coffee tasting which includes their nitro brew and a brief introduction to each coffee. Walk in and set up your tasting.
Located at the: Oxbow
4. Lake Berryessa Jet Ski Day
5. Bodega Bay Excursion
There are so many things to do in Bodega bay. I personally love having a picnic on the beach with our pups. But you can hike, whale watch, horse back ride or even take a kayak through the bay. If you want to take your dogs for some fun at the beach I would suggest Doran Beach.
5 Health Based Gift Ideas for Her.
1. Hot Air Balloon ride
This is literally the epitome of romantic! Melt her heart guys. Also its an incredible experience that any lover will bond over.
Purchase here: Napa Valley Balloons
2. Week off in the kitchen
What's better than having time off in the kitchen to make more time to do something else you love? Let a company like Thistle do the work for you. Thistle is an organic plant-based meal preparation service company. Each week there menu changes and they will deliver right to your door step.
Set it up here: Thistle
3. Personal Training Sessions
A little extra motivation never hurt anyone. Having a personal trainer to help keep you on track and guide you to be the best version of yourself is the perfect healthy valentines gift. Bare Health is dedicated to getting your health back to basics and making you feel good. Whether you have weight-loss goals, need pain relief, want nutrition help or even join the team in Bali for a wellness retreat - Bare Health has got you covered.
Purchase Personal Training here: Bare Health
4. Bike ride through Napa Valley with picnic
Bicycling to vineyards for some wine and a healthy picnic - sign me up! Start your day at Vallergas market off of Solano to stock up on some waters and snacks and then you can immediately jump on the bike trail and head to Trefethen winery for a tasting and maybe grab a bottle of wine for your picnic (maybe, is a YES!). Then for another 3 miles get into Yountville where you can grab a charcuterie board from Atelier and have a lovely picnic outside. If that doesn't scream romance I don't know what else does.
Luxury in napa valley. luxurious vegetables.
Acacia house is the true essence of luxury in Napa Valley. The building alone offers a venue that invites you to open a bottle of wine on the porch and cuddle up with your loved one. The interior brings a sense of modern and traditional touch all in one place. And the back has vast concrete slabs with freshly trimmed grass lining in-between acting as a very instagramable spot.
Just another girl who is trying to inspire others. Passionate about health and fitness. And a love of coffee and peanut butter.