Over Memorial Day weekend Eric and I had planned a road trip to Napa for Bottle Rock! It was our first time at that festival and we had so much fun. It was also both of our first times in Napa which completely exceeded my expectations. It was lush and romantic and the wineeee… so much wine. We didn’t get to go to any wineries since the festival took up most of our time and we were staying in Saint Helena at Las Alcobas which was about 30 minutes away from the venue.
I absolutely fell in love with Napa and am already planning a trip back for a wine-tasting filled excursion. At Bottle Rock our favorites were Earth Wind and Fire ( I mean, how could you not have the best time?!), Billy Idol (although him shirtless the entire time was something I could’ve lived without seeing but hey, free everyones nipple), The Killers (such a throwback to 13 year old Stella rocking out) and Bruno Mars. It was super crowded which kind of threw my anxiety of large crowds through the roof but we made the best of our situation!
If you ever find yourself in Napa Valley make sure you check out the town in Saint Helena. It’s super small and very easy to miss but they had so many cute little trinkets and home good items in the stores. We ate at a ton of super random restaurants because we were exhausted every night after the festival but I gotta say, I am so impressed at how all the restaurants had amazing vegetarian options! We had two impossible burgers while we were there. Obsessed much?
On our way home, Eric took me to Solvang which is a little town just past Santa Barbara that’s basically a year round Christmas/Denmark/magical place. I was dying the whole time at how freaking cute it was. They had Christmas shops, amazing little ice cream parlors and the cutest Danish themed restaurants.
But before we stopped in Solvang he took me to a little place called Ostrich Land. It’s exactly what you’d expect. A place… to feed… OSTRICHES. I nearly died when we walked in. They’re such funny animals and were going in on the food the same way I do every time I eat. I was having the time of my life if you can’t already tell.
I absolutely loved Napa and Solvang and can’t wait to be able to go back soon enough!
Have you ever been to Napa? Leave me your favorite vineyards and restaurants in the comments for my trip back!