How to Recover After – or Between – the BottleRock Festival Party

BottleRock Napa Valley attendees receive IV fluids at Rapid Recovery Hydration Solutions at a spa at last year’s festival. Photo: Eric Risberg/Associated Press 2021

BottleRock Napa Valley producers knew what they were doing when they scheduled the festival over a holiday weekend. Getting back to work the day after the frenzied festivities under the hot Napa sun would be brutal.

While most people plan to fire up their barbecues, Memorial Day gives Wine County festival-goers a much-needed day of recovery. If you’re staying in Napa Valley after the three-day festival ends on Monday, May 30, check out these revitalizing spas, pools, hot springs and healthy dining options. Plus, there’s always more wine.

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Stanly Ranch Thermal Pool Photo: Jessica Christian/The Chronicle


Napa’s newest resort, Stanly Ranch, sells day passes to its massive Wellness Village for $350. The pass includes access to its locker rooms, fitness center and movement class (if scheduled), private spa pool, and Springhouse. This circuit of cold, wet, hot, and dry modalities includes a cold plunge, steam room, and studio-sized cedar sauna. Non-resort guests can also book spa treatments, such as a massage or facial.

The Stanly Ranch Spa Sauna Photo: Jessica Christian/The Chronicle

Groups of up to six people can reserve a cabana ($400) in the hilltop pool at Carneros Resort & Spa. The large adults-only pool has stunning views of the vineyards and hills, as well as a hot tub. Cabana reservations come with a bottle of sparkling wine, two entrees, and an assortment of sodas. The resort unveiled a $3.5 million spa makeover in 2018, and available treatments include a CBD massage, body scrub, and high-tech hydrafacial.

ResortPass also offers day passes ($100) for pools at Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Colina Resort.


Hudson Greens and Goods at Oxbow Market Photo: John Storey/Special for The Chronicle

After three days of partying, your body will probably need some nutrients. Pop into the juice bar at Hudson Greens & Goods inside the Oxbow Public Market, or take a leisurely stroll to St. Helena for a visit to Crisp Kitchen & Juice. This healthy new cafe is well worth a visit, serving up a wide selection of smoothies, superfood lattes, tonics, cereal bowls and salads, among other energizing choices.

Crisp Kitchen & Juice serves healthy meals in Saint Helena.

Healthier options can be found at Southside Cafe (note that only Napa Century is open on Mondays) and House of Better at Dr. Wilkinson’s resort in Calistoga. The latter also offers a unique wellness-focused beverage menu featuring botanicals, tonics, medicinal teas, and mocktails filled with botanicals and adaptogens.


Calistoga, at the northern end of Napa Valley, is famous for its hot spring pools, and they can work wonders on a tired, achy body. Day passes are hard to come by if you’re not staying at one of the city’s resorts. A spa treatment reservation is therefore the best way to access these natural thermal waters.

The Mud Bath at Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort in Calistoga Photo: Dr. Wilkinson’s Spa

All Calistoga spas offer the city’s other claim to fame: mud baths. Some, like Indian Springs and Dr. Wilkinson’s, follow the traditional route, which uses large mud vats. Others, like Solage and the Calistoga Motor Lodge, take a modern approach where the mud is painted on. Both methods result in silky soft skin.

Calistoga’s most famous hot springs are Indian Springs, home to an Olympic-sized pool built in 1913 and set at a mild temperature of 92 to 100 degrees. The Calistoga Motor Lodge has a trio of pools, all of different sizes and temperatures. Dr. Wilkinson’s recently redesigned its two pools and hosted four hydrotherapy treatments ($169-189) designed around a mineral whirlpool.

The 100 degree pool at Indian Springs Spa in Calistoga. Photo: Chris Stewart/The Chronicle 2005

Dog’s hair

Catching all the musical acts and craziness of the food scene at BottleRock doesn’t leave much free time for wine tasting at Napa Valley’s renowned estates, but a flight of Cabernet might be just what your body needs to overcome. long weekend hangover. Since it’s a holiday, many wineries are likely already full, so make your reservations as soon as possible. (Tock is a great way to look for openings.)

Napa’s Greg Gregory (left) and San Francisco’s Deray Parker have wine and focaccia bread at the Ashes & Diamonds winery in 2020. Photo: Liz Hafalia/The Chronicle 2020

As of this writing, Memorial Day reservations are available at Ashes & Diamonds (family-style lunch splurges); Baldacci Family Vineyards, where tastings in its newly remodeled lounge are under $50; and the serene oasis of Hoopes Vineyard, where guests can tour an animal rescue farm with pygmy goats, pigs, chickens, and donkeys, one of which is cleverly named Jack E. O’Asses.

If spontaneity is more your style, many downtown Napa tasting rooms, like new additions Brendel and Chateau Buena Vista, can usually accommodate walk-ins.

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