Destination guide

Welcome to Wine Country

Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa is a chic city in the heart of California’s sun-drenched Sonoma County. Planning a tasting tour of the wine-soaked region? Luxury Santa Rosa vacation rental villas put you in the heart of Wine Country, with spacious living areas, private pools, and sweeping views of the valley. As well as being prime wine-growing country, Santa Rosa is also a culinary wonderland, so be prepared to eat your way through the city. There are also plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature, from hiking among towering redwood groves to relaxing on the beach.

Things to do

The birthplace of Snoopy

Lined with antique stores, cafés, and vintage boutiques, Historic Railroad Square is the epicenter of Santa Rosa’s street scene. Nearby is the adorable Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center, which celebrates the legacy of the American cartoonist. Schulz shot to fame with his Peanut comics and is now celebrated as one of Santa Rosa’s most famous sons. Horticulturist Luther Burbank is another local legend, pioneering hybrid species like the Shasta daisy. If you have a green finger, a self-guided tour of the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens is a must.

Activities

Food and wine in Santa Rosa

From farm-to-table brunches and vegan bakeries to wood-fired pizzas and perfectly paired wines, feasting in Santa Rosa is all part of the fun. If you’d rather take control in the kitchen, Santa Rosa vacation rentals feature everything you need to throw your own Wine Country inspired dinner party. As well as vino, Santa Rosa is also surrounded by a string of small batch spirit distilleries, craft microbreweries, and organic cideries. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never go thirsty in Santa Rosa.

Weather

Sun-drenched Sonoma County

With more than 250 sunny days per year, Santa Rosa doesn’t scrimp on Vitamin D. Summer is the height of high season, with legions of wine lovers descending on Santa Rosa. It’s a great time to tour the valley as well as enjoy the city’s lively cultural calendar. From the annual Sonoma County Fair to 4th of July celebrations and local heritage festivals, there’s always something on. Fall is harvest season, which is a great time to visit if you’re curious about how grapes are picked, pressed, and bottled.

Natural features

Exploring vineyards near Santa Rosa

Thanks to its rich soil and sunny climate, Santa Rosa is peppered with more than 400 wineries. Whether you sign up for a guided group trip or embark on a self-drive tasting tour, rolling vineyards are always well within reach. With sunny decks, heated pools, and forested settings, secluded Santa Rosa vacation rentals offer you a true taste of what Wine Country is all about. For an alternative perspective on Sonoma County, why not paddle a canoe down the Russian River? If you’re craving sand and salt water, nearby Bodega Bay boasts a handful of gorgeous beaches.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Santa Rosa

Fly into Santa Rosa, CA (STS-Sonoma County), the closest airport, located 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), which is 22.3 mi (36 km) away.

Where to stay around Santa Rosa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,123 vacation rentals near Santa Rosa. From 664 Houses to 150 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Santa Rosa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Rosa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Rosa:

  • Montgomery Village: 23 vacation rentals
  • Junior College Neighborhood Association: 15 vacation rentals
  • Memorial Hospital Neighborhood: 18 vacation rentals
  • Sereno del Mar: 22 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 24 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Santa Rosa?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santa Rosa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Oakmont Golf Club: 1,236 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Coast Air Museum: 1,147 vacation rentals
  • Santa Rosa Junior College: 1,305 vacation rentals
  • Sonoma County Fairgrounds: 1,390 vacation rentals
  • Spring Lake Park: 1,199 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Rosa listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Santa Rosa?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 664 Houses in Santa Rosa. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Rosa include:

  • Cottages: 150 rentals available
  • Cabins: 150 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 150 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Rosa?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 450 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Rosa. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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