Destination guide

Enjoy a relaxed California getaway in Novato

Less than an hour outside San Francisco and within easy reach of the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Marin County city of Novato has plenty to offer travelers keen to enjoy a relaxing getaway with family or friends. From enjoying a little outdoor time at the Ignacio Valley Preserve to finding new favorites along North Bay's cheese and wine trails, there's no shortage of activities on offer, and whether you're looking for a cute hideaway overlooking Petaluma River or delightful downtown digs, Novato vacation rentals place you right on the doorstep of all that this charming, eclectic city has to offer.

Things to do

Find a new favorite tipple in Novato

A glass or 2 of fine wine is likely to be on your bucket list during a stay in Novato. There's a popular tasting room in downtown, complete with a heated outdoor patio for cooler nights, although the city also plays host to the historic Pacheco Ranch Winery, where those with an appointment can tour the grand Italianate estate before enjoying handcrafted Cabernets. Of course, that's just for starters; Novato vacation rentals are typically within an hour's drive of the famed Napa Valley Wine Train. Traveling with kids? Skip the wine and head to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom instead, around 30 minutes from most rentals.


Retail therapy in Novato

If retail therapy is high on your agenda, you'll find your own slice of heaven in Novato. Grant Avenue, in the city's historic Old Town, offers a helping of nostalgia with its quaint stores and one-of-a-kind boutiques. For a different kind of shopping experience, you might head to Rowland Boulevard's Vintage Oak Malls or hang fire for a local farmer's market to set up its delightfully colorful and fragrant stalls, each one filled to bursting with tempting goodies. With your shopping fix in the bag, you'll find an array of tempting options for dinner and drinks dotted along Highway 101.


Choose a spring stay for a great deal in Novato

It never really gets all that cold in Novato; this is California, after all. Temperatures are at their highest between July and October, which coincides with the region's harvest season, making prices for rentals and wine tours that bit higher. If you're on the lookout for a great deal on a Novato vacation rental, stays in March, April, or May can be a good bet. You'll still be able to soak up the sun but you'll see the rates for pretty much everything come down a little and avoid the worst of the peak summer crowds.

Natural features

Find beaches and green spaces near Novato

The mild year-round climate means that outdoor time is always on the menu in Novato. The city boasts several inviting green spaces, not least the Deer Island Preserve and the Hamilton Wetlands, the latter hugging the shoreline of San Pablo Bay. To the east of the city, the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers an idyllic spot for hiking and wildlife photography. To the west, and around a 45-minute drive from most rentals, the Port Reyes National Seashore serves up natural delights such as Wildcat Beach, the Phillip Burton Wilderness, and the cliffside Alamere Falls.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Novato

Fly into Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), the closest airport, located 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), which is 17.9 mi (28.8 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Novato?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,274 vacation rentals near Novato. From 638 Houses to 101 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Novato for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Novato?

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 Novato:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 726 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 631 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 375 vacation rentals
  • Mission District: 593 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 559 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 Novato?

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

  • Marin Museum of Contemporary Art: 1,371 vacation rentals
  • Stone Tree Golf Club: 1,215 vacation rentals
  • Novato History Museum: 1,112 vacation rentals
  • Indian Valley Golf Club: 930 vacation rentals
  • Pacheco Ranch Winery: 1,343 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Novato 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 Novato?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 638 Houses in Novato. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Novato include:

  • Cottages: 101 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 354 rentals available
  • Studios: 316 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Novato?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 289 vacation rentals with pool available in Novato. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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