Destination guide

Vineyards and rustic charm in California's Sonoma County

Famous for producing many popular Californian wines, Sonoma County has a rustic appeal, with small towns dotted in between the vast vineyards. Many Sonoma County vacation rentals can be found along the rugged, natural coast, which has small, secluded beaches and unspoiled landscapes, perfect for an escape from the city. Sonoma County also has an excellent range of cozy restaurants, from bistros to diners, and it's a popular spot for a weekend of shopping, boasting a large outlet mall, out-of-town shopping centers and small-town artisanal stores.


Wine tasting in Sonoma County

Sonoma County has a number of wine tours, whether you want to drive through the pleasant green valleys at your own pace, or be taken on a tour by an expert guide. There are even Segway tours, so you can zip along the country lanes. Booking a Sonoma County vacation rental means time to explore the area's wineries, with over 400 in total. You can combine your trip with a visit to nearby Napa Valley for a wine lover's dream vacation. Discover rustic roadside wineries and grand country estates, sampling smooth pinot noirs and bold zinfandels in the California sunshine.


Perfect wine-making weather in Sonoma County

Sonoma County has the perfect conditions for growing grapes, with mild weather all year round and few frosty days. June to October is the most popular time to book Sonoma County vacation rentals, with pleasantly warm sunny days and hardly any rain. However, with attractions such as the wineries open year-round, it's also worth visiting during the spring, when it's still warm and any rain clears away quickly. Close to the coast, it can be cooler than inland, with coastal fog a common sight, although this often clears by noon, letting the California sunshine come through.

Natural features

Redwoods and rugged beaches in Sonoma County

Sonoma County is seemingly covered in lush greenery, with row upon row of vineyard growing in the sunshine. There are also more rugged, undeveloped areas, such as the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, which has a temperate rainforest microclimate, where redwoods up to 300ft tall can thrive. Wander around the shady, mossy trails and you'll feel dwarfed by these trees, many of which are 100s of years old. Sonoma County also has rugged coastlines, featuring popular beaches such as Bodega Bay, where whales frolic off the coast. The Sonoma Coast State Park also offers rocky coves and secluded beaches.


Transportation to and around Sonoma Valley

The nearest airport is in Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), located 14 mi (22.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), which is 14.8 mi (23.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Sonoma County?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,476 vacation rentals near Sonoma County. From 970 Houses to 187 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sonoma County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sonoma County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sonoma County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sonoma: 899 vacation rentals
  • Bodega Bay: 519 vacation rentals
  • Healdsburg: 731 vacation rentals
  • Santa Rosa: 1,073 vacation rentals
  • The Sea Ranch: 259 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Sonoma County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sonoma County?

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

  • Sonoma: 899 rentals
  • Bodega Bay: 519 rentals
  • Healdsburg: 731 rentals
  • Santa Rosa: 1,073 rentals
  • The Sea Ranch: 259 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Sonoma County?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Sonoma County are:

  • Charles M Schulz Sonoma Co Airport (STS): 1,084 vacation rentals
  • Sausalito, CA (JMC-Commodore Center Heliport): 1,909 vacation rentals
  • Napa County Airport (APC): 786 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Sonoma County?

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

  • Doran Beach: 630 rentals
  • Sonoma Plaza: 291 rentals
  • Healdsburg Plaza: 218 rentals
  • Lake Sonoma: 539 rentals
  • Bodega Head: 626 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sonoma County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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