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Romance at Sonoma vacation home rentals

Romantic Sonoma is an up-and-coming California destination for couples, families, and solo visitors looking to explore the area’s rich wine-making heritage, charming local attractions, and beautiful, scenic coastline. With historic connections to Hollywood royalty, and an abundance of hidden gems like beautiful waterfalls, top-quality eateries, and vineyards on your doorstep, choosing one of the Sonoma vacation rentals is well worth it. There is so much to explore, but luckily the famously long, Mediterranean summers mean you have plenty of time to delve into this vibrant area, while relaxing and unwinding.

History

Historic sites near Sonoma vacation rentals

Sonoma boasts numerous historic sites to delight the history buff. Vacation rentals are available near places like Mission San Francisco Solano, a historic Franciscan mission with exhibits and a collection of watercolor paintings, and Sonoma State Historic Park, a living-history park with landmarks depicting local history, such as barracks, missions, and inns. You'll also like Presidio of Sonoma, a historic barracks in a state park that was once a command post of the California Republic.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near vacation homes in Sonoma

Sonoma vacation rentals offer a great choice for wine connoisseurs, but there is more to do here than sip wine. Historic Sonoma Plaza, for example, is a beautiful, slow-paced destination made up of charming cafes, galleries, and old-school architecture that you'll want to spend hours exploring. But you don't have to keep things chilled—if you want to heat things up and get a kick of adrenaline, head on over to Sonoma Raceway, which offers everything from Nascar racing to drifting. Just don't forget your earplugs and your sunblock!

Activities

Things to do near getaway cabins in Sonoma

With over 400 wineries sprawled across the county, as well as a whole host of family-owned cheese stores, olive groves, and more, it can be difficult to choose where to go. Luckily, Sonoma bike tours are on hand to make sure you get to sample some of the delights by enjoying tastings, as well as the area’s breath-taking scenery as you cycle from spot to spot. Sonoma has many notable beauty spots and wonderful views of the sea and vineyards. Alternatively, you could also book a Sonoma Segway tour: a different way to see the sights on two wheels!

Weather

Local weather for your trip to Sonoma cottage rentals

California is known for its long, warm, dry summers, and Sonoma is no exception. Things start heating up in March, with average highs of above 65°F. Temperatures peak with an average of 88°F in July and August. The near-constant clear skies mean it’s generally cool in the evening and through the night, making Sonoma vacation rentals a comfortable sleeping experience. The summer weather is perfect for cycling, hiking, relaxing outside local cafes and wineries, and exploring the coast, where you will be met by a cool, gentle sea breeze.

Natural features

Experience California’s wild coast in Sonoma

Whether on foot or by bike, by coupé or Segway, you are going to want to get out and explore after arriving at one of the Sonoma vacation rentals. Bodega Bay offers beautiful views of the sunset and a sandy beach, and is a popular spot for whale watchers and hikers wanting to explore the rugged cliffs and many charming, hidden waterfalls. The nearby East Ridge Trail is another must-see, featuring the areas famous Giant Redwoods, while the Russian River allows for a day’s canoeing with many secluded, romantic spots to relax and unwind.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Sonoma

The nearest airport is in Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), located 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), which is 11.8 mi (18.9 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Sonoma vacation homes

Families with children will love the array of kid-friendly places in Sonoma. Vacation homes can be found near attractions like Sonoma TrainTown Railroad, a quarter-scale, old-timey train with trips to a mini town with a petting zoo, and Depot Park Museum, a local history museum within a train depot with local artifacts. You'll also like the Blue Wing Inn, a landmark adobe building from the 19th century with a former inn, stagecoach depot, general store, and saloon.

Where to stay around Sonoma?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 938 vacation rentals near Sonoma. From 534 Houses to 89 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 for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Sonoma:

  • Berkeley Hills: 171 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Napa: 69 vacation rentals
  • North Berkeley: 136 vacation rentals
  • Almonte: 62 vacation rentals
  • Belvedere: 26 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 Sonoma?

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

  • Sonoma Plaza: 312 vacation rentals
  • Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau: 1,071 vacation rentals
  • Sonoma TrainTown Railroad: 1,077 vacation rentals
  • California Missions Museum: 1,054 vacation rentals
  • Sonoma Raceway: 1,213 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 534 Houses in Sonoma. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sonoma include:

  • Cottages: 89 rentals available
  • Villas: 31 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 89 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sonoma?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 419 vacation rentals with pool available in Sonoma. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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