Destination guide

Find a soaring oceanside paradise in Jenner

Set on a bluff high above the Pacific Ocean, Jenner is perched on the spot where the Russian River flows into the sea. Vacationers choose this tiny coastal village (home to only a couple hundred lucky souls) because of its gorgeous vistas and romantic sunsets. Then again, some of them choose it for its close proximity to great food and wine. Others are taken with its population of seabirds and harbor seals. Still others are lured by opportunities for surfing, kayaking, and camping. In short, this breathtaking landscape offers something for everyone.

Things to do

Come for the wine, stay for the intoxicating surroundings

The Sonoma Coast attracts wine lovers, and vineyards beckon from just a few miles away both up and down the coast from your Jenner vacation rental. The town itself offers a wine bar and tasting room right on the water. If sipping wine by the sea makes you curious about the natural wonders around you, take a stroll to the Sonoma Coast Visitors Center to learn about the town's history, flora, and fauna. You might even spot a harbor seal from one of the center's windows.


Paddling, picnicking, and pitching a tent under the stars

The key to getting the best out of this particular patch of California coast is to enjoy the scene right outside the door of your Jenner vacation rental. The dock at Jenner Gulch will be close no matter where you stay, and from there you can rent a kayak and paddle over to Sonoma Coast State Beach. It's actually a 17-mile stretch of many beaches, including Goat Rock, a long, sandy strip perfect for surfers or picnickers. Surf too rough? Picnic not enough? Steer your kayak up the Russian River where public and private campsites await.


Cool summers and misty mornings by the sea

Like much of California's coast, Jenner enjoys the cool summer Mediterranean climate that makes grapevines happy and humans wet. If you book your Jenner vacation rental between October and May, be prepared to snuggle beneath your poncho as you take in the ocean view. Nights and mornings can be drizzly in summer too, and keep summer swelter at bay. Highs in July hover pleasantly in the upper 70s, so you may not be surprised to learn that Jenner is at its most popular from spring to fall.

Natural features

Preserving the magic of water-loving wildlife

The little town of Jenner is surrounded by large populations of plants and animals. Where the Russian River meets the sea, an estuary provides a habitat for Pacific harbor seals, brown pelicans, ospreys, and great blue herons. Birdwatchers look for bald eagles flying over the estuary and occasionally spot them diving for fish. If you're especially lucky, you'll catch a red tide on the shore, when the water shimmers with phosphorescent algae. Just north of the town, the Jenner Headlands nature preserve hosts threatened species of owls, falcons, swallows, and salmon.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Jenner

The nearest airport is in Santa Rosa, CA (STS-Sonoma County), located 19.8 mi (31.8 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Jenner?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 763 vacation rentals near Jenner. From 589 Houses to 110 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Jenner for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Stillwater Cove Regional Park: 488 vacation rentals
  • Doran Beach: 653 vacation rentals
  • Healdsburg Plaza: 234 vacation rentals
  • Lake Sonoma: 564 vacation rentals
  • Salt Point State Park: 464 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 589 Houses in Jenner. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Jenner include:

  • Cabins: 110 rentals available
  • Cottages: 110 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 110 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Jenner?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 165 vacation rentals with pool available in Jenner. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.