Destination guide

Find California's cleanest water at Lake Berryessa

Escape to paradise at Lake Berryessa, a vast shimmering lake surrounded by Napa's scenic countryside and within easy reach of an indulgent selection of wineries and dining spots. Spend lazy days swimming and kayaking in quiet coves or ramp up the pace with a thrilling boat ride or a spot of waterskiing. Whether you're enjoying some downtime with family or hanging out with friends, Lake Berryessa vacation rentals offer the perfect base. Choose from homes right on the water's edge or spread your wings a little further and opt for a rental in one of the charming surrounding towns.

Things to do

Explore wineries and vineyards near Lake Berryessa

Napa, Rutherford, and St Helena can be found within an hour's drive of most Lake Berryessa vacation rentals, all serving up an enticing selection of wineries and vineyards. If you're enjoying a short getaway, hopping aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train for a 36-mile round trip between Napa and St Helena can be a lovely way to combine tasting with views of Wine Country. More time to spare? The Old Faithful Geyser of California is a star attraction to tick off your bucket list.


Discover outdoor adventure at Lake Berryessa

Life on the water rarely seems more idyllic than at Lake Berryessa, with vacation rentals here placing a world of fun on your doorstep. Paddle boats, pontoons, and jet skis are readily available to rent each season, putting everything from relaxation to high-octane action on the menu. When it's time to dry off, you'll find that 165 miles of shoreline provide many opportunities to soak up the sun, fire up a barbecue, or enjoy a bike ride through the lake's unparalleled surroundings. With a spectacular variety of feathered friends all calling the area home, bird watchers also have plenty to look forward to.


Enjoy your favorite season at Lake Berryessa

No matter when you choose to stay in Lake Berryessa, an inviting Mediterranean-like climate awaits. Temperatures are pleasant all year round, although the highs of 90-plus seen in July and August combined with summer recess can make competition for Lake Berryessa vacation rentals a little fiercer. The fall months of September and October usher in blazing foliage and harvest time at local wineries, which in turn can also equal high demand for vacation homes. Rain in the winter months may just offer you the chance to see the lake's glory hole spillway in action.

Natural features

Soak up the landscape surrounding Lake Berryessa

If you're keen to connect with nature, you'll find the green spaces around the lake provide the perfect backdrop. The Smittle Creek and Oak Shores areas offer hiking trails, beach activities, and wildlife viewing. Oak Shores is also a popular spot for mountain biking. Prefer your open spaces to be a little more rugged? Stretching along the lake's northwest shores, the Cedar Roughs Wildlife Area is home to mountain lion, gray fox, and golden eagles. It's best to find a spot to sit and soak up the scenery, though, as the abundance of Sargent's Cypress can make hiking a bit of a non-starter.

Where to stay around Lake Berryessa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7 vacation rentals near Lake Berryessa. From 2 Houses to 2 Estates, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Berryessa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Berryessa?

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

  • Sonoma: 922 vacation rentals
  • St Helena: 573 vacation rentals
  • Sonoma County: 2,257 vacation rentals
  • Calistoga: 542 vacation rentals
  • Northern California: 21,279 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Berryessa! 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 Lake Berryessa?

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 Lake Berryessa:

  • Sonoma: 922 rentals
  • St Helena: 573 rentals
  • Calistoga: 542 rentals
  • Yountville: 680 rentals
  • Glen Ellen: 698 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Berryessa?

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

  • Napa Valley Balloons: 1,022 rentals
  • Sonoma Valley Regional Park: 438 rentals
  • Silver Oak Napa Valley Winery: 1,003 rentals
  • Yountville Park: 1,023 rentals
  • Valley of the Moon Winery & Vineyards: 1,119 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Berryessa 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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