Destination guide

Raise a glass to your Rutherford vacation rental

Ladies and gentlemen, charge your glasses. A Rutherford vacation rental will see you nestled deep among the vineyards and wineries of the Napa Valley. One of the biggest wine and food destinations in the world, literally millions of people every year descend on this part of California to sample the fermented nectar of its sprawling vineyards. And if the quality of its award-winning wines isn't enough to get your juices flowing, Rutherford's restaurants are pretty special too. Picture yourself gazing over the verdant valley floor as you tear into Michelin-starred food and a glass of cabernet sauvignon. Then get booking.

Things to do

I heard it on the grapevine

It'll come as no surprise that most people round here make their living growing and squashing grapes, and far be it from you to let them labor in vain. Rutherford is particularly known for its cabernet sauvignon varieties and distinctive local flavors, so take a winery tour or two (or three, or four), and see if you can pinpoint the famously elusive note of 'Rutherford dust'. If you fancy a dash of showbiz with your glass of the red stuff, head to Inglenook Winery, which Francis Ford Coppola bought with the profits from The Godfather.

Activities

Baby, you can drive my car

Chances are you're going to want to spend most of your Rutherford vacation rental with a wine glass in your hand. Which means you'd best not have a steering wheel in the other. Fortunately the area is well served by wine tours, from elaborate affairs involving limos and guides, to simpler arrangements where a local does the driving so you can focus on the drinking. Or, for a touch of old-school glamour, there's the Napa Valley wine train. With its vintage Pullman railcars, this elegant service travels the length of the Napa Valley, and offers fine dining and events, including murder mystery tours.

Weather

Enough sun to turn you into a raisin

Those vines just love the sun, which is good news if you do too, since Rutherford will treat you to a Mediterranean climate. Summers round here are hot, dry, and sunny, though the temperatures can drop off a little in the evenings, so best pack that linen jacket. Come winter (November to February), the mercury never falls particularly low, but you can bank on plenty of rain. One of the most incredible seasons for a Rutherford vacation rental is fall, when the vineyards turn gorgeous colors, and the process of harvesting and crushing those little black fruits really gets rolling.

Natural features

A nip of Napa Valley nectar

You might have heard of the Napa Valley, home to some of the most famous wines in the whole of the U.S. Well, Rutherford is right at the heart of it, and has its own AVA (American Viticultural Area) designation. Flanked by the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges, this once volcanic region can go toe-to-toe with the Mediterranean for the quality of its soil and its grape-friendly climate. The decent winter rainfall and nearby mountain environments also mean the slopes are home to a rich diversity of wildlife and plants, along with canyons and forests.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Rutherford

Fly into Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley), the closest airport, located 18.3 mi (29.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Santa Rosa, CA (STS-Sonoma County), which is 21.5 mi (34.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Rutherford?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,149 vacation rentals near Rutherford. From 604 Houses to 109 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rutherford for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Rutherford:

  • Downtown Napa: 72 vacation rentals
  • Browns Valley: 33 vacation rentals
  • Alta Heights: 30 vacation rentals
  • Coombsville: 18 vacation rentals
  • Junior College Neighborhood Association: 15 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 Rutherford?

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

  • Beaulieu Vineyard: 992 vacation rentals
  • Round Pond Estate: 979 vacation rentals
  • Rubicon Estate: 1,008 vacation rentals
  • Sonoma Plaza: 307 vacation rentals
  • Napa Valley Wine Train: 814 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 604 Houses in Rutherford. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rutherford include:

  • Cottages: 109 rentals available
  • Cabins: 109 rentals available
  • Villas: 41 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 Rutherford?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 542 vacation rentals with pool available in Rutherford. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.