Destination guide

There's gold in them there hills

Pack up your pickaxe and sling on your six-gun, because you're going prospecting for vacation gold. It might be more than 150 years since ragged prospectors with long beards hit the mother lode in this part of California, but it won't feel like ancient history with a Columbia vacation rental. Take a walk down Columbia's beautifully preserved main street and it'll genuinely feel like you've taken a walk back into the 1880s, with Gold Rush-era buildings, stagecoaches rumbling by, and the clanging of the blacksmith's hammer. Kick back with a sarsaparilla and take it all in.

Things to do

Where petrol power is a thing of the future

There are no motor vehicles in Columbia town center, but if you're wanting to take the weight off, then why not hop aboard the stagecoach for a town tour? Your only difficulty will be deciding where to get off. Will you turn those dusty boots towards the museum museum, or grab a lamp and head down the old mine? Or how about the town theater? And pint-sized prospectors won't find themselves short of activities either, with diversions including an antique bowling alley, ice cream parlors, and gold panning experiences. You never know, they might just strike it rich.


Blend into the crowd with your ten-gallon hat

Most of the action in your Columbia vacation rental is likely to be centered around Columbia State Historic Park, which includes the town center. Essentially a giant living history museum, it's a preserved 19th-century mining town, complete with period-appropriate shops and people in old west costume. Turn up in your spurs, vest, and ten-gallon hat, and nobody will give you a second glance. Apart from the shops, museums and other attractions, there's also a busy program of events including Fourth of July celebrations, wine tasting, big band concerts, ghost tours, and theatrical murder mystery nights.


Keep the brim pulled way down low

A Columbia vacation rental is a golden opportunity at any time of year, but show up between May and October and you're going to need that wide-brimmed Stetson, because summers here can get ferociously hot. It's mostly pretty dry in the high season, but the occasional thunderstorm can come tumbling down from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, usually in the afternoons or evenings. Winters, on the other hand, are cooler and a lot wetter. Hopefully the Stetson will double as a rain hat, and you can add an old-time oilskin for added authenticity.

Natural features

Switch into hiking boots and hit the wildlife trails

Despite Columbia's history, your chances of catching sight of the glint of gold aren't nearly as good as those of spotting wildlife. Columbia is set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and if you can bear to pull off the vintage hobnail boots and lace up the hiking boots instead, a trip out of town offers a whole lot of opportunities for spotting wild animals. The grasslands and woods are home to black bear, coyote, bobcat, and deer. And hold up, what's that smell? Oh yeah, there's skunk here too.

Can I find a vacation rental around Columbia?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 811 vacation rentals near Columbia. From 371 Houses to 23 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Columbia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Columbia State Historic Park: 655 vacation rentals
  • Sierra Repertory Theater - Fallon House: 650 vacation rentals
  • Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions: 658 vacation rentals
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park: 208 vacation rentals
  • Pine Mountain Lake Marina: 209 vacation rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 371 Houses in Columbia. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Columbia include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 23 rentals available
  • Villas: 3 rentals available
  • Cabins: 331 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Columbia?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 418 vacation rentals with pool available in Columbia. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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