From the towering wonders of Yosemite to the eye-popping sunsets of the Golden Coast, there’s a little something for everyone in this neck of woods. Here are seven of the best vacation homes in Northern California for your next trip out west.
Ascona House – Sea Ranch, CA
Tucked away in the midcentury mecca at Sea Ranch, the two-bedroom Ascona House offers exceptionally picturesque whale-watching perches: a private hot tub, ocean-facing deck, and cozy fireplace next to floor-to-ceiling windows.
Leslie Creek House – Santa Rosa, CA
Enjoy the poolside luxury of a Spanish villa with the fireplace of a mountain lodge—plus the perks of a modern home. There’s something for everyone as the Leslie Creek House, including space (it sleeps 10!).
Bay View Beachfront – Fort Bragg, CA
Just 200 feet from the secluded cove of Babcock Beach, this getaway offers stunning views from its private hot tub and a well-stocked chef’s kitchen.
Seahorse House – Gualala, CA
Chase your blues away with a rustic getaway in the woods. The coast and plenty of outdoor activities are a short distance away, making this one of the best vacation homes in Northern California for exploring.
Pleasure Point Paradise – Santa Cruz, CA
Two decks. A two-minute walk to the beach. A 10-minute drive to the Boardwalk. You’ll have plenty to do during your Santa Cruz weekend at this spacious vacation rental. Even the master bedroom is massive (with an en suite bath, of course).
Bag End – Mendocino, CA
This home is its own adventure, from the Tolkien-inspired architecture to the cozy interiors fit for a hobbit. With a gas grill on the deck and even a nearby hammock nestled in the trees, this home is paradise for a weekend unplugged—with the exception of the electric vehicle charging port.
Elk Mid-Century – Elk, CA
This sprawling, oceanfront home is tucked away amongst the rugged bluffs around Greenwood Cove, just outside of Elk, CA. It has a wrap-around deck with ocean views from every seat, WiFi and Netflix to keep you connected, and a wood fireplace to keep things cozy.