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

hot tub at sea ranch vacation rental

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.

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Leslie Creek House – Santa Rosa, CA

santa rosa vacation home in the evening

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!).

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Bay View Beachfront – Fort Bragg, CA

Fort Bragg rental with oceanview

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.

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Seahorse House – Gualala, CA

beach house in gualala california

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.

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Pleasure Point Paradise – Santa Cruz, CA

santa cruz vacation rental

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).

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Bag End – Mendocino, CA

Bag End vacation home in Mendocino

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.

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Elk Mid-Century – Elk, CA

cabin rental 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.

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Author: Hannah Morrison

Hannah hails from Telluride, CO and currently lives in Portland, where she works as writer, editor, and unofficial resident poet for Team Vacasa. You'll often find Hannah singing and dancing down the sidewalk, making really tall sandwiches, and planning her next long run.