With more than 400 wineries, 17 American Viticultural Areas, and a collection of charming and easy-going towns, Sonoma County is a stunning display of the bounty of California. Scenically bordered by the wild and rugged Northern California Coast to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains and the Napa Valley to the east, our Sonoma vacation rentals are an ideal destination for wine lovers, cyclists, and hikers in search of pastoral beauty only a short drive from San Francisco.
Southern Sonoma County
The seat of Sonoma County is beautiful Santa Rosa
, a thriving city of nearly 172,000 residents, three shopping districts, and five historic residential neighborhoods. Santa Rosa is also the site of the Charles M. Schultz Museum, a campus dedicated to the renowned cartoonist and his beloved Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang.
Southeast of Santa Rosa is the historic city of Sonoma
, made famous in 1846 when California settlers declared their independence from Mexico. Not only is Sonoma the lovely home of the Mission San Francisco Solano, the last of the Spanish-Mexican missions constructed in California, it is also the location of the state's oldest winery, the Buena Vista Winery.
Northern Sonoma County
Guests at our more northern Sonoma County vacation rentals will enjoy close proximity to foodie haven Healdsburg
, the regional epicenter of fine food and wine. Located on the banks of the Russian River at the nexus of the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valley AVAs, downtown Healdsburg is filled with unique shops, a wide variety of art galleries, and world-class tasting rooms and restaurants that include Valette, Dry Creek Kitchen, and Bistro Ralph.
Looking for an even more laid-back home base? The tiny neighboring town of Geyserville is a magnet for cyclists in search of big wine country views and gorgeous valley landscapes. It's also the location of the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. This sprawling winery features two swimming pools and a museum full of some of the director's famous movie memorabilia.
Western Sonoma County
Discover one of the most beautiful stretches of California Highway One or reconnect with nature among the towering redwood forests in western Sonoma County. Plan a trip to the coastal community of Bodega Bay
, the setting of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, or spend the day in Sebastopol, the winemaking town known for its coastal pinot noir and rich agricultural history.
Leave your worries behind and treat yourself to a world of wine and cuisine in a decidedly relaxed and welcoming community. Pack your bags, invite your friends, and reserve one of our gorgeous Sonoma County vacation rentals today.
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