Sonoma County, California, is located an hour drive north of San Francisco. Known for its towering redwood forests, world-class wineries, abundance of outdoor recreation and dramatic coastline, Sonoma County is a top Northern California vacation destination.
Visitors come year-round to taste wine, hike, bike, fish and explore. During the summer months, the lazy Russian River is a magnet for swimmers, boaters, sunbathers and all-around river recreation enthusiasts. Other visitors prefer to come during the cooler months, avoiding the summer crowds. During the Fall and Spring, Wine Country events are plentiful, and the natural beauty of the region is enjoyable in every season.
Our vacation rentals are located in rural Western Sonoma County, in close proximity to the Russian River Resort Area towns of Guerneville, Forestville, Monte Rio, Cazadero and Duncans Mills; the coastal towns of Jenner and Bodega Bay; and the agricultural towns of Sebastopol, Graton, Occidental, Healdsburg and Windsor. Western Sonoma County is off-beat and authentic. People from all walks of life call this area home, and our vibrant community celebrates diversity and individualism. View Homes by Town
The Russian River Resort Area has a long-standing vacation tradition. After logging ceased in the early 1900’s, the trains that had been transporting lumber started transporting visitors. People came by train from San Francisco and all around the Bay Area and the Russian River became a bustling tourist spot. The 1920’s at the Russian River were a highpoint, and train travel to the area continued until the railroads were dismantled around 1935. People continued to visit summer cabins in the Russian River, a tradition carried on today by our wonderful guests.
West County Countryside - Away from the river valley, the landscape changes to the scenic countryside, with rolling hills, apple orchards, wineries and vineyards. Wine tasting is very popular in this part of the county. So are Farm Trails excursions, Farm-to-Table dining experiences, spas, shopping, beer tasting and dining. Sebastopol, the largest town west of Santa Rosa, and is worth a visit. The Barlow is a recently-constructed point of interest, and houses a brewery, a distillery, and ice cream parlor, a community market, wine-tasting rooms, boutiques and restaurants. More about Visiting Wine Country
The Sonoma Coast – At the west edge of the county is a lovely and accessible stretch of coastline. The 10 mile stretch of coast from Bodega Bay to Jenner has a number of dog-friendly State Beaches. Hwy 1 runs right along the coastline, and parking for the beaches is just off the road. North of Jenner, the coastline becomes more dramatic as the cliffs get higher and the hills become steeper. A great scenic drive, this is also the way to Fort Ross State Park, a former Russian Fort built in 1812.
If you’re planning to spend time outdoors during your stay, please join us in practicing the Sonoma County Leave No Trace Principles. These helpful Know Before You Go tips will ensure that you have a good time and help protect the outdoors during your visit.
Traveling to and from Sonoma County
The Charles Schultz Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa has limited commercial flights, including non-stop service from a handful of Western US cities. Check current flight information
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 70 miles south of Santa Rosa, or a 1.5 hour drive without traffic
Oakland International Airport (OAK) is 70 miles southeast of Santa Rosa, or a little over an drive without traffic.
Whichever airport you fly into, you will need to rent or hire a car once you get here. Taxis and buses are limited.