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Popular amenities for Sonoma vacation rentals

Stay near Sonoma's top sights

Sonoma Plaza107 locals recommend
Gundlach Bundschu Winery87 locals recommend
the girl & the fig175 locals recommend
Sonoma State Historic Park9 locals recommend
El Dorado Kitchen98 locals recommend
Whole Foods Market104 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Sonoma

  • Total rentals

    190 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    14K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    110 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    40 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    50 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    100 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Sonoma

All About Sonoma

About an hour northeast of San Francisco in the heart of Sonoma Valley, the wine country town of Sonoma is one of the oldest settlements in Northern California, the birthplace of the state flag, and home to the only Mission established after Mexico gained independence from Spain. The town’s historic plaza is a microcosm of the region, filled with wine bars, art galleries, specialty housewares stores, and restaurants dishing up the latest in California cuisine. The Tuesday night farmers’ market draws locals to City Hall to stock up on fruits and vegetables from surrounding farms, and the downtown cheese shop has been selling hunks of its famous Monterey Jack since 1931. To take your dairy worship to the next level, hop on the California Cheese Trail, which runs through town and connects to nearly 30 farms and creameries throughout the state.

On the outskirts of town, you’ll find a handful of light-commitment hiking trails perfect for stretching your legs between meals, including the leisurely Sonoma Overlook Trail, former Indigenous hunting grounds with scenic views of the valley and the Mayacamas Mountains in the distance. As the gateway to Sonoma County, the town is also a prime launching pad to whale watching in Bodega Bay, paddling the Russian River, and exploring the more than 400 wineries in the region.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Sonoma

Sonoma experiences a Mediterranean climate, where temperatures rarely drop below freezing during the rainy winters, and summers are warm with cool coastal breezes. Summer boasts some of the best weather for hiking, biking, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Sonoma vacation rentals are popular from May through October, especially in the fall months of September and October during the grape harvest. Towards the end of winter, mustard flowers blanket the valleys and dormant vineyards in vibrant shades of yellow. Wildflowers in various shades of red, purple, orange, and pink adorn Sonoma’s lush parks in the spring.

Top things to do in Sonoma

Sonoma Botanical Garden

The Sonoma Botanical Garden is a 25-acre gem, home to one of North America’s most extensive collections of temperate-climate, wild plants from Asia as well as plants native to California. The garden offers stunning displays of seasonal flowers and extensive collections of rare and endangered plants. Highlights include camellias, magnolias, roses, maples, rhododendrons, lilies, and more.

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

A little over an hour away, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is one of the most accessible redwood groves in California. Spread out over 800 acres, the reserve boasts a variety of hikes of varying difficulty. The Colonel Armstrong Tree is the oldest tree, thought to be around 1,400 years old, and is located less than a mile from the entrance. Bicycling paths, horseback riding, and picnic areas are all available.

Sonoma Plaza

This city’s charming eight-acre central square is the thumping heart of Sonoma, packed with elegant restaurants, contemporary art galleries, and some of the region’s most significant historical landmarks. Follow the winding alleyways past fashion boutiques and wine bars, and pay a visit to Mission Sonoma, the northernmost of California’s 21 missions, built in 1823. Close by, you’ll find the Bear Flag Monument, a bronze sculpture commemorating California’s first armed insurrection against the Mexican government in 1846.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Sonoma?

    Sonoma features a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers averaging around 80°F (27°C) and cool, wet winters with temperatures around 40-60°F (4-15°C). Rain is most common from November to April, while the rest of the year is typically dry.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Sonoma?

    In Sonoma, visitors often frequent the Sonoma Plaza, explore the historic Sonoma State Historic Park, or take a leisurely walk through the Sonoma Valley Regional Park. For those interested in art, a visit to the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is highly recommended.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Sonoma?

    Sonoma is most frequented from June to October, during the warm, dry season. During this time, the Sonoma International Film Festival in March, the Sonoma County Fair in August, and the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival in September are popular local events.

  • What are the best places to stay in Sonoma?

    For accommodations, visitors often choose the areas around Sonoma Plaza and the Sonoma Valley. These locations provide easy access to many attractions and restaurants. The communities of Glen Ellen and Kenwood are also popular choices for their serene and natural surroundings.

  • What are the best places to visit in Sonoma?

    Popular places in Sonoma include the Sonoma Plaza, Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma State Historic Park, and the Jack London State Historic Park. The Quarryhill Botanical Garden and Sonoma Valley Regional Park are also well-liked among visitors.

  • What are some hiking trails in Sonoma?

    Sonoma has a variety of hiking trails such as the Sonoma Overlook Trail, Bartholomew Park Trail, and Jack London Park Trail. For a more challenging hike, the Bald Mountain Trail in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is often suggested.

  • What are some family activities to do in Sonoma?

    Families can enjoy a day out at the Sonoma TrainTown Railroad, explore the interactive exhibits at the Children's Museum of Sonoma County, or have a picnic at Sonoma Plaza. Nature lovers often head to the Safari West for a wildlife encounter or to the Quarryhill Botanical Garden for a peaceful stroll.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Sonoma?

    For a fulfilling day in Sonoma, consider exploring the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, relaxing at the Sonoma Coast State Park, or venture to the Point Reyes National Seashore. You can also visit the historic Mission San Francisco Solano or explore the Quarryhill Botanical Garden.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Sonoma?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 100 vacation rentals in Sonoma featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Sonoma?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Sonoma. Choose from more than 40 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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