About 45 miles north of San Francisco, set deep in the hills, is the birthplace of wine in California – Sonoma Valley. Sonoma is known for its pre-colonial Mexican historical sites, art galleries of all genres, and, of course, the abundance of world-class wineries. Plus visitors will enjoy a thriving tourism sector including an abundance of farm-to-table cuisine, luxury boutique shopping, wildlife adventures, and live entertainment options from theater to music to performance art.
Sonoma is in an absolutely gorgeous natural setting with many national and state parks to roam. Flat meadows open up to rolling hills with a wide range of climates across the region. There are endless vistas to take in the awe-inspiring countryside of verdant vineyards, fruit groves, and pasturelands. There is also a wide range of wildlife that inhabit the region, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers.
Traveling to Sonoma is easy as it’s just a short drive from San Francisco and also has a dedicated domestic airport. Sonoma is adjacent to Napa Valley and Santa Rosa, making it the ideal hub for a quick getaway or a longer-term base to explore this area of California.
If you’re looking for a unique vacation rental, why not choose an Airbnb? Sonoma has no shortage of breathtaking Airbnb options that will make your vacation unforgettable. The search can seem endless without a little help so to help you narrow down your choices, check out our list of the 12 most incredible Airbnbs in Sonoma!
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Top 10 Things To Do in Sonoma
Don’t be fooled into thinking that your trip to Sonoma must involve endless wine tours. Of course, you can get your fill of some world-class reds and whites, but don’t stop there! Sonoma has loads of options for fun adventures, delicious dining, boutique shopping, and performance arts. Check out our picks for 10 things you must do in Sonoma.
- Visit 3 world-class wineries aboard the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley. This San Francisco-style cable car trolley tour includes boxed lunch, scenic views, and historic tales.
- Spice up date night at Ramekins Culinary School. Learn how to cook delicious meals from seasoned chefs in a gorgeous outdoor setting.
- Visit Sebastiani Theatre to get your arts and culture fix. From art films to live music to ballet, the theater boasts an eclectic mix of programming to suit all tastes.
- Stroll through the galleries at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Peruse the work of contemporary and modern artists of various mediums.
- Relive your childhood at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Exhibits span the career and life of the beloved creator of Peanuts.
- Reconnect with pristine nature along the banks of the Russian River on a guided kayak tour with Sonomads. Adventure awaits among the redwood-lined waterways that are teeming with wildlife in this precious ecosystem.
- It’s adventure time among the majestic canopy of redwoods with Sonoma Zipline Adventures. With 7 ziplines and 2 sky bridges, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the breathtaking surrounding landscape.
- Enjoy nature at one (or more) of the Sonoma County Regional Parks. There are over 50 parks, beaches, and trails that offer a wide range of activities including hiking, biking, and camping.
- Learn about biodiversity in the scenic Quarryhill Botanical Garden. This wild woodland boasts the largest collection of wild-sourced Asian botanicals and offers volunteer and educational opportunities.
- Bring the whole family for a full day of recreation at Howarth Park. Sprawling over 138 acres, the park includes an amusement park, unique play structures, trails, picnic areas, fishing, and so much more!
Why Stay in an Airbnb in Sonoma
Somoma has expansive resorts and traditional hotels that are great options for some travelers. However, if you’d like to have a more tailored vacation experience, enjoy more privacy, and relax as if you were at home, an Airbnb may be the best option for you.
Airbnbs are homes, unique properties, and one-of-a-kind stay experiences. Use the filters to find a property that fits your preferences. Pick how many bedrooms, type of property, amenities, etc., and get ready to book your home away from home. Whatever your budget or size requirements, Airbnb has a home that will perfectly fit your travel desires!
The 12 Best Airbnbs in Sonoma
Best Sonoma Airbnbs for Couples and Solo Travelers
Imagine sitting on a wrap-around porch, enjoying the pastoral views with a glass of crisp chardonnay as the golden sun slips below the horizon. Tranquility and natural beauty are on offer in this 1-bedroom country cottage. Roam the 3.5-acre property, play a lively game of bocce ball, and shower under the stars. Or, gather the whole gang for al fresco dining overlooking 2 world-class vineyards!
This cottage offers much more than just nature views. It’s perfect for couples, small families, or a group of friends with sleeping areas for up to 4 people including a private bedroom and loft area. The open floor plan invites gathering for meals in the fully stocked kitchen or cozy lounging with a book from the small library.
Located in the Carneros Region of Sonoma, this country Airbnb is a short drive or bike ride from Sonoma Town Plaza and several wineries. Bike paths and quiet roads make this the ideal place to get in some fresh air while taking in the surrounding stables and farms.
Looking for a rustic 1-bedroom cabin in Sonoma? Look no further than Berry Blossom Farm! This charming hideaway brings the outside in with natural wood and crisp white decor. The space feels bright and airy with an open floor plan, a cozy bedroom, and a glass-enclosed sunroom.
From the back of the house you can take in breathtaking views of the hills in the morning, collect farm-fresh organic eggs, and enjoy breakfast on the large deck. The hosts invite guests to sample organic veggies from the garden with the peace of mind that everything on the property is free of pesticides and herbicides, indoors and out. Be sure to check in with the mini horse, the goats, and maybe even a visiting deer roaming the property.
Not only is Berry Blossom Farm a cozy and relaxing place to stay, it is also in a perfect location. Downtown Sonoma is less than one mile away, making wineries, shops, cafes, and activities within walking distance from the beautifully serene bike path at the back of the property. This place is truly a haven for nature lovers.
Architectural interest and loads of natural light make this modern 1-bedroom vacation home an ideal Sonoma Airbnb for solo travelers and couples. You can take your morning coffee in front of the huge picture windows or on the Adirondack chairs on the patio outside.
You’ll love the bright white open floor plan living space at this Airbnb. At night, relax in front of the fireplace before retreating to the plush king-sized bed.
The location of the Sonoma Field House is ideal as it’s positioned between Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Dozens of wineries, boutiques, and eateries are within a few minutes drive in every direction.
Additionally, one of the unique perks of the house is that every adult guest will receive a complimentary Sonoma Valley Wineries Passport that provides access to tastings at 20 of the area’s wineries. Combine this with the exceptional location and comfortable accommodation and the Sonoma Field House tops this list on value!
“The Barn” is country, rustic, and chic – it’s no ordinary barn! Located down a quiet country lane, this cozy Sonoma Airbnb invites guests to completely relax and unwind indoors and out.
Oversized leather furniture under high ceilings welcome you to lounge in comfort. You’ll get a great nights’ sleep in the king-sized Tempurpedic bed and rise well-rested to beautiful views through the large picture windows. Plus this vacation home has lots of additional amenities like plush robes and linens, a spacious shower, and a big screen TV.
You’ll find outdoor spaces to sit and sip wine on the patio or in front of the fire pit surrounded by the hobby vineyard. The property is beautifully landscaped and surrounded by lots of trees, making it a peaceful getaway location. Plus, there is even an electric car hookup for guest use.
The Barn has a small kitchenette with a coffee maker and snacks and you’ll also be just a short drive to loads of dining options. The Plaza and more than 400 wineries are just a few of the options nearby.
For a truly unique Sonoma Airbnb, be sure to check out The Barn!
Best Sonoma Valley Airbnbs for Small Groups and Families
Located just a ½ block from Sonoma Plaza, this 2-bedroom luxury cottage is in the ideal location. Gourmet restaurants, boutique shopping, and world-class wineries are all just a stone’s throw from Lux on First.
This Sonoma Airbnb just begs for you to enjoy the outdoors. The fenced yard is beautifully landscaped with several areas for lounging including the deck, the outdoor dining area, and the fire pit. Or perhaps, you’d prefer to take a dip in the pristine pool.
This cottage has been newly renovated and surely doesn’t skimp on amenities. Each of the 2 bedrooms encourages relaxation with luxe bedding. The bathrooms are spacious and bright with complimentary high-end toiletries. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary bottle of local wine and bag of local coffee upon your arrival.
The owners can even help you book private chefs, spa services, and wine hosts to make your trip truly memorable!
This charming contemporary 2-bedroom farmhouse is a lovely mix of country chic and modern amenities. Experience the country spirit indoors and out with the deep soaking tub and wood and floral accents. Enjoy lounging on the wraparound porch or watching the birds among the bountiful fruit trees and gardens.
You will feel right at home with all of the modern luxuries on offer as well. Make some tasty bites in the large gourmet kitchen. Take a much needed rest in one of the ultra-plush beds in one of the 2 bedrooms. And you’ll certainly want to take advantage of the high-end L’Occitane toiletries that are provided.
World-class dining options and boutique shops are located within a couple blocks, making this Sonoma Valley Airbnb the ideal home base for foodies and wine aficionados. With guidebooks on the surrounding area available and gracious hosts just a call away, you’ll be sure to experience the best spots in town!
The Jak W Casita takes eco-friendly to the next level. Upstairs, each of the 3 bedrooms is designed with organic JAK W eco-friendly bedding, including the mattresses. And downstairs, relish in the comfort of all of the JAK W brand luxury eco-friendly furniture throughout the home.
Experience farm-to-table dining starting with the complimentary welcome basket, which includes farm fresh eggs, butter from the local creamery, Vella cheese, organic cream, as well as coffee and tea. Pick your own herbs and veggiesnfrom the organic garden out back to enhance your meals. Enjoy the fruits of your culinary labor on the private garden patio or upstairs on the private viewing deck.
The location of this Airbnb can’t be beat! It’s in the heart of Boyes Hot Springs, just 1 block from the Sonoma Mission Inn and 5 minutes from the Sonoma Square. Take a stroll around the picturesque neighborhood to enjoy all the cute boutique shopping, delectable dining options and world-class tasting rooms. You can even take some items home from the JAK W store, located conveniently in town.
If you’re traveling with family, this 3-bedroom luxury estate is a fantastic Airbnb option! This spacious retreat has room to roam. There are three large bedrooms with luxe linens on comfortable beds for a restful night’s sleep. Gather the whole gang in the family room for a movie in front of the huge 80” flat screen TV or dine together in the elegant dining area adjacent to the large kitchen. The cozy living room is just bursting with natural light from the picture windows.
The outdoor areas of this Sonoma Hilltop Estate are picturesque and expansive. Beautiful professional landscaping and mature olive trees invite you to bask in the tranquility of nature. Your family will love the large pool with built-in hot tub, the grill area, and the patio lounge. The kids will enjoy running and playing on the well-manicured lawn..
When you’re ready to explore the surrounding neighborhoods, there are plenty of things to do within walking distance. Take a stroll to the nearby attractions, or a short 10-minute drive to Sonoma Plaza. Be sure to grab your complimentary Sonoma Wine Passport for discounts and freebies at the area wineries.
Put the Sonoma Hilltop Estate at the top of your Airbnb list for a relaxing family vacation!
Best Napa Valley Airbnbs for Large Groups and Events
Large families and groups will feel right at home in this breathtaking 5-bedroom vacation rental. The open floor plan invites families to gather together for meals, entertainment, and relaxation. A large gourmet kitchen begs you to unleash your inner foodie with 6 gas burners and loads of counter space. Cozy up to the fireplace with a good book or get competitive with a spirited game of pool.
Make some memories in the outdoor pool or take in the starry night sky from the comfort of the hot tub. Multiple seating areas around the patio ensure that there is a spot for everyone in your group. The high fences and mature trees overlooking the vineyards ensure plenty of privacy for your family gatherings.
Maison de Calladon is in the Lovall Valley area, conveniently located about a 5-minute drive to Sonoma’s town center. It is also just a short 20-minute picturesque drive to Napa, making it a great home base for wine tours, boutique shopping, and foodie adventures. This luxury estate is the perfect vacation hub for your family!
This beautiful 4-bedroom Sonoma Valley home is styled after a proper Mexican hacienda, complete with rustic architecture, decor, and charm. There is plenty of space for the whole family with three carefully curated bedrooms in the main house as well as a cute and cozy pool house.
Take your pick of dining areas around the home, whether that’s around the big kitchen island, in the adjacent dining area, or by the outdoor grill. Whatever your plans for family time, everyone is sure to feel welcome and relaxed here.
What really makes this house special are all the cozy enclaves to rest and relax. Gather everyone for a night under the stars around the fire pit nestled in the center of the home’s inner courtyard. Take a nap in the hidden hammock in the front yard. And take your coffee on the front porch in the mornings and bask in the natural surroundings.
As expected, the location of the Sonoma Neo Hacienda location is also amazing! You’ll be just a mile from Sonoma Plaza so you can take advantage of world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment for the duration of your vacation. Whether you’re looking for a private retreat or an action-packed family holiday, this charming Airbnb is a great option!
This 4-bedroom boutique estate looks like it’s right out of the pages of a magazine! A collaborative effort among 9 of Sonoma’s most talented interior designers, The Wolf & Horseshoe is eclectic, inspired, and simply breathtaking. Each space has been expertly curated with comfort and style in mind, providing the perfect launching pad for a fun-filled vacation in Sonoma
Bring the whole gang together in the massive chef’s kitchen with a huge island and then retire to the whiskey lounge for a nightcap. Enjoy a meal under the stars in the outdoor dining area then have a dip in the solar-heated pool. BBQ up a feast around the pool and outdoor bar at sunset and light up the fire pit for some s’mores. Or enjoy some friendly competition on the bocce ball court.
Everyone will be entertained in this impeccable space!
A perfect location rounds out the draw of this Sonoma Airbnb. Shopping, dining and a host of entertainment options are only a 5-minute drive away at Sonoma Plaza. Better yet, take a scenic stroll to town through the vineyards and olive trees.Wolf and Horseshoe Estate should certainly top your list for spectacular Airbnb options in Sonoma!
And this last Sonoma Airbnb on my list is a real showstopper – the palatial 6-bedroom Villa Vigneti! Drive up to the impeccably landscaped courtyard of this Tuscan-inspired villa and enter the home to find rooms filled with antique furniture and dark wood and stone accents.
The expansive open floor plan of the common areas is perfect for large group gatherings and events. With plenty of plush seating and a 10-foot dining table, there is more than enough space for everyone in your group!
Rest easy at night in one of the 5 bedrooms of the main house or in the 1-bedroom guest house. Each is furnished with top-of-the-line linens and luxurious bedding. During the day you can take advantage of the on-demand amenities offered such as housekeeping, concierge service, and private chefs. The hosts are happy to provide you with whatever you need to make your Airbnb stay memorable.
If you can pull yourself away from the comfort of this villa, you’ll be ecstatic to find that you’re located just minutes away from all that Sonoma has to offer. Dine on farm-to-table delicacies, take in a theater production, or dance the night away. Sonoma Plaza and all of the town’s offerings are just a short jaunt down the road.
If you’re traveling with a large group, the Villa Vigneti will be the perfect Airbnb for your next grand holiday.
That’s it – 12 of the best Airbnbs in Sonoma! Do you have a favorite vacation rental in Sonoma? Let us know in the comments below.
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