5 Northern California Airbnbs for Summertime Fun
The desert garden pool and indoor-outdoor poolhouse at Sonoma's Wine Country farmouse. (Courtesy of airbnb.com)

5 Northern California Airbnbs for Summertime Fun


You don’t have to leave Northern California for an epic escape this summer.

Whether you’re looking for a luxe poolside retreat, a beachfront stay, or a secluded forest cabin, it’s all right here.

At these Airbnbs, you’ll have everything you need, from grills and hot tubs to chefs’ kitchens and saunas. Go with someone you love or round up a squad: There’s more than enough fun to go around at these hot summer stays in Tahoe, Sonoma, and beyond.

Waterfront Cottage, Tomales Bay

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This adorable cottage on Tomales Bay is chock-full of cozy charm. The views of the water from the gas stove–heated living room, comfy TV room, and fully equipped kitchen downstairs are second only to those from the peak-roofed loft bedroom upstairs. Launch a kayak or SUP board straight from the deck when the tide is high (rent one or bring your own), or throw a fishing line from your Adirondack chair or, better yet, from the hot tub, which hangs out over the water. When the tide is low, you’ve got a private beach right at your back door. This property also has WiFi, a gas grill, EO bath products and Coyuchi linens, and a library of DVDs for old-school movie nights.

// Rates start at $368/night (3-night minimum) with a $175 cleaning fee and a $180 Airbnb service fee; Marshall (Marin County), airbnb.com.

Redwood Forest Cabin, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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This beautiful, Conde Nast–approved historic cabin is the perfect place to lay your head after a day at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Located just 15 minutes from the park’s entrance, this enchanting cabin is exactly the kind of escape where you can restore, reset, and recharge. One of three cabins on a forested six-acre property teeming with deer and turkeys, the well-designed studio has a king-size bed, soaking tub, full kitchen, and vintage-inspired stove. Beyond the homestead’s private yard and meditation areas is a stream, pond, and horses.

// Rates start at $330/night (2-night minimum) with a $70 cleaning fee and $103 Airbnb service fee; Three Rivers (Tulare County), airbnb.com.

Wine Country Farmhouse, Sonoma County

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Do Wine Country right with this Sonoma retreat straight out of a style mag. With its breezy natural decor and welcoming private pool, the little bungalow has the charm of a chic hotel with twice the amenities. From the clawfoot soaking tub and Egyptian cotton robes to the outdoor redwood shower, the owners have thought of pretty much everything. The garden pool deck is stocked with the ultimate tools of relaxation: loungers and umbrellas, a cozy indoor-outdoor cabana hung with a hammock and egg chair, and an infrared sauna. Though the farmhouse is only a one-bedroom, it easily accommodates four with a fold-out queen-size sofa bed in the living room and two full bathrooms with bidets and biodegradable bath products. Dogs are allowed but children are a no go.

// Rates start at $399/night (2-night minimum stay) with a $175 cleaning fee and a $137 Airbnb service fee; Graton (Sonoma County), airbnb.com.

Oceanside Estate, Mendocino County

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At this Airbnb in Mendocino, you don’t just have 180-degree ocean views, you’ll be one of a select few with access the beachfront at your feet. The house, which has two bedrooms each with king-sized beds and a fold-out queen sofa bed in the living room, sits on a bluff at the edge of a quiet residential area with neighbors on only one side. Inside, the bright, sky-lit property is packed with state-of-the-art appliances including a Wolf range stove, a wine fridge, electric fireplace and A/C, washer and dryer, and 67-inch television enabled with Roku and Direct TV. Outside, a broad wooden deck reaches for the sea and has a hot tub, charcoal grill, and lounge chairs.

// Rates start at $325/night (3-night minimum) with a $180 cleaning fee and $163 Airbnb service fee. Dogs welcome for an additional $90 fee for one or $150 for two; Manchester (Mendocino County), airbnb.com.

Nordic A-Frame Cabin in Stateline, Lake Tahoe

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This Nordic-style Tahoe retreat is how to do Tahoe with a crew. The deceptively spacious, wood-paneled A-frame has room for eight spread across three cozy bedrooms on three levels. On the main floor, there’s a master bedroom, living room, and fully equipped chef’s kitchen with a hydroponic herb garden and an absinthe fountain; the adjacent patio is decked out with a barrel sauna, hot and cold plunge tubs, and gas grill. Additional boho-beautiful bedrooms and baths are located upstairs and down. WiFi, almost two dozen board games, a foosball table, and fireplace round out the lush amenities at this pet-friendly stay.

// Rates start at $399/night (no minimum stay) with a $295 cleaning fee and a $98 Airbnb service fee; Stateline (Lake Tahoe), airbnb.com

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