4 Magical California Cabin Rentals – From Big Sur to Russian River

As the cozy season arrives, we crave hot drinks and fluffy blankets. Wouldn’t it be nice to camp in a cute rustic cabin for the weekend?

Whether you fancy a seaside getaway, an off-the-grid spot, or a redwood retreat, there’s a Northern California cabin rental for every style and occasion.


Creative Rustic Cabin in Mendocino

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Artisanal refuge near Mendocino

This peaceful hideaway in the Mendocino redwoods is perfect for couples looking for some silence in their lives, or for writers looking to hide away and finally finish that manuscript. This rustic getaway features a queen-size bed on the loft, a wood-burning stove, a handcrafted oak table designed to let your creativity run wild, and a south-facing deck perfect for nighttime stargazing. All you’ll hear at night is “a breeze in the high branches of the redwoods” or “frogs, an owl, or the red-tailed hawk hovering nearby.” // Around $185/night, airbnb.com

Nearby activities

Don’t miss our guide to the ever quaint town of Mendocino with its charming shops and farm-to-table fare. You can also drive a little further to the scenic Anderson Valley wine region. We love Toulouse Vineyards Burgundian-style Pinot.

Serene Redwood Cabin in Mill Valley


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Serene gem in the redwoods

With the original hardwood floors refinished throughout the home, a Kohler farmhouse sink, a restored vintage gilt tub, three outdoor decks, and lavender growing around the property, this gorgeous rental home Mill Valley is magazine cover ready. Be sure to bookmark this rental for your next group getaway — the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property sleeps six and is a peaceful retreat with hikes straight from the house to Mount Tam and Muir Woods, as well as walking paths to Mill Valley town square. // Around $675/night at AirbnbMore

Nearby activities

Take the 7×7 guide to A Perfect Day in Mill Valley for coffee at the equator, hike or bike ride on Mount Tam, and shop at Mill Valley Lumber Yard.

A goat farm in Big Sur


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A goat farm overlooking the ocean

A goat farm might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Big Sur getaway, but it’s what makes this cozy two-bedroom cabin (sleeps five) so unique . Located on a private working ranch with goats, chickens, horses and cows, the stay offers guests the opportunity to milk the goats and learn how to make goat cheese during their stay. Of course, you’ll also enjoy the cabin’s sunny reading nook and ocean views from her spacious decks. // About $650/night, airbnb.com

Nearby activities

Big Sur is a place of breathtaking beauty. Find out up close with our guide to the best hikes, campsites, beaches and waterfalls.

Luxury cabin with Japanese tea room in Guerneville


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Deluxe cabin with Japanese tea room

Look no further for a couple’s threesome getaway or a trip with the homies – this luxurious two-unit, three-bedroom cabin can comfortably accommodate up to six guests. The couple needing to reconnect can have more privacy and stay in the custom-built Japanese tea room, which features a king-size bed, its own gas fireplace, slate floors and windows with sea views. lush wildlife in Sonoma County. Others can stay in the master cabin, which has two bedrooms with queen beds. With a flat screen TV equipped with cable and DVD player, a backyard hot tub and a gas grill for your al fresco dining cravings, it’s hard to imagine why you’d leave this haven of peace. // Approximately $333/night with a minimum stay of 3 nights, glampinghub.com

Nearby activities

For excellent restaurants, homemade pies and ice creams and original shops, Guerneville town center is a must. During the warmer months, you can plan a boat trip on the Russian River. The Sonoma Coast is beautiful year round – take our guide to its most scenic hikes and beaches, wine tasting rooms and restaurants.

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