Highly Rated Airbnbs Within Two Hours of Sacramento
Covid-19 travel restrictions are slowly being lifted, and after a year of lockdown many people are ready to get out of town! It’s even more tempting now that spring has arrived, and many spots in Northern California are eager for visitors.
That said, there is still technically a travel advisory in effect, recommending Californians to avoid non-essential travel more than 120 miles from their homes. However, many small businesses depend on tourist dollars to keep their families afloat, so they welcoming guests with open arms.
Luckily, the Sacramento area is smack dab in the middle of Northern California, meaning an ocean getaway or mountain retreat is just a short drive away. There are many options available for lodging, from traditional hotel or motel rooms to glamping destinations. But if you’re looking for a place where your family can spread out and relax (no mask required!) nothing beats a rental from Airbnb. They have home rentals of all types and at all price points, so you’re sure to find something that suits your needs. Plus, they’ve updated their safety standards. Following are some of the top-rated Airbnbs within 120 miles, or around two hours, of Sacramento.
Luxury Graton Farmhouse | 106 miles
Located in the small hamlet of Graton in Sonoma County just west of Santa Rosa, this modern farmhouse is clean and bright, with a boho vibe designed to look like a luxury boutique hotel. There’s a backyard pool and sauna plus a Tiki bar and hammock! If that weren’t enough, the home is in prime wine country, and there are several notable restaurants nearby.
South Tahoe Cabin | 102 miles
Motels in South Lake Tahoe are a dime a dozen, but this cozy cabin offers you your own space beneath the trees. It has a private fenced yard with a fire pit and hot tub, perfect for warming up on a chilly spring night. The design can best be described as modern rustic, with on-trend furnishings and décor. The shops, restaurants and slopes of Heavenly Village are less than ten minutes away, not to mention the lake itself.
Monte Rio Cottage | 117 miles
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Russian River in Monte Rio, this quaint cottage has all the amenities of home and then some. There’s a private hot tub and outdoor deck beneath the redwoods, perfect for lounging after a day exploring the area. It’s near world-class wineries and restaurants, and the Pacific Ocean is just a short drive away.
Apple Hill Farmstead | 51 miles
If you’re looking for an escape but want to stick close to home, this charming cottage in Camino fits the bill. A former miners shack built in the late 1800s, the space has been totally redesigned with rustic wood detailing, vintage fixtures and plush furnishings. Plus, it sits right on a creek, has its own hot tub and is within walking distance to several Apple Hill farms and wineries.
Alpine Meadows Studio | 111 miles
Are the mountains calling? If so, check out this modern studio tucked in the trees in Alpine Meadows. The custom-designed guest house sits on 11 acres that backs up to the Tahoe National Forest, with miles of backcountry trails to explore. It has an outdoor deck and hot tub overlooking the mountains. Plus, it’s only a mile to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort.
Ione Ranch House | 41 miles
This historic ranch house in Ione has all the makings of a country getaway! Built in the 1850s, the home is located on PT Ranch, a working family farm. Green pastures, horses, even a farm store make it a unique getaway. Plus, it’s just minutes to the Shenandoah wine region, the Mokelumne River and charming Gold Rush towns.
Sonoma Vineyard Estate | 68 miles
Imagine unwinding in a refreshing infinity pool overlooking a vineyard! This modern, well-designed home in Sonoma sits on five acres, with a pool, hot tub, firepit and plenty of outdoor space to take in the sunset views. It’s only a few minutes from Sonoma Square and the many wineries of the Sonoma Valley. You can stroll the vineyard or hop on bikes and explore the valley on two wheels!
Waterfront Cottage in Jenner | 120 miles
In all fairness, this charming waterfront cottage in Jenner a little over two hours from Sacramento. But it sits at the edge of the ocean near the mouth of the Russian River, with spectacular views from its outdoor decks, so it’s worth the extra time. It’s perfect for nature lovers, with direct river access for kayaking or canoeing and is just minutes from the beach. After a day of exploration, you can unwind in the private hot tub.
Dillon Beach Showpiece | 102 miles
This exquisite coastal home in Dillon Beach is made for relaxation. There are numerous outdoor decks and a rooftop patio, and every room has a view of the Pacific Ocean! There’s an outdoor kitchen, fire pit and hot tub. Best of all, it’s just minutes from the beach.
Japanese Retreat in Stinson Beach | 103 miles
This Japanese-style retreat provides the ultimate in relaxation. There’s a private indoor-outdoor bathhouse complete with Japanese soaking tub, surrounded by Asian-inspired greenery and statuary. Just steps to the beach, you can fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and awake to chirping birds. Spa-like amenities and provided Japanese robes known as yukata add to the zen vibe.
Wine Country Cottage | 112 miles
Thinking of spending the day in the Napa Valley? Why not make it an overnighter? This adorable cottage in Healdsburg is close to downtown wineries and eateries. It has a tranquil backyard garden and large deck, plus added touches like towel warmers and an outdoor movie projector.
Secluded Cobb Escape | 116 miles
This forested cabin is located in Cobb, south of Clear Lake in Lake County. It’s in a grove of dogwood trees in a rural neighborhood, with a large outdoor deck for relaxation. Modern farmhouse décor and luxury linens give it an upscale vibe. Plus, there’s a community pool nearby and numerous hiking trails.
Yuba River Cabin | 61 miles
This riverfront cabin is like your own little slice of paradise! It sits on the Middle Fork of the Yuba River in Nevada City, with its own private beach and a nearby swimming hole. Ample outdoor space means you can unwind in nature, or chill out inside in the mountain-chic space. Outdoor recreation like boating, fishing, hiking and mountain biking are just minutes away.
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Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.