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Vacation Rentals in California's Wine Country -- Napa Valley and Sonoma

Sweet Retreats is reaping the fruits of California's wine country in Napa Valley and Sonoma, where Rene Syler has the tough task of finding Cara and Bill a month-long retreat. With a budget of $12,000 to $14,000, will the couple choose to stay under budget or splurge on luxury accommodations?
California's wine country is known for producing some of the best wine in the world, not to mention, its Mediterranean climate and lush landscape, characterized by rolling hills and vineyard-laced farmlands.

California's wine region extends from Los Caneros in the south to Mendocino in the north. Napa and Sonoma sit in between the two, both approximately 45 miles north of San Francisco.

Napa has more than 400 wineries, each housed in vast locations ranging from palatial estates to caves! The region is also known for some of the world's finest dining. In fact, there's an outpost for the Culinary Institute of America here.

Beyond wineries, there is also plenty to see and do. Visitors can check out the upscale shopping, enjoy the relaxing spas, explore outdoor activities, or even take a ride on a historic train right through Wine Country.

Sonoma is like Napa's laidback counterpart -- less traffic, fewer tourists, and a very serene atmosphere. Sonoma has around 250 wineries, and although the vineyards are generally smaller, the wine is top notch. And don't forget the food, with countless upscale restaurants and a multitude of farmers markets, visitors can have a taste of everything.

It's the perfect location for Cara and Bill, who are looking to escape their busy lives for a month-long retreat.

"We are both big wine lovers, so we couldn't think of a better place than Wine Country," Bill said.

Cara will be staying for the entire month, while Bill will come for only the first week. After Bill leaves, Cara's friends and family will be visiting her the rest of the time.

The perfect Sweet Retreat has the following criteria:

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Great kitchen
  • Outdoor entertaining space
  • Close to town tasting rooms and restaurants

With a budget of $12,000 to $14,000 for the month, they are ready to get to work.

Tuscamedi for Rent: Just outside of downtown Napa, sits this breathtaking 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom property. At 1,200 square feet, this Tuscan inspired rental looks over the rolling hills of Wine Country. With a welcoming open floor plan, this space promotes communal living -- perfect for a stay with family and friends! And with an under-budget price of $10,500, the pair has found paradise! But with just one bathroom for multiple people, will Cara and Bill be dissuaded? For more information on this property, visit homeaway.com.

Sonoma Cupola Cottage for Rent: Located in the heart of Sonoma is the flawless Cupola Cottage. With 2-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms, and 1,900 square feet, this architectural gem encompasses top-of-the-line appliances and finishes. The beautiful master bedroom has a view of the stars, while the connecting bathroom has enough room to fit "Cara's house!" But will the budget busting price of $15,000 for the month send the couple running for the hills? For more information on this property, visit homeaway.com.

Runningwood Sonoma Estate for Rent: Located on a whopping 10 acres of land, this jaw-dropping rental exudes California living! With 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 3,000 square feet, this space is the biggest of the three. Rented by some of Hollywood's top executives and celebrities, any visitor will instantly feel like an A-lister. Just a five minute drive from Sonoma, and neighboring one of the oldest most popular wineries, Buena Vista Winery, Cara and Bill are left speechless. And after seeing the pool, they're completely sold! But will the hefty price tag of $14,200 turn them away? For more information on this property, visit runningwood.org.

For more information on Napa, visit visitnapavalley.com.

For more information on Sonoma, visit sonomacounty.com.
Segment 1
Cara and Bill are looking for the perfect mix of comfort, location, and luxury in Californias wine country. On their quest to find a picturesque month-long rental, they start their journey at a Napa Valley gem.
Tuscamedi for Rent in Napa, California
Cara and Bill are looking for the perfect mix of comfort, location, and luxury in California's wine country. On their quest to find a picturesque month-long rental, they start their journey at a Napa Valley gem.
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Sweet Retreats is in northern Californias Wine Country, where Cara and Bill are looking for a month-long getaway. Next up, they are headed West to Sonoma County.
Sonoma Cupola Cottage for Rent in Sonoma, California
Sweet Retreats is in northern California's Wine Country, where Cara and Bill are looking for a month-long getaway. So far they have seen a 2-bedroom home in Napa Valley with an amazing outdoor space and incredible views. Next up, they are headed West to Sonoma County.
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Bill and Cara are looking for a rental for their month-long visit to Napa and Sonoma counties. Last up is a Sonoma rental that steals the spotlight!
Runningwood Sonoma Estate for Rent in Sonoma, California
Bill and Cara are looking for a rental for their month-long visit to Napa and Sonoma counties. So far they've seen a Tuscan inspired farmhouse in Napa, and a luxurious cottage in Sonoma within walking distance from downtown. Last up is a Sonoma rental that steals the spotlight!
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Photos: Rental Properties in California Wine Country
Check out three vacation rental properties in Napa Valley and Sonoma, California.
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