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Northern California Vacation Rentals for Any Budget

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If the stress of the holidays just makes you want to get the hell out of town, let the Curbed's Guide to Vacation Rentals help. Here's a sampling of our favorite vacation listings to fit every budget and dream location. Since plane tickets continue to be mindbogglingly expensive, these all are within a few hours drive.

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1. Mountain Luxury

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14758 Skislope Way
Truckee, CA 96161

Need a place to host 36 of your closest friends? Skislope in Truckee has you covered. Sure it’ll run you up to $2,499/night, but it includes 8 master bedroom suites, full spa, movie theatre room, and lots of crazy extras

2. Mountains on a Budget

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1458 Gertrude Way, Stanislaus National Forest
Arnold, CA 95223

If Tahoe is too pricey, consider one of the other less crowded ski mountains further south, like Bear Valley. This 2br + loft sleeps up to 12 people, is only 25 minutes from the mountain, and will cost you only $100-150/night. Bonus – pets are allowed for no additional fee.

3. North Coast Luxury

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286 Lands End Close
Sea Ranch, CA 95497

If a (chilly) beachfront rental is more up your alley, consider this award-winning design up in Sea Ranch. Super modern, sleek design coupled with two Eucalyptus tree trunks in the living areas, there are luxury amenities galore. It sleeps 8 for $700/night.

4. North Coast on a Budget

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33231 Ocean View Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

At only $175/night, this funky beachfront cabin is an adorable spot to get cozy with your honey. And no one else, because it only sleeps 2.

5. Wine Country Luxury

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5901 Enterprise Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442

There are so many crazy vineyard estates available for rent it’s kind of ridiculous, so we chose one because it promised a water slide. Factor in the private lake, olive grove, 6 acre vineyard, and wine cave, and $1650-2000/night for 12 people doesn’t sound too bad.

6. Wine Country on a Budget

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1607 Capell Valley Road
Napa, CA 94558

For only $150-200/night this cozy Napa cottage actually sleeps up to 6 people. Since it’s set on a 40 acre farm, they let you bring your horse (in case that’s something you own) and provide you with fresh eggs and seasonal vegetables during your stay. Plus it’s super dog-friendly.

7. Monterey Bay Luxury

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2942 Bird Rock Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

If Spanish Colonial estate is more your speed, consider one of the original homes in Pebble Beach built in 1930. It’s been updated with plenty of amenities while still keeping loads of historic charm…we’d be afraid to even sit on the furniture. It sleeps 10 for $900/night.

8. Monterey Bay on a Budget

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208 Monterey Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010

Live the beach life with a surf shack in downtown Capitola. At only $157-171/night, you’ll be a 3 minute walk to the beach, plus you get a private hot tub in the backyard and a fireplace in the living room – perfect for after a long day of surfing.

1. Mountain Luxury

14758 Skislope Way, Truckee, CA 96161

Need a place to host 36 of your closest friends? Skislope in Truckee has you covered. Sure it’ll run you up to $2,499/night, but it includes 8 master bedroom suites, full spa, movie theatre room, and lots of crazy extras

14758 Skislope Way
Truckee, CA 96161

2. Mountains on a Budget

1458 Gertrude Way, Stanislaus National Forest, Arnold, CA 95223

If Tahoe is too pricey, consider one of the other less crowded ski mountains further south, like Bear Valley. This 2br + loft sleeps up to 12 people, is only 25 minutes from the mountain, and will cost you only $100-150/night. Bonus – pets are allowed for no additional fee.

1458 Gertrude Way, Stanislaus National Forest
Arnold, CA 95223

3. North Coast Luxury

286 Lands End Close, Sea Ranch, CA 95497

If a (chilly) beachfront rental is more up your alley, consider this award-winning design up in Sea Ranch. Super modern, sleek design coupled with two Eucalyptus tree trunks in the living areas, there are luxury amenities galore. It sleeps 8 for $700/night.

286 Lands End Close
Sea Ranch, CA 95497

4. North Coast on a Budget

33231 Ocean View Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437

At only $175/night, this funky beachfront cabin is an adorable spot to get cozy with your honey. And no one else, because it only sleeps 2.

33231 Ocean View Drive
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

5. Wine Country Luxury

5901 Enterprise Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

There are so many crazy vineyard estates available for rent it’s kind of ridiculous, so we chose one because it promised a water slide. Factor in the private lake, olive grove, 6 acre vineyard, and wine cave, and $1650-2000/night for 12 people doesn’t sound too bad.

5901 Enterprise Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442

6. Wine Country on a Budget

1607 Capell Valley Road, Napa, CA 94558

For only $150-200/night this cozy Napa cottage actually sleeps up to 6 people. Since it’s set on a 40 acre farm, they let you bring your horse (in case that’s something you own) and provide you with fresh eggs and seasonal vegetables during your stay. Plus it’s super dog-friendly.

1607 Capell Valley Road
Napa, CA 94558

7. Monterey Bay Luxury

2942 Bird Rock Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953

If Spanish Colonial estate is more your speed, consider one of the original homes in Pebble Beach built in 1930. It’s been updated with plenty of amenities while still keeping loads of historic charm…we’d be afraid to even sit on the furniture. It sleeps 10 for $900/night.

2942 Bird Rock Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

8. Monterey Bay on a Budget

208 Monterey Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010

Live the beach life with a surf shack in downtown Capitola. At only $157-171/night, you’ll be a 3 minute walk to the beach, plus you get a private hot tub in the backyard and a fireplace in the living room – perfect for after a long day of surfing.

208 Monterey Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010