One-night rental cabin in NorCal on very short notice?
April 24, 2014 11:11 PM   Subscribe

I have family visiting and the idea came up of renting a cabin/cottage/etc. for one night in some pleasant natural spot in northern California, in or near woods and ideally near running water, where we could do a little light hiking and generally chill out. This would have to be tomorrow night (Friday 4/25). We should have planned this a long time ago, but my family doesn't do that. Where should I be looking, both in terms of possible regions and specific websites? Some specs: ideally no more than about 2 hours drive from San Francisco; four people; want seclusion, i.e. not a B&B or the like; willing to pay up to about $400 for the night.
posted by zeri to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I would look at the Russian River area of Sonoma county.
posted by imalaowai at 11:20 PM on April 24, 2014

Sea Ranch is a little more than 2 hours away, but might be what you're looking for.
posted by tinymegalo at 11:32 PM on April 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Guerneville, Jenner. 2hrs without Friday traffic.
posted by rhizome at 12:54 AM on April 25, 2014

the sea ranch is what i was thinking of before i read the answers, and they have an office that can handle this on short notice.
posted by bruce at 7:21 AM on April 25, 2014

Looks like Sea Ranch only does two-night stays on the weekends :( Looks really nice, though.
posted by Madamina at 7:29 AM on April 25, 2014

Try VRBO, Homeaway, AirBnB, and TripAdvisor (vacation rental search). Most house/cabin/cottage rentals are going to have a two-night minimum, but you might find a place that's in your budget for 2 nights and just leave early.
posted by Lyn Never at 8:42 AM on April 25, 2014

I love St. Orres up in Gualala (a little past Sea Ranch) and have been able to get a little place pretty late-notice before (albeit earlier in the year, but worth checking out).
posted by lovableiago at 8:44 AM on April 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

Big Basin Tent Cabins might be a little more rustic than you want, but it ticks the nature/hiking boxes. They have packages where they set everything up for you. I don't know about short-notice availability; you'd have to check.
posted by ambrosia at 8:48 AM on April 25, 2014

Big Basin is one of the many great California State Parks. Scroll down to the bottom of their Camping Information page to see those with cabins. However, you're probably out of luck, since unlike your family, most people staying there do plan ahead, way ahead, and there's long waiting lists -- but they may be shorter this time of year.
posted by Rash at 9:19 AM on April 25, 2014

Seconding the Russian River. You can book a house or cabin here, I've gone through them a few times, they're great!
posted by ananci at 11:10 AM on April 25, 2014

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