When it comes to finding a weekend escape in California, I look no further than Airbnb. One of my favorite things to do is to go for “a scroll” through listings to save for future stays (like this extensive list of California Airbnbs). When I came across this one, it went to my “need to stay ASAP” board, it was that good.
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Located in the Russian River redwoods and near the quaint town of Cazadero, The Caz Cabin Project is a serene getaway. It’s an a-frame that has been reimagined by the founder of Studio PLOW, a San Francisco-based architecture and design studio, alongside her partner who is an architect. The finished work? A perfectly designed space that is right out of a magazine.
Tucked off of the Cazadero Highway and adjacent to a running creek, this modern yet cozy Airbnb is set with a wood-burning stove and a large patio space. Summer months and warmer weather promises outdoor dining and nights around the fire-pit. During the colder months, nothing beats snuggling up on the plush couch with a crackling fire.
With just two nights at the Caz Cabin, I was itching to stay longer. It was the perfect reset amidst times where it feels impossible to quiet the noise. We certainly will be returning, perhaps next time with some friends. Here’s a look at the stay at the Caz Cabin, and be sure to book in advance, their calendar is already quite full.
The Caz Cabin Airbnb
Where to Book: Airbnb (average $250 a night)
Rooms: 2 bedrooms (one is a loft)
Bathrooms: 2 baths
Notable Amenities: Le Labo Products, Sonos Sound System, Wifi, indoor fireplace, washer/dryer, fire pit, outdoor dining and lounge furniture, and keypad check-in.
Inside the Airbnb
Centered around the black, stone-tiled hearth with a wood-burning fire stove, the a-frame boasts tall ceilings. The living room is corned with plush Solae couches by Article and one beautifully-designed wooden round coffee table. With tall windows and a sliding glass door, the natural light pours in illuminating the space.
The kitchen is optimized with Fisher & Paykel appliances and set with black steel counter tops. It’s a beautiful blend of moody and modern, especially when contrasted with the oak floors. In the center, the marble table (sourced via Craigslist), is the main center attention with its mesmerizing veining and pop of coral pink tones. And just above, a Flos Aim light that lights up the space.
Upstairs, the loft-style bedroom set with a king-size bed embodies all that Scandinavian design is. A swinging hammock, extra linens, stacked books, and an additional lounge couch finished the space. And of course, you can’t miss those sconces by Wo and Wé, the same maker of the sconces in the second bedroom and adjacent to the fireplace.
Downstairs, a bedroom with an ensuite bathroom awaits and a second bathroom at the end of the hallway. It’s everything you need for a cozy stay.
Things to Do Nearby
Between the coastal town of Jenner and the town of Guerneville along the Russian River, the cabin is well situated to explore both areas. Around two hours from San Francisco, there are quite a few things to do. This blog post has all of my top suggestions for this part of the California coast from Bodega Bay to Sea Ranch which is within driving distance of Cazadero.
Things to do:
- Float down the Russian River
- Explore the town of Occidental and Freestone. Wild Flour Bakery is our favorite in this area (cash-only) and we love Freestone Artisan Cheese.
- Drive out to Jenner and rent kayaks at Watertreks.
- Head up the coast to Timber Cove, stop for a meal at Timber Cove Hotel.
- Explore downtown Guerneville.
- Hike in the redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods.
- Head down to Bodega Bay for fresh crab, we love Spud Point.
- El Barrio
- The taco truck in the Safeway Parking lot (SO good)
- Timber Cove Resort