Sonoma County came out of the closet a long time ago, so it has earned its well-established street cred as one of the country’s most gay-friendly destinations.
That understood, it probably comes as little surprise that Sonoma County’s various towns are home to a number of gay-owned and gay-friendly accommodations. Still, knowing where to go and who to support with your pink lodging dollars can be challenging, but it need not be.
Guerneville alone has a plethora of options. Long a popular gay getaway, this river town offers something for every taste. For example, luxuriate in romance in the celebrated and decidedly upscale Applewood Inn & Spa (13555 Highway 116, Guerneville, 707-869-9093); enjoy a modern aesthetic and relaxing spa at the West Sonoma Inn & Spa (14100 Brookside Lane, Guerneville, 707-869-2874); relax in a county bed and breakfast setting at the Sonoma Orchid Inn (12850 River Road, Guerneville, 707-869-4466); stay in individual cabins and splash in the clothing-optional swimming pool at the Highlands Resort (14000 Woodland Drive, Guerneville, 707-869-0333); or kick back in charmingly rustic cottages, cabins, or multi-room suites at The Woods resort (16484 4th St., Guerneville, 877-887-9218).
Meanwhile just 10 minutes down the road in Monte Rio on the banks of the Russian River, you’ll be charmed by the historic (1906) and gay-friendly Village Inn & Restaurant (20822 River Blvd., Monte Rio, 707-865-2304). And nearby is the equally gay-friendly Rio Villa Beach Resort (20292 Highway 116, Monte Rio, 707-865-1143), which beckons you to relax at the river (see photo).
Similarly, over in Cloverdale, you’ll find gay-friendly bed & breakfasts like the Old Crocker Inn (1126 Old Crocker Inn Road, Cloverdale, 707-894-4000), where in-room massages are on the menu of available amenities.
The list goes on … and there are some stellar resources to help you identify the gay-friendly accommodations in Sonoma County that are right for you. Purple Roofs began back in 1999 with the goal of identifying the best small, “family owned” and gay-friendly accommodations. And TAG identifies not only gay-owned and gay-friendly lodgings but also gay-friendly services and hotspots (like transportation, tours, and wineries). Check them out and find out just how gay-friendly Sonoma County really is.
There is just no reason not to be judicious with your pink dollars in Sonoma County. Why not spend them where they are most well received? I think you’ll find that the boomerang effect is a knockout (in a good way).