Guerneville bridge over Russian River

Guerneville

Charmingly rustic, the town of Guerneville (pop. 4,534) mixes towering redwoods, cool river waters, laid-back attitudes, and Sonoma Wine Country delights in a pleasing blend that makes it a popular destination, as well as an established gay vacation resort. Guerneville has always been a vacation getaway for San Franciscans — by train in the 1870s to the 1930s, and by car through the 1950s.

In the 1970s it became a welcoming resort area for Bay Area gay men and lesbians. Today, visitors stay in cozy cabins, uniquely rustic resorts, campgrounds, vacation rentals, and other lodgings. They can choose to eat at trendy restaurants, food stands, or hip cafes reminiscent of the flower-power era. And with more than 50 wineries within a 20-minute drive, wine tasting in the cool-climate Russian River Valley wine region is definitely a must for wine lovers.

With canoes, kayaks, inner tubes, umbrellas, and beach chairs available for rent, Johnson's Beach provides the main river access in downtown Guerneville, within walking distance of restaurants and shops. Visit the awe-inspiring, 805-acre Armstrong  Redwoods State Natural Reserve, two miles north of Guerneville's Main Street. Walk among the serene, majestic beauty of California coast redwoods, some of the world's tallest living things. It can be a transforming experience. Find details about Guerneville hotels and lodging.

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Russian River Rentals Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Russian River Rentals is a vacation rental company with a wide assortment of homes to suit all needs in Occidental, Forestville, Summerhome Park, Villa Grande, Monte Rio, Guerneville and Duncans…

Hazel Atelier Photo
14045 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Born in the midst of a pandemic, and built to capture the best of humankind while fighting for all humans! Come experience our collaborative space that exists to fight for the end of modern day…

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve Photo
17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Stewards provides support for the State Parks in the Russian River area through its education and stewardship volunteer programs. Stewards offers docent-led tours, adventures and special events in our…

Blue Door Gallery Photo
16259 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Located alongside the Russian River in west Sonoma County, the Blue Door Gallery showcases three talented local artists: Marge Margulies, Douglas Devivo and Mary Livingston.

Laguna Country House Photo
14070 Mill Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Those who have been here know first hand; those who have not are missing out one of the most beautiful, unique places in Northern California. At the heart of the Russian River Valley, our Russian…