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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Porter Bass Winery Photo
11750 Mays Canyon Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Nine miles from the ocean, in a saddle between two ridge tops sits Porter-Bass Vineyard & Winery. The Russian River gently forms an oxbow around these ridges allowing the fog to drift to the foot of…

Rainbow Cattle Company Photo
16220 Main St, Guerneville, CA 95446

Rainbow Cattle Company, known as “The Rainbow” and “The ‘Bow,” by locals, the RCC opened its doors in 1979 and quickly became a Northern California party destination serving up carefree good times.…

Redwood Lane Retreat Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Experience the beauty of the Russian River Valley wine country at Redwood Lane Retreat! Situated high above the Drake Estates neighborhood, offering breathtaking views of Williams Selyem Vineyards and…

Guerneville River Park Photo
13811 State Highway 116, Guerneville, CA 95446

Guerneville River Park is a small day-use area on the south side of the Russian River, just off of Highway 116. The park offers visitors a view of the river, group and individual picnic sites, a lawn,…

BROT burger & beer Photo
16218 Main St., Guerneville, CA 95446

From serial entrepreneur-chef, Crista Luedtke: BROT is a modern german concept serving delicious classics in a warm Bavarian atmosphere. BROT celebrates Crista’s heritage, as well as, honors her…