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.

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Guerneville Veterans Memorial Hall Photo
16225 1st Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Guerneville Veterans Memorial Hall is located at 16255 First & Church Streets in Guerneville. For reservations call (707) 938-4105 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, Monday through Friday,…

Pee Wee Golf & Arcade Photo
16155 Drake Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

The Pee Wee Golf and Arcade is a historic miniature golf course located in Guernelle located right next to the Russian River. Built in 1948, this golf course has been entertaining families for…

Forest to the Sea Nature Store Photo
16215 Main St., #1, Guerneville, CA 95446

Located on the corner of First and Main Street in downtown Guerneville, the Forest to the Sea Nature Store is a nonprofit-owned and volunteer-run gift shop dedicated to promoting, restoring and…

Arcadia Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Heavenly, Light-Filled Mountain-Top Masterpiece, Soaring Open-Beam Ceilings, Window Wall Views of Mountains and Redwoods, Hot Tub on Mountainside Deck with Epic View, Sunny Acre with Fenced Yard,…

Inizi Wines Photo
16290 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

INIZI: beginnings in Italian. The name INIZI came from our belief that a bottle of wine begins in the vineyard. A team of two couples and four friends. Wine producers of the hard to find, neglected…