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.

Guerneville has also always been a welcoming getaway for the Bay Area LGBTQ+ community. In Guerneville, visitors can stay in cozy cabins or rustic resorts, eat at trendy restaurants or quaint cafés, enjoy outdoor adventures, and visit more than 50 wineries within a 20-minute drive.

Things to Do in Guerneville

Like much of Sonoma County, Guerneville is a haven for outdoor and nature enthusiasts. Canoe or kayak along the Russian River before "setting up camp" for the day at Johnson's Beach, one of the most popular and family-friendly beaches in the area, located within walking distance of many local restaurants and shops. Visit the awe-inspiring, 805-acre Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, 2 miles north of Guerneville's Main Street. Walk (or zipline!) among the serene, majestic beauty of California redwoods — some of the world's tallest living things — for a truly transforming experience. If you prefer to stay inside, check out the unique shops and boutiques downtown, like the iconic Guerneville 5 & 10. Or, book a pampering spa day at boon hotel + spa. Read our itinerary to get more ideas for things to do in Guerneville.

Guerneville Wineries

The town of Guerneville is surrounded by a bounty of wineries and vineyards. Sip on delightful, lively California Champagne and sparkling wine at Korbel Champagne Cellars, where they also offer daily tours and tastings. Learn about the biodynamic winemaking process mastered by Porter-Bass Vineyard & Winery, known for their well-balanced Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. And, for sips that make a difference, stop by the Main Street tasting room of Equality Vines, which makes limited-release vinos that benefit various human rights organizations — another fantastic way to pause and consider your effect on our community here and around the world. Read about wine tasting in Guerneville.

Where to Eat

From burger joints and cultural delights to farm-to-table gourmet eateries, Guerneville offers a diverse restaurant and culinary scene. The sleek, urban-chic boon eat + drink boasts a seasonal menu filled with local ingredients, wines, and craft beers. Whether it's chili-braised pork shoulder or polenta lasagna, your tastebuds will surely be tantalized by their creative dishes. For "rustic cabin cuisine," Timberline Restaurant has you covered with their Cali-style comfort food, like the prime rib seasoned with house rub, au jus, and horseradish that's only served on Fridays and Saturdays. Discover more restaurants in Guerneville.

Hotels and Lodging

Romantic B&Bs, retro cottages, luxurious hotels, glamping tents ... Guerneville has it all! Whether you want to lay your head close to the Russian River, in the middle of all the action on Main Street, or under ancient redwood trees, you're sure to find a hotel or other accommodation that suits the Guerneville experience you desire. Find Guerneville hotels and lodging.

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