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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Lazy Lightning Lodge Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Lazy Lightning Lodge is a standout departure from the daily grind. With an in ground pool, separate hot tub, and over 20 acres of redwood forest, meadow and fruit trees - you can relax and recharge in…

Rumour Has It Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Rumour Has It that Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe spent time in this Adorable Historic Cottage, Enjoying the Easy Walk to Downtown Guerneville and Riverlands Pier, Large Rear Yard, Firepit, Outdoor…

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

Elegant Contemporary Riverfront Home, Hardwood Floors, Fireplace, Central Heat, Hot Tub, Yard with Lawn, Decks, *Seasonal Ping Pong, River Access & Boats, Fishing; Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville,…

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

The Stuff of Dreams: Beautifully Updated Riverfront Home, Woodstove, River Views, Fenced Yard, *Seasonal (July-Aug) Dock and Boats. Walk to Playground. Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville, Wine…

Palazzo Marzino Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Custom Italian Mediterranean Dream Home with Seasonal Pool*, Hot Tub, Epic View of the Russian River Valley, Gas Fireplaces, Central Heat; Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville, Beaches, Hiking, Wine…

Big Bertha's Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Big Bertha's has all the ingredients of a beloved vacation home. It is comfortable, stylish, unique, well-appointed and private yet conveniently located. Inside and out, Big Bertha's expertly combines…

The R3 Hotel Photo
16390 Fourth St., Guerneville, CA 95446

The R3 Hotel, Restaurant and Bar is the premier entertainment resort in the lower Russian river area of Western Sonoma County. Located in the charming, rustic village of Guerneville blends majestic…

Lucky Bend Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Spacious, Contemporary Riverfront Home, River Views, Private 1/3 Acre, Gas Fireplace, Central Heat, Riverfront Dining Deck, *Seasonal Neighborhood Beach & Boats; Short Drive to Town, Golf, Wine…