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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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,…

June Bug Photo
14034 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

June Bug Skin & Body is Western Sonoma County’s premier beauty boutique. The boutique offers lash extensions, massage, facials, full body waxing, spray tanning, chemical peels, and wedding services.…

El Barrio Photo
16230 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

El Barrio was created by visionary + owner, Crista Luedtke, of boon brands. Showcasing artisanal handcrafted spirits with a focus on mezcal, tequila, and bourbon, in a fun + upscale, authentic…

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…

Surrey Resort Pool Photo
16590 Highway 116, Guerneville, CA 95446

Set on 3 beautiful acres bordering on vineyards, Surrey Resort is a short walk from the famous Russian River and all the shops and restaurants in town. And close to many world-renowned vineyards, the…

Glass Images Photo
16369 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Russian River GLASS IMAGES is a unique STAINED GLASS ART studio / gallery in the town of GUERNEVILLE nestled in the heart of the Wine Country and Redwood Empire of Sonoma County, California just 70…

Seconds First Photo
16365 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

We are a new and used store with an emphasis on clothing. Good quality and unique are key elements here. We also carry a wide array of unusual gift items.

Flynn Total Body Fit Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

More than 10 years experience providing the best in Corporate & Executive Mobile Massage & Personal Training services. Helping clients from you, to Calvin Klein and David Geffen look and feel their…