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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The Chateau Rouge
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Hailing from Brooklyn, Huria's is a woodfired caterer specializing in NY inspired, brick oven pizza Napoletana and original tapas! In addition to their catering, they also offer private dining and…

Surrey Resort Pool
16590 Highway 116, Guerneville, CA 95446

Set on 3 beautiful acres bordering on vineyards Surrey 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 ocean,…

JaM JAr West
16290 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Art, Jewelry, curated Vintage and other Local goods. Jaime Jean Wilson & Molly Hills Perez and a synergy with other local creatives: Retro-Fit Home/ Michelle Schultz curated vintage furnishings, also…

Bill's Taxi Service
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Bill’s Taxi in Guerneville, CA, provides reliable transportation and tourism services throughout Sonoma County. We’ll give you a lift to restaurants, bars, wineries,  medical appointments, the grocery…

Kuhr-Norris Studio & Gallery
16203 First Street, Unit B Guerneville, CA 95446

Featuring black & white film photography by Suzy Kuhr and plein air & studio paintings by Katharine Norris, our studio / gallery is located in the downtown plaza of Guerneville, CA. We participate in…

Johnson's Beach
16215 First Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

A Russian River tradition for over a century, Johnson’s Beach is a favorite summer spot for Sonoma County locals and visitors alike. Sunning, swimming and floating at our Guerneville beach is as much…