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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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.

Guerneville 5 & 10 Photo
16252 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Since 1949, the Guerneville 5 & 10 has been a Russian River tradition. Located in the heart of downtown Guerneville, this classic dime store is welcoming a whole new generation of fans. From nostalgic…

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve Photo
17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Stewards offers special educational opportunities and programs for the general public. We operate two visitor centers staffed by State Parks Volunteer Docents. We have also created a number of…

Rainbow Cattle Company Photo
16220 Main St, Guerneville, CA 95446

Rainbow Cattle Company, known as “The Rainbow” and “The ‘Bow,” by locals, the RCC opened its doors in 1979 and quickly became a Northern California party destination serving up carefree good times.…

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…

wind sculpture Photo
16377 C Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

At the west end of town next to the Union 76 gas station, you can find them by the spinning, sparkling wind sculptures they hang out under the open porch roof. These mean are always gracious, always…

Jerry Knights River Theater Photo
16135 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Jerry Knights Historic River Theater is located in Guerneville California 70 miles North of San Francisco. The Theater was built in the spring of 1947, originally as a movie theater, however it has…

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,…