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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Fife Creek Antiques & Collectibles Photo
15180 River Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Antiques and collectibles, quality art glass, art pottery, vintage lighting, art deco and furniture. We have been collecting for many years and pride ourselves on offering top quality pieces at…

Eco Ring Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

EcoRing is a North Bay nonprofit that promotes EcoTourism and green travel in partnership with green certified businesses in the tourist industry. We sponsor EcoTours that feature low-carbon forms of…

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…

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…

Russian River Art Gallery Photo
16357 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

The Russian River Art Gallery also showcases gifts and art of other local artists. In partnership with Guerneville’s First Friday Art Walk, we present mini-receptions and our artists are there to…