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 Farmhand Photo
15025 River Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Gourmet deli, espresso bar, and market specializing in house made food with quality ingredients sourcing local with all products as often as possible. Boasting a family environment with spectacular…

Riverkeeper Stewardship Park Photo
16153 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

If you want to wander among native trees and grasses, watch birds or gaze at the river, Riverkeeper Stewardship Park welcomes you. The address is 16153 Main Street, Guerneville, although the park is…

Garden Grill & BBQ - The best kept secret in Guerneville. Photo
17132 Highway 116, Guerneville, CA 95446

Hearty breakfast, lunches and great BBQ. The Garden Grill is a place you'll want to visit regularly. We strive to serve our community and visitors with tasty food, friendly staff and quick service.…

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…

3 for 2 Special Photo
14080 Mill Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

The Russian River Valley in Western Sonoma County is one of the top choices for a Northern California vacation getaway. The area has so much to offer: towering redwood groves, world-class wineries,…