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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Sabor Mexicano Farm Photo
16790 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Enjoy a serene and quite experience or have an exciting adventure at our 130-acre Sabor Mexicano Farm located in Sonoma County and stay at the historic farmhouse on the property, the Colonel Armstrong…

River Queen Handmade & Collectibles Photo
16377 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

A unique collection of quality, vintage collectibles, handmade items from jewelry to unique wine barrel furniture. Also specializing in costume jewelry.

Bruno Farnocchia Memorial Park Photo
4800 Rio Nido Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

The Bruno Farnocchia Memorial Park is 3.18 acres including a playground, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, barbecues, portable restroom, and a tennis court. It is also the location of the dog park and…

Russian River Rentals Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Russian River Rentals is a vacation rental company with a wide assortment of homes to suit all needs in Occidental, Forestville, Summerhome Park, Villa Grande, Monte Rio, Guerneville and Duncans…

The Ranch Suite at Forest View Ranch Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Immerse yourself in the best of nature and agriculture in the Russian River Valley Resort Area in Sonoma County – just minutes from the popular vacation destination town of Guerneville, CA. close to…