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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River Queen Clothing Photo
16355 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Eclectic clothing and accessories for women, men, and children in the heart of Guerneville, CA, sister store of River Queen Handmade and Collectibles.

Starlight Retreat Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Large families and work retreats, get ready for an adventure in the redwoods! Starlight Retreat is comprised of two charming homes about 100 yards apart - Starlight and Starbright. Each has a hot tub…

Zen Retreat Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Zen Retreat is the perfect spot to embrace nature and release tension. Let worry slide from your neck and shoulders, down your arms and back, through your legs and feet, out of your body. Draw in the…

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,…

Armstrong Woods Visitors Center Photo
17020 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

The Armstrong Woods Visitors Center includes interpretive displays about the natural and cultural history of the park as well as a well-designed diorama. Visitors will find high quality educational…

Lazy Lightning Lodge Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Lazy Lightning Lodge is a standout departure from the daily grind. With an in ground pool, separate hot tub, and over 20 acres of redwood forest, meadow and fruit trees - you can relax and recharge in…