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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Lifvendahl Fine Art Photo
16214 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Local Guerneville artist Mark Lifvendahl opens his gallery to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, inviting visitors to experience and purchase his colorful paintings on canvas and glass.…

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…

Redwood Lane Retreat Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Experience the beauty of the Russian River Valley wine country at Redwood Lane Retreat! Situated high above the Drake Estates neighborhood, offering breathtaking views of Williams Selyem Vineyards and…

Palazzo Marzino Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Custom Italian Mediterranean Dream Home with Seasonal Pool*, Hot Tub, Epic View of the Russian River Valley, Gas Fireplaces, Central Heat; Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville, Beaches, Hiking, Wine…

Reflections Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Beautiful Resort-Like Compound with Fenced, Lush Gardens surrounding *Seasonal Pool and Hot Tub--Just Fabulous! Gas & Wood Fireplaces. Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville, River Beaches, Hiking, Wine…

Bill's Taxi Service Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Bill’s Taxi in Guerneville, CA, provides reliable transportation and tourism services throughout Sonoma County. We’ll give you a lift to restaurants, bars, wineries,  medical appointments, the grocery…

Bella Vista Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Unusually Private Contemporary Riverfront Home, Redwoods, River View, Central Heat, Fireplace, Hot Tub, Deck, Private Seasonal River Access & Boats; Walk to Downtown Guerneville, Dining, River Beach;…

Dreamweaver Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

The Stuff of Dreams: Beautifully Updated Riverfront Home, Woodstove, River Views, Fenced Yard, *Seasonal (July-Aug) Dock and Boats. Walk to Playground. Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville, Wine…