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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Jerry Knights River Theater Photo
16135 Main St., Guerneville, CA 95446

Jerry Knights Historic River Theater is located in Guerneville California 70 miles North of San Francisco. The Theater was built in the spring of 1947, originally as a movie theater, however it has…

The Old Cazadero Cabin Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Your private retreat in the coastal redwoods of Sonoma County awaits: a hand-built, lovingly furnished cedar cabin; rustic yet with all the comforts of home. After a full day of wine tasting, cycling…

Seconds First Photo
16365 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

We are a new and used store with an emphasis on clothing. Good quality and unique are key elements here. We also carry a wide array of unusual gift items.

Glass Images Photo
16369 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Russian River GLASS IMAGES is a unique STAINED GLASS ART studio / gallery in the town of GUERNEVILLE nestled in the heart of the Wine Country and Redwood Empire of Sonoma County, California just 70…

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…

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,…