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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Camp Ciyole Photo
Contact Us Directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Welcome to Camp Ciyole, a beautifully-appointed home nestled under the redwoods in Guerneville. With tons of light, spacious deck and yard, and tree views galore, it's just a 5-minute walk to the…

Lawson Galleries Guerneville Photo
16300 Third Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Don Lawson is a retired Gallerist from SF Sacramento Street. For a hobby to play with Curating in Guerneville, CA he offers up his Studio/Courtyard for Guest Living Artists, Estate Art & his…

Blue Door Gallery Photo
16259 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Located alongside the Russian River in west Sonoma County, the Blue Door Gallery showcases three talented local artists: Marge Margulies, Douglas Devivo and Mary Livingston.

Smart Pizza Photo
16205 First St., Guerneville, CA 95446

Dough made in house, hand stretched and cooked in brick ovens. Homemade sauces and meatballs, fresh vegetables and prime meat cuts. Family owned, operated and friendly, affordable. Cool decor!! Dine…

Russian River Farmers Market Photo
Downtown Guerneville, Fourth and Church Streets Guerneville, CA 95446

Stop by the Guerneville Farmers Market and have a family dinner with the wonderful selection of goodies for everyone, from fresh fruit and vegetables to baked goods. You can even get made to order…

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.

BROT burger & beer Photo
16218 Main St., Guerneville, CA 95446

From serial entrepreneur-chef, Crista Luedtke: BROT is a modern german concept serving delicious classics in a warm Bavarian atmosphere. BROT celebrates Crista’s heritage, as well as, honors her…