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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Beach Retreat Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Charming Riverfront Cabin with Wall-of-Glass Views, Designer Furnishings, Gas Fireplace, Fenced Yard, Lawn, Hot Tub, *Seasonal Neighborhood Beach Access & Boats; Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville,…

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…

Lucky Bend Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Spacious, Contemporary Riverfront Home, River Views, Private 1/3 Acre, Gas Fireplace, Central Heat, Riverfront Dining Deck, *Seasonal Neighborhood Beach & Boats; Short Drive to Town, Golf, Wine…

Off the Clock Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

High Above the Hustle and Bustle, yet Close to Town, Luxurious Contemporary River Bungalow, Private, Sweeping Russian River Valley View. Gas Fireplace, HT, Fully Fenced, Landscaped Garden, Loungers.…

Leo’s Lodge Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Leo's Lodge is not your typical river home. Beautifully remodeled with a gourmet kitchen, luxurious amenities, and modern aesthetic, you'll never want to leave this spacious redwood retreat! Nestled…

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…

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

The Visitor Center is located in the front parking lot of Armstrong Woods. Staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, it is open daily from 11am-4pm. The center includes interpretive displays about the…