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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Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Sweet as Candy: Delightful Cozy Riverfront Cabin, Deck with Panoramic River View, Fenced Yard, Hot Tub, Outdoor Hot/Cold Shower, *Seasonal (July- Aug) Dock and Boats. Walk to Villa Grande Neighborhood…

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…

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…

At Last Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Fairytale Luxury Cottage on Half Acre under Towering Redwoods, Designer Furnishings, Woodstove, Hot Tub, Large Fenced Yard. Easy Outing to Downtown Guerneville, River Beaches, Wine Tasting, Golf.…

Pee Wee Golf & Arcade Photo
16155 Drake Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

The Pee Wee Golf and Arcade is a historic miniature golf course located in Guernelle located right next to the Russian River. Built in 1948, this golf course has been entertaining families for…

Fife Creek Antiques & Collectibles Photo
15180 River Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Antiques and collectibles, quality art glass, art pottery, vintage lighting, art deco and furniture. We have been collecting for many years and pride ourselves on offering top quality pieces at…

Russian River Art Gallery Photo
16357 Main St., 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…