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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Riverbed's Studio Space Photo
14014 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Riverbed is located right off Main Street Guerneville across the street from Coffee Bazaar. Street parking. Not only is Riverbed a yoga studio, but we're also a spiritual store. Come by and check out…

Lollipop! Photo
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…

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…

Betty Spaghetti - Comfort Food for the People Photo
16390 Fourth St., Guerneville, CA 95446

Betty Spaghetti is the Russian River’s newest Italian restaurant serving dinner five nights a week. Located in Guerneville’s R3 Hotel, Betty Spaghetti serves comfort food made from the freshest local…

Coffee Bazaar Photo
14045 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

We have been at the center of Guerneville for over thirty years. We have a passion for serving great coffee along with simple and tasty food.

Tent camping at Johnson's Beach Photo
16215 First St., Guerneville, CA 95446

A Russian River tradition for over a century, Johnson’s Beach is a favorite summer spot for Sonoma County locals and visitors alike. Sunning, swimming and floating at our Guerneville beach is as much…

Johnny's Landing Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Sweet Little Riverfront Log Cabin, Spectacular River Views, Fireplace, *Seasonal (Ju;y-Aug) Dock & Boats, Fenced Yard, Hot Tub; Walk to DuBrava, Garden Grill, Playground, River Beaches, Downtown;…