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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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…

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

The Armstrong Woods Visitors Center includes interpretive displays about the natural and cultural history of the park as well as a well-designed diorama. Visitors will find high quality educational…

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve Photo
17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Stewards provides support for the State Parks in the Russian River area through its education and stewardship volunteer programs. Stewards offers docent-led tours, adventures and special events in our…

El Barrio Photo
16230 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

El Barrio was created by visionary + owner, Crista Luedtke, of boon brands. Showcasing artisanal handcrafted spirits with a focus on mezcal, tequila, and bourbon, in a fun + upscale, authentic…

wind sculpture Photo
16377 C Main St., Guerneville, CA 95446

At the west end of town next to the Union 76 gas station, you can find them by the spinning, sparkling wind sculptures they hang out under the open porch roof. These mean are always gracious, always…

Gay Russian River
Contact Us Directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

The Russian River is the West Coast's favorite LGBTQ+ playground. Situated in the heart of Western Sonoma County, this string of offbeat river villages attracts thousands of LGBTQ+ visitors every year…