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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Glass Images Photo
16369 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Russian River GLASS IMAGES is a unique STAINED GLASS ART studio / gallery in the town of GUERNEVILLE nestled in the heart of the Wine Country and Redwood Empire of Sonoma County, California just 70…

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…

Zen Retreat Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Zen Retreat is the perfect spot to embrace nature and release tension. Let worry slide from your neck and shoulders, down your arms and back, through your legs and feet, out of your body. Draw in the…

Eco Ring Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

EcoRing is a North Bay nonprofit that promotes EcoTourism and green travel in partnership with green certified businesses in the tourist industry. We sponsor EcoTours that feature low-carbon forms of…

Lucky Bend Lookout Dining Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Situated in the redwoods, near the Russian River and Guerneville. A true mid-century modern gem, Lucky Bend Lookout was architect-designed and constructed in 1966, and is kid-friendly down to the…