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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Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Elegant Contemporary Riverfront Home, Hardwood Floors, Fireplace, Central Heat, Hot Tub, Yard with Lawn, Decks, *Seasonal Ping Pong, River Access & Boats, Fishing; Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville,…

Guerneville 5 & 10 Photo
16252 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Since 1949, the Guerneville 5 & 10 has been a Russian River tradition. Located in the heart of downtown Guerneville, this classic dime store is welcoming a whole new generation of fans. From nostalgic…

River Rendezvous Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Spacious, Airy Contemporary Hillside Retreat, Window-Wall View of Redwoods, Hot Tub; Game Room with Pool Table, Pellet Stove; Walk to Seasonal River Access; Walk/Very Short Drive to Downtown…

River Queen Handmade & Collectibles Photo
16377 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

A unique collection of quality, vintage collectibles, handmade items from jewelry to unique wine barrel furniture. Also specializing in costume jewelry.

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…

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…