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…

Inizi Wines Photo
16290 Main St., Guerneville, CA 95446

INIZI: beginnings in Italian. The name INIZI came from our belief that a bottle of wine begins in the vineyard. Located in the heart of Guerneville, California, we invite you to visit our tasting room…

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…

Hazel Atelier Photo
14045 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Born in the midst of a pandemic, and built to capture the best of humankind while fighting for all humans! Come experience our collaborative space that exists to fight for the end of modern day…

Leo’s Lodge Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Leo's Lodge is not your typical river home. Beautifully remodeled with a gourmet kitchen, luxurious amenities, and modern aesthetic, you'll never want to leave this spacious redwood retreat! Nestled…

The Ranch Suite at Forest View Ranch Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Immerse yourself in the best of nature and agriculture in the Russian River Valley Resort Area in Sonoma County – just minutes from the popular vacation destination town of Guerneville, CA. close to…

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…