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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Tipsy Timbers Russian River Retreat Photo
15183 Old Cazadero Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446

Located 2 miles from Guerneville, Tipsy Timbers is a private retreat with a 2 bed, 2 bath house & a 1 bed, 1 bath cottage, with fireplaces, outdoor dining, hot tub, heated saltwater pool & large pool…

The Farmhand Photo
15025 River Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Gourmet deli, espresso bar, and market specializing in house made food with quality ingredients sourcing local with all products as often as possible. Boasting a family environment with spectacular…

Absolute Zen is a stellar vacation home in a quiet area of the Russian River Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Wine Country to Coast Vacation Rentals is dedicated to making your stay with us an eventful and joyful vacation with an authentic local experience in a home that is inspired and unique. We offer…

Kuhr-Norris Studio & Gallery Photo
16203 First Street, Unit B Guerneville, CA 95446

Featuring black & white film photography by Suzy Kuhr and plein air & studio paintings by Katharine Norris, our studio / gallery is located in the downtown plaza of Guerneville, CA. We participate in…

Surrey Resort Pool Photo
16590 Highway 116, Guerneville, CA 95446

Set on 3 beautiful acres bordering on vineyards, Surrey Resort is a short walk from the famous Russian River and all the shops and restaurants in town. And close to many world-renowned vineyards, the…

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…