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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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…

Great Escape Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Contemporary Slice of Heaven, Plenty of Space, Central to Everything Guerneville, Central Heat & Air, 2 Fireplaces, Hot Tub, Fenced Yard, Sunny Decks; Flat Walk to Downtown Guerneville, River Beaches;…

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

Gorgeously Furnished, Remodeled River Hideaway with Hot Tub, Outdoor Great Room for Living and Dining, Gas Fireplace; Walk to Downtown Guerneville, Rio Nido Roadhouse & Swimming Pool, across the…

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

Beautiful Resort-Like Compound with Fenced, Lush Gardens surrounding *Seasonal Pool and Hot Tub--Just Fabulous! Gas & Wood Fireplaces. Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville, River Beaches, Hiking, Wine…

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

Stunning Remodeled Mountain-Top Home on 1/2 Acre with Spectacular View, *Seasonal Pool (May-Sept), Hot Tub, Gas Fireplace, Landscaped Garden; Short Drive to Guerneville, River Beaches, Golf, Hiking,…

The R3 Hotel Photo
16390 Fourth St., Guerneville, CA 95446

The R3 Hotel, Restaurant and Bar is the premier entertainment resort in the lower Russian river area of Western Sonoma County. Located in the charming, rustic village of Guerneville blends majestic…

Bella Vista Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Unusually Private Contemporary Riverfront Home, Redwoods, River View, Central Heat, Fireplace, Hot Tub, Deck, Private Seasonal River Access & Boats; Walk to Downtown Guerneville, Dining, River Beach;…