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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Andorno's
16205 First Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

This is a casual North Beach style Italian Restaurant, featuring homemade pastas, soups and handmade pizzas. Andorno's is located right in the center of town and next to the Historical Guerneville…

Lucky Bend Lookout Dining
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…

Forest to the Sea Nature Store
16215 Main St., #1, Guerneville, CA 95446

Located on the corner of First and Main Street in downtown Guerneville, the Forest to the Sea Nature Store is a nonprofit-owned and volunteer-run gift shop dedicated to promoting, restoring and…

Russian River Inns
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

RUSSIAN RIVER INNS are romantic Bed and Breakfast Inns, Cottages and small Boutique Hotels located in the Sonoma Wine Country, Russian River Recreation area, the only Sonoma County Wine appellation…

Babble-On
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Craftsman-Style Mountain Woodland Cottage, Very Romantic with Spectacular Mountain/Forest Views, Beautifully Remodeled, Furnished with Great Style, Gas Fireplace, Deck Overlooking Year-Round Creek…

wind sculpture
16377 C Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

At the west end of town next to the Union 76 gas station, you can find them by the spinning, sparkling wind sculptures they hang out under the open porch roof. These mean are always gracious, always…