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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Eco Ring Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

EcoRing is a North Bay nonprofit that promotes EcoTourism and green travel in partnership with green certified businesses in the tourist industry. We sponsor EcoTours that feature low-carbon forms of…

Graystone Photo
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,…

Beach Retreat Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Charming Riverfront Cabin with Wall-of-Glass Views, Designer Furnishings, Gas Fireplace, Fenced Yard, Lawn, Hot Tub, *Seasonal Neighborhood Beach Access & Boats; Short Drive to Downtown Guerneville,…

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

Opening Summer 2019. 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…

River Queen Clothing Photo
16355 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Eclectic clothing and accessories for women, men, and children in the heart of Guerneville, CA, sister store of River Queen Handmade and Collectibles.

North Star Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Immaculate, Spacious, Contemporary Riverfront Home, Forest View, Hot Tub, Central Heat & Air Conditioning, Gas Fireplace. Short Walk to Seasonal Neighborhood Beach & Boats; Short Drive to Downtown…