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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Jerry Knights River Theater Photo
16135 Main St., Guerneville, CA 95446

Jerry Knights Historic River Theater is located in Guerneville California 70 miles North of San Francisco. The Theater was built in the spring of 1947, originally as a movie theater, however it has…

Bruno Farnocchia Memorial Park Photo
4800 Rio Nido Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

The Bruno Farnocchia Memorial Park is 3.18 acres including a playground, horseshoe pits, picnic tables, barbecues, portable restroom, and a tennis court. It is also the location of the dog park and…

Zen Retreat Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Zen Retreat is the perfect spot to embrace nature and release tension. Let worry slide from your neck and shoulders, down your arms and back, through your legs and feet, out of your body. Draw in the…

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,…

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…

Coffee Bazaar Photo
14045 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

We have been at the center of Guerneville for over thirty years. We have a passion for serving great coffee along with simple and tasty food.

Sabor Mexicano Farm Photo
16790 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Enjoy a serene and quite experience or have an exciting adventure at our 130-acre Sabor Mexicano Farm located in Sonoma County and stay at the historic farmhouse on the property, the Colonel Armstrong…