Guerneville Things to Do

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    The Town of Guerneville California

    by Madasabull Written Dec 13, 2013
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    This really is a beautiful town in fantastic settings. The amazing green trees and clear river, the whole place looks just like you would imagine a real North West American town.

    We would have loved to have stayed here for a night or two, but maybe next time with now knowsing what a wonderful place this is.

    Check out the website link for the town here on my review, it has so much going on, so much more than we got to see, and we struggle to believe we hadn't allowed more time here. But we were getting married in Vegas in just 5 days time, and had lots of miles, mountains and Death Valley to cross, and just couldnt afford the time.

    I did suggest to my wife to be that we put of the wedding and spend more time here, and for a moment there I thought she was going to agree :) I dont think so.

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    Giant Redwoods and Colonel Armstrong

    by Madasabull Updated Dec 13, 2013
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    We heard that these trees where up North from us and given that this would mean going over the San Francisco Bridge, and taking pics of Alcatraz while near the bridge, it was perfect.

    When we arrived there we couldn't really believe just how big these things are. I have seen Karri Trees in South Western Australia, and these where huge, but not the same really.

    I loved it here with these trees in California more, and I suppose having my wife with me to enjoy it made a huge difference. And after all, these Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world.

    Funny picture of my wife, we laughed a lot at this. She looks like a creature of the woods.

    Worth doing if you not toooo far from here.

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    Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve

    by VeronicaG Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Giant Redwoods Dwarf a Car Below

    Our venture into wine country included more than tastings, we wanted to see the giant Redwoods located a few miles from Guerneville. We discovered a peaceful, sun-dappled woods, punctuated by the tallest trees on earth--as high as 350 feet!

    The Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve was set aside as a 'natural park and botanical garden' by Colonel James Armstrong in the 1880's. Although he harvested lumber for his livelihood, he appreciated the beauty and value of those forests in which he worked.

    The park has preserved 805 acres, which contains a visitor center, 2,000 seat outdoor amphitheatre, self-guided nature trails, picnic tables and restrooms.

    FYI: There is no camping at the state reserve.

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    Kissed By The Sun--Redwoods

    by VeronicaG Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kissed by the Sun

    Redwoods growing on the coast of California average between 200-250 feet in height and live to be 500-1000 years old. However, some grow to over 350 feet and survive for 2000 years! The moist conditions contribute to their amazing growth (picture 2).

    We noticed some of the forested areas were marked "extremely fragile", making it important to stay on the trails and not tromp through these places. A trail guide can be picked up at the park's visitor center.

    The oldest tree at the reserve is The Colonel Armstrong Tree, said to be over 1400 years old. A nod to the Colonel for his efforts to preserve this wondrous forest. The Parson Jones tree is the tallest at 310 feet in height.

    FYI: If you park your car at the park entrance, you can walk in for free.

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    Russian River Blues Festival

    by jessicadf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Every year there's a big blues festival on Johnson's Beach in Guerneville. Sit in the sun, swim in the river and listen to blues legends, old and new. Rock on!

    The 2005 festival is June 18 & 19 with a good sounding lineup:
    Saturday:Al Green, Deborah Coleman, Coco Montoya, Maria Muldaur, and The Johnny Rawls Revue.
    Sunday:: Los Lobos, Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm, Shemekia Copeland, The Tommy Castro Band, and Bettye LaVette.

    Both days on the Wine Stage: Earl Thomas

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    Russian River Jazz Festival

    by jessicadf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    An amazing jazz festival, at the end of the summer on the beautiful Russian River. This year's festival was September 6 and 7 and starred:

    George Benson
    Al Jarreau
    Norman Brown
    Stanley Clarke
    Ledisi
    Bobby Hutcherson/Cedar Walton Quartet
    Lavay Smith & her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
    Brian Culbertson
    Joyce Cooling
    Orquestra La Moderna Tardicion

    Yow!! It was a GREAT show! Rather than stand in line and sit in the crowds on the beach, we hopped in a canoe at our friend's house on the river, and paddled upstream to watch from the water. What a way to go!

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    Korbel Champagne Cellars

    by SteveOSF Written Jul 12, 2008

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    Korbel Champagne Cellars
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    The Russian River valley is a great place for wine tasting. However, Korbel offers champagne tasting. Established in 1882, Korbel is one of the oldest wineries in the United States. Korbel survived Prohibition (1920-1933) by making sacramental wine for the Church.

    The cellars were founded by Francis Korbel and his brothers. Francis Korbel immigrated to the United States from Bohemia. He set up a successful cigar box company in San Francisco. In the early 1870s, Francis Korbel purchased property near Guerneville and started a lumber business. When the timber was depleted, the Korbel Brothers searched for other uses of the land. Seeing that the climate and land were similar to the Champagne Region in France, they began growing grapes. By 1882, the winery was established.

    Korbel Champagne Cellars has a tasting room that is open to the public. They produce and offer tastings for a variety of champagnes, wines, and brandy. Some are commercially available at major grocery stores like Safeway, but others are only available at the vineyard. They offer the typical champagnes like Brut, Rose, and Extra Dry, but also offer some more unusual varieties like Rouge, which is a champagne with a deep red color. Its vivid color comes from Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

    Free tours of the winery are offered and worth attending. The history of the winery is revealed in the tour. The process of making champagne is explained. At the conclusion of the tour, some tastings are conducted.

    Korbel’s tasting room naturally has a wine shop and gift shop affiliated with it. They also have a delicatessen that offers some nice sandwiches and salads. You can enjoy your lunch on their patio under the redwoods.

    Several episodes of the 1960s television show “Combat” were filmed on the Korbel vineyards. The winery apparently took advantage of the special effects. Whenever an explosion was to occur, Korbel insisted that they blow up an old stump left over from the logging days.

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    Armstrong Woods

    by SteveOSF Written Jul 12, 2008

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    Armstrong Woods can be attributed to lumberman Colonel James Armstrong, who desired that some of the natural beauty of the forests that he harvested be preserved. The park is an oasis of giant redwoods, surrounded by hills. The redwood grove is majestic. The oldest tree is over 1,400 years old. The tallest is more than 310 feet high.

    Several trails are available. The Pioneer trail meanders through the redwood grove. The Discovery and Nature Trails are wheelchair accessible. The East Ridge Trail and Pool Ridge Trail climb 400 and 500 feet respectively into the surrounding hills and make for more moderate hiking experiences. More strenuous hikes such as to Bullfrog Pond Campground are also available. See the trail map and recommended hikes posted at the visitor’s center for more information about the trials. I would recommend to always carry water when taking any trails out of the redwood grove.

    My favorite short hike is to take the Pioneer Trail from the parking lot, through the redwood grove, to the East Ridge Trailhead. Then follow East Ridge Trail up the switchbacks into the hills. Then traverse the ridgeline. Finally, emerge from the Ridge Trail at the parking lot. This route is about 2 1/4 miles and involves a climb of 400’.

    The park includes a visitor center, a large outdoor amphitheater, picnic facilities, and campgrounds. Horse rentals are also available.

    Dogs must be kept on a leash and must remain on the paved roads. They are not allowed on the trials.

    In 2008 the day use fees are:

    $6.00 per vehicle
    $5.00 per vehicle for seniors
    Free to pedestrians and bicyclists

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    The Russian River

    by SteveOSF Updated Jul 12, 2008

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    Enjoying the River

    Guerneville is the primary town within the Russian River resort area. The river remains one of the areas main attractions. Summer weather is usually warm, making a day at the beach quite pleasant. The Russian River has a lot of beach access. Johnson’s Beach located right off of downtown Guerneville is popular. Swimming and sunbathing are the primary activities there. However, Johnson’s Beach often hosts some music festivals, such as the Blues Festival and the Jazz Festival.

    Johnson’s Beach also has a concession that rents canoes and kayaks. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on Guerneville’s signature beach. So if your dog wants some summer aquatic fun, it would be best to take him to one of the other nearby beaches. Some of the resorts along the river also have their own beach.

    Swimming in the Russian River is best in the summer months when the “summer dam” is in place at the downstream edge of Johnson’s Beach. The dam regulates the water flow and pools water to make Johnson’s Beach into a nice swimming hole. In the winter months, the river can get a bit too wild and cold for swimming.

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    Korbel--The Gardens and Grounds

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    Korbel's Gardens were exquisite! The rich, velvety color of the roses set within the multiple hues of the other flowers made lovely vignettes along the pathway (pictures 2-3). There are more than 250 varieties of antique roses on display on the Korbel grounds.

    The Korbel family originally planted the antique rose gardens in 1880 to beautify their summer home. Can you imagine the profusion of color accompanying their morning walks about the grounds?

    It's said that these gardens came into their greatest beauty when horiculturist Phillip Robinson put his 'green thumbs' to work. Now the garden blooms with 1,000 varieties of plants, flowers and bulbs from around the world.

    We arrived too late in the day for an official tour of the gardens, but they are available mid-April through mid-October on Tuesdays-Sundays at 11am, 1 pm and 3pm.

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    Korbel-Tasting Room and Facilities

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    To enter Korbel's tasting room, one has to pass through the wine shop. The shop is stocked with sparkling bottles of Korbel's champagnes, wines and brandies. I imagine some people travel no further than this room.

    In the tasting room, an extensive counter monopolizes a long wall in the spacious room. It is here that servers courteously pour samples of Korbel's finest from a wide selection of choices. I preferred their BRUT--which was wonderful.

    The following were some of the choices:

    Le Premier
    Natural
    Brut
    Chardonnay Champagne
    Blanc de Noir
    Extra Dry
    Brut Rose
    Rouge
    Sec
    Mocato Frizzante
    Sweet Rose
    Chardonnay
    Pinot Noir
    Cabernet
    Zinfandel
    Cream Sherry
    Port

    Hours for the wine shop are 9am-5:30 pm from May 1-Sept.30 and 9am-5pm from Oct. 1-Apr.30. Tasting Room hours are: 9am-5pm from May 1-Sept. 30 and 9am-4:30 pm from Oct.1-Apr.30

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    Korbel--California Champagne

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    Welcome to Korbel
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    The Korbel Champagne Cellars are located on a 2,000 acre estate in the Russian River Valley. We dropped by on our drive through wine country.

    We had already seen lovely little Healdsburg and some of its wineries and were traveling towards Bodega Bay. There was just enough time to see Korbel before it closed for the day.

    The Korbel family hailed from Bohemia, now Czechoslovakia. Their champagne cellar was founded in 1882, after the Korbel brothers tried their hand at farming and discovered they had a talent for growing things, especially grapes.

    As business grew, they discontinued growing their other crops and concentrated on grapes. They introduced the Pinot Noir grape to the area, although it had been primarily used in the champagne region of France. Soon, their wines were being sought after!

    A tour of the Korbel cellars takes visitors to its old vaults and museum to see how champagne is created. (Please see their website for tour times).

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    More of Armstrong Redwoods Reserve

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 23, 2007

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    Take a Trail
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    Redwoods grow naturally along the coast from southern Oregon to central California. They are nurtured by moisture-laden fog and considerable winter rains. This climate enables them to reach unbelievable heights!

    There is a small $4 charge per car upon entering Armstrong Redwood Reserve. A narrow roadway leads you deep into its shady splendor; a dry creekbed follows alongside. As you drive further into the forest, you'll most likely want to pull over and take a long look around...but you can't.

    Be patient and continue on and soon you'll come to an area where you can park. Here you can either take a trail or aimlessly wander through the woods (pictures 2 & 3).

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  • cheers, toast, salud.

    by arasnosliw Written Dec 12, 2006

    Korbel is one of the most notable American champagne producers. Come to the cellars to sample all sorts of deliciousness, but be aware of its aftereffects. I am not responsible for your stupor, only my own. There is a delicious deli with sandwiches, salads, fruits, etc. available to soak up that alcohol in your belly.

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    Armstrong Redwoods

    by Callavetta Updated May 14, 2006

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    The oldest living things, at up to 2,000 yrs. old
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    Armstrong Redwoods is a beautiful reserve of California Coastal Redwoods. These Giants are one of California's most popular tourist attractions and Armstrong Redwoods park offers an easy, friendly place to visit. There are camping and picnic areas and the park offers a variety of hikes and walks ranging from just under a mile to just over 10 miles. Occasional naturalist and docent programs are held to educate visitors about the history and ecology of the Coastal Redwoods. Coastal redwoods are the oldest living things, with some of these trees up to 2,000 years old. The tallest in the park is 310 feet.

    Stop in town and pick up a picnic and a bottle of local wine. Enjoy a quiet picnic next to the creek under the Dogwoods. It's a stop that can't be beat!

    Visitors who park outside the entrance kiosk may walk into the park for no charge. There is a $6.00 per car fee to drive into the park

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