Guerneville Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Madasabull
  • Things to Do
    by Madasabull
  • Things to Do
    by Madasabull

Guerneville Things to Do

  • The Town of Guerneville California

    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...

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  • Giant Redwoods and Colonel Armstrong

    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...

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  • Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve

    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...

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  • Kissed By The Sun--Redwoods

    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...

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  • Russian River Blues Festival

    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...

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  • Russian River Jazz Festival

    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 BensonAl JarreauNorman BrownStanley ClarkeLedisiBobby Hutcherson/Cedar Walton QuartetLavay Smith & her Red Hot Skillet LickersBrian CulbertsonJoyce CoolingOrquestra La Moderna TardicionYow!! It was a GREAT...

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Guerneville Hotels

  • Sonoma Orchid Inn

    12850 River Rd., (formerly Ridenhour Inn), Guerneville, California, 95446, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • River Village Resort & Spa

    14880 River Road, Guerneville, California, 95446, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Applewood Inn

    13555 Highway 116, Guerneville, California, 95446, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Guerneville Restaurants

  • Holy cow! The food! The beer! The...

    Another recommendation from my friend in Rio Nido who says this the only place they ever eat at, we were so happy with it that we almost went back the next day!Walking in, you definitely know this place is devoted to brewing. The worn couch in front of the fireplace, the bras and bills hanging from the ceiling, and the walk-up window to the bar...

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  • Come Out for Coffee, Ice Cream, and...

    Located just off of Main Street on Armstrong Woods Road, my friend recommended we try this coffee as opposed to the Main Street locale, and were glad we did. This is your typical cozy, trendy coffeehouse with young baristas, chalkboard menus, tasty local treats to eat, local artists' photos on the wall, chess boards for use, people reading papers,...

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  • A surprisingly scrumptuous little lunch...

    While winding along River Road north of Santa Rosa & our bed and breakfast our stomachs started to growl/rumble... And when that happens, I get CRANKY. We are not the biggest fans of Korbel sparkling wine, but their winery looked beautiful and had a sign out front alluding to a delicatessen. "STOP!" I begged. And we were pleasantly surprised!We...

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Guerneville Nightlife

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    by SteveOSF Written Jul 12, 2008

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    Main Street Station is located in the heart of downtown Guerneville. They serve pizza and Italian food. The pizzas are fairly good. Main Street Station features live music nightly. Usually these are jazz acts. But blues, folk, and pop are also presented. Their website has a list of upcoming acts. Typically a small cover charge is applied during the performance hours. Most performers will often have a tip jar readily available.

    Main Street Station is an intimate setting for listening to live music. Having dinner while listening to live acts is nice. The Main Street Station is a great place to spend and evening in Guerneville.

    Main Street Station
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Guerneville Transportation

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    by jessicadf Updated Sep 9, 2003

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    I doubt there's anywhere to get a rental car in Guerneville. If you're going to go around town, you can either walk, bike or drive a car. To get up and down the river, however, boats are the way to go! I've seen jet skis, but I think they're really obnoxious when there are swimmers and kayakers in the water...

    You can rent canoes at Johnson's Beach. Or you can find a friend that has a boat or bring your own.

    Happy in a canoe

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Guerneville Shopping

  • A few quality chocolates and a lot of...

    Since I dream in chocolate and am accused (falsely, I might add) of being a hippie, I of course had to hunt down Hemp & Chocolate in Guerneville. Most of the store was devoted to hemp clothing and accessories, while the chocolate was tucked around the corners of the counter display, leaving the front available for a glass pipe display. Slightly...

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  • Candy, Kites, Toys, Jokes, Crafts, Cards...

    The Guerneville 5 &10 right on Main Street is one of those places where you walk by and eye something fun, in our case a cool pirate ship kite and a flamingo kite, walk in, suddenly find yourself wasting time reading funny cards, and try to make your escape. My sister managed to do that, but not before I eyed a candy aisle tucked away in the corner...

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  • Get your fishing license here

    A small, but well stocked, sporting goods store, you can purchase your basic California fishing license, as well as stamps for other types of fishing (such as abalone diving) here. Friendly and informative stafff, and right downtown in Guerneville. Very convenient. Fishing license, tackle, rod, reel, dry bag, sun screen, mosquito repellant,...

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Guerneville Local Customs

  • Sitting around the fire

    A favorite getaway activity for is sitting around a firepit with friends. I first gained a fondness for this in the bush of South Africa. However, this doesn't just happen in Africa, does it? At my friend's home in Guerneville, there's a wonderful firepit, perfect for relaxing with friends after a long day on the water. S'mores anyone?

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  • Feed the ducks

    There are lots of ducks living on the river. Many are quite tame. We were tossing them sunflower seeds all through the jazz festival. Quite a few were happy to take them directly from your hand. Very cool!

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  • Ways to relax

    How about an inflatable raft with armrests, drink holder and a hat? Oh yes, and some smooth jazz played on stage, just 100 yards away, by George Benson, Al Jarreau, Brian Culbertson, Stanley Clarke and more? Yeah, life is FIIIIIINE.

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Guerneville Warnings and Dangers

  • Canoeing Russian River

    Russian River is California's premier leisure canoeing destination. Just north of San Francisco but beware and take some precautions.April through October (7 months)The river is slow-moving and safe during the canoeing season. If coming with children try to plan your trip in the mid-May through mid-September period. The shoulder periods of the...

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  • Floods

    The Russian River does occasionally flood. Summer visitors should not worry about flooding as the floods occur only after severe winter storms. However, the worst floods put Main Street under several feet of water. Major floods occur with a frequency of about nine years. Immediately after a flood, access to the area is typically controlled and only...

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  • Flooding in the winter

    The Russian River is prone to flooding pretty drastically every several years or so. Apparently the native american name for the river had to do with how fast the river level can rise and fall (I need to find out that name!). This photo shows the level after about 2 inches of rain in 24 hours. Must have been towards high tide. ;-)

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Guerneville What to Pack

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    by jessicadf Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: No big bags required. A duffel with your weekend gear, or perhaps your backpack if you're going to camp. A "dry bag" if you plan on boating on the river and want to keep your camera, keys, extra clothes dry.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals that you wont lose when you go in the water (such as Tevas).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen and mosquito repellant. And aloe, for when you get too much sun.

    Photo Equipment: Whatever you'd like. There can be some really good bird watching, so a good telephoto would be great if you want to capture the birds on film. We saw what we think was an eagle, but there wasn't enough zoom on my camera to be sure.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can rent kayaks and canoes, but you can also bring your own. Towels, etc. you should bring for yourself.

    Sonador3 & Mark enjoy wine packed on our trip

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Guerneville Off The Beaten Path

  • My suggestions for wine

    If you like Pinor Noir - try Davis Bynum! Small winery, great service and awesome wine!Hop Kiln is nice for its' scene, but I find the wine just ok.RoShamBo has moved down the street (couldn't afford the rent anymore).

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  • Russian River Wineries

    While you are visiting Guerneville, you may want to take advantage to the proximity to the many wonderful Russian River Wineries. Many of these are small, family run vintners, and as such, are far preferrable to visit that the big corporate entities that are found in the more popular Napa Valley.Russian River Valley Wineroads Map, offers an...

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  • Guerneville Hotels

    18 Hotels in Guerneville

Guerneville Sports & Outdoors

  • Johnson's beach and rentals on the...

    Johnson's is a nice alternative for $20/canoe/day to Burke's upriver. There is a beach with no alcohol allowed (they reserve the right to search your cooler), free parking, and rentals. We just stopped by looking for a place to picnic and didn't stay (we were looking for a grassy table area) but it was pretty packed at noon on a summer Sunday.Check...

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  • Rent a canoe

    You can rent a canoe at Burkes Canoes in Forestville and paddle your way down the Russian River four miles down to Guerneville. Canoes hold two to three people and cost $50 per canoe. Kind of expensive, but it's a really fun way to spend the day. They say you can make the entire trip in 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours. I think, however, that's if you don't...

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  • Yes, you can rent boats

    You can rent paddle boats or canoes at Johnson's Beach. There are other canoe rental places farther up the river as well. You'll notice their signs as you drive down River Road, towards Guerneville. For Johnson's Beach, just park, go to the beach and you won't be able to miss the rental stand. Boats!

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Guerneville Favorites

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    by jessicadf Written Jul 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Kayaking is a good thing... exploring the Russian River by a kayak is really peaceful, good exercise and a heck of a lot of fun. If you're with friends it can get really goony and good.

    A quiet waterway

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