What Guerneville has is the Russian River
atmosphere: thick forests, river recreation, golf, and
several of Sonoma's more interesting wineries including Korbel Champagne Cellars. Guerneville, however,
has its own charm, with quaint storefronts, a lovely new
town plaza, and an historic bridge open to pedestrians
The prime outdoor attraction is Armstrong Woods State Reserve, a 752-acre stand of
old growth redwoods, surrounded by Austin Creek State
Recreation Area, with developed and primitive
(walk-in) campsites and miles of hiking trails in 4,236
acres of forest and scrub lands. Armstrong Woods has
level self-guided trails through the redwood groves, and
offers biking and picknicking as well. Armstrong Woods
Pack Station offers horseback trips of up to three
days. It's located in the State Reserve.
Guerneville has several motels and a
selection of B&B homes for overnight stays. Creekside Inn & Resort, 16180 Neeley Road (707-869-3623) gives
you a choice of rooms in the B&B house or a
housekeeping cottage. The resort has a swimming pool,
fireplaces and quite low rates.
If you want to have quantities of Champagne
on hand for breakfast, you couldn't be nearer to the
source than by staying at the Sonoma Orchid Inn, formerly the Ridenhour Ranch House Inn 12850 River Road (707-869-4466 or toll-free at 888-877-4466). Next to the Korbel Winery on River
Road, this 1906 Victorian farmhouse B&B has a garden,
antique furnishings and library. All of the nine rooms have private baths. There is a guest kitchen with a refrigerator. A full breakfast is served by the hosts, Dana and Brian are the hosts.
For those who prefer the anonymity of a
motel and the amenities of a resort, inexpensive Riverlane Resort on the river with housekeeping units at 16320 First Street
(707-869-2323 or toll-free at 800-201-2324).
Johnson's Beach Resort (707-869-2022) is at 16241 First Street, with 50 RV
and tent sites with electrical hookups, showers, laundry
and picnic area. There are also housekeeping and standard
motel units at the resort.
River Bend Resort & Campground, 11820 River Road, has riverfront
tent and RV areas, with complete facilities and
recreation, laundry and store, and a sport court/dance
pad. Popular for fishing; open all year.(707-877-7662
Schoolhouse Canyon Park, open
seasonally, has campsites in the redwoods and private
river frontage across the road. (707-869-2311) Located at 12600 River
Road—two miles from town.
More Information on
Russian River Country
Russian River Getaways
14070 Mill Street, P.O. Box 1673, Guerneville, CA
855-433-6673-toll-free or (707) 869-4560
Russian River Getaways offers a wide variety of vacation
homes for rent. Homes range from deluxe homes with many
amenities -- fully equipped kitchens, spas, steam baths,
saunas, pools, patios, and gardens, with riverside and
hillide locations -- to smaller first class cottages on
or close to the river. The homes are located in the
Russian River basin, from Forestville through Rio Nido,
Guerneville, and Monte Rio, to Cazadero and Duncans Mills
nearer to the coast.