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Guerneville

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Guerneville is a town along the Russian River in California. Pronounced "Gurnville", the town is known for environmental and gay activism as well as its beautiful redwood forested riverside site.

Get in[edit]

  • The nearest large airport is in San Francisco.
  • From San Francisco, follow Highway 101 North to the "River Road" exit just past Santa Rosa. Turn left at the traffic signal. Guerneville is 16 miles west.
  • The closest airport is Charles M. Schultz Sonoma County with nonstop service to/from Seattle, Los Angeles, and Portland(starts Oct 28, 2007) [1]

Get around[edit]

Having a car is important. You can get to Guerneville using public transportation, however is not easy or convenient. Once you are at 'the River' (as it is also known) having a car will help you explore the stunningly beautiful countryside. There are bicycle rentals available in town (seasonally), but much of the terrain is very hilly and the roads are narrow without much of a shoulder for getting well out of traffic.

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  • 5 Seasons River Village Resort and Spa, [2]]14880 River Road, Guerneville, California, USA 95446. tel: (+1) 707 869 8139 (fax: {+1) 707 869 3096. email: mailto:info@5seasonsresorts.com) Open year round. A full service day spa destination. Home of The River Bliss [3] a luxurious warm water, wet marine salts and essential oils spa treatment for being reborn. Facials, pediSpa, therapeutic massage and more.
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, 170000 Armstrong Woods Road, +1 707 869-2015, fax: +1 707 869-5629, [4]. Visitor center, large outdoor amphitheater, self-guided nature trails from 1 to 9 miles long, and a variety of picnic facilities among towering redwoods.
  • Horseback riding at Armstrong Woods Pack Station, +1 707 887-2939,[5].
  • Highlands Resort, 14000 Woodland Drive (North on Armstrong Woods to firestation, Right on Woodland Drive, at Buttner Street turn left into Resort Driveway), 707-869-0333, [6]. 10AM - 6PM. Spend the day eliminating those pesky tan lines. Nude sunbathing at the pool available for small fee all year long! Mostly Gay/Lesbian resort is 'straight-friendly'. Day Use includes use of the pool, bbq, tv lounge & grounds (only clothing optional at the pool). No restaurant or bar, bring a picnic and enjoy! $5 - 10.  edit
  • Carport Gallery (Russian River Studios), 15098 Old River Road, 707-869-8129, [7]. Unique art gallery featuring fine art from local and regional artists; rotating exhibits include paintings, sculpture, glass mosaics; and jewelry. Prices generally range from under $50 up to $1500.  edit

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  • Applewood Inn, 13555 Highway 116, 1-800-555-8509, [8]. Upscale, a la carte, entrees $22-$32.
  • Bob N Boy, 16248 Main Street, +1 707 869-0780. Home of the most delicious turkey burger in the Bay Area!
  • Main Street Station: Ristorante-Cabaret-Pizzeria, 16280 Main Street, +1 707 869-0501, [9].
  • Russian River Inn, 16141 Main Street, +1 707 869-0481. Change of ownership has the swedish pancakes being prepared in a more traditional manner. Still good food.

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  • Korbel Winery,, 13250 River Road, +1 707 824-7000, [10]. Offers an entertaining and educational tour of its champagne cellars. Champagne tasting is free after the tour, and a gourmet deli offers good choices for a lunch under the redwoods.
  • Stumptown Brewery, 15045 River Road, +1 707 869-0705, [11]. Three of their own, plus some other local brews.
  • Rainbow Cattle Company, 16220 Main Street, +1 707 869-0206. Famous gay bar.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • 5 Seasons River Village Resort and Spa, [12]]14880 River Road, Guerneville, California, USA 95446. tel: (+1) 707 869 8139 (fax: {+1) 707 869 3096. email: mailto:info@5seasonsresorts.com) Open year round. A full service spa destination. Home of The River Bliss, a luxurious warm water, wet marine salts and essential oils spa treatment for being reborn. Resort consists of onsite cottages priced from ($99) to luxury eco-friendly vacation homes in the surrounding area ($300+). Your well behaved pet is welcome. Proud to be an eco-friendly resort.
  • Applewood Inn, 13555 Highway 116, 1-800-555-8509, [13]. $185-$345.
  • Creekside Inn & Resort, 16180 Neeley Road, +1 707 869-3623, 1-800-776-6586, [14]. $90-$210.
  • Fern Grove Cottages, 16650 Highway 116, +1 707 869-8105, [15]. A variety of nice accommodations $89-$300.
  • Highlands Resort, 14000 Woodland Drive, +1 707 869-0333, fax: +1 707 869-0370, [16]. Individual Cabins with fireplaces - some with kitchens or oversized soaking tubs, and all with private porches. Peaceful gay and lesbian (straight-friendly) retreat. Most cabins recently remodeled. Clothing optional sunbathing at pool. Seasonal camping. Massage Therapist available for outdoor massage in a grove of redwood trees (weather permitting) or indoors. Three pet-friendly cabins. 2 blocks to town. $95-$200.
  • Russian River Resort, 16390 4th Street, +1 707 869-0691, 1-800-417-3767, [17]. World famous gay resort. $80-$195.
  • Sonoma West Inn (formerly Brookside Lodge), 14100 Brookside Lane, +1 707 869-2470,
  • Russian River Studios, 15098 Old River Road, 707-869-8129, [18]. Updated studios all have one queen bed and a full kitchen. Close to downtown for shopping and restaaurants, great location near hiking, wine tasting, and summer water sports. Great for a weekend or a week. $69-$149.  edit

Get out[edit]

Guerneville is about 90 minutes north of San Francisco.

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