Halfway between Highway 101 and the California Coast, Guerneville (pronounced Gurn-ville) offers iconic bed and breakfast lodging options along the Russian River. Its location near the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and its hiking and horseback riding activities makes Guerneville a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Some redwood trees found in this park are 1300 years old and top 310 feet in height!
Downtown Guerneville’s Johnson’s Beach is a riverside park open to the public. Guests enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking free of charge. The Beach also plays host to the annual fall Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival offering music from big-name musicians.
The December annual Parade of Lights showcases the town’s charm with businesses, schools, and townsfolk all participating in a parade down Main Street ending in the coronation of the prince and princess.
Korbel winery is three miles from the downtown area, and there are more than fifty wineries within a short drive. A twenty-minute drive west along the Russian River takes you to the Sonoma coast for those who want a whiff of the Pacific Ocean’s salt air and a chance to see the whales, seals, otters and sea lions that inhabit these waters. Sonoma coast fishing trips are available with local guides for both salt and fresh-water fishing.