Guerneville is surrounded by natural beauty and is full of rustic charm, and should definitely make your Wine Country list. The town has been a country getaway for San Francisco’s well-heeled gay community, and now millenials, and it is also becoming more well-known in other circles, it retains its woodsy, down-to-earth personality that brings visitors back year after year.
There are hundreds of wineries within a 30 minute drive of Guerneville, with flavors and prices to suit every preference and budget. Sonoma County’s laws are more lax about picnics than Napa Valley’s, and the restaurants are spaced farther apart, so pack a picnic to bring with you.
Armstrong Redwoods is a short drive from Guerneville but feels a world away. Great hiking trails wind through majestic Sequoia trees (also known as Coast Redwoods) that are over 500 years old and over 200 feet tall. The Reserve offers parking, picnic facilities, a visitor center, an amphitheater, and several self-guided nature trails.
The wide, lazy Russian River is the perfect place to spend a sunny day. Rent an inner tube, canoe, kayak, or paddleboard from one of the many river outfitters in located in or near Guerneville. You can venture out on your own, hire a guide, or join a tour group for the day.
Guerneville’s “downtown” is centered on a few blocks of Main Street, filled with a mix of trendy coffee shops, boutiques, art galleries, and wine bars, alongside rural small town staples like hardware stores and diners. The staff are locals who have lived here for decades, so ask them to share tips about where to dine, hike, and wine taste.
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