Northern California May 04, 2017
The Small Town In Northern California That’s One Of The Coolest In The U.S.
Imagine a small town near the Northern California coast that offers endless opportunities for recreation, a fun loving community, and laid-back, go-with-the-flow vibes. It might seem too good to be true, but you can find all this and more in the unique and quirky town of Guerneville, located in Sonoma county.
Guerneville is a lovely river town on the banks of the Russian River that is shaded by tall redwoods. It has a population of under 5,000 and is a historic logging town that has been around since the 1850s.
One of its major highlights is the proximity to beaches as well as trees. It's a fabulous place for recreation and thousands of visitors flock here each year.
The community likes to come out and celebrate together in these beautiful natural places. Here you can see the annual Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival, which looks like it must be a ton of fun.
If you are interested in exploring the city itself, however, you won't be disappointed. It's a rural haven for artists and creatives, so there are plenty of fun shops and restaurants to explore here.
Stop in for a game of mini golf at Pee Wee Golf in Guerneville, if you are looking for something else that is fun to do!
You will love checking out the creativity and quirkiness of this town.
Another iconic highlight here in town is the Guerneville Bridge. Be sure to swing by for a picture!
Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Preserve is a great place to soak in the surrounding forests.
Within the park, you can get up close and personal with giant redwoods, like this one.
It's great fun for the whole family!
Redwoods grew in the riverbed with such vigor that just a few centuries ago, the valley had the greatest biomass density on the planet, according to local lore. The local Pomo Indians used the area as a summer camp and called it "Ceola" which meant "shady place."
Sadly, it was then called Stumptown for a while as logging began to take hold as the primary industry in this region. Luckily, the park has preserved a good portion of the redwood forests that locals know and love.
Eventually, it was renamed Guerneville after one of the founding families. All in all, this quirky river town is a one of kind gem here in Northern California.
Have you ever been to Guerneville? If so, what did you think of the town’s unique laid back Northern California atmosphere?