Northern California draws tons of visitors with its rugged Pacific Coast, its dense redwood forests, its scenic wine country, and its delightfully charming small towns. For nature enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors, there is nothing quite like a getaway to the little Bohemian town of Guerneville, a hidden gem that quite literally offers a breath of fresh air and plenty of things to do for a Small Town Getaway.

Guerneville is an unincorporated town located along the Russian River in Sonoma County. Known for its redwood forests, early indigenous people spent summers here, calling this place “Ceola,” meaning “shady place.” The town was officially founded in the late 1800s and was initially called “Stumptown” – due to extensive logging in the region – before being named Guerneville in honor of one of its founders. Over the decades, Guerneville became a popular vacation destination for wealthy residents in nearby San Francisco. These days, this unique rustic community, with a population of just over 4,500, exudes the kind of small-town charm that delights visitors with its towering redwoods, sophisticated but laid-back atmosphere, scenic river, and proximity to Sonoma Wine Country.

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Where To Stay In Guerneville

Accommodations in this town are centered around relaxation and enjoying the great outdoors, and you will find a wide variety of options from luxurious to rustic. Here are a few of the top-rated places to stay, each of which offers a unique experience.

Guerneville Getaway, Day One: Downtown and Russian River Adventures

Assuming you are driving in from Santa Rosa, plan to arrive in Guerneville in the morning, in time for breakfast (or brunch!).

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Guerneville Getaway, Day Two: Redwoods and Wine Tasting

Fuel up at the hotel with a gourmet breakfast (included in your stay) and a cup of locally-roasted coffee before setting off on today’s adventures.

 

Want a little preview? Check out the Pioneer Nature Trail through the Redwoods:

 

Have you ever been to the sweet little town of Guerneville? Do you have another favorite small-town getaway in Northern California? We would love to hear your experiences and recommendations in the comments. While you are thinking about your next escape, make sure you take a peek at the rest of our favorite Small Town Getaways for 2023!

 

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