3, 2, 1 and yes, I’ve finally made a list of the best things to do in Guerneville.
Sorry, I was a little bit excited because I’ve just ended up writing this article and I wrote the intro later, isn’t it crazy?
Anyway, I don’t want you to waste your time because you have a trip to make, right?
So hop on my ride and check these best things to do in Guerneville.
1. Chilling on the Beach is One of the Best Things to Do in Guerneville
From late spring to early autumn, Johnson’s Beach can be your go-to destination for family fun.
The Russin River at the beach is clear and cool.
You can even rent a kayak, inner tube, or pedal boat, enjoy a burger at the snack bar, or join the kids in the pool.
The resort is family-friendly and includes a campground with tent spots (no RVs/trailers), and simple cabin-type rooms that were built in the 1920s.
It’s surprising to note that they have bathrooms, showers and fridges, and some have kitchenettes as well.
2. Guerneville 5 and 10 – Favourite Stop for Shoppers
Guerneville 5 and 10 have been a part of the Russian River tradition since 1949.
It’s located in downtown Guerneville and has been a favorite stop for generations of dime shoppers.
In 5 and 10, you will find a wide range of merchandise, from nostalgic candy, collectibles to Americana and toys.
Guerneville 5 and 10 offer everything a visitor might need for a summer on the river.
These include clothes, towels, sunscreens, flip flops, and river shoes, etc.
3. Pay Redwood Trees A Visit – Come Close to the Nature!
The last time I went 2 miles north of Guerneville on the main road, it felt like another one of the best things to do in Guerneville.
There, you will be surrounded literally by the tallest living thing in the world – the tranquil and majestic Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.
This giant living reminder of the redwood forest once covered this area.
Armstrong’s redwood appears to soar forever with the sun shining through their canopy and reaching the forest floor at more than 300 feet below.
In this place, have a picnic, sit down at a table, and enjoy a hike on one of the trails.
Just remember, the park is open daily from 8 A.M. until one hour after sunset.
4. Doing Fishing Can Be One of the Best Things to Do in Guerneville
The Russian River is available for fishing throughout the year. You can expect to find large and smallmouth bass, striped bass, and bluegill at your barbless hook.
King’s Sporting Goods & Kayak Rents is a place where you can get all of your fishing supplies, including bait, fly rods, and lines.
In fact, they also have a fishing map and the latest information.
Not only this, King’s offers guided fishing trips as well as renting fishing equipment.
5. Korbel Champagne Cellars
Korbel Champagne Cellars is the tale of two pioneer spirits and old-world resourcefulness.
These families saw the potential of the country’s growth in the nineteenth century. Probably, that’s why there’s a Tasting Room & Wine Shop hahaha!
On Wednesdays and Fridays in the summer and fall, the winery is open for public tours.
During the winter and spring, the tour is offered on Thursdays and Wednesdays.
If we talk about the winery tour, it lasts approximately fifty minutes and includes a visit to the history museum and historic champagne barrels.
6. Porter-Bass Vineyard & Winery
By appointment, you can enjoy tastings and tours at Porter-Bass Vineyard & Winery.
Visitors can use the tasting fee to purchase wine. However, there is a charge for wine tasting.
The winery can’t accommodate larger groups than eight people.
Porter-Bass Vineyard and Winery wines are a true significance of balance and excitement.
Porter-Bass Vineyard is blessed with a cooler climate which allows the grapes to mature well enough.
7. SUP Odyssey – Time to Get Some River Trips
SUP Odyssey offers self-guided river trips that start at Steelhead Beach Country Park.
The Schoolhouse Campground is where the trips end. As far as I know, the total length of the down river trip is approximately 4.2 miles.
Steelhead Beach is at 9000 River Road. But yeah, there is a parking fee that you have to pay.
You can find a truck bearing the SUP ODYSSEY sign at the beach.
Due to rush, I would advise visitors to start their trip at 10:00 a.m. on weekends.
But yeah, these self-guided trips can be taken daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
8. Cooprider Studio Art Gallery
The Cooprider Studio Art Gallery is a local gallery located in downtown Guerneville at Main Street.
This gallery showcases works of art by Cindy Hawkins, Karen Cooprider, and other popular figures.
Cooprider is a specialist in abstract paintings on canvas and metal.
Hawkins is primarily focused on digital art made on aluminum and acrylic surfaces.
Each month, the Cooprider Studio Art takes part in Guerneville’s 1st Friday Art Walk. Besides, it also hosts occasional guest artists.
The gallery is open to the public so that visitors can warm up their eyes with original works of art.
9. Main Street Bistros – My Favourite
Main Street Bistros is the longest-running music and dining establishment in California’s Sonoma County.
It offers a variety of menu options for lunch, dinner and late-night, as well as a jazzy atmosphere. That’s why it’s my favourite as well.
Main Street Bistro’s menu features Italian-inspired food from northern California.
If you go there, you will find seasonal dishes made with fresh ingredients, which include ingredients from the restaurant’s organic garden.
Signature cocktails, boutique wines from wine country, and microbreweries – all are available at the Bistro.
On most nights, people get free fun at the Bistro.
10. The Austin Creek SRA – Have Some Peace!
Two and a quarter to three miles above Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, the Austin Creek State Recreation Area is located.
You can access the recreation area via the same entrance as that of the reserve.
Austin Creek is a mixture of open and meadowland, with rolling hills and open forests.
This contrasts starkly with the dense and primeval redwood forest below.
There are twenty miles of trails that offer panoramic views.
Bullfrog Pond Campground, which has 23 campsites, is also located in the recreation area.
Note: This campground is not suitable for larger groups or vehicles that exceed twenty feet in length.
11. Flea Market – Roam Around
Each Saturday morning, the Guerneville Flea Market hosts a Safeway parking lot where you can find treasures.
Enjoy a cup of coffee while you wander from table to table, looking for the oddities and living of Russian River Valley residents that have accumulated over decades.
One thing is sure – here you will find authentic souvenirs.
12. Pegasus Theater Company
Pegasus Theater Company, a non-profit performance company, was founded in 1998.
This nomadic theatre company performs in Guerneville and surrounding communities throughout Sonoma County.
I wouldn’t hesitate to say that they also work hard to keep their roots in California’s lower rivers.
Their mission is to perform thought-provoking shows that reflect, entertain, and enrich the diverse community of the region.
The performances take place at various venues around the Russian River’s lower region.
Moreover, the theater company offers workshops and classes to help locals learn theatre skills. More importantly, to support and assist shows.
The Bottom Line
So far we’ve discussed around 12 best things to do in Guerneville. So, which are you going to do first?
Okay, do one thing – pick one place and tell us in the comments below. And yes, if you have any other places in mind, put those too so that others can have fun as well 😉
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