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Guerneville's Pride Flag

There's been a bit in the news lately about the Pride Flag that's flown on the Guerneville Plaza. Just to set the record straight this is a flagpole that was donated by our Veterans to the community. The Veterans decided that the Pride Flag should fly along with the United States Flag and the California State Flag. There seemes to be someone that objects to that and who has been vandalizing the flagpole by taking down the Pride flag. The community supports flying the Pride flag AND just so everyone knows, the Russian River Chamber of Commerce fully supports flying the Pride flag. 

Summertime!

Ready for a summer of fun? There's something to do every weekend from now until.... ok, there's something to do EVERY weekend. It's just a matter of figuring out what YOU want to do. Pick a month: Any month.

May - Women's Weekend, Memorial Day Summer Kick-off

June - Blues Festival, Stumptown Parade

July - July 4th is celebrated for a whole week

August - Lazy Bear, Sonoma County Fair

September - Labor Day weekend, Jazz Festival

October - Harvest, Halloween

November - A Wine & Food Affair, Thanksgiving (plan ahead!)

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What to do? Your choices are varied:

Hiking: Armstrong Woods/Austin Creek is close to Guerneville and a great place for either a hike or a pleasant walk. There are also hiking and walking trails out nearer the ocean where the temperature will be about 20 degrees cooler!

Kayaking: this time of year we kayak the Russian River delta in Jenner or the Laguna de Santa Rosa near Sebastopol. Lots of wild life especially birds to see!

Bicycling: Great rides in the hills and throughout the county. 

Wine / Craft Beer / Spriit Tasting OR Cheese / Creameries / Bakeries: To drink or not to drink? We've got tasty treats for everyone. 

Oh, and we'll give you a tip - when you stay, let your innkeeper know about what your plans are and they may have special discounts and 2 for 1 coupons for things like wine tasting and some of the other attractions in the area.

 

But really, what's going on? Well...

  • *   Fun with the locals. Get a chance to chat up the locals at various weekly events: Check out the calendars at the
  •      Rainbow Cattle Company and at the R3 Hotel.
  • *   First Friday Artwalk - the first friday of the month our local galleries stay open in the evening and offer opportunities
  •      to meet artists.
  • *   Amazing food. And Wine. And cheese.

Oh, and many of the local establishments will have special events going on, take a look at their websites for details.

 

What's New?

If you haven't visited before, just scroll down and we'll let you know what you've been missing. For all of our regular fans, a quick update on what's going on...

For Activities (festivals, theme weekend, etc.) check out our calendar AND these local event calendars (R3 Hotel, Russian River Chamber, Sonoma County Tourism, Wine Road) Gay events in town include Women's Weekend (May); Sonoma County Pride (June); Lazy Bear (Aug ) and, of course, all the major summer holiday weekends (Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day). Every 2nd Saturday the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence throw a big ol' BINGO party to raise funds for any number of worthy causes (check out their calendar)

Restaurants & Bars: New additions in the last few years would include: Timberline (at the old Bucks/JuicyPig location) serves up great cocktails and beers to go with barbecue and other favorites, The Farmhand on River Road east of Guerneville. A great new deli with tasty take and bake items for dinner (shepard's pie) and a coffee bar, they have a wonderful deck overlooking the river.

Needing a Spa Day? We've got lots of options for you to choose from. Get a massage at your favorite inn or resort. Pamper yourself with a facial. Although many of our salons offered manicures (and pedicures) we now have a Nail Salon. They have the huge massage chairs with a foot jacuzzi (featuring all the latest tech for safe & hygenic foot care).

Farmer's Market (seasonal June through September: We've got our own FM every Thursday afternoon from 3pm to about 7pm. At least once a month there is live music as well. Based on last summer... we found a wonderful assortment of fresh fruit, vegetables, organic meats, local fish and cheeses, along with plants, flowers and some crafts.

All the time:

Nightlife:  We've got live music at several of our local restaurants and bars (and, of course, at the River Theater), kareoke and local theater productions.

Outdoors: Hiking, Canoing, Kayaking, Horseback riding, Segway Touring, Wine tasting, Zipline through the Redwoods! Birding, wildflowers, tidepooling, fishing, kite flying (ok you need to go to the ocean for this as the trees get in the way!)

Warm & friendly locals. All ready to make your visit to our part of Sonoma County memorable (in a good way).

Hope to see you at the River soon!

 

Sonoma County's Gay Playground

The Russian River is the West Coast's favorite LGBT playground. Situated in the heart of Western Sonoma County, this string of offbeat river villages attracts thousands of LGBT visitors every year for a wide range of activities and fun.

Enjoy new experiences every time you visit. Gorgeous dry, sunny days dominate May - September, perfect for sunning by a pool with your friends or canoeing down the River. You can go biking, hiking and wine-tasting during the day, and every evening there is something happening at the bars & clubs.

Or you can decide to do nothing at all and relax after dinner to the sound of the wind in the redwoods.

Boasting over 250 of the world's most award-winning wineries, 76 miles of scenic coastline, pristine beaches, the mystical Russian River and majestic redwoods, Sonoma County is uniquely experienced with the Russian River as your home base.

The River offers all types of gay and gay-friendly accommodations from resorts and inns to camping under a canopy of brilliant stars. Local restaurants range from simple taquerias and burger joints to four star restaurants. Special weekends feature jazz, wine, women, leather and bears.

Guerneville is the focus of the area's gay nightlife - one of the few resort towns in the country where you can proudly walk down Main Street day or night.

Whether visiting for a weekend, a week or longer, you won't find any other getaway that matches the Russian River's unique and spectacular natural beauty, combined with friendly businesses and residents who genuinely appreciate diversity.

Come out to the River and see why so many people return year after year.