Sonoma County's Gay Playground

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Late Summer and Fall

Sunny days and cool(er) evenings. Harvest fairs and apple pie. September and October are great months to visit the River. A few days here will convince you that our area is one of the best spots in the world for enjoying natures bounty.

This year, with all the hot weather in August, the grape harvest is moving right along. The local farmers markets are still supplying us all with tomatoes, zucchini and some lovely local melons. Add a little local bacon from one of our farmers and a quick trip a creamery or one of our gourmet delis to pick up one of our local cheeses! Woo hoo!

It's the perfect time to take a paddle on the River. Or a walk in the forest. Stargazing at the coast. Or our new favorite activity... checking out the local Breweries, Cider pubs and Distilleries.

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.
  • *   Check out the newly restored Guerneville Bank Club. Our charming historical bank has a wonderful assortment of shops offering gourmet pie, icecream, clothing and art. Our local historical society has a teriffic display as well.

Plan ahead for:

  • Halloween weekend
  • Thanksgiving
  • Parade of Lights (first Saturday in December - unless it rains, then the 2nd Sat). Nightime twinkle light parade down Guerneville's Main Street. Classic small town fun.

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 16 - 18); Sonoma County Pride (June 1st); Lazy Bear (July 30 - Aug 4) 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: Dick Blomsters Korean Diner which has taken over Pat's Diner (keeping the best of Pat's breakfasts & lunches and adding Korean Fusion fare); Seaside Metal (specializing in seafood and local beers & wines), 3 Alarm (specializing in hot dogs), and El Barrio (tequila, mescal & burbon with tasty appetizers) all on Main Street and the Juicy Pig (BBQ and other comfort food) on the corner of 4th and Mill St.. 

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: 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.