This is one of the very best times to visit the Russian River. Why? Well because the weather is generally either lovely - balmy days in the upper 60's getting into the low 70's (yes, even in January) or the clouds move in and we get a little rain. Either way it's all good. Also you get lots of lovely attention. Wineries are not as crowded, restraunt reservations are easier to come by and the roads are a blt less travelled.
What's going on? Well...
The mustard is in bloom and daffodills will follow. The vinyards are getting ready to leaf out. Wildflowers will bloom later in spring, but you'll find locally harvested wild mushrooms on many menus this time of year.
Crab is in season and there are crab feeds and crab festivals during January & February in many communities. (or just head to Bodega bay for an 'anytime' fix).
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.
Plan ahead for:
Women's Weekend on May 15 - 17
Memorial Day Weekend May 22-24
Pride Weekend on June 5 - 7
Oh, and many of the local establishments will have special events going on (Oscar parties, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring break,...)
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: New additions in the last few years would include: Hi Five (Korean Fusion) which takes over Pat's Diner in the evenings; Seaside Metal (specializing in seafood and local beers & wines) also on Main Street. Buck's River Mill Dinner Theater has a southern twist to the food and entertainment in the evenings.
* 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!
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.