Sonoma County's Gay Playground

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Late Spring

An excellent time to visit. Mornings are still brisk, afternoons are balmy and evenings are cool, but comfortable for sitting outside with a cocktail or glass of local wine. Midweek is still lovely and not packed with visitors, so you can easily travel the countryside and get more personal attention at wineries and restaurants. Weekends are starting to get busy and advance reservations are advised as there's not much left for last minute travellers. (tip: it's also a good time to look at your calendar and make reservations for a couple summer getaways before everything gets booked up!)

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 (grand opening May 2nd). Our charming historical bank has
  •      opened with a wonderful assortment of shops just in time for the summer season. Shops will offer art, pie, ice cream
  •      (yes PIE & ICE CREAM) historical displays and more.

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, 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. 

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.