Russian River's Guidebook

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Russian River's Guidebook

Cities/Towns around

We love Guerneville! From the nice restaurants and shops to the rainbow vibe, this city will likely captivate you. You can do wine tasting, antique & vintage shopping, thrifting, go to the beach, get a pie-shake, and much more.
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Guerneville
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We love Guerneville! From the nice restaurants and shops to the rainbow vibe, this city will likely captivate you. You can do wine tasting, antique & vintage shopping, thrifting, go to the beach, get a pie-shake, and much more.
Cute little town, 10 minutes from the house. We do recommend the Underwood restaurant, the Bowman Cellars and virtually any little shop you can find in their half-mile main street strip.
Graton
Cute little town, 10 minutes from the house. We do recommend the Underwood restaurant, the Bowman Cellars and virtually any little shop you can find in their half-mile main street strip.
Cool little town by the sea with restaurants, wine tastings and coffee shops worth the visit. 30-minute drive from the house.
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Jenner
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Cool little town by the sea with restaurants, wine tastings and coffee shops worth the visit. 30-minute drive from the house.
Small but worth the visit. On the weekends there's a farmer's market.
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Forestville
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Small but worth the visit. On the weekends there's a farmer's market.
20-min drive from the house. Eat, drink and be merry at The Barlow. With plenty of restaurants it's one of our favorite places to go on the weekends. Sunday's farmer's market is also a must see.
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Sebastopol
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20-min drive from the house. Eat, drink and be merry at The Barlow. With plenty of restaurants it's one of our favorite places to go on the weekends. Sunday's farmer's market is also a must see.
Boutique downtown with plenty of choices to eat, drink, shop and indulge yourself in one of the most chic towns in the area. The 20-min drive from our through Eastside Road (during the day) is in itself worth the visit.
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Healdsburg
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Boutique downtown with plenty of choices to eat, drink, shop and indulge yourself in one of the most chic towns in the area. The 20-min drive from our through Eastside Road (during the day) is in itself worth the visit.
Impossible not to feel the positive vibe of the woods there. It's a short drive away and worth every minute.
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Occidental
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Impossible not to feel the positive vibe of the woods there. It's a short drive away and worth every minute.
A 40-min drive. The road itself is worth going for. The views of the coast are to die for. Eat some fresh oysters at The Birds Cafe. ...does Hitchcock ring a bell?
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Bodega Bay
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A 40-min drive. The road itself is worth going for. The views of the coast are to die for. Eat some fresh oysters at The Birds Cafe. ...does Hitchcock ring a bell?

Food scene

Highly recommended for breakfast or small bites, but also for its little shop. Fresh biscuits made daily and always fresh. Get some local souvenirs as you wait for a delicious fast meal.
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Big Bottom Market
16228 Main Street
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Highly recommended for breakfast or small bites, but also for its little shop. Fresh biscuits made daily and always fresh. Get some local souvenirs as you wait for a delicious fast meal.
Oh man! Check their breakfast burrito (or any of their sandos for that matter) and let me know your thoughts. I promise you won't regret. Wash it down with any of their smoothies or fresh (and locally) roasted coffee.
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Coffee Bazaar
14045 Armstrong Woods Road
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Oh man! Check their breakfast burrito (or any of their sandos for that matter) and let me know your thoughts. I promise you won't regret. Wash it down with any of their smoothies or fresh (and locally) roasted coffee.
A dining experience. They don't take reservations. If you are not fond of queues, then try to arrive before 6:30pm or after 9:30pm to get a table. Between that time frame you will probably have to wait for a while to get a seat. Which is not a total bummer because right next door you have a nice bar to get drinks while you wait :) At "El Barrio". Try "El Picaro" and let us know your thoughts ;)
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boon eat + drink
16248 Main Street
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A dining experience. They don't take reservations. If you are not fond of queues, then try to arrive before 6:30pm or after 9:30pm to get a table. Between that time frame you will probably have to wait for a while to get a seat. Which is not a total bummer because right next door you have a nice bar to get drinks while you wait :) At "El Barrio". Try "El Picaro" and let us know your thoughts ;)
If you are interested in trying really good food inspired by the german cuisine, you have to try "BROT". It's also on the Main Street. Surprisingly good! And usually less of a waiting line than Boon.
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BROT modern german
16218 Main Street
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If you are interested in trying really good food inspired by the german cuisine, you have to try "BROT". It's also on the Main Street. Surprisingly good! And usually less of a waiting line than Boon.
Old school american diner. Not fancy nor super original. And they don't intend to be so. But the food is plentiful and delicious. We love their Benedict egg plate for brunch. Open for breakfast and lunch only.
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River Inn Grill
16141 Main Street
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Old school american diner. Not fancy nor super original. And they don't intend to be so. But the food is plentiful and delicious. We love their Benedict egg plate for brunch. Open for breakfast and lunch only.
Best pies and ice cream in the area. We love their pie-shake. Give it a try! They also offer wine tasting in their shop next door. The ice-cream shop is located in a former bank and you are able to enter their old safe. Kids and grownups alike love it!
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Nimble & Finn's
16290 Main St
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Best pies and ice cream in the area. We love their pie-shake. Give it a try! They also offer wine tasting in their shop next door. The ice-cream shop is located in a former bank and you are able to enter their old safe. Kids and grownups alike love it!
We love the entire menu. Booking is recommended.
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Underwood Bar and Bistro
9113 Graton Road
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We love the entire menu. Booking is recommended.
Tanta robba! We love it.
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Canneti Roadhouse Italiana
6675 Front Street
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Tanta robba! We love it.
Once warehouses, famous for its apple production, now a fun, cool place to hang out, eat, drink and shop.
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The Barlow
6770 McKinley Street
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Once warehouses, famous for its apple production, now a fun, cool place to hang out, eat, drink and shop.
Michelin-star resto. Just "around the corner".
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Farmhouse Inn Restaurant
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Michelin-star resto. Just "around the corner".
Michelin-star joint. Top notch food for deep pockets.
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SingleThread Farm - Restaurant - Inn
131 North St
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Michelin-star joint. Top notch food for deep pockets.
French pastry paradise.
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Pascaline Patisserie & Cafe
4552 Gravenstein Highway North
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French pastry paradise.
Delicious pies baked daily. Right next to Pasqualine's.
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Mom's Apple Pie
4550 Gravenstein Highway North
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Delicious pies baked daily. Right next to Pasqualine's.

Adventures

One of the most recommended places to rent a kayak from. They offer a complimentary shuttle service which is very helpful to return to the meeting point after kayaking down the river. burkescanoetrips.com
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Burke's Canoe Trips
8600 River Road
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One of the most recommended places to rent a kayak from. They offer a complimentary shuttle service which is very helpful to return to the meeting point after kayaking down the river. burkescanoetrips.com
There's a public parking at the trail head. Beautiful and peaceful walk (or bike ride) through a well-built trail among the vineyards.
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West County Regional Trail, Forestville, CA
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There's a public parking at the trail head. Beautiful and peaceful walk (or bike ride) through a well-built trail among the vineyards.
Hike while enjoying Sonoma's magnificent coast line. 30-min drive from the house.
Kortum trail
Hike while enjoying Sonoma's magnificent coast line. 30-min drive from the house.
A humbling experience. Take a relaxing walk among some of the most majestic trees one may ever encounter in their lives. Meet Colonel Armstrong: 1400 years old and counting.
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Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
17000 Armstrong Woods Rd
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A humbling experience. Take a relaxing walk among some of the most majestic trees one may ever encounter in their lives. Meet Colonel Armstrong: 1400 years old and counting.
Probably one of the most popular places to hang around and enjoy the river. It can get busy on hot days.
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Monte Rio Recreation & Park District
20488 California 116
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Probably one of the most popular places to hang around and enjoy the river. It can get busy on hot days.

Wine Tasting

A short drive from Guerneville. A gorgeous family-owned winery in a beautiful setting. We suggest sipping a drink of Californian champagne or wine tasting while overlooking the vineyards. They run tours daily too, when they show their facilities. Worth it! korbel.com
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Korbel Winery
13250 River Road
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A short drive from Guerneville. A gorgeous family-owned winery in a beautiful setting. We suggest sipping a drink of Californian champagne or wine tasting while overlooking the vineyards. They run tours daily too, when they show their facilities. Worth it! korbel.com
Quaint, authentic, unpretentious and serene. I believe that sums up. Just make sure you have an appointment before heading there. Sue moved to this area in the 80s and bought the estate. She runs it alongside her beautiful dog-companion and a small team of dedicated helpers. If they Poco a Poco, get a bottle! They only make so many of them.
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Porter-Bass
11750 Mays Canyon Road
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Quaint, authentic, unpretentious and serene. I believe that sums up. Just make sure you have an appointment before heading there. Sue moved to this area in the 80s and bought the estate. She runs it alongside her beautiful dog-companion and a small team of dedicated helpers. If they Poco a Poco, get a bottle! They only make so many of them.
Great place to seat, sip and enjoy the view to the Russian river delta.
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Cafe Aquatica
10439 California 1
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Great place to seat, sip and enjoy the view to the Russian river delta.
Killer sunset views on the vineyards. Recommended to call them ahead.
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Russian River Vineyards
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Killer sunset views on the vineyards. Recommended to call them ahead.
Go for the wine. Stay for the pool. ...or for the movie paraphernalia that you will find there. Likely the best intersection for movie and wine afficionados.
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Francis Ford Coppola Winery
300 Via Archimedes
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Go for the wine. Stay for the pool. ...or for the movie paraphernalia that you will find there. Likely the best intersection for movie and wine afficionados.
Highly recommended. No walk-ins. So, give them a call before going.
RYME Tasting Room
6450 1st St
Highly recommended. No walk-ins. So, give them a call before going.

Groceries

Open from 5 am to midnight.
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Safeway
16405 California 116
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Open from 5 am to midnight.
Fresh, local produce year round with an all-local approach. Our go to place every week for groceries.
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Andy's Produce Market
1691 Gravenstein Highway North
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Fresh, local produce year round with an all-local approach. Our go to place every week for groceries.

Antique & Vintage Shopping

Find drop-dead gorgeous antique / repurposed / vintage pieces in this cute shop.
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Sonoma Nesting Co
16151 Main Street
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Find drop-dead gorgeous antique / repurposed / vintage pieces in this cute shop.
Surrounded by genuinely local shops, this little gem will knock you out with its unique souvenirs and some amazing findings.
Seconds First
16365 Main St
Surrounded by genuinely local shops, this little gem will knock you out with its unique souvenirs and some amazing findings.
A must for antique lovers. There are other antique shops around and a nice coffee shop we love. Great rec for a relaxing fun stroll.
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Antique Society
2661 Gravenstein Highway South
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A must for antique lovers. There are other antique shops around and a nice coffee shop we love. Great rec for a relaxing fun stroll.

Drinks

This place is a must if you fancy a sip of cocktail freshness and mingle with visitors.
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El Barrio
16230 Main Street
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This place is a must if you fancy a sip of cocktail freshness and mingle with visitors.
Go for the rainbow, stay for the fun.
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Rainbow Cattle Company
16220 Main Street
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Go for the rainbow, stay for the fun.