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Weekend Trip to Russian River, CA

Updated: Feb 1

Only 1.5 hours from San Francisco, Russian River is a chill, outdoorsy destination that makes for the perfect weekend getaway from the Bay Area. With its winding waters, towering redwoods, and vineyard-dotted hills, it's a laid-back paradise. Float down the river, soak up the sun on sandy beaches, or sip on local wines in nearby vineyards. Quaint towns like Guerneville add a funky vibe, making the Russian River a perfect escape for relaxation and good times. It is quite small, so just 2 nights for a weekend trip is the perfect amount of time!



Where to Stay:

I would recommend staying in Guerneville or Forestville.

  • AirBnb: I loved this Airbnb! It was so private and we enjoyed the amenities of the fireplace and hot tub.

  • Autocamp: This is on my bucket list to stay at! It is a bit more pricey, but a stunning property and worth the splurge.

  • Boho Manor: It is situated right on the river, perfect for swimming in the summer.

  • Boon Hotel + Spa: I didn't stay at this hotel, but I enjoyed their lovely restaurant. The food was amazing!



Things To Do:
  • Armstrong redwoods state park: I came here for a hike and it was gorgeous! It was also not too crowded

  • Wine tasting: There are tons of local wineries to try a tasting and to spend the afternoon at

  • Jenner beach: 30 minutes away by car to see the Sonoma coast

  • Johnson Beach: A great beach in town to sit at and enjoy, or rent kayaks

  • Healdsburg: This is a larger town nearby with great dinner options

  • Float from steelhead to sunset beach: In the summer it is super popular to grab some tubes and do a river float! Make sure to plan in advance with rides and flotation devices



Vineyards and breweries
  • Martinelli Winery - 100% sustainably-farmed estate vineyards

  • Iron Horse Vineyard - Produces exclusively estate-bottled still and sparkling wines

  • MacRostie Winery - Known for its Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs

  • Equality Vines - Visit this quaint tasting room in downtown Guerneville. Equality Vines is the world's first cause wine portfolio dedicated to equality for all people.

  • Moshin Vineyards - Small production hand crafted wines – specializing in Estate-grown Pinot Noir

  • Russian River Vineyards - A family and dog-friendly estate with a large, open outdoor tasting area.

  • Stumptown Brewery- Laid-back brewpub with a roomy deck serving burgers, sandwiches & local craft beer


Where To Eat

Embark on a delicious food adventure along the Russian River, where each eatery promises a unique culinary experience. Whatever you are in the mood for, the eateries of this region are sure to leave your delighted. I was pleasantly surprised with how great the food was here for such a small town!


Dinner

  • Boon - A bustling farm-to-table california bistro in the heart of Guerneville. I highly recommend eating here! The food and service was fantastic

  • Sonoma Pizza Co. - Amazing spot serving wood-fired pizzas, signature pizzas, tapas, salads and more. Also, it has such a cute patio to dine at!

  • El Barrio - A modern Mexican cocktail lounge

  • Bravas Bar de Tapas - Spanish small plates & sangria in a modern space with indoor/outdoor dining

  • Canneti Roadhouse - Rustic Italian restaurant with elevated fare, an open kitchen & garden patio

Breakfast & Lunch

  • Farmhand Deli - Gourmet deli and specialty market

  • Altamont General Store - Woman-owned coffee house, restaurant, wine shop, and retail market space

  • Journeyman Meat Co. - Artisanal salumi boards, smoked sausages, wood-fired pizzas, and sandwiches featuring local, seasonal ingredients.

  • Cafe Aquatica - Located in Jenner, this restaurant offers coastal cuisine with a waterfront view and live music every weekend


Sonoma County is a treasure of natural beauty, culinary excellence, and libations that will leave you with lasting memories. Whether you're exploring ancient redwood forests or sipping world-class wines, this destination promises an unforgettable adventure. So pack your bags and get ready to discover the best of Sonoma County!





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