Guerneville Journals

California: Guerneville

A September 2001 trip to Guerneville by kylebarber

Quote: San Francisco's premiere gay getaway destination, the Russian River and particularly the town of Guerneville offer big city folk an opportunity to commune with nature and each other

California: Guerneville

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Overview

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The Russian River area has been popular with Northern Californian gay men and women for years, as well as a sizeable group of far away travelers. Unlike most other gay destinations, however, Guerneville is not just a warm weather gay enclave by the water. It is a year round community made up of straight and gay folks who are happy to welcome anyone to their (literal) neck of the woods. It's also much more geared towards active travelers who enjoy outdoors activities. Whatever you enjoy while on vacation you can't help but relax in the quiet forest atmosphere and continual sunshine. I'm sure to be back to the Russian River area again soon as it was truly a relaxing getaway.Quick Tips: ...Read More
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While the prices may be a little high for this older resort, it''s proximity to town and the hopping swimming pool scene make it a must on your visit to the Russian River. Frozen drinks are served along with all your standard bar favorites to sip as you roast in the year round sunshine. Pool access is available to non-guests as well, so bring along trunks and a towel. The hot tub area doesn''t require trunks, but the average age of the bathers kept me at a safe distance. The proprietor did tell me that the resort caters to an older and more leather-oriented group of clients, but everyone made me feel welcome when I pulled up a deck chair. There is a past resturant on the premises, and nighttime e...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Russian River Resort
16390 4th Street
Guerneville, California
(707) 869-0691

Fifes Resort Isaac LLC

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Hotel | "Fifes"

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The local community has high hopes in the recent change of ownership of the Fifes resort, which has arguably been the most popular gay and lesbian resort in the Russian River area. The grounds are pretty much the same, with a lodge, private cabins and campgrounds for those who like to rough it. A full service restaurant and snacks from the bar tide guests over who don''t wish to hike the three blocks to town. The swimming pool area is located right below the bar, resulting in guest and visitor traffic both day and night.Though the resort is located right on the river''s edge, most of the "beach" is inaccessible due to the sharp dropoff of the bank''s edge. A small patch of land can be accessed ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Fifes Resort Isaac LLC
16467 Hwy 116
Guerneville, California 95446
(707) 869-0656

Big Mama'a

Restaurant

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This unassuming little café nestled in the center of town serves up quick snacks and meals throughout the day. Quick service and inexpensive prices draw folks in, but the food itself is rather non-descript. The friendly and attentive staff made me feel welcome, and made quite a presentation of my corndog order. A fine place to drop by for a small bite to eat, but perhaps not a romantic meal with your date.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Big Mama'a
Main Street
Guerneville, California

McT's Bull Pen

Attraction

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This large sports bar drew a very mixed but definitely older crowd the afternoon that I popped in. There was almost a 2 to 1 ratio of men to women, pretty mixed for the often segregated gay and lebian bars. While there were some leather folks and the denim crowd, I found a number of guys that were a little harder to peg and not necessarily gay. The group of men and women definitely seemed like locals rather than tourists, so maybe the bar's makeup is a little different when the town is busier with activity (I was there in mid-September). While I didn't see any folks my age, the patrons were polite enough and I felt comfortable in a bar that back home might have given me pause. There is a pool tabl...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

McT's Bull Pen
16246 1st Street
Guerneville, California 95446
(707) 869-3377