ABOUT THE RUSSIAN RIVER

The Russian River, a southward-flowing river, drains 1,485 square miles of Sonoma and Mendocino counties in Northern California. It is the second-largest river (after the Sacramento River) flowing through the nine-county Greater San Francisco Bay Area, with a mainstem 110 miles long.

The Russian River springs from the Laughlin Range about 5 miles east of Willits in Mendocino County. It flows generally southward to join the East Fork Russian River just below Lake Mendocino.

From there the Russian River flows south, past Ukiah and Hopland, and crosses into Sonoma County just north of Cloverdale. Closely paralleled by U.S. Route 101, it descends into the Alexander Valley. After it makes a series of sweeping bends, the river turns westward, where it is spanned by the Wohler Bridge, and it is joined by Mark West Creek north of Forestville, followed by Green Valley Creek to the south. The river passes Rio Nido and Guerneville. In that area, State Route 116 parallels the river, bordering it past Guernewood Park and Monte Rio.

Highway 1 crosses over the river before it flows into the Pacific Ocean between Jenner and Goat Rock Beach. The Russian River estuary is recognized for protection by the California Bays and Estuaries Policy. The mouth is about 60 miles north of the San Francisco Bay's Golden Gate bridge.

The lower Russian River is a popular spring, summer, and fall destination for navigation and recreation. It is very safe at that time for swimming and boating, with a gentle current. The river can be dangerous in the winter, with swift current and muddy water.

Complete details on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_River_(California)

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Russian River Valley: Things to Do

The Russian River Valley is home to many exceptional wineries, restaurants … activities and events. Below is our list of suggestions for enjoying your stay at one of our Russian River Inns.

RESTAURANTS

Applewood Inn
Guerneville
707-869-9093

Backyard
Forestville – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
707-820-8445
www.backyardforestville.com

Boon Eat+ Drink
Guerneville – Lunch & Dinner
707-869-8105

Canneti Roadhouse Italiana

Forestville –  Dinner
(707) 887-2232

Cape Fear Café
Duncans Mills – Lunch & Dinner
707-865-9246

Chef Patrick’s
Guerneville – Dinner daily from 5-9
707-869-9161
www.chefpatricks.com

Garden Grill
Guerneville – Lunch & Dinner
707-869-3922

Hazel Restaurant
Occidental
Brunch 10-2 | Saturday & Sunday
Dinner 5-10pm | Tuesday – Sunday
707-874-6003
www.restauranthazel.com

Korbel Delicatessen
Guerneville – Lunch only
707-824-7313

River’s End
Jenner – lunch & Dinner
707-865-2484 ext. 111
www.rivers-end.com

Seaside Metal
Guerneville – Happy Hour & Dinner
707-604-7250

Underwood Bar & Bistro
Graton Lunch & Dinner
707-823-7023
www.underwoodgraton.com

Village Inn
Monte Rio – Dinner only
707-865-2304
www.villageinn-ca.com

Willowwood
Graton – Lunch & Dinner
707-823-0233
www.willowwoodgraton.com

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JANUARY

Winter Wineland
2 days of tasting, tours, education, winemaker talks, sampling
of library wines. www.wineroad.com

FEBRUARY – MARCH

SWEET 116
13 wineries, wine tasting, decadent treats, along 116. The Saturday before Valentine’s Day.

Barrel Tasting

Two full weekends. Taste wine directly from the barrel
and sales of “wine futures.” www.wineroad.com

APRIL

Passport Weekend
Always the last weekend in April. Wine, food & entertainment
at the wineries of the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. www.wdcv.com

Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival
Wine, music and fun – bathtub races, blessing of the fishing
fleet, decorated boat parade, art show, crafts. Westside Park
in Bodega Bay. www.bodegabay.com

Pick of the Vine
Food & wine tasting at the Sonoma County fairgrounds
to benefit the Ombudsman Program. (707) 526-4108

MAY

Luther Burbank Rose Parade Festival
High school bands, Rose floats, clowns, equestrians, street
festival, food booths, Italian street painting in Santa Rosa.
www.roseparadefestival.com

JUNE

Taste of the Valley – Alexander Valley
Always the 1st weekend of June. (707) 431-2894

JULY

Sonoma County Showcase & Wine Auction
Always the 3rd week of July.

Sonoma County Fair
Concerts, horse racing, flower show, food, farm animals, rides,
craft show, marketplace and more. www.sonomacountyfair.com

Vineman/Ironman Triathlon
www.vineman.com

» See 12-month calendar ...

AUGUST

Grape to Glass
Always the 3rd weekend in August. Vineyard tours, special tastings,
barbeques and seminars but on by the Russian River valley Winegrowers. www.rrvw.org

Wings Over Wine Country Airshow
Airshow, flying aircraft and aerobatics, Antiques, classics,
WW11 fighters, over 50 aircraft on static display at the Sonoma
County airport. www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org

Bodega Bay Seafood, Art & Wine Festival
Seafood specialties, wine & microbrew tastings, art &
crafts, live entertainment, horseback & pony rides. www.winecountryfestivals.com

Full Vineman Triathlon
www.vineman.com

SEPTEMBER

Russian River
Jazz & Blues Festival

World class Jazz, food & wine tasting on the river at Johnson’s
Beach in Guerneville. www.russianriverfestivals.com

OCTOBER

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Always the 1st weekend in October. Sample the best Sonoma County
wines and food at the Fairgrounds. www.sonomacountyfair.com

Art Trails Open Studio Tour
Approximately 140 juried artists open their studios to the public.
www.artrails.org

NOVEMBER

A Food & Wine Affair
Always the 1st full weekend in November. 2 days of Food &
wine pairing at Russian River, Dry Creek & Alexander Valley
wineries. www.wineroad.com

DECEMBER

Guerneville Parade of Lights
www.russianriver.com

Luther Burbank
Home & Gardens Holiday Open House

Traditional Victorian decorations, popcorn & cranberry stringing,
holiday craft activities, Holiday marketplace.

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