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

Guerneville:

Betty Spaghetti
707-869-1400

big bottom market
707-604-7295

boon eat + drink
707-869-0780

Chef Patrick’s
707-869-9161

Garden Grille

707-869-3922

Korbel Delicatessen at Korbel Winery
707-824-7313

PINOLI cucina rustica at Applewood Inn
707-604-7609

Seaside Metal
707-604-7250

Monte Rio:

Village Inn Restaurant

707-865-2304

Forestville:

Backyard

707-820-8445

Canneti Roadhouse Italiana
707-887-2232

 Farmhouse Inn Restaurant
707-887-3300

Russian River Vineyards and Restaurant
707-8873344

Santa Rosa:

Walter Hansel Wine & Bistro

707-546-6462

Graton:

Underwood Bar and Bistro
707-823-7023

Willow Wood Market Cafe
707-823-0233

Occidental:

Howard Station Cafe

707-874-2838

Hazel
707-874-6003

Duncans Mills:

Cape Fear Cafe
707-865-9246

Jenner:

River’s End

707-865-2484 ext 111


OUR FAVORITE LOCAL CHEESE SHOPS

Freestone:

Freestone Artisan Cheese

707-874-1030

Duncans Mills:

Sophie’s Cellars

707-865-1122

Sebastopol:

Bohemian Creamery

ADVENTURE/FITNESS

Canoes, Kayaks Paddleboards!

Johnson’s Beach – Guerneville
707-869-2022

KIngs Sport & Tackle – Guerneville
707-869-2156

Burke’s Canoes – Forestville
707-887-1222

Water Treks –  Jenner
707-865-2249

River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe – Healdsburg
707-433-7247

Horseback Riding:

Chanslor Stables – Sonoma Coast
707-589-5040

Golf:

Northwood Golf Course – Monte Rio
707-865-1116

Hiking:

Armstrong Redwood Forest – Guerneville

Trails along the Sonoma Coast

Fort Ross State Historic Park
707-847-3286

Salt Point State Park
707-847-3221

Bike Touring Companies:

Wine Country Bikes
866-922-4537

Lifecycle Adventures
888-669-2453

Hot Air Ballooning:

Up & Away Hot Air Ballooning
707-836-0171

The Sonoma Serengeti:

Safari West – Santa Rosa
800-616-2695

Tours:

Local Segway Tours
707-953-3477

Zip Line Through the Redwoods – Sonoma Canopy Tours – Occidental
833-227-8510

Cultural:

Charles Shultz Museum – Santa Rosa
707-284-1261

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens  Santa Rosa
707-524-5827

Pacific Coast Air Museum – Santa Rosa
707-575-7900

BAKERIES & SUCH …

Nightingale Breads
Forestville, CA  95436
707-887-8887

Wild Flour Breads – Freestone
707-874-2938

Raymond’s Bakery – Cazadero
707-632-5335

Kozlowski Farms – Forestville
800-473-2767

Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery – Duncans Mills
707-865-1441

CRAFT BEER & CIDER IN THE RUSSIAN RIVER AREA

Beer:

Stumptown Brewery
15045 River Road
Guerneville, CA
707-869-0705

Woodfour Brewing Company
6780 Depot Street (in the Barlow)
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-823-3144

Crooked Goat Brewing
120 Morris Street, Suite 120 (in the Barlow)
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-835-4256

Old Redwood Brewing Company
9000 Windsor River Road,
Windsor, CA 95492
707-657-7624

Fogbelt Brewing Comapny
1305 Cleveland Ave,
Santa Rosa, CA 95450
707-978-3400

Bear Republic Brewing Company
345 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-2337

Russian River Brewing Company
725 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-545-2337

Lagunitas Brewing Company
1280 North McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA  94954
707-778-8776

Local Ciders:

Ace Cider Pub
2064 Gravenstein Hwy N.
Sebastopol CA 95473
707-829-1101

Tilted Shed Ciderworks
7761 Bell Road
Windsor, CA 95492
707-657-7796

Sonoma Cider
44F Mill Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-723-7018

Horse & Plow
1272 Gravenstein Hwy N
Sebastopol, CA 95472
707-827-3486

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

 

» 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

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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