Guerneville is a census-designated place in Sonoma County,
As of the 2000 census, its population was 2,441. Guerneville
(pronounced Gurn-ville by locals who can recognize tourists by their use of
Gur-nee-ville) is a popular resort town in the scenic Russian River Valley. More
and more, Guerneville is becoming a national and international destination for
wine-tasters heading for the dozens of wineries in West Sonoma County.
Guerneville is built where the Russian River had an extra loop before an
earthquake many thousands of years ago straightened things out. Redwoods grew in
the riverbed with such vigor that just a few centuries ago, the
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valley had the
greatest biomass density on the planet (according to local lore, anyway). The
local Pomo Indians used it as a summer camp and called it "Ceola" (Cee-Oh-Lay)
which meant "shady place". Except for a large, beautiful stand of truly ancient
trees preserved in the Fife Creek watershed (which are now the centerpiece of
Armstrong Woods Park) they were logged in the 1800s, giving rise to the first
English name for the place - "Stump Town". The annual town parade is still
called the Stumptown Day Parade. Stumptown was renamed Guerneville to honor
George Guerne. There are extensive redwood forests on the surrounding mountains,
but they are not even two centuries old because much of the area had been logged
and then new trees were planted.
For more on the history of the area, see John C. Schubert's "Guerneville Early
Days" (second printing). Another book to try would be "Out of the River Mist".
Modern Guerneville is an exceptional fusion of small town charm and
cosmopolitanism. It has a plaza in the town center with permanent chess tables.
There are no fast food restaurants. A public beach area in the heart of town
along the Russian River is used for fishing, swimming, boating, and sunbathing.
It features a kiddie lagoon in the summer and is open to the public in the
summer and (when not being used as a festival site) it features free admission,
free parking, boat and umbrella rentals, and a concession stand with a varitey
of food items such as sno-cones and hamburgers.
Trip Tip: You can get rates
and make reservations for most hotels in the Sonoma County by
calling 1-888-254-0637 Outside the US please call 00-800-84469370 OR
1-210-507-5997 By giving code 3536 when
calling you receive discount rates plus 110% guarantee.
If you find the room cheaper elsewhere you get your money back
plus 10% of the difference ion price.
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