The string of towns - Cazadero, Duncan Mills, Rio Nido, Forestville, Guerneville, Monte Rio, Jenner, Occidental, Freestone, Graton and Healdsburg - running along the redwood-studded lower Russian River are charming, laid-back and off-beat. Imagine picture perfect views, hidden gems, and a local’s driven vibe. The area is filled with interesting and unique experiences you’ll want to share (or maybe keep to yourself for a bit).


Travel Time by Kayak

Regardless if you kayak, canoe or paddle board, paddling on the Russian River is truly spectacular for all levels of experience. For example, you may see ospreys, bald eagles, kingfishers, great blue herons, cormorants, turtles, sea lions, steelhead and river … Read More

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Vineyards in Russian River Valley in Spring, Sonoma County

Scenic Drives, Amazing Photography

Russian River to the Coast Scenic Drive This first scenic drive for amazing photos starts out in Guerneville and takes Highway 116 west to the Coast. As a result, you get beautiful views of the Russian River and a very … Read More

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A Brief History

The main house built by Louis Edward Ridenhour will celebrate its 115th birthday in 2021. The Ridenhour family was from Missouri and homesteaded 944 acres on both sides of the Russian River in the mid-19th century. They planted the land … Read More

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Floating The Russian River

Grab your tube because Memorial through Labor Day is the sweet spot for floating on the Russian River. Pack a tube, sunscreen, a cooler of beverages and snacks (and a bag for your trash – thank you!). Enjoy a mellow … Read More

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Russian River Eateries

The Russian River Valley is filled with eateries and food purveyors, so there’s an abundance of fresh and local fare available anytime. The only question you need to ask yourself is, what experience am I in the mood for?  Take … Read More

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Russian River Wineries

Sonoma County is known for small, family-owned wineries with three, distinct wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and The Russian River Valley. The Russian River Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is one of America’s premier grape growing areas. Due … Read More

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Sonoma County Cannabis

Microclimate and Cultivars of the Russian River The Russian River Valley is known for its marine zone, misty fog and signature ocean breezes from the nearby Pacific. As a result, it has a cool microclimate and unique soil type that … Read More

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Bicycle Russian River Valley

Bicycle Adventures

Beautiful  Sonoma County provides numerous opportunities for year around world class cycling adventures. And exploring by bicycle can be one of the best ways to experience the Russian River Valley.  Whether you’re a spandex-loving road racer or a leisurely, laid … Read More

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