90 minutes North of Oakland on the Russian River sits the quaint little town of Guerneville — our favorite day trip right now. Guerneville is a peaceful mixture of hipster and mom n' pop with easily a full days worth of fun for families. Our day usually looks something like this: eat lunch, take a walk through the redwoods, eat ice cream, visit the bookstore, grab a coffee, and run over the bridge watching the river below.
Here are my family's top Guerneville picks, plus a few more we want to try:
boon eat + drink. If you go, promise me you'll order the Brussels sprouts; they are the best thing I've ever eaten. My boys devour their creamy mac-n-cheese, and they have a nice selection of (only) local wine and beer.
Guerneville Bank Club. An old bank restored to sell pies and ice cream. The pies are so pretty you'll want to try all of them. Get the green chili apple. And don't forget to check out the bank's vault – it's a photobooth!
Coffee Bazaar. Your standard cup. You'll probably need it after the carb crash.
Things to Do
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Just two minutes off the main strip you'll find beautiful redwoods. There are a lot of trails, but if you're just looking for a stroll, take the paved, flat, 1-mile loop to see Colonel Armstrong himself. He's 308 feet tall, can't miss him! Also, dress in layers – it's chilly in there.
River Reader Bookstore. This tiny bookstore with a tiny selection of used children's books is always worth a look.
Pee Wee Golf & Arcade. Can't say we've done this, but it could be fun with older kids.
The Beach. On a Summer day dip your toes in the Russian River. Or pick up a sandwich at Big Bottom Market and have a picnic.
Foot bridge. Walk, run, skip across the bridge to get all your energy out before you head back home.
Don't stress if you can't fit everything in on one day, it's so cool up there, I know you'll be back.