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The Russian River area has been a go-to spot this summer when we’re looking to escape the foggy SF weather for the weekend or even for the day. Brandon and I decided to jet to the river for a few days right after our wedding last month to relax, since our honeymoon isn’t until early next year (New Zealand baby!). We stayed in Guerneville, which is one of my favorite little towns along the river with a handful of cool shops, tasty restaurants, coffee joints and is in close proximity to wine tasting. Airbnb is usually our preferred source when it comes to booking places to stay for our trips so we turned to Airbnb and found a newly remodeled slice of modern, farmhouse heaven for two that was set overlooking a vineyard. This place was such a gem I felt the need to dedicate an entire blog post to it along with some of our favorite places to go/things to do in the Russian River area.

The cottage was within walking distance from a private neighborhood beach along the river that was perfect for some fishing, floating, picnicking and general river happiness. We took full advantage of the cottage’s BBQ and abundant outdoor seating, both on the front patio and the back overlooking the vineyard, and cooked dinner each night. A BBQ to Brandon is like a child deprived of sugar who gets his hands on a bag of oreos and downs the whole thing in one sitting. The man loves to grill and we do not have a space for one at our apartment so staying at a place with a grill is the equivalent of a five star experience. Fire really does make everything taste better.

The interior details of this little cottage were on point and the use of space was quite impressive considering the square footage was pretty small. The place didn’t feel cramped at all and was the perfect getaway spot for a romantic little weekend for two. I loved the light wood paneling the owners used on the walls – it added a rustic, farmhouse feel to the modern decor used in the space. Another one of my favorite decorative details was the use of that burlap coffee bag as art. The bathroom was beautifully done with white subway and hex tile, brass fixtures, distressed wood accents, a marble countertop, and a pale blue/green wall color. So much to gaze at in such a small space – just see for yourself.

{Photos above via Airbnb}

And as if the inside wasn’t pretty enough, this was the view overlooking a vineyard from the back patio.

I feel like we’ve really done the Russian River right this summer so on top of booking this lovely cottage to stay at, here’s some of my favorite places to go and things to do in the area so you can have a wonderful Russian River getaway too. Ant thank you to Rachel and Tim for letting me feature your cottage!

Places to Eat/Drink in Guerneville:

Big Bottom Market <– Delicious breakfast spot and also a great place to go to grab some picnic essentials for a day at the river.

Coffee Bazaar <– Great coffee, pastries and local hangout. There’s also a cool used bookshop attached that was fun to browse.

Boon Eat + Drink <–Fresh, local CA cuisine. And a hip little spot.

El Barrio Bar <– Beautiful modern, mexican-inspired interiors and craft cocktails. They have tons of different mezcals if your into that and small bites.

The Guerneville Taco Truck <– Exactly how it sounds. Located in the Safeway parking lot and makes some bomb mexican food.

Seaside Metal <– Good oyster and seafood spot. Same owners as Bar Crudo on Divisadero in SF!

Favorite Beaches Along the River:

Sunset Beach – A wonderful spot to camp out all day by the river and it’s dog friendly too. I will advise to get there early to claim your spot and bring some chairs and an umbrella if you plan to be there for the day. We had a great time at this beach floating around in the river, fishing and picnicking.

Riverfront Regional Park Beaches along the River  – We parked in the Riverfront Regional Park lot and ended up walking through the park a little to the right of the lake towards the river side and found some awesome secluded spots along the river. It was a little bit of a trek to get to but so worth it.

Other Things To Do in the Area:

Wine Tasting along Westside Road – It was a little foggy one of the days Brandon and I stayed so we decided to drive along Westside Road and stop at some of the wineries along the way to Healdsburg. Our favorite was MacRostie Winery which just opened and has some stunning interiors, views and amazing wine.

Burke’s Canoe’s – You are able to rent a canoe for about $65 a day starting in Forestville and go on a 10 mile canoe trip down the river then take a shuttle back to your car! Makes for a great day trip

{Sunset Beach…and struggling to blow up that tube. Luckily, our friend Flo the dog was there to help}



Brett Foken