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Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. The town is historically known for the logging community, formed in the late 1800s. Guerneville is also known for its natural environment, liberal atmosphere, and proximity to wine-tasting and redwood forests. It was founded by the Guerne family in the 1850s.HistoryGuerneville is built adjacent to the Russian River. Redwoods grew in the riverbed with such vigor that just a few centuries ago, the valley had the greatest biomass density on the planet, according to local lore. The local Pomo Indians used the area as a summer camp and called it "Ceola" which meant "shady place." Except for a large stand of ancient trees preserved in the Fife Creek watershed, now the centerpiece of Armstrong Woods Park, many of the trees were logged in the 19th century, giving rise to the first English name for the place – "Stumptown." The annual town parade still commemorates the old place name by calling itself "Stumptown Days." The present name Guerneville was introduced to honor Swiss immigrant George Guerne, a local businessman of the 19th century who owned the town's sawmill. By 1870, there was a U.S. Post Office in Guerneville; it was listed by the name "Guerneville". Although locals may be found selling T-shirts that say "Don't call it Guerneyville", many have called the town "Guerneyville" in spelling and pronunciation since the 1800s. The extensive redwood forests on the surrounding mountains are less than 200 years old, having been replacement plantings for much of the logging done in the 19th century.Use our United States vacation planner to arrange the details of your trip to Guerneville and other destinations.
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$125 BOOK WITH VIATOR Healdsburg Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour Healdsburg Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour
Duration: 4 hours
$129 BOOK WITH VIATOR Healdsburg Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Guided Walking Tour Healdsburg Wine Tasting and Food Pairing Guided Walking Tour
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Duration: 10 hours
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Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
$270 BOOK WITH VIATOR Guided Healdsburg Wine Country Bike and Wine Tasting Tour with lunch Guided Healdsburg Wine Country Bike and Wine Tasting Tour with lunch
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
$199 BOOK WITH VIATOR Giant Redwoods Tour Including a 4-Course Winery Lunch Giant Redwoods Tour Including a 4-Course Winery Lunch
Duration: 1 day
$189 BOOK WITH VIATOR Sonoma Wine Country Bike Tour Sonoma Wine Country Bike Tour
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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