About an 90 minute drive north of San Francisco lies Guerneville, the largest town along the Russian River (population 3,500). Within the three block square downtown, you’ll find restaurants, shops, and taverns. A block or two off the main road, you’ll find a handful or resorts that cater specifically to gay clientele.
Accommodations: Lazy Bear Weekend visitors stay at the nearby resorts or at one of the many area houses, apartments or rooms available for short-term rental. Please be aware that some locations have minimum stay requirements and most are booked well in advance of the summer months. Lazy Bear Weekend attendees are responsible for their own accommodations.
The River: The Russian River is clean and safe for swimming. The water is tested frequently to ensure its integrity. Summer visitors to the area also enjoy kayaking, canoeing or just floating down the river on an inflatable raft.
Transportation: To get to Guerneville, having a car is important. You can use public transportation, but it's not easy or convenient. Once you are at ‘the River’ (as it is also known) you don’t necessarily need a car, but having one will help you explore the stunningly beautiful countryside. Rent a bicycle in town (available seasonally), but be aware that much of the terrain is very hilly and the roads are narrow.
Directions: From SFO, take 101 North for approximately 72 miles, take exit 494 (River Road) and turn left. Drive for 16 miles into Guerneville.