Jac o' lyn Murphy: Roaming the Russian River - eat, play & stay in Guerneville

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Roaming the Russian River - eat, play & stay in Guerneville

There is nothing like a weekend getaway, 
exploring somewhere you've never been.
Oh Russian River,  you had me at warm days, a roaring river, sandy beaches and farm fresh food 
in the middle of wine country and majestic forests... 
then throw in a little fun and funky and I may never leave!

Here's a little bit about our stay in Guerneville...

We stayed at The Applewood Inn.
Nestled in the redwoods and close to downtown Guerneville, it was the perfect spot.
It is small and homey with gracious staff, beautifully appointed rooms, stunning grounds, a spa- 
it has it all...

Their restaurant, Revival, was under renovations while we were there but it promises to be gorgeously rustic with sustainable food from the inn's amazing garden...

the pool is a serene oasis...

and the amazing complementary breakfasts each morning were such a treat...

and my favorite part... 
Bear the hotel dog!  
He was the sweetest, friendliest ambassador I have ever met.

Guerneville is right on The Russian River so a day at Johnson's Beach is a must.
It is lively and colorful...

and the day we were there full of duck, flamingos and mermaids!

Digging the Earth and providing amazing food must be the town motto,
you couldn't get a bad meal there if you tried.
The first night we had dinner at Boon Eat + Drink.
It is intimately casual, modern California bistro with incredible farm to table fare.

The next night we had a BBQ bonanza at The Juicy Pig, 
kicked off with their amazing grilled Shishito Peppers...

Um, and we hit the Guerneville Bank Club every night for dessert.
need I say more?

Because no getaway is complete without an outstanding sandwich (or 2)...

you've got to hit Big Bottom Market...

There is nothing better or more rewarding after a day canoeing.

Until next time...

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