If life is a journey, then the Russian River Valley is one of life’s prime destinations — a destination for lovers of wonderful wines, great food, unbeatable scenery, seemingly endless back roads and quaint towns and villages filled with charming shops and fabulous restaurants. Best of all, along the way you’ll discover winery after winery producing world-class wines from our local Russian River Valley vineyards.
Base your visit at a cozy bed-and-breakfast or a five-star luxury hotel. Be as active or restful as you like. Stay for a day, a weekend or a week. Some stay for months, and some never leave.
Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, the Russian River Valley is an enchanted place where the next turn in the road might reveal a goat farm producing world-renowned cheese, a gourmet mushroom farm, an organic coffee and tea producer, or a winery nestled among redwood and native oaks and surrounded by rolling vineyards.
You might happen upon one of our several farmers’ markets that offer the best local fresh produce. Hear friends pass along news while selecting heirloom tomatoes, and discuss their plans for tonight’s dinner.
Dining options range from reservation-only restaurants to family-style walk-in eateries to roadside taverns with a three-tattoo minimum. The restaurant choices are as varied as the wines you can dine with.
Cyclists have discovered the byways of the Russian River Valley, joining canoeists, kayakers, campers, fishermen, bird watchers, horseback riders, hikers, gourmets, walkers, wine lovers and folks just looking for a friendly place to sit in the shade and let the fast pace of urban living drain away.
Our tradition of hospitality is important to us – we expect our visitors to feel welcome and enjoy the beauty of the Russian River Valley. Here are some recommendations to help you plan your next visit. Also, don’t forget to request our Russian River Travel Guide, “A River Runs Through Us.”