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Enjoy the splendor of Mother Nature when you make a visit to our region of the Russian River. Old growth towering redwoods majestically make their claim to this area as they have for thousands of years.
The soft mist of early morning gently caresses acres of vineyard which produce award winning and world renowned wines. The Pacific Ocean awaits your visit to experience its magnificent coast of beaches, rock formations and animal and sea life at its best.
The river itself offers a more tranquil pace as it meanders through scenic country before flowing to the depths of the nearby ocean. Villages and small towns alike all offer their own character with shopping, dining, antiquing, sightseeing or casual strolls. Come for a visit; soak in the atmosphere, relax. You'll be glad you did!
The Russian River Wine Road is home to many world-class wines. There are several appellations all within an easy drive from Fern Grove Cottages including Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. The variety of wines is diverse in style and gold medal winners abound. The Russian River appellation produces outstanding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine. Dry Creek and Alexander Valley produces great Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. The Russian River appellation produces more methode champenoise than anywhere else in the state.
Many pleasant days can be spent visiting the tasting rooms and wineries. Some have picnic areas, spectacular gardens and some feature local art works. The scenery along the way is gorgeous.
The Fern Grove Cottages' innkeepers are accomplished wine enthusiasts and will be happy to plan a customized wine tour for you.
Guerneville was recently listed by Wine and Food Magazine as one of "America's Best Little Food Towns" Learn more on foodandwine.com: America's best little food towns. Our guests have a choice of many dining styles at the local restaurants and cafes. From California cuisine at its very best to casual dining with live jazz. Hearty pub food with local ales to a delicious vegan lunch made with fresh organic ingredients.
» See a full list of restaurants here
The town of Guerneville offers many unique shopping experiences from antiques to eclectic art collections. Also you can select clothing for a casual weekend or equipment for an outdoor adventure. Within easy driving distance, you can also explore the many stores of Healdsburg, Duncans Mills and Sebastopol.
ARMSTRONG REDWOODS STATE RESERVE
At the end of Armstrong Woods Road at the second traffic signal off River Road (Hwy 116) you will find the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve. The park has 805 acres of natural beauty, featuring a awe-inspiring grove of ancient redwoods. The park also offers self-guided trails, picnic areas and a large amphitheater.
Some of California's tallest and oldest redwoods grow in Armstrong: the Parson Jones Tree is over 310 feet high and the Colonel Armstrong Tree is more than 1,400 years old.
» Visit Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve for more information
CANOEING & KAYAKING
From Fern Grove Cottages, it is an enjoyable stroll to the river; taking less than ten minutes to reach and enjoy the beautiful Russian River as it flows past Wine Country vineyards and redwood covered hillsides. Spend a leisurely day canoeing down the river towards Guerneville. Stop and sunbathe along the many sandy beaches. Experience spectacular sightings of ospreys, blue herons and egrets. Canoe rental makes it easy. All the equipment is available and a courtesy shuttle returns you to your car. Please note that some canoeing and kayaking companies may operate on a seasonal basis.