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Fern Grove Cottages Overview

Fern Grove Cottages were built in the 1920s for vacationing guests visiting the Russian River area from nearby San Francisco. The tradition continues, as Fern Grove Cottages remains the “”Russian River’s Best Getaway”. » Sign up for our newsletter.Fern Grove Cottages Gardens

The cottages have been lovingly restored and many still retain their original knotty pine ambiance and warm yesteryear memories.

Fern Grove is located just three blocks from the village of Guerneville with its quaint shops and selection of restaurants. You may also enjoy an easy walk to the nearby swimming beach on the Russian River. We have Fern Grove cruisers which guests can use to bike into town, to the Armstrong Redwood forest, or to nearby mini-golf. 

And of course our guests are invited to enjoy Fern Grove’s heated saline water swimming pool (May 1 – September 30). Within three miles of the cottages are canoe trips on the Russian River, hiking in the impressive Armstrong Woods State Reserve and wineries.The incredible Pacific Coast is also an easy 15 minute drive away.

We observe a quiet time from 10 PM to 8:30 AM and require that our guest refrain from behaviors that may disrupt others.

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An extended continental breakfast is served each morning. Our menu varies seasonally to ensure our guests the freshest and most satisfying start to their day. You will enjoy a variety of treats such as homemade granola, hard-boiled eggs, seasonal fruit, pastries, a variety of breads, yogurt, juice, coffee, and tea.

For lunch and dinner, you can choose from a wide selection of local restaurants.

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Maybe it’s the fresh air, maybe it’s the unbeatable scenery —whatever the reason, we’re crazy about cycling! When the sun is out there’s no better way to experience our town, river beaches, redwoods and other local attractions than via our Fern Cruisers!

As a guest of Fern Grove Cottages, you’ll enjoy complimentary use of our bicycles.

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Jenny Lamarre and husband Sherman Tyler purchased Fern Grove Cottages in 2014. They are passionate about Sonoma County and love talking to guests about wine-tasting, hiking, canoeing, dining, shopping, and exploring all Sonoma has to offer.

“A beautiful gem! We came with for our anniversary with our dog and they were so accommodating. Jenny is lovely and great with recommendations around town! The cottages were beautiful. We can’t wait to come back!” 

– TripAdvisor @ Camarillo, California

Outdoor Fun in Sonoma County’s Russian River and Redwoods Area – SF Chronicle

Discover the natural wonders of Sonoma County, just an hour north of San Francisco, where travelers have enjoyed outdoor adventures for more than a century — from the first visitors arriving by train in the 1870s, to crowds dancing under the stars to Big Band sounds in the 1940s and 50s, to the LGBTQ community that claimed this area as their playground from the 1970s on.

It’s an outdoor paradise, perfect for hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, camping, horseback riding and even zipping through the treetops. Blend in fine wines, farm-to-fork cuisine, craft beers, artisan spirits, and all that the wine country lifestyle has to offer and Sonoma County’s river and redwoods make a perfect getaway destination, and a great addition to your visit to San Francisco.

On the Russian River

Known locally just as “The River,” this lazy, winding waterway offers something for almost everyone.

Paddle down an isolated, wildlife-abundant section of the upper Russian River, then dine on culinary delights on the Gourmet Brunch Tour from River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips. Learn how to paddle board and then take a two-hour trip on verdant waters near Wohler Bridge with Rubicon Adventures. For do-it-yourself-ers, Russian River Adventures offers self-guided day trips in inflatable kayaks for a half day (four miles) or full day (nine miles) with a shuttle to return you to your car. Or enjoy a 10-mile, self-guided canoe or kayak trip with a return shuttle at Burke’s Canoe Trips and Campground. Check the complete listing for Sonoma County Kayaking & Canoeing.

River beaches beckon to those who want to picnic, swim, fish or just relax. The county operates several riverfront parks, including Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Riverfront Regional Park, Mom’s Beach (aka Forestville River Access), and Steelhead Beach Regional Park, each offering unique settings for accessing the Russian River. Rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, beach umbrellas, beach chairs and more at the privately owned, down-home Johnson’s Beach & Resort, which has welcomed summer visitors for nearly a century. And Monte Rio Community Beach offers canoe and kayak rentals, barbecues, a boat launch and a snack bar. For more details, read Best River Beaches and Fishing Spots.

In the Redwoods

Stroll through towering, ancient trees in the serene and majestic Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Or zip through the redwood canopy at Sonoma Canopy Tours for a green, family-friendly and educational high-flying adventure. The course includes seven zip lines (one is more than 800 feet long), two sky bridges, a magnificent spiral staircase and a rappel back to the forest floor.

Read the entire article.