FUN ON THE RUSSIAN RIVER

Activities

Activities around the Rio Nido Lodge. Photo of boy paddling kayak on the Russian River.

The Rio Nido Lodge bed and breakfast feels tranquil and quiet. But our central location means you can always find fun activities and things to do nearby. And whether you like kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, wine tasting, shopping, fine dining, or family fun, we’ve got something for everyone.

You can play on the river, hit the trails, explore our wineries, or try something more exotic. Your Russian River adventure awaits. And if you’d prefer to relax and stay close by, we’ve got lots to do here in Rio Nido.




Play on the River

Canoeing, Kayaking, Swimming, & Fishing


Feel like swimming, fishing, kayaking, lazing about in an inner tube, or sipping a cool drink by the pool? We’ve got all kinds of water activities for you to enjoy.




Our Go-Tos for Water Activities on the Russian River

In the summer, the Russian River’s ideal for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. So come on in, the water’s fine!

Johnson’s Beach: This well-loved summer spot offers lots of water activities. And better yet, it’s minutes away in downtown Guerneville. They’ve got a snack bar, plus canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, inner tubes, and beach umbrellas for rent. MORE INFO

King’s Sport & Tackle: Book a guided tour or fishing trip, buy or rent gear, or rent a kayak or paddleboard. MORE INFO

Burke’s Canoe Trips: They’re just a few miles up the road in Forestville, and you can rent a canoe or kayak and paddle on the Russian River all day for just $75. And if you’re a novice, they’ll give you a quick lesson! MORE INFO

Rio Nido Roadhouse Pool: Want to take it easy while the kids splash around in the pool? The Rio Nido Roadhouse swimming pool’s the ticket, and it’s right next door to the Rio Nido Lodge. You don’t even need to pack a picnic lunch, because the restaurant’s always serving up delicious food and cool drinks. MORE INFO

A Little Farther Away, But Worth It!

Monte Rio Beach: Just a few miles down River Road, the Monte Rio “Big Rocky” Beach is a lovely place for a dip, with a concession stand, volleyball courts, barbecue areas. The nearby Sandy Beach is great for fly-fishing and angling. MORE INFO

WaterTreks Ecotours: Located where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean in Jenner, it’s well worth the 30-minute drive. Take a guided tour of our stunning estuary and see some sea otters, harbor seals, blue herons, and more. You can also get kayaking lessons or rent a kayak. MORE INFO

Goat Rock Beach: If you’ve never experienced the rugged beauty of the Northern Sonoma Coast, check out Goat Rock Beach in Jenner. Located just past the estuary described above, Goat Rock Beach boasts crashing waves, bleached driftwood, craggy rock formations, and a colony of harbor seals. If the waves are good, you may even see a surfer or two. MORE INFO



Our All-Time Favorites for Hiking and Biking Activities

Armstrong Woods State Park: Go hiking, biking, or walking while you marvel at the otherworldly beauty of our giant coastal redwoods. Some of our incredible trees are over 500 years old. This reserve features a visitor center with guides and info (plus souvenirs), self-guided trails, and picnic areas. MORE INFO

Kortum Trail: Enjoy spectacular ocean views from coastal bluffs amid lovely rolling hills, grasses, and wildflowers. This 8.9 mile trail is good for all skill levels and goes from Occidental to Goat Rock Beach in Jenner. MORE INFO

Guerneville River Park: Hike or bike along the river, go birdwatching, fishing, or paddling, and enjoy a barbecue or picnic. Accessible from downtown Guerneville, this is ideal for a short outing. MORE INFO

Salt Point State Park: This is an hour’s drive away in Fort Ross, but well worth it if you have the time. Members of the Kashaya Pomo Tribe gathered sea salt in this scenic setting for centuries. The imposing sandstone cliffs provided paving stones for the streets of San Francisco. The coastal trails offer spectacular views while the inland trails take you through coastal brush, meadows, and shady groves of redwoods, madrone, douglas fir, and bishop pine. MORE INFO

Rio Nido: If you’re not in a mood to drive, our little hamlet in the Redwoods is a lovely place for walking and biking. Our Bruno Farnocchia Memorial Park even has a playground, picnic areas, a dog park, and a community garden to explore.

Tours, Bike Rentals, & Gear

  • King’s Sport & Tackle: In Guerneville. MORE INFO
  • Russian River Cycle Service: In Forestville. MORE INFO
  • Ace It Bike Tours & Rentals: In Windsor. MORE INFO

Hit the Trails

Hiking, Biking, & Exploring


Outdoors enthusiasts travel from all around the world to enjoy the Russian River’s breathtaking trails. But you don’t need to be athletic. Cyclists and hikers of all skill levels can enjoy our wide variety of activities.





Choose Your Adventure

Ziplining, Ballooning, & More


Get that rush of adrenaline while you take in gorgeous views. If you’re looking for some daring activities, try ziplining in the redwoods or soaring to the sky in a hot air balloon. Or you can go on safari, take a kayak tour at the river’s end, or go whale watching.




Our Top Picks for Your Outdoor Adventure

Sonoma Canopy Tours: Ziplining through the redwoods is one of the most fun activities ever. As their site says, it’s two and a half hours of pure fun. (In Occidental)

Wine Country Balloons: Float serenely above one of the most beautiful places on earth. The views of the Sonoma and Napa wine countries and the Sonoma and Mayacamas mountain ranges are insane. And it’s just 20 minutes away off of River Road. (In Santa Rosa)

Up & Away Ballooning: An incredible ballooning experience just a little further away (In Windsor)

Safari West: Discover Africa and view exotic wildlife in the Russian River wine country… On a real-life safari in the “Sonoma Serengeti.” But be sure to call ahead.

Whale Watching: Book a whale watching tour in Bodega Bay (in October and November when they migrate south, and again in January-May when they return north. Or, you can watch for free at Bodega Head. On weekends, noon through 4:00 p.m., January-May, volunteers will be there to help.

WaterTreks Ecotours: Take a guided kayak tour of our stunning estuary and see some sea otters, harbor seals, blue herons, and more.



Our Favorite Russian River Valley Wineries and Tasting Rooms

The Russian River Valley is renowned for its fine Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels, and other delectable wines. No wonder wine tasting is among the most popular local activities for our guests

Rio Nido & Guerneville

These wine tasting rooms are just a short drive, bike ride, or cab ride away.

  • Korbel Champagne Cellars: This renowned winery has a tasting room, cafe, and tours of their lovely rose gardens.
  • Equality Vines: This friendly tasting room features wines from expert winemakers who care about social justice as much as their vintages.
  • Porter-Bass Vineyard and Winery: They’ve revived a 100-year-old vineyard and craft excellent Pinot Noirs and Zinfandels. They’re also very proud and excited about their new biodynamic farming methods. They welcome visitors, but you have to make an appointment

Westside Road

You’ll also want to visit these top wineries on the world-famous Westside Road. Which just happens to be minutes from the Rio Nido Lodge.

  • Gary Farrell: This winemaker is renowned for his Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs. (by appointment only)
  • Porter Creek: This family-run winery has a long and rich history, plus it makes fantastic Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Viogniers, Carignanes, Syrahs and Zinfandels.
  • Moshin Vineyards: A one-of-a-kind four-tier gravity flow winery with fabulous Pinot Noirs. They also do lots of great special events.
  • Thomas George Estates: Taste incredible Pinot Noirs in their tasting rooms, or do a reserve tasting in their wine cellar.  (formerly Davis Bynum)
  • Landmark Vineyards: A historic winery with a laid back feel and a delightful wine tasting experience. (formerly Hop Kiln)

Also Notable & Nearby


Taste Our Wines

Vineyards, Wineries, & Wine Tasting Rooms


Sonoma County is home to over 400 world-class vineyards. Many of which are within a short driving distance from the Russian River Valley.






Here in Rio Nido

Activities & Family Fun



Activities for All Ages Here in Rio Nido

Our little haven in the Redwood’s also chock-full of great fun for all ages. The Bruno Farnocchia Memorial Park has a playground, dog park, community garden, picnic area, and seasonal creek. Our quiet, winding roads are also surrounded by natural beauty and ideal for walking, biking, and jogging.

The Rio Nido Homeowners’ Association (RNHOA) also runs our Pee Wee Minigolf and has lots of summer events planned. The holiday barbecues serve up fabulous food with all the fixings. Plus there’s live music and fun games for the kids. You can also get wine, beer, ice cream, and sodas. Keep an eye out for the pancake breakfasts and art shows. For the latest info, visit the Community of Rio Nido website.