When our family heads up to our home on the Russian River, Lucky Bend Lookout, our summer time rhythm is pretty active but we always make time to enjoy happy hour on the deck overlooking the river. A typical day starts with the kids “helping” grandpa make a fancy breakfast. After a morning activity like hiking in Armstrong Woods and lunch we invariably end up swimming off the dock and boats for most of the afternoon. Around 3pm or so the light breezes usually pickup to more of a steady breeze that is a bit too cold for little wet bodies but just right for happy hour while we soak up the warm sunshine on the deck. Read on for our three favorite batch cocktail recipes and how to use the same ingredients to make “kid cocktails.” Continue reading “3 Summer Cocktails for the Whole Family, even the Kids”
We recently took the kids on a coho salmon hike organized by the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) at Samuel P Taylor State Park. Seeing those huge red and white fish in such a small creek got us that got us thinking about the steelhead run in the Russian River right now. Our vacation rental, Lucky Bend Lookout, is actually named after the famous fishing hole the “Lucky Bend” just west of Guerneville just down river from old Summer Crossing Road. Last week we were delighted to chat with several anglers in hip-waders casting through the light fog into the brisk waters right behind our house. One fellow had landed a 18″ steelhead. The kids were mesmerized and amazed that they spent the summers swimming in the same waters from which this huge fish had come.
The Russian River is such a great summertime destination but friends often ask us—is it worth visiting during Fall and Winter? Doesn’t it flood every winter? The fall season is my favorite time of year on the Russian River because the crowds are gone but the Indian Summer gives us another month or two of fun. Here are some of our favorite things to do in the off-season. Continue reading “Five Great Fall Family Adventures on the Russian River”
The Russian River has been a revered outdoor leisure destination for generations. In the heart of the Russian River area, Guerneville is a perfect location to take advantage of classic attractions located between the redwoods, wine country, and the Russian River. Experience the best of all three in a single perfect itinerary designed with the whole family in mind.
Our family has been taking vacations to Guerneville since before our kids were born. But as urban parents, we find the escape to nature even more essential now that we have kids. Whenever we travel to the Russian River, everyone comes back with a more relaxed and positive attitude. Every trip up to the river has at least one day where we do some variation on this itinerary below. It is designed to entertain both the kids and the grown-ups and makes for an action packed day that still gives the kids some time to refuel and rest between activities. Continue reading “Towering Redwoods & Floating the Russian River, a Perfect Family Adventure Day in Guerneville”
So whats the deal with seasonal dams on the Russian river anyway? All summer the water levels are perfect for swimming but on those lovely warm indian summer weekends sometimes the water levels are too shallow for even paddle boarding. Here’s how to predict the water levels.
Normally the Russian River during the summer months is only ankle to knee deep which would make for some uncomfortable cannon balls off the local rope swings. Fortunately for all of us vacationers, the seasonal dams raise the water levels by about 10′, making our swimming, floating, and boating adventures possible. Continue reading “What’s Up with the Seasonal Dams?”
Howdy all! As hosts of a vacation rental on the Russian River in Guerneville we have spent a lot of time exploring Western Sonoma County with our kids to find the best family adventures. We want to share that local expertise more broadly but we need your help!
Let us know in the comments section which of the topics below we should write about first. Don’t see a topic you are interested in? Let us know!
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