Russian River Local Advice Blog

Howdy all! As hosts of Lucky Bend Lookout, 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!

Adventures for the Whole Family

  1. Six Great Fall Family Adventures on the Russian River
  2. Six Best Winter Activities Along the Russian River with Kids
  3. Russian River Valley Wine Tasting by Bike Path, Take the Kids too!
  4. Relive the Lazy Life Floating the Russian River with Kids, a Complete
  5. Jenner Headlands Preserve Kids Loop
  6. Cycling around the Russian River
  7. Climbing around the Russian River
  8. Interactive Sonoma Hiking Map
  9. Sonoma Canopy Tours
  10. The Estuarian
  11. Russian River Estuary
  12. Profiles of nearby state parks
  13. How to enjoy art walk with kids
  14. Russian River Parades/Festivals
  15. Photo story of the classic paddle to pirate rock.


  1. Towering Redwoods & Floating the Russian River, a Perfect Family Adventure Day in Guerneville
  2. Gravenstein Apple Picking Adventure for the Whole Family
  3. Russian River Girls Getaway Weekend
  4. Three Different Road Trips Through Northern California to the Russian River
  5. Whales, Hiking, and Chowder; Day Trip to Bodega Bay
  6. French Themed Day Trip in Beautiful Sonoma County
  7. Jenner Day
  8. Western Sonoma Epicurian Adventure
  9. Winery progressive bocce tournaments
  10. 2-3 day weekend in Guerneville
  11. Hikes for Toddlers
  12. Hikes for Big Kids
  13. Hikes for Adults

Local Advice for Families

  1. Lucky Bend Lookout Goes Carbon Free
  2. What’s Up with the Seasonal Dams?
  3. Fishing with Kids on the Russian River
  4. What’s up with the Algae?
  5. What’s up with the Flooding?
  6. Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Russian River area
  7. Wintertime/Rainy Days on the Russian River
  8. Coppola Pool
  9. Wildlife sightings
  10. History of Russian River Area
  11. Otter spotter
  12. Finding local childcare for Date Night
  13. Local music scene

Best of…

  1. Best Easy Family Hikes in West Sonoma
  2. Best Moderate Family Hikes in West Sonoma
  3. Best Strenuous Family Hikes in West Sonoma
  4. Sonoma County Pumpkin Patch Adventures in 2020
  5. Top 3 kid family wineries in Sonoma County
  6. Best Russian River Beaches
  7. Best Stroller hikes in Russian River area
  8. Favorite S’mores recipes
  9. Best Bread in Russian River
  10. Best Wintertime Wineries
  11. Best Vegetarian Restaurants in the Russian River


  1. Winter Warm-up with Russian River Wine
  2. Wine Events at the Heart of Russian River Winters
  3. 3 Summer Cocktails for the Whole Family, even the Kids
  4. Sonoma Apple Picking Adventures in 2020
  5. Gravenstein Apple Picking Adventure for the Whole Family
  6. Fresh Dungeness Crab in Bodega, A Holiday Meal to Remember
  7. Interview of Private Chef Kelly
  8. Breakfasts at Home
  9. Local Cheese & Creameries
  10. Cider and Cheese pairing
  11. Best Local Produce/Products
  12. Plan a weekend menu
  13. Feeding the whole crowd without breaking the bank

Family Travel Advice

  1. Book Direct for a Better Trip; Save a Few Bucks too!
  2. I’m Ready for Post Lockdown Travel! Now What?
  3. Sonoma County is Welcoming Visitors!
  4. Lucky Bend Lookout Goes Carbon Free
  5. Vacation Homes are way better for Holidays
  6. 10 tips for an awesome family trip to Russian River
  7. 10 tips for visiting the beach at Russian River
  8. Splitwise to make vacation finances easy
  9. What to look for in a family vacation rental
  10. How to get the dates you want
  11. The daily travel pattern: meal-activity-meal-activity-meal-bed