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Blue Canoe- Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats

Blue Canoe- Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats


Property Details

Updated: Dec 15, 2014
House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

This beautiful 3 Bedroom/2 Bath Riverfront home is conveniently located one mile west of downtown Guerneville. With its location directly on the north bank of the scenic Russian River, you'll enjoy panoramic river views from the house, deck and back yard.

Enjoy a game of badminton in our spacious sunny upper back yard, or stroll down a gently sloped path to the riverfront lower lawn and lounge in the hammock or one of our Adirondacks. Our large Private Dock and secluded location on the deep side of the river will allow you to enjoy a swim or kayak without the crowds of the local beaches. We provide a canoe and 3 kayaks (2 single, 1 tandem) and a canoe for seasonal use (spring, summer, and fall - weather permitting) and life jackets so your entire group can go paddling together.

When the sun goes down, you'll appreciate the finer points of our home, including updated appliances, furniture, linens, a Weber gas BBQ grill, and more. With beautiful vaulted ceilings and views of the river, the Spacious Kitchen is ideal for entertaining (dining table seats 8).

Big and small kids alike will love the foos ball table, ping pong table, large collection of board games and our 46' HDTV. At the end of the day, take a soak in the hot tub or curl up with a book in front of the wood burning fireplace. Truly as good as it gets!

LOCATION - Our home is situated on the banks of the Russian River and is a convenient 10-15 minute walk or 3 minute drive to charming downtown Guerneville. With many world-renowned Wineries located just minutes away, Guerneville is the perfect hub for your wine tasting expeditions. Other attractions within 30 minutes of our home are the local redwood forests, the oceanfront towns of Jenner and Bodega Bay, and beautiful Occidental.

BEDROOM features include new high thread count linens, pillow top king mattress, memory foam topped queen mattress, light blocking curtains, flat screen tvs, and plenty of comfortable pillows.

BATHROOM features include bath and beach towel sets, provided shampoo/conditioner/soap, a large jetted soaking tub in the master bath, and a shower/bath combo in the guest bath.

FULLY STOCKED KITCHEN includes an extensive spice collection, olive oil, balsamic, cooking oil, flour and baking supplies, coffee/teas, sugar/honey/cocoa, and more. The large cookware collection features high quality Cuisinart stainless steel Pro Series cookware and Teflon frying pans. The new small appliances include a toaster oven, microwave, Cuisinart, blender, mixer, juicer, and waffle maker.

NEWER MODEL APPLIANCES include a stainless steel French door refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher and front-load washer/dryer. Our tankless hot water heater ensures all of the water lovers a hot shower after the morning swim. Cooks will appreciate the multi-BTU gas stainless steel range and range hood. The new furnace is equipped with a wireless remote access thermostat that allows us to pre-heat our home for our winter guests, prior to their arrival.

OTHER TIDBITS: Tons of private off-street Parking.....10-15 minute walk to downtown Guerneville and Safeway.....large upper Back Yard.....easy access down a gently sloped path to the riverfront Lower Yard and Dock. NOTE: Due to our location on a river that is prone to flooding, our home (along with many other homes on the river) has been elevated above the floodplain. As a result, we have 26 steps leading into the home. Once inside the home, it is single-level.

PLENTY OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS (AND ADULTS): .....Foosball Table and Kettler Ping Pong Table.....Get the laughter going when you break out the Board Games (and find out who is most competitive!)....over a dozen to choose from...Scattegories, Cranium, Apples to Apples, Balderdash, to name a few.....Wirelessly stream your favorite music from your laptop iTunes to our stereo.....Grab a book from our library of over 100 books and curl up by the wood burning fireplace.....Kick back and watch cable TV (premium package, hundreds of stations), On Demand, HBO, and Netflix movies on our New High Definition 46' flat panel TV and Play Station 3.

We purchased our river home in spring 2010 and have been upgrading it ever since. As homeowners and your hosts, we pride ourselves in taking great care of our home and providing our guests with little touches that set the Blue Canoe apart from the usual vacation home rental. Please let us know if have any suggestions or special requests.


Keywords: House, Home, Cabin, River, Riverfront, Dock, Hot Tub, Kayak, Canoe, Boat, Swim, View, Peaceful, Location, Walk to Town, Wine Country, Ocean, Yard, Non Smoking, Spa, Wood Burning Fireplace, Garage, Off Street Parking, Available, Flat Panel TV, Cable, Stereo, Games, DVD, Movies, Yard, Russian River, Spa, House, Fishing, Foosball, Ping Pong Table, Pool Table, No Pets, Redwoods, Vineyards, Wineries, Self Catering.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Rebecca hails from what native Californians refer to as 'back east'. Translation - The Midwest. Ken hails from Quincy, a small town in the Sierra Nevada. Translation - Native Californian. Rebecca and Ken are both former travel junkies and outdoor adventurers turned DIY obsessed homeowners, with an ongoing list of improvement projects for our vacation homes. Our jobs (Rebecca in commercial interior design and Ken in real estate finance) keep us tied to San Francisco as our home base, but we love escaping the city every opportunity we get (and yes, Rebecca is often reminded by her relatives 'back east' that being 'stuck' in San Francisco isn't all that bad).

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Guestbook comments from the owner

5 old friends, 4 cities spread throughout the U.S. 3 days to spend with each other catching up, laughing, drinking wine, snuggling, lounging in the hot tub, cooking meals and reminiscing about memories that go back 20 years. We couldn't have asked for a better place to spend our long weekend. The house was lovely, clean, well stocked and casually elegant. We're already planning our return trip. Thank You!
Mar 2012
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26 Reviews

Blue Canoe- Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats
Guerneville Sonoma County

Dad's 70th Birthday Trip

Dad's 70th Birthday Trip
  • of 5
The Blue Canoe is right on the river - unfortunately it was a bit cold for kayaking! We ate at all the great restaurants in Guerneville, visited some wineries, drove out to the coast, soaked in the hot tub, and hiked Armstrong Woods. We'll definitely come again for kayaking when it's warmer, but the fog, changing leaves, and the touch of rain was beautiful. My only notes: the fireplace is hard to use despite following instructions exactly, and the microwave door is extremely hard to close. Those are small points considering every linen, spice, pot, pan, utensil, plate & cup we needed was fully stocked.
  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Blue Canoe- Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats
Guerneville Sonoma County
North Carolina

wonderful house great location

  • 5 of 5
Our first trip to CA. There was a family wedding at the Dawn Ranch in Guerneville. Flying from the east coast we decided to make a vacation out of the trip. We could not have been more pleased with our selection of Blue Canoe. The kitchen was outstanding with everything you have and use in your own home. And with the many choices of restaurants in Guerneville if you did not feel like cooking then a nice walk or quick drive to town was an excellent option. The living quarters were very comfortable. The bedrooms were nice especially the linens. Bathrooms were well stocked which in rental houses is not usually the case. A delightful deck allowed for nice views of the yard, river, and hills. The canoe and kayaks on the property were terrific. Nearby attractions abound..Armstrong Woods, lots and lots of wineries, easy drive to the coast, horseback riding, nearby golf course to name a few. One highlight was Mom's Apple Pie near Forestview..seriously the best apple pie and don't miss the turnovers! We highly recommend Blue Canoe as the property is well maintained and the owners are responsive and interested in their renter's comfort. We'd like to return. You will enjoy your stay and feel right at home.
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
Blue Canoe- Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats
Guerneville Sonoma County


  • 5 of 5
Wonderful wonderful vacation rental. We had such an amazing time. The house is clean and so well organized. The kayaks were a big hit with the kids!
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Blue Canoe- Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats
Guerneville Sonoma County
Los Angeles

Great Property

  • 5 of 5
This was a perfect place for our girls' getaway. King and queen beds super comfortable with high-end bedding. Property described accurately on website. Gorgeous setting, perfect weather, nice kitchen, great hot tub. River was too low for swimming or kayaking off of dock but enjoyed sitting in chairs looking at river. Had nice lunch at Korbels winery, then wine tasting. Spent lot's of time playing games and watching L.A. Kings win 1st game the Stanley Cup on big TV!
  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Blue Canoe- Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats
Guerneville Sonoma County
West Virginia

Pre-Wedding Vacation

  • 5 of 5
Spent a wonderful long weekend with a few friends and my fiance at the Blue Canoe before our wedding. The house was wonderfully stocked with anything we could have hoped for. The kitchen was amazing! We really appreciated the little things that you would usually have to stock yourself (and feel wasteful purchasing) at a vacation home like coffee filters and spices being provided! The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed the kayaks, canoe, and multiple outdoor seating areas. The house is also set up wonderfully for a rainy day or just a lazy day indoors with movies, cable, wifi and even a roku! The house felt incredibly private even though there were other guests next door. It also should be noted that it's an easy walk into Guerneville for quick grocery trips or dinner and drinks. Really just a wonderful place to stay and we hope to return in the future!!
  • Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Blue Canoe- Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats
Guerneville Sonoma County

Nice House, just not quite 5 stars

  • 4 of 5
A 4 star review is something to be proud of, but this property is not 5 star worthy. That implies nothing could be better.

Nice house, really cool property in Guerneville.

Kitchen- great and very well stocked. A small rug covered a hole in the flooring. Not a big deal but it's there and nobody has mentioned it.

Living Room- perfect for families and having fun. Tons of board games and a nice TV, though I wasn't able to get it working. We just ran our computer through the HDMI and watched Netflix.

Bedrooms- excellent. A queen, a king and bunkbeds.

Bathrooms- good. The curtains in one bathroom fell off immediately on being touched.

Outdoor space- wonderful. Weather wasn't good but apparently the area needed the rain so no big deal. Kids loved exploring the yard looking for garter snakes.

Hot tub is great. Lots of room.

Game room- definitely lacking and pretty gross, though nothing a cleaning won't fix. You must cover the ping pong table when not using it. We remove it to play and it has beer cup rings on it. A stack of moldy Solo cups (from beer pong?) on the shelf.

Foosball table was filthy. I know it's a garage but it could at least be wiped down between guests and the balls should either be cleaned or replaced.
Kids however loved being down there.

Guerneville is a cute tiny little town in the woods with a few restaurants, but is quite far from Napa and the Sonoma town centre. It's super cute but it's an hour to anything. Be aware.
  • Submitted: May 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Michael, thank you for your review. We are grateful for the compliments and sorry to hear about your issues. We encourage our guests to reach out to us immediately if anything is amiss at the house, so that we can correct the problem during their stay. Unfortunately we did not learn of your issues until after the fact, but understand how this led to less than a 5 star experience for you. It was an oversight on our part for not letting you know about the missing piece of hardwood inlay in the corner of the kitchen, we were unable to fix it properly before your visit due to back to back guest stays but it is getting fixed this week. We take great pride in our home and do our best to stay on top of maintenance issues when they arise.

We’re also very sorry that you had problems operating the TV. Our main TV is equipped with surround sound, HD cable, Roku/Netflix, DVD and a Play Station. Unfortunately with technology today it can be a challenge to navigate media devices on one's own tv, much less one that isn’t yours. We have attempted to label everything but will revisit our instructions/labels and hopefully simplify things so that hopefully our future guests do not have issues.

We wish Mother Nature had been more cooperative but glad to hear your kids enjoyed the yard. There is never a shortage of wildlife to provide entertainment along the river. We get regular visits from a red fox, otters, herons, egrets and hawks as well as the garter snakes that enjoy the riparian habitat. Guerneville is on the western edge of the Russian River Valley and yes, it is indeed a drive from the inland valleys of Sonoma and Napa. Having spent considerable time in other wine tasting areas, we chose Guerneville because the Russian River area offers a variety of activities (river, redwoods, Pacific Coast 20 minutes away) in addition to a wine tasting experience that makes it a unique and special place to visit. Understandably, coming from Vancouver, you’ve probably seen your share of the Coast and Redwoods, but hopefully you were able to visit some Russian River Valley tasting rooms and enjoy tastings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from our local vineyards. Thanks again for staying with us.


From the Owner

Our passion for the outdoors led us to purchase our first vacation rental home in the Lake Tahoe area in 2005. Our first home was so well received that we decided to try our hand at a second vacation rental home, this time a tad closer to San Francisco, but still keeping with our love of the outdoors (and our additional love of good wine). As for this particular home, we fell in love with the beautiful kitchen/dining room and its spectacular riverfront setting the moment we saw it. Lastly, the huge garage provides many opportunities to expand our amenities package (plans are in the works).

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Sonoma County Airport (STS) - Santa Rosa at 16.5 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Hideaway - Guerneville at 0.6 Miles Nearest Golf : Northwood Golf Club Public 9 hole course at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : Highway 101 - North Santa Rosa at 17 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Garden Grill - Guerneville at 0.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Johnson's Beach - First Street, Guerneville at 1.3 Miles Car: necessary

Wine tasting in the Russian River Valley and surrounding AVAs and zipline canopy tours through California's Coast Redwood Forests.


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Updated: Dec 15, 2014

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
December 2014
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 22 2014
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 23 2014 - Jan 1 2015
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $500
  • Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 9.0%

Summer: 6-nt minimum (Sun arrival & Sat departure) ~ 7-nt maximum (Saturday arrival/departure).
4 pm arrival ~ 10 am departure.
Max occupancy 8 total ~ up to 6 adults plus minors.
Reservations are not confirmed until receipt of executed Rental Agreement and 1st Payment.
Sorry, we do not accept one or two night stays.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


From the Owner

Inside our home you will find nice fluffy bedding, high thread count sheets and quality furnishings that set our home apart from the typical vacation rental. Guests will also find our kitchen well stocked with tons of nice things that even a gourmet chef will appreciate. But it's really our riverfront setting and connection to nature that makes our property so special. With our lower yard and permanent dock, our guests can enjoy extended access to the river in the spring and fall that other riverfront homes with seasonal docks cannot offer.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...


  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...

Location Type

  • River
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

Floor Area

  • 1500 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath (bathroom 1) - toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub, private bath off master bedroom with deck access
  • Guest Bath (Bathroom 2) - toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shared bathroom off hall between guest and bunk rooms
  • 2


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Convertible bed(s)
  • Guest Bedroom (Bedroom 2) - 1 king, shared bathroom
  • Master Bedroom (Bedroom 1) - 1 queen, 1 baby crib, pak-n-play in closet storage, private bathroom
  • Bunk Room (Bedroom 3) - 1 double, 1 bunk bed, futon mattress on lower bunk w/twin above, shared bathroom
  • King size beds (1) Guest bedroom., Queen size Beds (1) Master bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Graco Pak-n-Play (Animal Time) with organic cotton sheets, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Pull-out sleeper sofa in the living room., Bunk Beds (1) Twin-over-full bunk bed in the bunk room.


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Private river access and absolutely one of the best docks on the Russian River - sunny yet private, large (10'x16'), fixed/not floating (doesn't wobble), pool ladder, redwood bench. 3 kayaks and a canoe for seasonal use spring through fall, conditions permitting. Hot tub. Outdoor dining table. Fantastic river views. Dining room table seats 8 with plenty of room for an additional table. Quality bath and beach towel sets and high thread count linens. Our large living room features seating for 8, beautiful wood burning fireplace, views of the river, game table, and new 46' flat panel HD Samsung cable TV.
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