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FireFly Lodge - Ideal Riverfront, Spa, Beach, Kayaks - 1 Mi to Healdsburg


Property Details

Updated: Oct 22, 2016
House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Firefly Lodge offers guests a spectacular setting, comfortable furnishings, up-scale rustic décor, beautiful views, outstanding cleanliness, high quality appointments, private beach with kayaks, all in a central location to Healdsburg and Wine Country Attractions, and truly exceptional customer service.

The Lodge offers up-scale comfort, total relaxation, with tranquility away from the hustle of everyday life. Situated in an ideal location on the river to access all that Sonoma Wine Country has to offer, it’s just a mile and a half outside Healdsburg, which has been referred to as the ‘Jewel of California Wine Country’. Enjoy boating, swimming, outdoor adventures, and even wildlife viewing, in this beautiful, natural setting.

This rustically elegant cedar home is limited to 10 overnight guests, plus children under three. There are two bedrooms with king size beds, a bedroom with a queen bed, and a suite of two rooms with queen beds, a daybed/trundle unit in the recreation room, and also a baby Pack ‘n Play. This two story home has two bathrooms and an outdoor, hot and cold shower with river views.

Firefly is just one of our beautiful, vacation homes located on the river in Healdsburg. For information on the others, please call our friendly reservations staff or visit our website for detailed photos of all our properties.

Share cozy gatherings around the river rock fireplace with friends. Sink into soft leather sofas, and enjoy private views of the Russian River, or venture out into one of the kayaks and paddle the afternoon away.

Firefly is just minutes from Healdsburg, with its tree shaded, historical, central plaza, around which everything in this part of wine country revolves. Stroll to acclaimed restaurants, charming shops, art galleries, winery tasting rooms. From Firefly Lodge it’s only a 4 mile drive to world-class vineyards in three distinct wine growing regions (Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys), and only two miles to the Healdsburg Golf Club.

The home has a chef-pleasing, contemporary kitchen, a large dining table, a covered deck for comfortable outdoor dining, and a Weber gas BBQ for grilling.

Firefly’s river’s edge location is one of the nicest spots around for spectacular river views and unspoiled natural beauty. Enjoy the private beach with excellent swimming and boating and fishing, in season. We even provide two kayaks for your use. Or just simply choose to lounge in the riverview hot tub while you watch the canoes paddle by.

Sleep peacefully on rustic log beds with high quality, pillow-top mattresses and soft white high quality linens.

Firefly Lodge’s casual, rustic elegance, spectacular location, and careful provision for its guests’ comfort and enjoyment, make it an incredible wine country getaway.

At Wine Country Lodges, we’ve been inviting guests to enjoy these outstanding and unique pleasures of Sonoma County Wine Country since 2003, and have been consistently maintaining a 5 star rating.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Wine Country Lodge's owner, Lisa Neisingh, was raised in Sonoma County, where she enjoyed vacations with her family at their summer home in Occidental.

Wanting to share similar getaway experiences with her children and others, she bought Firefly Lodge

in 2003, in the vicinity of her great grandparents' home at Healdsburg's historic river resort, Camp Rose.

Soon after, Lisa, she bought three, additional, nearby riverfront homes, and has been inviting guests ever since. The homes are elegant, rustic residences; that are both casual and eye appealing. Each home comfortably accommodates guests seeking a place to gather for memorable retreats with family and friends.

The very restful, natural settings offer guests a welcome respite from urban life. Each home enjoys an incredibly beautiful and unspoiled natural environment. Our family enjoys filling these wonderful riverfront homes with comfortable furnishings, beautiful amenities, and the opportunity to enjoy a choice of many adventurous and leisurely activities, to the delight of guests.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you to our guests for all of their glowing comments.

We are so thrilled that such wonderful times were had by all, and that we were able to play a part in making that happen. We enjoyed working with all of you and hope you'll return again, soon!


Jill Jensen

Firefly Lodge Reservations

Jul 2004
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64 Reviews

based on 64 traveler reviews

San Rafael, CA

Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a nice quiet getaway on the river, found this listing and gave it a shot. So glad we did, it's a magical spot. So peaceful and serene. Beautifully equipped and comfortable, although we spent almost all our time on the gravel sandbar directly below the house. We will without a doubt be back.

Matt in San Rafael, CA

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home

  • 5 of 5

My daughter's wedding party stayed at Firefly Lodge. It was everything we hoped for: a warm, comfortable place with great spaces for all to enjoy each other's company and relax. Great views, a cozy living area, a variety of sleeping spaces, well-equipped kitchen, Wi Fi, even ping pong. Just a short drive to Healdsburg and wineries. Responsive communications from managers. Everyone enjoyed this special place!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an amazing gem! We want to come back!

  • 5 of 5

The listing just does not compare to the real thing. Our group of 9 were in town for a wedding from San Francisco. We decided to splurge on a rental so that we could all be together and carpool together to the wedding location, and to enjoy the amenities like the hot tub and the BBQ grill.

The first of our group to arrive sent us a group text message (as the rest of us were starting our trek to Healdsburg) saying "OMG, this house is gorgeous!" - and truthfully, we were so amazed at the location, the furnishings, the details, the view, the river, and the hot tub.

We enjoyed sharing a couple meals at the dining room table. We enjoyed playing in the river. We enjoyed the sauna. It was a wonderful place to celebrate!

The house was sparkling clean when we arrived. Everyone that I interacted with from Wine Country Lodges were very nice. Everyone made themselves available if we had any questions or concerns. But during our rented time, they were very hands off, which was also really nice of them.

I would recommend this place to anyone looking to bring a good group together for a mini vacation. The unit comfortably sleeps 10. But there are also a couple of single day beds on the bottom floor that could sleep 2 more. Although, selfishly, I hope not too many people find out about this particular rental! :)

Thanks so much to Wylie and Trinette for their great customer service and for making our stay so wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Columbia Falls

Wine country relaxation

  • 4 of 5

We had a friends reunion while staying at the property. It was awesome. We had relaxed mornings sitting on the deck and drinking coffee. Then spent the days visiting wineries and breweries. The Russian river runs right behind the property. You can fish, float or swim. The evenings were spent barbequing, sitting in the hot tub and having ping pong tournaments.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location, Lots of Space

  • 4 of 5

We loved the location of this place in comparison to downtown Healdsburg. I booked the house for a family girls trip to Napa, and enjoyed the amount of space within the house. It was a good size for 10 girls, except for bathroom/mirror. It is a little difficult to get ready in a place with minimal mirrors and only 2 bathrooms. There was, however, enough space to be able to get some alone time away from the group if needed. The hot tub and river view were very nice! Keep in mind there is no washer and dryer if you are staying a longer period of time. This was not an issue for us as we were there for 4 days. The house is not up to date but is very cabin like. The only issue we had was with ants, noted by the owners on the fridge (we finally found on day 2). There seemed to be some cracks in the kitchen these were coming through. We had to make sure ALL food was kept in fridge and nothing was left on floor or counters. Many times we found ants in our purses/couches.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Getaway for a large group

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful girls weekend (9 people) at the Firefly! It lived up to it's expectations with all the right amenities (we love to cook and it was fully stocked with all the right tools...) The view was lovely, the beds were comfortable and the locations was great - an short drive away from down town, but the feel of being away from everything. We could not have asked for more.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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From the Owner

I was searching for a rustic riverfront getaway - the kind I remembered as a child - a place to go with family and friends and leave the cares of the world behind! I wanted it not too fussy... so it would have that 'relaxing' feeling. I wanted it to be waterfront, with plenty of beautiful views and fun water activities. I wanted it to have a big, covered deck, and plenty of room around the table. I looked for a LONG time, and when I finally found Firefly, I felt, 'This is it!', and the family fun began! Now 11 years later we have shared this great home with thousands of guests from far and near and have made wonderful friends and memories, with many guests returning year after year.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : STS - Charles Schultz Sonoma County Regional Airport at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : In Downtown Healdsburg (multiple to choose from) at 1.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : 30 minute drive from Ocean Beaches at 30 Minutes Nearest Golf : Healdsburg Golf Club at 0.5 Miles Nearest Train : 30 minute drive south on Hwy 101 to San Rafael at 30 Minutes Nearest Motorway : Highway 101 at Central Healdsburg Exit at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : in Downtown Healdsburg (many to choose from) at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Lake Tahoe/Truckee at 300 Miles Nearest Beach : Beach Located On Property at 5 Metres Car: necessary

We are located in Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country, and enjoy frontage on the upper Russian River, where the water is clear and the river uncrowded for great family fun and outdoor adventure opportunities. There are activities to interest all ages and tastes, from winery tours, to hiking, biking, golf, swimming, kayaking, soaking in the hot tub, just relaxing, or watching wildlife from the deck. In town, there's the historic Healdsburg Plaza, with shaded benches, a gazebo for weekly summer concerts, fresh produce on farmers' market days, and paths for strolling; surrounded by charming boutique shops, highly respected restaurants with acclaimed chefs, antique shopping malls, art galleries, a theater, bicycle rentals, and tasting rooms with wine-food pairings. Surrounding the charming little city are World Class vineyards, wineries, and breathtaking vistas. Scenic country roads lead to ancient, giant redwood forests, Pacific Coast beaches, and natural hot springs.

Healdsburg has been described as the 'Belle of the Wine Country Ball', and to find out why, come and savor the experience. Travel beautiful wine roads to picturesque wineries, taste some of the finest wines in the world at their source, enjoy incredible cuisine prepared at highly rated restaurants by renown chefs, join popular annual events, shop in charming and unique stores, golf at one of the oldest and most scenic courses in Sonoma County. In summer, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking on the Russian River are a huge attraction. It's also just a scenic 45 minute drive to sandy coastal beaches to enjoy whale watching, tide pooling, or savoring fresh clam chowder. Only 30 minutes drive to visit ancient redwood groves at Armstrong Woods and Korbel Champagne Cellars for a wonderful guided tour. Passes are available to a Healdsburg health club with lap swimming and children's pools. The home is directly on the Russian River. Enjoy beautiful views, wildlife and unspoiled scenery.


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From the Owner

River Front Vacation Home, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10) Great River Location, Close to Downtown Healdsburg, World Class Wineries and Breathtaking Vineyards, Mountains and Valleys Growing Some of the Greatest Wine Grapes on Earth....

Property Type

  • house


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 2300 sq. ft.


  • We provide white, terrycloth towels (bath, hand, wash cloths, and bath mats), summer colored beach towels, hand and shower soaps, hairdryers, tissues, and toilet paper.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2 King, 2 Twin, 3 Queen


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs


  • Our Marquis Spa overlooks a private and panoramic view of the river, and sits on our riverside deck above the private beach. The spa for 4-5 has special, premium hydrotherapy features. There is covered outdoor dining, multiple decks, a Weber gas BBQ, 2 kayaks, CD and DVD players, Ipod and MP3 Player with docking station, and recharger, clock radios, WIFI Broadband (wireless internet), indoor table tennis (ping-pong), a fully equipped kitchen, a large dining table, and is secluded, but close to town, in a location central to all of Sonoma Wine Country attractions, as well as Healdsburg's acclaimed restaurants, charming shopping, winery tasting rooms, outdoor musical events in the plaza gazebo, art galleries, and antique emporiums. We are a bike friendly property, and can offer indoor storage for bikes, as well as other services. Healdsburg's golf course is just 2 miles away.

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