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Blue Canoe - Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats


Property Details

Updated: Oct 25, 2016
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.

SONOMA TOT TAX ID#509N 4/13/11


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Blue Canoe - Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens 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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44 Reviews

based on 44 traveler reviews


We loved staying in the Blue Canoe.

  • 5 of 5

The house was well equipped with everything a person could need. It makes such a difference to have essentials--paper products and basic cooking spices and oils, especially for the option of cooking at home. This came in very handy for this particular visit because the rain was heavy and wind strong much of the time. We spent more time in front of the fire, reading, relaxing in the hot tub and generally enjoying the ambiance. This is a perfect place for summer kayaking, games and exploration. It was also perfect for hunkering down and playing games inside. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It has everything!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place! From beds to boats- it has it all. 3 bedrooms, 7 seats on kayaks/canoe, foosball, ping pong, and a hot tub to satisfy all ages. Full kitchen with a lot of staples and spices. Level of cleanliness of the couch and beds and the rest of the house made us feel comfortable and at ease. Kids loved the board games and ample tv channels. 5 min drive to Guernville with a Safeway, shops, food, and a brewery. Korbel winery is only 10 mins away. It was fun watching the bats at night in the hot tub with the Milky Way galaxy haze in the background. Be prepared for a quick maintenance visit by the spa man Fridays at 10am. Great trip and accommodations!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful! This is exactly what we needed. A quiet getaway with friends and family to celebrate our daughter's 4th birthday/Labor Day weekend. The property was very well maintained and everything worked the way it should. There are a lot of houses on the street and you could see/hear other houses, but it still felt very serene. Beds were so comfortable -- more comfortable than our bed at home! Hot tub was nice. We didn't use the kayaks and canoes, as we didn't trust our skills. But, we did dip in the river, which essentially becomes a lake with the dam during summer, and floated a bit. The river temperature was very nice and refreshing. The property came with pool noodles and some floats with mesh bottom and we brought some floats as well. There were enough life jackets for every size from infant, toddler, young kids and adults. We had bought life jackets for the kids but the ones at the house were nicer and fit better, so we saved some money. :)

The ping pong table was fun. The TV and surround system as well as the netflix access and DVD player were all great. There were some board games and toys that kids could play with as well.

The kitchen is AMAZING. I would like this kitchen in my house! Other reviews were true. The kitchen was very well stocked with salt, pepper, oil, spices, etc. and everything was very well labeled. The fridge even had ketchup and mustard, which we forgot and were so glad to find. The coffee that came with the house was very delicious. Although it said tea was provided, there weren't whole lot of tea bags left in the tea jar, so if you're a tea drinker, bring your own. It did have french press you can use to brew tea and a tea kettle. We made three gourmet dinners and one yummy brunch in this kitchen. 24 hour Safeway is just a mile away, if you need to pick up anything. Everyone ate well and had a wonderful, restful, fun-filled weekend.

Ken and Rebecca were so easy to communicate with and were very responsive and answered all of our questions.

The size of the house was perfect for 6 adults and 2 kids. Everyone agreed we should make this an annual tradition.

Tip -- the garage door is not automatic. It's a manual pull and being a petite lady, I didn't have the strength to do it myself. Some guys went down and figured out to open it pretty quickly though. There is no direct access from the house to the backyard, but the opening of the back garage door makes the backyard quite accessible.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful family time on the river!

  • 5 of 5

Blue canoe was a wonderfully cozy home. Clean and comfortable. We had a great family trip. The dock was perfect, the kayaks an canoe were so much fun for us and we loved swimming in the river. Our vacation was fun and relaxing! Reading on the sofa, puzzle in the kitchen and coffee in the hot tub were how we spent our mornings. We packed a picnic in the cooler and hung out on the dock and swimming in the river in the afternoon. Dinner and Olympics in the evening. Wine on the deck when the sun went down and another soak in the hot tub. A perfect way to end each day. It was just what we were hoping for. We did venture out a couple of days but our best memories were playing ping pong with our girls and swimming/floating right off of the dock! Thank you for such a wonderful place to spend some much needed family time!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Russian River Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

On our recent trip to Northern CA, we were looking for a place to accommodate our family of 6, including 4 adult children, and the Blue Canoe was just the thing! Convenient to all of the places you’d want to visit while in the Guerneville & Russian River locale, and located right on the river, we enjoyed canoeing and kayaking right out our back door, relaxing dips in the hot tub on the deck, zip-lining at Sonoma Canopy Tours (15 minutes away), the wonderful shops at Duncan Mills (10 minutes west on Hwy 116), and Goat Rock Beach Park (20 minutes west to the Pacific Coast). When we just wanted to hang out at the house, you couldn’t ask for a better place to do so. And all of the reviews regarding a well-stocked kitchen are spot on (but do be careful when using the excellent gas stove top for the first time, as it gets hot very quickly! :) Also, we were 5 minutes by car from the village of Guerneville, so anything you might need, food-wise or otherwise, including excellent organic and vegetarian options, is right around the corner. When in the village, be sure to check our Chilepies Baking Company for some of the most delicious homemade pies, ice cream and treats! You’ll definitely make more than one visit. The only thing that we might offer in terms of “something to consider”, would be that the Blue Canoe does not have A/C. That said, when things warmed up in the afternoons, we did just fine by opening the doors on the deck, and the windows facing the river, to let in the cool breezes. Many thanks to Rebecca & Ken for opening their home to us. We’ll definitely be back one day soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent trip and Accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was wonderful. The house was clean as possible. The location on the river allowed us to use the kayaks and float on the river. Great location to wineries and the coast for beach time. Ken and Rebecca were outstanding to deal with. We'll be back which says it all.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 Train : at 17 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 - Swimming, Kayaking and Canoeing on the River, Hiking along the Pacific Ocean, Zipline Canopy Tours and Hiking through California's Coast Redwood Forests, Touring Local Farms and Enjoying Farm to Table Cuisine from many of Sonoma County's fine restaurants.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sept-Oct 2016 (Wine Harvest)
Sep 25 2016 - Oct 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
November 2016
Oct 27 2016 - Nov 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
December 2016
Nov 28 2016 - Dec 21 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
XMAS & NYE 2016
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Mar 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
March - Mid May 2017
Mar 2 2017 - May 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Mid May - Mid June 2017
May 11 2017 - Jun 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jun 8 2017 - Aug 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 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

Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

Summer: 6-nt minimum (Sun arrival & Sat departure) ~ 7-nt maximum (Saturday arrival/departure).
For stays longer than 7 nights, additional nights may not be on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights.
4 pm arrival ~ 10 am departure.
Max occupancy 6 adults + 2 minors (8 total).
Reservations are not confirmed until receipt of executed Rental Agreement and 1st Payment.
Sorry, we do not accept one or two night stays.
4-nt minimum for minor holidays (MLK, Easter, Memorial, Labor, etc.) and local events.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: Oct 25, 2016
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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
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • 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


  • 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
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • 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.


  • 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 ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Private river access and 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 46" flat panel HD Samsung cable TV.

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