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Blue Canoe - Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats/Fire Pit

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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 on our spacious sunny upper lawn, or stroll down a gently sloped path to the lower riverfront lawn and lounge in the hammock or one of our Adirondacks. Our large Private Dock 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) for seasonal use (spring, summer, and fall - weather permitting). We also provide life jackets for paddlers of all ages.

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 or outdoor fire pit. Truly as good as it gets!

IMPORTANT OCCUPANCY CONSIDERATIONS – Although the Blue Canoe does sleep 8, we do limit our nighttime occupancy to 6 adults plus 2 minors (8 total guests). In addition, we do limit our daytime occupancy to 10 persons, including a maximum of 8 adults.

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 high thread count linens, pillow top king mattress, memory foam topped queen mattress, light blocking curtains, flat screen tvs, and plenty of comfortable pillows (choose from down and synthetic).

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 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/Fire Pit

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Ken & Rebecca (Blue Canoe Inn)
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Ken & Rebecca (Blue Canoe Inn)

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).

Ken & Rebecca (Blue Canoe Inn) purchased this house in 2010

Why Ken & Rebecca (Blue Canoe Inn) chose Guerneville

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).

What makes this house unique

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.

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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Guerneville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Daytime occupancy is limited to ten (10) persons, including a maximum of eight (8) adults.
  • In accordance with Sonoma County ordinances and out of respect to neighbors, quiet hours are between 10:00 pm and 9:00 am and are strictly enforced.
  • Base Rates are for 4 guests winter/spring and 6 summer/fall. $25/night per additional guest (subject to maximum occupancy limits)
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • 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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • 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
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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Blue Canoe - Riverfront/Hot Tub/Dock/Boats/Fire Pit
average rating of 4.964286 based on 60 reviews
Corpus Christi, TX

Beautiful property. ❤️❤️❤️

  • 5 of 5

Had a fabulous girls weekend here. We went zip lining, kayaking ,SUP, played games and just had an amazing weekend. This home is beautifuly situated right on the Russian River next to everything. Very well equipped and extremely comfortable. Can’t wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

The Blue Canoe was very comfortable for our group. We loved the kitchen area. It had everything you could possibly need. If we are ever back in this area - we would definitely stay here.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect weekend

  • 5 of 5

The Blue Canoe Inn was perfect for a long weekend with our extended family of 6. The house is clean and convenient with a very well appointed kitchen. We had a wonderful time cooking and playing games by the fire, as well as exploring the area, including Guerneville, Armstong Forest, Bodega Bay and Fort Ross. We're looking forward to our next visit when we can float down the Russian River.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado, USA


  • 5 of 5

My family and I just got back from the Blue Canoe after a 4 night stay during Thanksgiving week. This home had everything we needed and more.

First, the kitchen. I think their kitchen is probably better stocked than my own! Need a roasting pan for a turkey? It was there. Mashed potatoes? They had a hand held masher and a mixer. Need some brown sugar for your tea? Done. Muffin tin? Of course! It was the little things that really made a difference.

The house was very clean and we all enjoyed the hot tub during the cool November nights.

The owners were very attentive and checked in to see if we were doing ok. I was having cell phone technical difficulties so I was not super responsive but I really appreciated their efforts.

On top of all that, the town and general area were breathtakingly beautiful. We made a trip to Goat Rock Beach, Safari West, and Armstrong Redwoods State Park. It is hard to choose a favorite because they all were so fun, very different from each other, and really exceeded my expectations.

We will definitely be back. Thanks again Ken and Rebecca!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

The Blue Canoe is a real slice of paradise! I went there for a long weekend with my family and we really enjoyed our stay there. Ken and Rebecca are amazing hosts, they replied very quickly to any of our questions. The view is beautiful. It was so great to drink my coffee in the morning with that view on the trees and the river. Hot tub, firepit, BBQ grill...etc You can have a great relaxing time at the Blue Canoe! And the amenities are great, we cooked a lot and found everything in the kitchen, we felt like home! In addition, the location is really good: close to the groceries and shops. And, it is also a great place for kids, everything is provided (high chair, sip cups, plastic plates for babies/toddler...) . I definitely recommend it! We loved it!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexandria, VA

Clean, pleasant, and very well stocked and equipped

  • 5 of 5

With our son getting married in the Russian River Valley, we took over the Blue Canoe for five days/nights. Four adults stayed in the house, and we hosted a family dinner, and shared other fine times with a few wedding guests. Blue Canoe was a fabulous place to host our share of the celebration. When not caught up in the wedding bustle, it was also a fine place for the four of us to relax, and chill (if you can call it that during the record heat wave of Labor Day weekend). But the house was even as ready as it could be for the heat (given that virtually no one has AC in the RRV) ... there were fans all over to cool us down.

Having rented vacation homes several dozen times in the US, Canada, and Europe, we state unequivocally that this was the best stocked and equipped. Cooking any meal was easy (and we love to cook), and we never found a utensil, pot, or dish that wasn't spotless. All the basic provisions were in the cupboards or the fridge, and many non-essentials too, that made it easy to cook and not have to run to the local market for something we would use just once. The furniture and beds were comfy, and the whole place was clean and neat.

We also give top grades to the owners. When we ran into a plumbing issue on the first night (only hot water from one shower ... in the middle of the heat wave, we needed to cool off), they were incredibly responsive. Pete the Plumber called first thing the next AM, and came by twice: once to size up the issue and then to return with the correct part. He worked around our schedule, so there was no real impact from what otherwise would have been a serious concern.

The only downside of having stayed here is that it was set a new standard that I will look for from future rentals. I doubt I'll find anything that will exceed the Blue Canoe.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16.5 Miles
Sonoma County Airport (STS) - Santa Rosa
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Miles
The Hideaway - Guerneville
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Northwood Golf Club Public 9 hole course
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
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Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
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Nearest Beach
1.3 Miles
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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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $185 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Summer: 7-nt minimum (Sat arrival/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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.