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Hawaii in the Redwoods: a Romantic Retreat for Two Near the Russian River

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Light & airy creek-side studio-style cottage with private fenced yard

Walk 15 minutes to the Russian River. Drive 20 minutes to stunning Sonoma County beaches or renowned Sonoma wineries. Enjoy the incredible hiking, biking, scenic drives & boutique shopping nearby.

Or simply relax... We're located on a sunny acre in the redwood forest with private access to Hulbert Creek, a fairy ring of 200-ft redwoods complete with a hammock, a hot tub under the stars, and much more...

Tucked into the corner of the one acre property where we live, the cottage at RiverSea features a luxurious king-sized bed and has its own private fenced yard with an organic vegetable garden. The kitchen is stocked for a cook with quality cooking equipment and is supplied with oils, sauces and spices. Tranquil, without phones or TV--but with high speed wi-fi, we have plenty of good books & an extensive movie collection. A perfect anytime retreat!

What guests have to say: “Sometimes it takes stepping away from the masses to rediscover what it is that we are truly meant to do with our lives…We loved the simplicity of this little green heaven and will be back for sure…So grateful for the beauty, the gardens, the nest of a cottage...We slept like logs and woke to lovely adventures right here in the hood… Great! Inspiring, peaceful, wonderful…”

Give yourself something to look forward to. Book your stay at RiverSea today!

More Details

Kathy Ocean
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Kathy Ocean

We are Jim and Kathy Ocean. We're musicians and concert/event producers who decided to share our little piece of paradise after landing in Guerneville the summer of 2004. We take great pleasure in creating a space where people can relax, explore and recharge, and consider ourselves very lucky to be in the position to meet people from all over the world. We are knowledgeable about the area and are happy to provide tips, suggestions and share some of our favorite and little-known places with you.

Kathy Ocean purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Kathy Ocean chose Russian River

Moving to the Russian River area was a dream come true for both of us. For Jim, it meant reconnecting to his musical roots in Sonoma County from the 70's. For Kathy, it meant fulfilling the lifelong desire to live in the woods near the sea--a longing that began as a child when she had recurring dreams of oceans while trapped in the cornfields of Indiana.

When an unexpected and brief window of opportunity opened up to buy the property--Jim will say it was because our MGB broke down near Jenner, Kathy will say it's because Jim stung her with the question, 'Why did you move all the way to California and never settle near the sea?'--it was during a time when real estate was really hot. We had 24 hours to decide if we were going to radically change our lives around. The decision was made scarier by the fact that the place was priced outside our comfort zone, and to make the numbers work, we would have to rent the cottage on the property. Little did we know we were about to enter into a vocation that we would grow to love & that would give back to us in so many ways.

What makes this cottage unique

The moment we first walked through gate of our future home, we were struck by the wall of green--from the giant 'three sisters' old growth redwood, to the many sun-dappled fruit trees, to the redwood fairy ring (where we eventually married), to the tangle of blackberry vines that inhabit the fence line. We were mesmerized by the gurgling of the creek, the chorus of birds, the sight of butterflies and dragonflies flitting about, and greatly amused by the pileated woodpecker hanging upside down drunk on berries. We found the array of small cottages dotting the grounds enchanting. (They reminded us of a summer camp).

In short, we were sold by the laid back green opulence of this spot which we call 'Hawaii in the Redwoods' during the summer, 'Vermont in the Redwoods' in the fall, and 'Rip Van Winkle in the Redwoods' during winter. We signed on the bottom line and never looked back. And we're happy to share this place's restorative magic with you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an awesome place! Our host were super nice folks and very down to earth. We hope to return as soon as we can and what a cool town to wander around in. The most comfortable bed that I have ever slept in. For those who like to get lost in the softness of pillows this is it. Sure wish we could have stayed more than two days.
Mar 2010
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Guerneville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1) Large, cozy and comfy. Oodles of pillows turns it into a giant day-bed for lounging.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Private fenced yard with hammock, Organic vegetable gardens, Redwood fairy ring,


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Hawaii in the Redwoods: a Romantic Retreat for Two Near the Russian River
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 57 reviews

Romantic, secluded cabin in the woods near town

  • 5 of 5

The good:

nice hammock for 2 outside plus outside tables on the patio and in the yard under an apple tree

well stocked kitchen with spices and basic cooking supplies


friendly dog

The bad.

I really, really didn't have any issues. And I travel a lot and usually have at least one small annoyance, here everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for Us!

  • 4 of 5

In the area for 9 days doing wine "research;" had 2-3 tasting appointments every day. It was a great home base for us! We started every day making breakfast in the cabin and then returned in the evening and made dinner. The accommodations are "minimal".... nothing fancy....but it was fine for us! Enjoyed the hot tub most evenings, but as mentioned, it is not private. We didn't spend much time outside the cabin (except in the hot tub) because of the mosquitos. We enjoyed the opportunity to watch a couple of the movies that were available in the cabin (great selection). Of course we watched "Bottle Shock." A very memorable trip!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

EXCELLENT TIME I would love to come back again. thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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President's Day Weekend 2017

  • 3 of 5

Nice little cottage tucked away in the woods. Cute and comfy for a quiet get-away. The hosts were very nice, Jim gave us a tour of the property with lots of interesting information. We were there on a very rainy weekend and it would have been nice to have a couch or loveseat in the cabin to sit and read or visit, since we were unable to sit outside on the porch. The hot-tub BBQ area are in the hosts back yard and we felt a bit uncomfortable using them we felt we were in the hosts private space, but then we are from Wyoming and used to more wide-open spaces. Over all a nice weekend and a cozy place.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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just what we needed , A NICE GET AWAY WEEK END,

  • 4 of 5

A pleasant place to stay. Nicer than many motels. Quite, and pleasant . I know I may be repeating my self but as near as other homes were located , it was hard to know you had neighbors. Down side was lack of setting, but nothing to be put out over.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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  • 5 of 5

Cozy and cute. We loved our stay. Hot tub isn't private but we loved our little cabin and exploring the beautiful area. The creekbehind the property was amazing even in winter.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Ziplining in the redwood canopy, Old growth redwoods, Canoeing & kayaking


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Additional Guest Fee $20 per person per night
Pet Fee $25

Two-night minimum (3 nights on holiday weekends)

Additional visitors or parties are not allowed.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed

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.

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