Prior to our visit to San Francisco, and to unwind from 2 weeks and 1500 miles of driving, I booked 3 nights here having researched for suitable accommodation on the Internet. We had originally planned to stay in the Napa Valley but my partner had heard of this gay enclave - Russian River - so we thought we would support a local gay area.
We did manage to get hopelessly lost between the town of Guerneville and the resort (a distance of 3 miles!) thanks, he says, to a mad woman giving us GPS directions and sending us up various mountain lanes - most of which were dead-ends! I know we should have followed the owner's emailed directions. Hey Ho!
On first seeing the resort, which is basically a 'pull-off' area of the road, with space for a dozen cars, we were not sure if we had made the right choice.
However, we were very warmly welcomed by co-owner Ron. A gregarious, funny, helpful, knowledgeable man who really made our stay 'extra special'. We only met his partner (Bruce) for a few minutes.
We were given room 7 that was well appointed - light and airy and a balcony overlooking the large garden with beautiful views down to the river. It was also very quiet - thankfully.
The resort is in the centre of a Red Cedar paradise and this lent an unbelievable atmosphere and aroma to the area. Superb.
Breakfast could be taken in the room, the garden or the reception area. We opted for the latter and were entertained by Ron, regaling us with his stories of the 'Lazy Bear' weekends and also gave us lots of ideas for visits.
Rio Villa Resort is ideally located for some dramatic sight-seeing - the coast, the Redwood forests and, of course the vineyards and wine-tasting tours.
Ron and Bruce have built up a lovely relaxing holiday centre that we would recommend again and again and will almost certainly be back - especially for Lazy Bear or Folsom!
They certainly know the meaning of 'Good Customer Service'.
Good luck guys - and thanks a million.
Stephen and Paul.
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