Welcome to Dawn Ranch—Guerneville, California

With an irreplaceable riverfront location on the Russian River, Dawn Ranch is surrounded by giant redwoods and a collection of tall trees in a rustic setting. The expansive property provides a completely unique guest experience in this wooded environment, with a variety of walking paths, wide meadows, babbling creeks, a working orchard, a producing vegetable and herb garden, and picturesque outdoor event venues. Our location on CA-116 is just over an hour from the Golden Gate Bridge, only minutes away from popular wine-tasting destinations such as Korbel Winery, Rio Crest, and Porter Bass Winery in the Russian River Valley, and within walking distance to bucolic downtown Guerneville.

Dawn Ranch History

In 1905, Theodosia Button Murphy purchased the property when it was only an orchard. She built The Lodge as a dining hall and added tent cabins among the orchards, catering to the San Francisco elite who liked summering on the Russian River. Guests from the city stayed each summer anywhere from six weeks to three months.

The Murphy family sold the resort to Peter Pender in 1978, which he transformed to Fife’s Resort, one of the first gay destination resorts in Sonoma County. Rebranded as Dawn Ranch in 2005, the property is known as a worldwide destination wedding location, as well as for unique corporate retreats, large-scale family and social gatherings, and as a unique getaway for transient leisure guests.

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Additional Amenities

  • On-Site Parking

  • Complimentary Fire Pit & S'mores

  • River access & tubes

  • Meditation and Yoga Classes

  • Retrospec Bicycles & Swarovski Optik Binoculars

  • Higher Dose PEMF go mats

  • Complimentary morning pastry delivered to your room

  • Complimentary in-room snacks & beverages