This cozy lodge-resort makes the most of its spectacular Northern California setting with guest room balconies, guided outdoor activities and impressive eco-friendly policies.
An integral California Gold Rush location back in the mid-1800s, Rush Creek serves as a gorgeous backdrop for the first new resort to hit Yosemite in 25 years. Set within a pine forest landscape, Rush Creek Lodge puts nature quite literally at guests’ front doorstep, with guided recreation programming — hiking, biking, rafting, snowshoeing and fishing tours — that makes it easy to take advantage of all the rugged beauty this landscape has to offer. On the resort property itself, contemporary guest rooms and suites in the main lodge boast plush beds, custom furnishings and balconies for stunning sunset views. Hillside villas (two bedrooms each in four-plex buildings) offer a nice degree of privacy, as well as individual decks and cast-iron gas fireplaces.
Hearty food and drink with California flair can be found at the on-site Restaurant and Tavern; both are casual venues, and the restaurant is family-friendly, as is this entire property, with special activities for young ones including crafts and s'mores around an outdoor fireplace in the evenings. Social awareness and sustainability receive their fair share of attention here. Among an impressive list of forward-thinking initiatives, Rush Creek Lodge maintains a youth employment program, solar panels, electric car charging stations and one of the largest commercial gray water re-use systems in the state. The lodge makes an excellent choice for group retreats, with indoor and outdoor meeting space for up to 250 and a staff to help organize events and team-building activities.