The Groveland, Calif., property is the first new resort in the Yosemite region in more than 25 years. The resort features 143 rooms, a grand main lodge, 2,400-sq. ft. saltwater swimming pool with poolside bar, full-service recreation department, and meeting and event space.
Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland, Calif., officially opened on June 24, welcoming guests to the first new resort in the Yosemite region in more than 25 years.
Located less than a mile from the park’s entrance, Rush Creek Lodge is a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and is a sister property to the nearby historic Evergreen Lodge. The resort features 143 rooms; a grand main lodge; restaurant and tavern; a 2,400-sq. ft., heated, salt water swimming pool and hot tubs with poolside bar; full-service recreation department; general store; meeting and event space; and a variety of innovative amenities for entertainment and relaxation.
“For over a century, Yosemite National Park has been a place where friends and loved ones create lifelong memories, and we are honored to have the opportunity to provide a hospitality experience worthy of this beloved National Park and its visitors,” said Lee Zimmerman, a Rush Creek owner. “We are excited to welcome our guests to experience the wonders of Yosemite, and to relax and enjoy the amazing array of amenities and activities that we are creating at Rush Creek for both adults and kids alike.”
The contemporary mountain resort’s tastefully appointed rooms, suites, and hillside villas, each with a deck overlooking nature and most providing a front-row seat to the stunning Sierra sunsets. All rooms feature a sitting area, private bathroom, custom artwork and furnishings, refrigerator and complimentary Wi-Fi, and are designed to comfortably accommodate both couples and families.
A full-service onsite recreation department helps guests explore Yosemite’s icons and hidden gems by providing over 30 professionally guided excursions for all experience and fitness levels, with trips varying seasonally to make the most of Yosemite’s ever-changing landscape. Additionally, the resort offers a complimentary “recreation concierge” advice desk and daily on-site activities.
In the Main Lodge, guests will find a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a fun-filled game room. Throughout the property, outdoor seating areas and fireplaces await, as well as play areas and other opportunities for discovery, entertainment and relaxation, including a large salt water pool and two spacious hot tubs (one for families and another just for adults).
Featuring the finest available local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, fresh and sophisticated cuisine is served in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, including a restaurant with a wood-fired oven and display kitchen, a cozy tavern with an expansive terrace and an inviting pool bar. Freshly made trail-ready items, snacks, and happy hour supplies are also available in the General Store.
Ideal for destination events, retreats and weddings, Rush Creek Lodge features customizable, full-service meeting and event space for groups up to 250. Open air and indoor meeting facilities, including a vaulted ceiling event hall with an outdoor plaza, a poolside BBQ area, multiple dining venues and a hillside amphitheater, can accommodate casual or sophisticated get-togethers throughout the seasons. Rush Creek’s on-site catering team tailors plated, buffet and family style meals to each group’s needs and desires.
Ideal for unplugging and reconnecting, Rush Creek customizes recreation and activity packages for groups, including guided trips and team building. Rush Creek’s varied onsite activities and guest areas promote fun-filled, relaxing, informal interactions, fostering the important connections desired in a group getaway.
The resort will be a Certified B Corporation, meeting social sustainability and environmental performance standards. The property’s dedication to social enterprise, using business as a force for good, is exemplified by its fully self-funded youth employment program and a host of environmental initiatives. The resort’s water re-use program will be one of the most comprehensive commercial greywater systems in California, charging stations will be available for electric vehicles and solar panels will supply a portion of the property’s power needs.