Visit Yosemite and Experience Rustic Luxury at Rush Creek Lodge 

Rush Creek Lodge & Spa sits just outside of the park on highway 120 and it is the newest lodge in or near Yosemite. We chose it since lodging in the park was not available and this was the closest we could get. Since there can be significant driving in the park on curvy and winding roads, traveling to the various sites can take a bit of time so being close was important to us. Please note that we have NOT received any compensation for this review.

The lodge is both rustic and luxurious. It has a collection of room types and the main lodge offers good size rooms with couches and each has its own porch which was perfect for hanging out on after a long day of hiking. The grounds are welcoming and beautiful. In fact, we stayed an extra night when Sequoia National Forest closed due to forest fires. The lodge offered the best option for us to spend the day relaxing.

There is a large heated pool and two salt water hot tubs (no chlorine smell). There is a bar by the pool for afternoon drinks and the lodge has a tavern which is open for lunch and dinner. In the main check-in entrance there is a general store that has most of your daily needs covered. We ate breakfast there one day (pretty good latte’s & good egg sandwiches) and picked up charcuterie fixin’s in the store one day for lunch when we didn’t feel like a big meal. The Tavern restaurant had a varied menu including, charcuterie, flatbreads, salads, small plates, sandwiches and entrees. The fried cauliflower looked amazing although we didn't try it. We had the wings, brisket tacos, salmon melt and the Rush burger and they were well prepared and it was nice to sit down for something to eat and drink after a long day in Yosemite.
NOTE: Breakfast is also served in the main dining room each day, so if egg sandwiches and good lattes don't do it for you, go to the dining room. Breakfast is served there from 7:00am till 11:00am daily.

Tavern Bar: the tavern was a nice setup, and was well stocked with a wide range of liquors, wines and a small number of good beers on tap as well as a wide selection of beers in the bottle or can.

Game Room: equipped with billiards and board games, with plenty of seating and tables for playing. There are various activities around the pool like ping pong, corn hole, shuffle board, etc. In the evening the staff lights the fire pits around the tavern and event room and the pool bar area. They have kids activities each day and even have "smores night" to top off the evening.

Laundry Room: The hotel has coin operated washer and dryers available to take care of your dirty clothes (change machine in the room). We had been on the road for over a week so the laundry was a welcome sight. When the laundry & the store ran out of clothes soap, the Lodge gave away their own soap to guests !

Exploring Rush Creek Lodge

As can be seen in these images, the grounds and facilities at the Lodge were always very clean, in fact, we would frequently see hotel staff walking about sweeping and picking up any debris on the grounds. This took place every day we were there, they make certain that the grounds remain as clean as possible.

Note that the rooms did not have TV's and this definitely enhanced the experience for us and made us feel like enjoying the facilities, or perhaps an adult beverage! The building where the tavern is located has a large "game room" where there are games, puzzles, etc, where people can enjoy themselves. All guest rooms are supplied with games and radio streaming for entertainment as well as an Alexa.

They offer periodic night time entertainment, with live bands, theme parties, and Karaoke! You’ll receive a copy of the calendar upon check-in, and remember to visit their Recreation Desk for more updates.

On their website, they offer a "daily activities" list displaying a list of complimentary activities that you can enjoy. They also offer advice about where to go/what to do in Yosemite and they have adventure gear rental if you need it.

The parking lot is large and occupies two levels in front of the lodge, where the lower level can accommodate tow vehicles & trailers. The tavern/restaurant area is large and they have a reasonable selection of wines, beers and various liquors. There is a gift shop/deli where you can purchase t-shirts, wine, coffee and breakfast items in the mornings. We had coffee and egg sandwiches one morning and they were very good.

All of the staff we dealt with were friendly, helpful and attentive to your needs. As is done at other hotels during the Pandemic, house cleaning is available only upon request.

Overall we LOVED Rush Creek Lodge and would definitely stay here again. The price is a bit beyond our normal range but for a trip like this it is worth splurging for a memorable time at Yosemite.

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  • California Road Trip Overview Page: This page will give you a view of the entire trip, including maps and other information regarding each of our destinations; click here to read more.
  • San Francisco: our arrival airport as well as our first adventure in California - we explored it via walking, cable car as well as uBer. Click here to view our San Francisco page.
  • Bonita Point & Sausalito: We visited this area as we drove north from San Francisco to wine country. Click here to view our Bonita Point & Sausalito page.
  • Santa Rosa / Sonoma County: This is the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, and we explored this area with enthusiasm. Click here to view our Santa Rosa / Sonoma County page.
  • Muir Woods National Monument: One of the few Coast Redwood Forests remaining, the trees are stunning. After hiking about, we headed north through Muir Beach & Stinson Beach. Click here to view our Muir Woods National Monument page.
  • Rush Creek Lodge & Spa: . A beautiful place to stay, right on California Route 120 at the western edge of Yosemite National Park. Click here to view our Rush Creek Lodge & Spa page.
  • Yosemite National Park: A large and beautiful park, with amazing geography. Click here to view our Yosemite National Park page.
  • Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno, CA: We discovered this interesting place as we were searching for a good lunch spot in Fresno. The way it was built, and how the builder created such a fascinating home was well worth the time we spent there. Click here to view our Forestiere Underground Gardens page.
  • Santa Monica, CA: The fires in Sequoia National Park forced us to revise our trip route plans, so we added an overnight stay in Agoura Hills in order to visit Santa Monica. Click here to view our Santa Monica page.
  • Santa Barbara, CA: This was the start of our "coastal drive" through California, and this city is such a great place to start such a drive. Click here to view our Santa Barbara page.
  • Coastal Highway, CA: Even though we were looking forward to seeing Monterey, part of our enthusiasm was due to being able to drive north on California SR-1 highway. Click here to view our Coastal Highway page.
  • Monterey, CA: Somewhat of a "living museum" but now adjusting to life as a "tourist destination", this is a neat town that has a split personality, ie; one part bayside beach tourist town and the other part a typical California beach town where residents live. Click here to view our Monterey page.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA: This was a day trip drive we took to Carmel-by-the-Sea as we drove south to hike at Point Lobos. Click here to view our Carmel page.

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