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Rush Creek Lodge

September 16, 2015 13:09 ET

Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite Now Taking Reservations for June 2016 and Beyond

First New Lodge to Open in Yosemite Region in More Than 25 Years Announces $100 Early Booking Promo

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2015) - Rush Creek Lodge, the first new resort in the Yosemite region in more than 25 years, has begun taking reservations. Rush Creek today confirmed its 2016 opening and announced it is accepting reservations for stays from June 15, 2016 and beyond. In honor of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary next year, Rush Creek Lodge is offering a "Find Your Park" $100 Lodge Credit for 2016 stays booked before the end of 2015. 

The resort boasts a mix of 143 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 stylish sitting area, private bathroom, custom artwork and furnishings, refrigerator and complimentary Wi-Fi and are designed to accommodate both couples and families.

Nestled on twenty woodland acres at the doorstep to the iconic Yosemite National Park, Rush Creek Lodge is a superbly designed "destination within a destination" that features a grand main lodge, restaurant and tavern, central swimming pool and hot tub area with poolside bar, full-service recreation department, general store, meeting and event space and a variety of innovative amenities for entertainment and relaxation.

"We are thrilled to welcome visitors to experience Rush Creek Lodge, and we are honored to have the opportunity to build a resort worthy of this incredible National Park," said Lee Zimmerman, a Rush Creek owner. "Our guests will have an amazing time at our very special lodge. Not only will they have unparalleled access to all parts of Yosemite, they will also get to enjoy the fun-filled array of amenities and activities we have created at Rush Creek for adults and kids alike."

Recreation and Activities: Rush Creek Lodge enables leisure travelers, families and groups to make the most of their visit to Yosemite by providing a rich offering of activities both in the Park and at the property. A full-service onsite recreation department helps guests explore the Yosemite landscape by offering guided excursions and wellness programs, as well as a complimentary "recreation concierge" advice desk and daily on-site activities.

In the Main Lodge, guests will find a spacious lounge with fireplace and a fun-filled game room with an indoor tree house. Throughout the property, outdoor seating areas and fireplaces await, as well as innovative play areas, a gold panning stream, a fly-casting pond and other opportunities for discovery, entertainment and relaxation, including a large salt water pool and two spacious hot tubs.

Dining: Rush Creek serves fresh, hearty, sophisticated California lodge cuisine in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, including a restaurant with a wood-fired oven and a display kitchen, a cozy tavern with an expansive terrace and an inviting pool bar. Menu items change seasonally to incorporate the finest available local, organic and sustainable ingredients and are designed to accentuate every dining experience with a distinctive High Sierra flair.

Groups and Events: 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.

Rush Creek also offers customized 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 and bonding throughout a group's stay -- fostering the important connections desired in a group getaway.

Location: Less than a mile from Yosemite's Highway 120 West entrance, Rush Creek Lodge is a scenic three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Highway 120 is the most direct route to Yosemite from the Bay Area and offers year-round access to the Park. Rush Creek Lodge is a sister property of the nearby historic Evergreen Lodge.

Social Enterprise: Rush Creek Lodge continues the social and environmental missions set forth by its sister property, Evergreen Lodge. The resort will open as 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.

Rush Creek Lodge is available for reservations at, via email at or by calling (209) 379-2373.

About Rush Creek Lodge
A contemporary mountain resort, Rush Creek Lodge is the first new resort to open in the Yosemite National Park area in more than 25 years. Set on twenty woodland acres, less than a mile from the park's Highway 120 West entrance, the new lodge provides a "resort base camp" with a "rustic modern" sensibility at the doorstep of the Park. Rush Creek Lodge is a scenic three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area along Highway 120, the most direct route to Yosemite from the Bay Area, offering year-round access to the Park. A sister property to the Evergreen Lodge, Rush Creek Lodge is owned and operated by First Light Hospitality, based in San Francisco and founded by Brian Anderluh and Lee Zimmerman. For more information, visit

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