- Hospitable resort in stunning location
- Super pool, restaurant, and bar
- Good selection of rooms, suites & villas
- Beautiful wilderness views
Rush Creek Lodge, sister property to the nearby Evergreen Lodge, is an extensive resort adjacent to the iconic Yosemite National Park in California, USA. Built in 2016, this property sits amidst 20 acres of hills and woodland, half a mile from the park’s main western entrance and approximately 3 hours’ drive from San Francisco along scenic Highway 120, the most direct route to Yosemite from the Bay area. The lodge offers 143 rooms, suites and villas, along with a restaurant, tavern, fabulous outdoor pool, a host of activities and year-round access to the national park. It is a great bet for lovers of the outdoors seeking contemporary, comfortable accommodation and great facilities in a stunning natural environment. Like Evergreen Lodge, Rush Creek provides warmth and genuine hospitality, along with an equally strong social and environmental ethos.
Communal areas are spacious and airy, with a blend of contemporary and rustic design. The substantial lodge restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, serving classic American fare using seasonal ingredients. The Tavern is a relaxed, atmospheric bar and diner, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Big TV screens show sports events by day, and there are regular live music and karaoke evenings as well. Outside is a superb heated saltwater swimming pool plus two hot tubs and a fire pit. The poolside bar and terrace are decked with comfy lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. Snacks and drinks are served throughout the day, and evening barbeques held throughout summer. There’s also a well-stocked general store and gift shop, massage and yoga studios, and a computer lounge on site. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main areas.
Activities include guided and independent hikes through Yosemite’s scenic wilderness, cycling, fishing, yoga, stargazing, white water rafting and wine tasting. Guided excursions are available for all fitness levels.
The accommodation comprises 143 well-appointed lodge rooms, suites and hillside villas spread out across the resort, all boasting a private veranda overlooking the tranquil forest, and many with wonderful sunset views. Lodge rooms accommodate up to four guests in either two double beds, or a double and one sofa bed, with an ensuite bathroom with shower, and a small lounge area leading onto the veranda. Suites are larger, and sleep four guests, with one king-size bedroom, a separate lounge with fireplace and a double sofa bed, plus a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower.
The generously-proportioned, air-conditioned villas sleep up to four guests. Each villa has a large bathroom with walk-in shower, a king-size master bedroom, and a lounge with fireplace and sofa bed. The two-bed villas are the largest option; sleeping up to six guests, these spacious units have a second bedroom with king-size or twin beds, and a large bathroom with bathtub and separate shower.
All rooms, suites and villas are equipped with internet radio, but no TV. All come with hot drink facilities, a fridge, iPod dock, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Wheelchair accessible rooms are also available.
Children are hugely welcome at Rush Creek. Facilities include an indoor games room filled with board games, toys, and a bespoke tree house, plus an outdoor playground, zip lines, rope swings, and table tennis. Child friendly activities include wilderness talks, nature crafts, and campfires.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019