A Look Inside Rush Creek Lodge’s Luxurious New Spa In Yosemite National Park

The exterior Rush Creek Lodge
The exterior of Rush Creek Lodge | RUSH CREEK LODGE

Rush Creek Lodge quietly debuted their one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa earlier this year. But with travel slowly picking up again it’s time to officially re-announce the opening of the brand new 5,000 square foot Rush Creek Spa. This indoor and outdoor spa was specially designed to bring the beauty of Yosemite National Park into each luxe experience.

My family and I were lucky enough to experience this beautiful place earlier this year and had an absolutely incredible time! This spa is ultra-luxurious and enjoying everything it has to offer will not be something you soon forget!

Spa Inspiration

The innovative environment was inspired by the grandeur of the national park. This can be seen and felt within the massage offerings and creative spa activities, many of which incorporate warm water features reminiscent of the park’s waterfalls, a cool-mist room, heated stone lounge chairs inspired by the sun-warmed rocks of the park, and a sensory room with a special light, sound, heat and scent.

Rush Creek Spa interior

Rush Creek Spa was imagined by Spa and Wellness Manager Gigi Richardson and designed by well-known San Francisco Bay Area designer Anthony Laurino. Inside this stunning place are natural elements, neutral tones and a warm color palette that nods to the beauty of the park itself.

The Spa’s signature features include a multi-sensory exploration of Yosemite, integrating a relaxing combination of water, stone, sound, scent and warmth.

This includes warm waterfall coves; aromatherapy steam room; Himalayan salt block sauna; cool mist showers; sensory room; warm river rock beds; and an outdoor covered lodge. The waterfall coves were my favorite part of the entire experience! I felt like I was being enveloped in a warm, gentle waterfall.

Individuals, couples and groups can book exclusive usage of the Spa in its entirety, which includes food and beverage offerings.

Food & Drink

The menu includes a cheese board with artisanal cheeses, assorted nuts, sliced figs, fruits, crostini and red onion jam; charcuterie with meats, capicola wrapped asparagus, gherkins, peppadews and crostini; pinwheel board with citrus pesto turkey, roast beef, goat cheese and grilled veggies; smoke salmon platter with goat cheese, grilled artichoke, pickled veggies, pita, and mixed green salad; Tuscan skewers with olives, grilled artichokes, mozzarella and sun-dried tomato pesto; house-made falafel with tzatziki and more.

Cocktails that include large format jalapeno margaritas, mimosas and bloody Mary’s; wine and bubbly; and non-alcohol beverages such as fresh juices are also available.

Rush Creek Spa food
Rush Creek Spa food | RUSH CREEK LODGE

Guests can also work with Executive Chef at Rush Creek Lodge Anthony Lemens to create a customizable and unforgettable dining experience within the Spa. Chef Lemens’ cuisine incorporates fresh, seasonal California ingredients with his contemporary style of rustic American cuisine. The culinary team prides itself on preparing fresh and hearty California mountain lodge cuisine that aims to please a wide variety of palettes.

Entrees include king salmon with bok choy, soy-glazed shiitake mushrooms and yuzu ginger butter; ciopinno with scallops, halibut, shrimp, mussels in a white wine tomato broth; Korean Chicken with napa cabbage, carrots, snap peas, shiitake mushrooms in a Korean BBQ sauce; and more.

We had the privilege of dining in the spa and can safely say it is an experience unlike any other you’ll find in Yosemite. Amazing food, unreal atmosphere and an insanely gorgeous spa to enjoy after your epic meal? Yes please! It’s definitely worth booking a private spa experience for you and your group. The exclusivity and overall privacy are unparalleled.

For more on this unbelievable spa, check out my Forbes article, Rush Creek Lodge Offers Yosemite National Park’s Most Luxurious Spa Experiences, where I chat with the Rush Creek Lodge and Spa team on the property, food, overall experience and more!

To book your stay & find out more information on the property and spa, click here.

Check out this video for a recap!

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Chelsea is a San Francisco-based journalist whose passion revolves around exploring the world, immersing herself in foreign cultures, and of course, eating and drinking everything delicious.

Her work can be found in TravelPulse, Forbes, INSIDER, SF Gate and more. She covers all things food, drink and travel and is always up for an adventure, whether that means an adrenaline-pumping excursion or trying a new cuisine.

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