Rejuvenate at Yosemite’s New Rush Creek SpaAuthor:Michelle Konstantinovsky
If you haven’t made it to Yosemite yet this summer (or last summer for that matter, all things considered), you’re just in time to schedule a trip coinciding with the opening of Rush Creek Spa.
The brand new wellness destination is the first spa of its kind to open in the region, directly influenced by the awe-inspiring majesty of the world-renowned park, as evidence by the features like Warm Waterfall Coves, Cool Mist Showers, Aromatherapy Steam Room, Himalayan Salt Sauna, Granite Waterfall Hot Tub and Sensory Room.
Skin treatments at Rush Creek Spa include everything from the classic Deep Cleansing Facial – (cleansing, steam, facial massage, facial mask, serum, and moisturizer) to the luxe Anti Aging Facial (think: deep cleaning and major exfoliation). The Spa uses Eminence Organic Skin Care, all free of parabens, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, mineral oils, petroleum, and other harsh cosmetic chemicals.
If you’re on the move all day, you’ll want to round out your Yosemite adventure with a serious body treatment. The Rush Creek Signature massage integrates Swedish techniques with hot stone, sound therapy, and a personalized chakra crystal treatment while the Hiker’s Delight combines massage, hot stones, and light exfoliation with muscle relief and EMU oil to soothe sore muscles and aching joints.
As part of the Rush Creek’s wellness program, the Spa also offers on-site yoga instruction set against the backdrop of mountain and sunset views. The classes are mostly taught in the Hatha style, focusing on alignment and breathing, and open to all levels.
While Rush Creek Lodge itself is new to Yosemite, its ties to the area reach back to 2002, when Lee Zimmerman and Brian Anderluh owners purchased the nearby Evergreen Lodge as a means to self-fund a Youth Program teaching job and life skills to under-served Bay Area youth. The newly opened property is a must-visit destination for newbies and Yosemite experts alike, and in addition to the relaxing spa experience, the property offers plenty of daily activities, adventures, dining experiences, and more.