Rush Creek Lodge Fall Sunset (Kim Carroll)Recreation Talk in Guest Lounge (Kim Carroll)Yosemite Hetch Hetchy View (Kim Carroll 3-17.77)Cheers with Julie Johnson (Kim Carroll)Hillside Villas (Kim Carroll)2017 THANKSGIVING WEEK

Monday, November 20th – Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Thanksgiving is a special time in Yosemite. Throughout the weekend, we focus our energies and activities on creating a memorable holiday experience so you can have as much fun as possible on your Yosemite getaway. We offer feasts, a host of guided recreation excursions, campfires, evening programs and lots of opportunity for relaxation, so everyone can find the perfect mix of activities (and rest) for their holiday weekend.

To get a better idea of the types of activities to expect, take a look at our 2017 Thanksgiving Activity Calendar.

You’ll get the most value, fun and convenience from your visit by purchasing a customizable three or four-night package that includes Thanksgiving dinner, other meals, recreation, activities and more. When you arrive we’ll provide you with a detailed itinerary that includes all of your weekend’s activities.

Our talented executive chef, Chef Lemens, designs our menu to showcase the finest in seasonal, local and organic ingredients, so the final 2017 menu will be available just prior to the holiday.  To get a general idea of the type of deliciousness you can expect, please look at our tentative 2017 Thanksgiving Menu.

NOTE: Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays in our area, so please book early to guarantee your spot. Reservations are required for Thanksgiving Dinner as well. Email or call 209-379-2373 ext. 1562 to make dinner reservations.

PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Lodging
  • Thanksgiving feast on Thanksgiving Day
  • Hearty mountain breakfast in our full service restaurant each morning of your stay
  • Freshly made trail lunches for your day’s activities on one afternoon (4-night package includes trail lunches on two afternoons)
  • Delicious 3-course dinner in our restaurant (4-night package includes dinner on two nights)
  • Fun, family-friendly arts & crafts project
  • An exciting holiday welcome gift
  • Evening activities including campfires, s’mores, movies, bingo and other games
  • And a optional add on of your choice of one guided recreation activity: hike, snowshoe walk or sightseeing tour (including appropriate equipment rental and trail lunch), subject to availability
3-Night Package 4-Night Package
Couples Package
with Guided Recreation Trip
2 adults,
Lodge Double King and a guided recreation trip for 2
$565 per night $555 per night
Couples Package 2 adults,
Lodge Double King
$494 per night $502 per night
Family Package
with a Guided Recreation Trip
 2 adults, plus 1-2 children or a third adult,
Villa King Double Twin and a guided recreation trip for 4
$783 per night $771 per night
Family Package  2 adults, plus 1-2 children or a third adult,
Villa King Double Twin
$678 per night $692 per night

Prices are per night and do not include tax.  Advance reservations are required and subject to availability.  Meals do not include alcoholic beverages.  Call 209-379-2373 or email  to reserve or you can book online here:

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Winter Smores (Jordan Rosen Photography)Rush Creek Shuffleboard (Kim Carroll)Guided Tour at Tunnel View of Yosemite Valley (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Pool Area at Sunset (Kim Carroll)Enjoying a Mountain Sunset (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Server Silvia (Kim Carroll Photography)Thanksgiving WEEK DETAILS

WEDNESDAY

Arrive early and enjoy a relaxing lunch, then join our recreation team to plan your holiday activities. Check out our  2017 Thanksgiving Activity Calendar to start getting excited for all the fun we’ve got planned!

We will have onsite activities such as talk in our lounge about the 2013 Rimfire, movie night & create animal tracks with the kids!  After dinner, enjoy making s’mores by the fireside or head over to the tavern for a little pre-Thanksgiving celebration. This will be a great start to a fun-filled mountain getaway!

THURSDAY – THANKSGIVING DAY

Sleep in and enjoy the holiday. After a hearty breakfast, gear up to hit the park with our naturalist guides for a memorable Yosemite Valley Sightseeing Tour! If you’re feeling more adventurous, join us for a hike (or Snowshoe!) through Yosemite Valley or to the Giant Sequoias and learn about the local flora & fauna, while working up an appetite on the trail.

If you’re feeling a little lazy, just hang out at the lodge and enjoy the fall beauty in the hot tub or root for your favorite football team, as we turn our tavern into your turkey day living room, with ballgames and beverages available throughout the day.

In the afternoon, you can join us for a “Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt”. Explore our hillside property featuring creeks and a reflecting pond as you hunt for turkey day themed treasures. Or join us in the Guest Lounge to decorate seasonal treats with your family. Our Thanksgiving Cookie Decorating activity is $5 per person and sure to be a good time with a tasty take away for all.

Holiday Meal Extravaganza
While you’re enjoying your day, our team of chefs will be in the kitchen preparing a decadent holiday feast. Choose from a variety of savory options, and top off your meal with one of our delicious homemade desserts!

Click here to see the tentative 2017 Thanksgiving Menu.

Time: 3PM – 9PM
Price: $55 Adults; $25 Kids (age 2-12)

After you’ve eaten, stick around the lodge and join us in the Tavern for some specialty holiday drinks. Or gather around for our outdoor fireplace to roast s’mores and enjoy a relaxing evening full of fireside games in our cozy Guest Lounge.

FRIDAY

Begin your day with a delicious hot breakfast, then grab lunch to go and hit the trail with family and friends for the day. Join an interpretive hike or snowshoe (weather permitting) to see the world’s largest living specimens – Giant Sequoias. Or let our guides show you Yosemite’s hidden gem, the Hetch Hetchy Valley.  You can also simply relax in the morning and join us for an afternoon hike. Check out all the guided recreation options available this holiday season here.

Arrive back at the lodge in time for your indulgent full-body massage (available throughout the weekend – reservations required), or join us for “Geode Cracking!”  Relaxed and refreshed, join us for dinner and our live band, Hunter Green!  Fireside s‘mores and stargazing are available afterwards, then join us for drinks in the Tavern!

SATURDAY

Indulge in a lazy morning and a delicious hot breakfast in our full service Restaurant. Stick around for lunch or get out and enjoy a day in Yosemite. Once again you can choose from one of our guided hikes or sightseeing tours. Whichever trip you choose, you will learn more about the history, folklore, plants and animals of Yosemite while taking in the breathtaking vistas of the postcard perfect scenery.

Return to the lodge in time for another memorable night of dining and activities. Head to the Recreation Desk to purchase your very own logoed shirt for our Fall Tie Dye Craft. Or sign up for the California Craft Beer Tasting, where you get to sit back and enjoy local libations as you learn all about the brewing history.  Follow up with dinner and a bit of relaxation fireside or in the Tavern with tasty holiday cocktail.

SUNDAY

Wake up revived and refreshed. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then sneak in one last great hike or bike trip before heading back to the real world. Or join us for lunch, relaxation, and football games in the tavern. Then hit the road, smiling all the way home as you revel in the memory of a new-found holiday tradition in the mountains.