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Rush Creek Lodge opens near Yosemite National Park

Construction is ongoing at Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland, near Yosemite National Park, but the resort, seen here Thursday, July 21, 2016, held a grand opening in June.
Construction is ongoing at Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland, near Yosemite National Park, but the resort, seen here Thursday, July 21, 2016, held a grand opening in June. Special to The Bee

Doesn’t a getaway to Yosemite sound great about now? Not that we don’t have plenty to enjoy in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, but it’s been so hot lately.

I thought about that when my friend and colleague Joan Barnett Lee told me that Rush Creek Lodge in Groveland was open. I reported the construction of the lodge in a column a year and a half ago.

Though construction is ongoing, the resort held a grand opening in June.

“The rooms are gorgeous, the pool and hot tubs are open, and our recreation team is up and running with guided trips, free trip planning advice, and tons of fun activities every day around the property,” the lodge says on its website.

The restaurant and tavern also are open daily.

When complete, the lodge will have 143 rooms and a general store.

I haven’t been to Rush Creek, but several years ago, my family visited its sister property, Evergreen Lodge. A lovely place, and, of course, Yosemite is unparallelled. I think a trip to check out the new lodge is definitely in order.

For more information, go to www.rushcreeklodge.com or call 209-379-2373.


Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

A new preschool is opening in Modesto this fall. The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, Diocese of California, Mar Zaia Cathedral in Modesto, is opening Grace Academy Christian Preschool in August, according to a news release I got recently.

The academy will offer half- and full-day programs for children ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years old.

Director Carol Matzkind and her staff have more than 25 years of experience, according to the release, and previously worked for St. Paul’s school in Modesto.

“We are very thrilled to have experienced staff members directing Grace Academy,” said the Rev. Genard Lazar, parish priest. “With their direction and guidance, our preschool will thrive.”

For more information or to sign up, call Matzkind at 209-499-8280.


And finally, indoor trampoline parks continue to thrive in our area.

My colleague Thaddeus Miller at the Merced Sun-Star reported last week that Rockin’ Jump plans to open in a vacant storefront on West Main Street.

You may recall that Rockin’ Jump opened here in Modesto early last year. The location in McHenry Village apparently has been a success; when I was there on another assignment recently, I noticed a sign saying the session going on then was full.

According to Thaddeus’ story, Rockin’ Jump plans to expand from 28 locations to 40 by the end of the year.

A new trampoline park also is planned for Turlock, as I reported earlier this year. Get Air is set to open later this year. I will keep you posted.

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