The Creekside Inn, Our Canvas
The Canvas & Craftsmanship of the Creekside Inn
It began as a great place to spend the night on your way to somewhere else. It became a destination.
Our vision; to create a lodge, reminiscent of the West; the wild and vastness of nature and unsurpassed skies of the Eastern Sierra.
The Journey Begins
2014 Each guest room bathroom was taken down to the studs and rebuilt with tile, glass, granite and oil rubbed bronze fixtures. The light sconces appear to be a branch, growing out of the mirror.
2015 Guest rooms were also taken down to the studs and rebuilt, with new wall coverings, carpet, drapes, plush beds and comfortable furnishings one of a kind light fixtures.
2016 The tedious job of removing all the brick exterior walls and fences began, replaced with the rustic river rock and the elegance of the lodge emerged. A new roof, complimentary wood siding, beams, a magnificent Porte Cochere, rock driveway and custom signage was added.
2017 The lobby was completely transformed; the gas burning fireplace replaced with a river rock, wood burning fireplace. Rustic beams and trusses, wood tile, carpet, new couches and chairs were all added to form a cozy and inviting gathering space.
2018 Exterior brick boundary walls were converted to river rock, bridges over Bishop creek leading to the pool, hot tub and grassy park area were re-built , fire tables were added to the Creekside seating areas to extend the evenings.
2019 & 2020 We removed 3 guest rooms to create our newest addition, the Whistling Trout. A full kitchen and comfortable seating area featuring the work of local artists is added as an extension to our lobby.
2021 - Our outdoor pool and spa has been completely renovated; new plaster, tile, cove base and surrounded with all new stained cement decking. We enhanced our landscaping around the pool and added new grass, trees and native shrubs - you'll feel like you are in a mountain meadow, only with a swimming pool and hot tub!
Artists Featured at Creekside Inn
The Creekside Inn isn't just a hotel, it's our home; a place to showcase the beauty of nature surrounding us. We selected some of the finest photographers, painters and artisans from Bishop to display throughout our hotel. You'll discover art from famed photographer, Galen Rowell, local photographer Beverly Schroeder and paintings from resident Lynn Marit Peterson; encouraging you to visit or invite a fond memory. Our hand carved front desk by local wood carver, Lance Stanislaw.
It is our hope that you will enjoy the scenery inside the Creekside Inn as well as outside.
I have been fascinated by the photographic process for the past 50 years.
Photography is my medium for honoring natures beauty that has inspired me since childhood. I strive to understand and record the essence of a landscape, seascape or wild thing and historic place rather than simply capturing a pretty picture.
Lance Stanislaw is a local wood carver, specializing in creating hand carved scenes of local landscapes and wildlife.
After teaching mostly junior high school art for 26 years I finally settled down to explore watercolor. Now a devotee to the medium there is always a painting sitting before me. With an abundance of breathtaking landscape constantly changing in a never ending parade of shapes, shades and shadows, I am on inspirational overload.
“Galen Rowell was a man who went into the mountains, into the desert, to the edge of the sea, to the last great wild places in the world to be absorbed by their grace and grandeur. That is what he did for himself. For the rest of us, he shared his vision with—click—the release of a shutter, creating photographs as timeless, as stunning, and as powerful as nature itself.”
–Tom Brokaw, from the foreword of Galen Rowell: A Retrospective
We have over 50 prints of Galen Rowell throughout our Lobby and Hallways
Titles of the work displayed include:
- Mt. Humphreys
- Wild Iris at Sunrise
- Summer Dawn Beneath Mt. Humphreys
- Fall Reflections at North Lake
- Buttermilk Road
- Sunset after a Storm
- Clearing Storm, El Capitan
- Sierra Bighorn rams
- Snow on Owens Valley
- Winter Sunrise on the Easter Sierras
- Trail Crest Mt. Whitney
- Alpenglow on Mt. Whitney
- Moonrise at Sunset
- Fall Colors in Morning Mist
- Wildflowers and Mist, Tuolomne River, Yosemite
- Redwoods in the Fog