You may want to schedule several years’ vacations in Mammoth Lake, once you discover the gorgeous scenery and lodging available. Where to begin? Strap on your skis and make your way to the Juniper Springs Resort. This was recently ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top resort destinations. This ski-in, ski-out haven boasts beautiful studio condos and three-bedroom townhouses. You’ll love to get back into the Daily Grind once you’ve tasted their rich coffee and the delightful selection of treats. Don’t forget to attend the daily Barbecue at the Talon’s restaurant, or to take advantage of the rental shops for ski and snowboarding gear.
Hop onto the night shuttle and take a starlit ride up to the Mammoth Mountain Inn. For early risers the inn features a brilliant sunrise for your enjoyment before you sit down to breakfast at the Yodler Restaurant or the Mountainside Grill. Three buildings comprise the Mammoth Mountain Inn and these are divided into condos and suites. Snugly situated within easy reach of the slopes, you can head on up the hill of your choice and send the snow spraying on your way down. Afterward, retire to the Dry Creek Bar, or step back on the shuttle for a night of shopping, dining or sightseeing.
Feel a yearning for a little taste of Germany at the foot of Mammoth Mountain? Make reservations at the Austria Hof Lodge. Take the edge off of your appetite in the Alpine Restaurant, with a menu adding just the right touch with its unique German entrees. After dinner, take stock of the options provided for your entertainment. In winter you can hop on one of the 30+ chair lifts and choose a hill that corresponds with your ability on the slopes. In the summer their are an array of activities to choose from. Golfing, fishing, hiking, boating and horseback riding are within easy reach of the Lodge. Be sure you are back in time for happy hour each day in the Cellar Bar. Then hop on the Gondola to soak up the nightlife in the village or simply dissolve in the jacuzzi under the mountain sky.
If you are not a skier, or simply like to meander through the streets, Take a room at the Alpenhof Lodge. You may choose from elegantly simple lodge rooms to deluxe rooms where you can toast your toes (or marshmallows) before the fireplace. For the more independent traveler, there are cottages complete with a full kitchenette and privacy all the way ’round. Whichever mode of lodging you decide on you must visit the Clocktower Cellar Pub and the Petras Wine Bar and Bistro – you will not even have to leave the property. The Alpenhof Lodge prides itself on maintaining a European flavor right in the center of the beautiful town of Mammoth Lakes.
If you need the great outdoors to stretch out in, I mean really stretch out in, you will want to spread your wings at the Mammoth Creek Inn. This borders on National Forest Service land, giving you an unforgettable view of the beautiful Mammoth Mountains. One specialty service the Inn provides is the pet-friendly rooms for those who couldn’t leave their four-footed loved ones behind. Tromp through the mountains on your snowshoes or criss-cross the trails on your cross country skis in the winter. Joggers and bike riders will not be disappointed if they visit in the good old summertime; within minutes you can be at the trails and on your way. The shuttle is waiting on schedule for you if you desire to hit the hot spots in town, head for the green or check out the shops for your gifts and souvenirs.
Mammoth Lakes is also proud to offer you accommodations that feel like home, such as the Holiday Inn, Travelodge, Quality Inn, Econolodge and Motel Six. These quality lodgings give you quick access to the shops, lakes and nightclubs and are a reasonable choice for those who would like to enjoy the lakes and mountains but keep within easy reach of town life. The experiences are so many and so varied that you will want to return again and again to take every opportunity available to you. Happy skiing, hiking, dining and shopping! I know we’ll see you there!