A local's guide to: Mammoth Lakes, California

This spot in California is great for enjoying all year round.

Located in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, Mammoth Lakes is well-known for it's snow sports in the winter and for scenic hikes and mountain biking in the summer. 

As Mammoth Lakes is a great spot to venture any time of the year, we talk to Michael Vanderhurst, Director of International Mammoth Lakes Tourism, and resident to give us the inside scoop on the best places to stay, eat and what to do. 

Where to stay

"The Westin is hard to beat for a great, luxury property with an amazing location. In the winter, it’s at the base of one of Mammoth Mountain’s ski gondolas, so easy access to the snow."



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"For something very unique to California, the cabins at Tamarack Lodge is a gerat option. Here, there are 38 individual cabins (1,2 and 3 bedroom options) on the the shores of one of the best trout fishing lakes in the state. You’re almost guaranteed to see bear from your private deck in the summer."



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What to do

"In the town of Mammoth Lakes, you’ve got to ride the Mammoth Mega Zip, the fastest zipline in the USA, with the most vertical descent.

"For a more relaxing experience, rent a e-bike (electric bike) and explore the Mammoth Lakes basin. The seven lakes are surrounded by a paved bike trail, and the views are to die for.

"Bodie State Park is just a one-hour drive away and is a must-visit. It’s the official ghost town of California, and it as authentic as it gets... no actors, no keychain shops, no ice cream parlours, just an abandoned town frozen in time from the 1800’s."

Where to eat

"Gomez is a great spot for Mexican food and is always a hit. The adults can try one of 500 varieties of tequila they serve, while the kids play in the outdoor sandbox built into their patio.

"For those looking for an elegant 'date night' experience, try Petra’s at the Alpenhof. A great seasonal menu that specialises in local fish and game, accompanied by the best wine list in the Eastern Sierra’s - no need to dress up too much, as Mammoth Lakes is a blue jeans type of town."



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For more information check out Visit Mammoth

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