I often get asked where to eat and what else there is to do in town. Below are some of my recommendations for your visit to Mammoth Lakes.
For those looking for a nice, delicious dinner out I recommend Petra's and Nevados, both offer happy hour specials.
You may find a lot of the restaurants in town to be on the pricier side. If you are looking for cheaper options, I would suggest Robertos or Gomez's (Mexican food), Base Camp Cafe, Side Door, Smokeyard, Lakanuki and Clocktower. Another option is to hit the happy hour scene, and most of these places do happy hour as well.
Happy Hour hours vary by restaurant but are usually sometime between 3-7pm. I really like Austria Hof (bacon wrapped shrimp with tomato and goat cheese tower), Slocum's ($4 burger and Fresca's), and Mammoth Tavern (Croquettes and Moscow Mules).
For Healthier options, try Lynne's Garden of Eat'n and Stellar Brew. Also, new to town is the Food Cache located below the old Shogun restaurant. Also, Sierra Sundance Whole Foods offers grab and go options and next door you can get healthier pizza slice choices from Z Pizza.
Nik and Willie's does great sandwiches and pizzas and John's Pizza has a great bar food selection, as well as Giovanni's Pizza. Pita Pit in the Village is another great sandwich and salad option.
Our new bowling alley is a great addition to town. Bowling, ping pong, darts and virtual golf along with great food and cocktail service make this a great place for the whole family.
We have a mini golf course and ice skating rink (which is a roller rink in the summer).
The mountain has a sledding hill or you can buy your own sled and hit up some local spots.
The library has lots of events, especially for the kids.
Snowcreek Athletic Club has swimming (indoor, and outdoor in summer), tennis (summer), racquetball, basketball, yoga, a trampoline room, etc.
The Bistro at Snowcreek and Rafters occasionally offer live music.
Most locals start off at Clocktower (which closes around 11) or Nevados.
Lakanuki provides late night DJ music. Lakanuki does other events midweek, like karaoke night and trivia night.
Obviously there is the mountain, but don't forget June Mountain, Mammoth's sister resort only 25 minutes away. And now June Lake Brewery has made it even more worth the drive! Your daily lift ticket to Mammoth is good at June too (so you can ski both in the same day) and children 12 and under ski free at June! And sometimes when the weather is not so great here, it is sunny and nice out there-well worth the drive. But you should also check out Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing, especially up to the Lakes Basin. There are full moon dinner tours available as well. You can also get snowmobile rentals from both the mountain and out at Smokey Bear Flats-super fun. Also check out dog sledding adventures. The road to Bodie Ghost Town is closed if there is snow, but the park is open. You can cross country ski or snowmobile out to it. You can also take a break and drive out to the natural hot springs tubs or drive the 40 minutes to Bishop for golf, climbing or swimming at Keough's Hot Springs pool.
Almost any local will tell you that summers are the best here. We are 45 minutes to the gate at Yosemite. A must do during summer is a meal at the Mobil Mart overlooking Mono Lake, preferably on Thursday nights when there is live music. A trip to Bodie Ghost Town and Mono Lake are advisable as well as a drive around June Lake. Another music scene is Saturday evenings at East Side Bake Shop in McGee Creek-just 15 minutes outside of Mammoth. There is of course, hiking, camping, fishing, climbing, boating, SUPing, kayaking, golfing, horseback riding, mountain/road/moto biking, birding, floating, or attending one of our events or races. Every weekend offers an event, either paid or free admission. We also have several running and biking races as well as art festivals.
WHERE TO STAY:
This is tough. Just remember that prices are going to be higher on holidays and weekends in the winter. Summer rates are much lower and spring and fall have amazing deals. You can find rentals through local reservation companies and on VRBO and such sites.
If you want to stay with easy access to the mountain, Juniper, The Westin, The Village, Alpen-hof, Austria Hof and The Mammoth Mountain Inn offer the best options when the mountain is fully operational. Some of these accommodations will require driving if the mountain is only partially open. There are also great condo rentals near the slopes. Our bus system is free so it's not a big deal to stay elsewhere in town, except occasionally during high peak times when the buses can get full. The Mammoth Creek Inn is a great option as they also have shuttle service.
For cheaper options there is the Motel 6, Econolodge, and Travelodge. There is also a Best Western and a Quality Inn.
Lots of price options for condos as some of them are older and some are newer or have been upgraded.