The heart of the town of Mammoth is The Village, and this pedestrian area hosts many of the best restaurants and shops in the area. When hungry, try the family-friendly Mexican eatery Gomez Restaurant or gastropub 53 Kitchen & Cocktails. For drinjks, head to Lakanuki Tiki Bar for an apres ski Mai Tai or margarita. When the weather is warm, The Village is also the site of local festivals, live music, DJs, games and crafts, movies under the stars, and other events.
Mammoth Lakes offers exactly what you hope for in a mountain town; breathtaking scenery, excellent ski runs, cozy restaurants, and endless ways to enjoy nature. Nestled along the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Inyo National Forest, the area is directly next to Yosemite National Park and a popular destination to travel to from both Northern and Southern California; it's about 5 and a half hours from San Francisco and under five hours from Los Angeles.
Mammoth offers a vast amount of things to do year-round, perfect for nature lovers. In the summer, get out on the crystal blue lakes, mountain bike, or take advantage of the hiking and biking trails. In the fall, take in the foliage that turns the mountainside shades of orange and red. Of course, the winter months are the most popular time to visit, given the prestigious skiing available on Mammoth Mountain. Springtime brings stunning waterfalls.
All the adventures here can be fueled with a heartwarming meal or drink at the local restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, and distilleries. Mammoth maintains a small-town feel without the crowds that many ski resort towns have. It is utterly delightful.