Lodging at Taos
- Incredible beauty. Taos Ski Valley feels really remote and unspoiled, situated approximately 15 miles up a mountain valley that is almost completely uninhabited. When you arrive, you just know there won’t be any crowds.
- No lift lines! Taos is a good distance from any major city or airport and there aren’t that many locals in the area. Even during the Christmas Holidays, the longest lift line anybody can remember was only a 4 minute wait.
- Something for everybody. When arriving in the base village, the first thing you notice about the ski mountain is that it looks very steep. Actually, what you are seeing is only 15% of the ski-able terrain. There are lots of easier runs and every lift accesses at least one blue run. So don’t freak out. Even beginner and intermediate skiers have a great time in Taos.
- Breakfast burritos. OK, I probably wouldn’t eat a breakfast burrito every day of my life but they sure are tasty. Check out Abe’s Cantina y Cocina in Arroyo Seco (just down the road from the Taos Ski Valley) for an awesome burrito.
- Après Ski. The coolest place to put a cap on the ski day is the Bavarian Lodge at the base of lift 4. Their deck is a great spot to have one of their German beers while looking up at Kachina Peak. Don’t overdo it on the beers because you still have to ski down the Rubezahl trail, back to the base area.
- History. Take time to visit the 1,000 year old Taos Pueblo. Just outside of the town of Taos, the Pueblo is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States.
- Natural food. Check out Aceq in Arroyo Seco. They offer a wide variety of farm-to-table dishes made from fresh local produce. The lamb ribs were the best I have ever had. A great place to have dinner but make sure you reserve ahead of time.
- Small base area. One of the best things about the Taos Ski Valley is that the base village is small enough that, no matter where you stay, you are only short distance from a ski lift. If you are staying in the village, you won’t need a shuttle or car to get around.
Beautiful Rugged Mountains of Taos
The easiest way to get to Taos is to fly to Santa Fe or Albuquerque, then drive. Santa Fe to Taos takes about one hour; Albuquerque to Taos takes about 2 hours. You will be rewarded with some beautiful scenery, excellent skiing, friendly locals, tasty margaritas and absolutely no lift lines. Just remember to go easy on the breakfast burritos!
Destination Expert, Ray Polglaze
Posted in New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Travel, Ski Vacations, Taos
Tagged Abe's, Aceq, Arroyo Seco, Bavarian Lodge, Christmas Holiday, Kachina Peak, lift lines, Rubezahl, Taos, Taos New Mexico, Taos Pueblo, Taos Ski Valley
Delicious dining at Mammoth
There are a lot of restaurants in Mammoth Lakes I would recommend.
My favorite would be The Lakefront Restaurant near Tamarack lodge. When you pull into the parking lot you will see an amazing lake and mountain view. The restaurant is very small so I would highly recommend making dinner reservations. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and assisted us when we had questions. The menu included Gluten free items which was a nice touch. At the end of our meal Chef Brown thanked us for dining at the restaurant. After the meal we talked with the waitress and Chef Brown and learned we narrowly misses a bear that visited the restaurant earlier. I would highly recommend dining at this restaurant and sure to dine there on my next visit Mammoth Lakes.
Rafters would be my favorite breakfast spot. They have some unique breakfast items like Blackberry multi-grain pancakes and smoked duck egg Benedict. The service was fast and very pleasant.
We had a really good meal at Gomez’s Mexican Restaurant. This restaurant is located at the Village plaza. The restaurant is kid-friendly with an outside sandbox on the patio. Service was attentive and speedy. The restaurant has 400 Tequila’s to choose from and I’m not joking. We had the house margarita which was perfect. The salsa was great. I would recommend putting some of their house chipotle sauce into salsa. Overall this was a great place to stop for dinner and the price will not break the bank.
Destination Expert, Brenda Whitlock
We found our first bear.
Don’t feed the bears. However, part of the adventure in Mammoth must include searching for one of the 48 black bears that live in and around town. Driving around from dumpster to dumpster after 11 pm can be as exciting as a haunted house.
The bears originally had a refuge in the golf course where they still sleep in the tunnels under the course. Once they awake they begin their search for food and will usually follow the same path each night. They will attempt to open a dumpster hoping that a tourist has left the dumpster unlocked. They are not known to be aggressive and will disappear in seconds if they notice you around.
Make sure and check out Animal Planet’s TV series The Bear Whisperer
with local bear expert Steve Searles before you visit.
My Mammoth Bear
When our group was there we located a large bear at the resort maintenance shed. We had been searching over 30 dumpsters and were shocked when we turned on our lights and saw a big bear looking back at us. The picture above is the best shot I could get. =(
I really enjoyed Mammoth Lakes
. There were so many summertime activities to keep me busy for at least a week.
Beautiful Mammoth Mountain
Mammoth Mountain is fantastic. Like most things California, it is beyond spectacular! Have you ever had a dream where you find yourself hiking along a rocky mountain in rugged, pine-covered wilderness completely alone and at one with nature? I have and that is what Mammoth Mountain reminds me of. The scent of the pines on the fresh, crisp breeze makes the scenic view from the mountain top especially fulfilling. In the winter, I can easily imagine the amazing skiing Mammoth provides from these peaks. It would make for some spectacular runs.
Down below, the village wraps around the ski resort, so it almost doesn’t matter where you stay because you are, at most, a short shuttle ride from a gondola. I love that kind of convenience.
There are many tasty places in the village to calm a hungry gut but my favorite place to eat at is Gomez’s Restaurant. It is Mexican food that aims to please. They make some mouth-watering special sauces that bring you back time and again. Gomez Restaurant is located in the newer part of the village, so after dinner and drinks you can stroll around the village to shop and play at the many activates that are set out for your entertainment.
Destination Expert Patrick Young
I recently drove into Telluride late on a Wednesday night looking for our lodging at Tramontana condos. After an easy drive into Mountain Village I opened the door to an absolutely gorgeous four bedroom unit. How many different ways can you say stunning? Since it was late in the evening and my party was starving, we decided to explore the condo later and search for dining options in downtown Telluride. The walk from the unit to the free gondola was easy and fast. In no time at all we were on the gondola for the ride of a lifetime. If you have never been on the gondola from Mountain Village to Telluride you simply must see what you are missing.
Mountain Lodge in Telluride
The next day we had a moment to savor our surroundings and our elegant accommodations. Each of 4 bedrooms were spacious and well furnished. Bathrooms were all equally appointed and comfortable with every amenity imaginable. The kitchen, dining room and living room were all contained in a comfortable, open-floor plan design with windows on three sides that brought in an abundance of natural light and stunning views. The living and dining area opened to a huge patio complete with a steaming, private hot tub. I couldn’t wait to start my day of outdoor activities. I already knew how I would end my day. Soaking in that inviting hot tub!
Destination Expert, Nancy Bachtel
Sun Valley Sleigh Rides
A must do if you are coming to Sun Valley this winter is the sleigh ride dinner! These are traditional horse drawn sleigh rides out to Trail Creek Cabin, a secluded restaurant and former hunting lodge frequented by Ernest Hemingway. The ride starts and ends at the Sun Valley Inn, so be sure to get there a few minutes early and grab a delicious cup of hot cocoa for the ride. The sleigh ride takes you down along the creek through snow-covered fields and takes about 30 minutes to get to the cabin, which is tucked in the forest just outside the Sun Valley Resort. You will enjoy a fabulous dinner in a very quaint and rustic setting in the historic cabin (circa 1937) on trail creek. After your meal is complete, enjoy a relaxing ride back to the resort. It’s truly something you do not want to miss!
Destination Expert, Mike Lee
It is the first weekend of August and it has been one of the hottest summers on record. The family is cranky and tired of the heat. I had better think of a way to cool us off….
What better way to cool off than a relaxing night in Park City!
I took the family to Silver Star – One of Park City’s finest accommodations! A dip in the pool and a gourmet meal prepared with the condo’s Viking appliances turned everyone’s frowns upside down!
The next day, we took the shuttle to the Park City Arts Festival. The shuttle stop is conveniently located in front of Silver Star and it only took 5 minutes to get to the festival. Park City’s Arts Festival is a wonderful mixture of art, music, food and kids’ activities.
After the weekend, the whole family was happy and refreshed!
Face Painting at the Park City Arts Festival
Destination Expert, Cameron Nash
The Village at Mammoth
Being a “Family Guy”, I was curious to see which properties in Mammoth would be most accommodating for a family vacation. For a summer trip I highly recommend the Mammoth Mountain Inn. It is located at the base of the Panorama gondola, adjacent to the bike park and adventure center. It offers easy access to all mountain amenities, and has a swimming pool as well. There is bus stop outside the hotel which takes you to hiking in the Devil’s Postpile National Monument, and you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park from the same stop.
For winter trips I recommend the Juniper Springs Lodge. It is a true ski in/out property located next to the Eagle Express Lift. It has an excellent pool area, and ski school and rentals are available at the lodge. It has a 24 hour front desk with all hotel amenities available. If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of town this is a great location.
I also recommend the Village Lodge for both summer and winter. The Village is the center of shopping and dining in Mammoth. This would be a great destination if you have any non-skiers in your group. It offers mountain access at the Canyon Lodge by way of the Village gondola. If you like to be in the center of the action, this is the spot for you!
Destination Expert, Mark Schumacher
Posted in California, Family Travel, Mammoth Lakes, Outdoor Activities, Ski Vacations, Uncategorized
Tagged Devil's Postpile National Monument, Eagle Express Lift, family travel, family vacations, hiking Mammoth, Juniper Springs Lodge, Mammoth, Mammoth California, Mammoth Canyon Lodge, Mammoth Mountain Inn, Mammoth Village Lodge, Yosemite National Park
Beautiful Mammoth Lake
Located in the High Sierras of California, Mammoth Lakes is a wonderful summer vacation destination. When staying in Mammoth Lakes, you are near several state and national parks including my personal favorite, Yosemite. With more hiking, biking, boating and fishing than one person can fit into a weekend, finding the perfect accommodation is important in order to provide the easiest access to your desired activities.
For those looking for the easiest access to mountain biking and hiking to such places as the Devil’s Postpile National Monument, I would recommend staying near the Main Lodge at the Mammoth Mountain Inn. From this location you have easy access to the lifts and buses that provide access to amazing hiking and biking trails.
For those looking for a relaxing weekend near one of the sparkling lakes for fishing or sun bathing, I highly recommend staying in a cabin at the Tamarack Lodge and Resort. The Tamarack provides a wonderful atmosphere. The cabins are nestled in the woods near Twin Lakes and Lake Mary – the area is absolutely beautiful! – but don’t take my word for it. Take a look for yourself!
Destination Expect, Cameron Nash
Posted in California, Commentary, Family Travel, Mammoth Lakes, Mountain Activities, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Travel, Ski Vacations, Uncategorized
Tagged Devil's Postpile National Monument, Lake Mary, Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain Inn, Tamarack Lodge, Twin Lakes, Yosemite