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
Stunning Mountains around Mammoth
Mammoth Lakes, CA is home to boundless activities and recreation for all types of travelers. Whether you’re planning for a weekend trip with your best buddies or for a family vacation, there is something for everyone in Mammoth.
In the summer you can explore hiking, biking, fishing, boating and camping within the more than 2 million acres of National Forest lands that surround Mammoth. For the adventurous, at the Main Lodge you will also find zip lining, rock climbing and super bungee trampolines. The town of Mammoth is also home to several music festivals including the Bluesapalooza, which showcases the best craft breweries and blues performers in the country!
Mammoth Lakes is also known for winter adventures that will accommodate the most ardent skiers to the newest of winter lovers. On more than 3,500 acres of ski-able terrain you will find amazing powder and one of the longest ski seasons anywhere. Mammoth also offers cross country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing and snow play.
Mammoth Lakes is a great place! Here are the top 3 things to know for your next visit.
- Mammoth has something for everyone – Bring the whole family!
- There are bears. Keep your eyes peeled during the summer months to catch a glimpse of one of these impressive creatures. But don’t try to feed them!
- The elevation is high – The Main Lodge is almost 9 thousand feet. Drink plenty of water and stay rested in order to avoid altitude sickness.
Destination Expect, Cameron Nash
A highlight of my Mammoth trip was a visit to the tasting room at the Mammoth Brewing Company. After a day of hiking we headed to there to quench our thirst. We ordered a tasting flight which included six 2 oz servings of beer. My favorites were the Epic IPA and Devils Post Pale Ale. The staff was extremely knowledgeable about their products and it was fun to try all of their flavors. All beer lovers should put this on their Mammoth “to do” list!
Posted in California, Commentary, Fall activities, Mammoth Lakes, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged beer lovers, Devils Post Pale Ale, Epic IPA, hiking Mammoth, Mammoth, Mammoth Brewing Company, Mammoth California
Crested Butte Wildflowers
What a perfect time it is in Crested Butte right now. The Wildflower Festival is right around the corner, the biking is awesome, and the flowers are arriving as we speak! There is so much to do during the month of July. Next weekend is Bluegrass in Paradise (July 6 and 7), with Drew Emmitt and Sam Bush each headlining one of the days. Then the 2013 Crested Butte Wildflower Festival kicks off July 8th to the 14th. Come take some guided hiking tours and photography tours. Don’t forget that there is free live music every Monday in Town Park and every Wednesday at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Give us a call and make your reservation today!
Mountain Reservations, Destination Expert
Crested Butte, CO
Crested Butte Wildflowers
Zermatt Hotel in Heber, UT
With Memorial Day fast approaching you may be trying to decide where to have some fun this weekend. Homestead and Zermatt are both celebrating with a variety of events and opportunities to head out of town. The weekend is kicking off with a Cajun dinner at Z’s Steak and Chop House at Zermatt. A variety of New Orleans flavored dishes will be served alongside of one of my favorites, the Chateaubriand. Advance reservations are required and wine pairings are also available.
On Saturday the Homestead resort will host the 2nd Annual Crawfish Festival with authentic crawfish boil and blue crab with drawn butter. They will also be having live New Orleans-style music. The event is free to the public, with food and drink charges if you decide to eat. The crawfish boil is $25.00 for adults and $12.00 for ages 6-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance on their Facebook page at Facebook.com/HomesteadResortUT. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event.
The Homestead also has a summer concert series with a mix of Bluegrass, Country, Contemporary Pop and Folk music. Picnic dinners are available for pre-order and on other concessions are available on-site. If you want to make an evening of it, summer concert room packages include a guest room, picnic blanket and dinner at the concert. Grab a handsome gal or guy and enjoy these free events.
Click here for lodging options at either Homestead or Zermatt.
I recently stayed at the Park City Peaks Hotel in Park City, Utah. The Park City Peaks Hotel is the epitome of relaxation with a variety of features and benefits. The Peaks Hotel is often referred to as “The Best Deal in Park City”, and I would wholeheartedly agree with that statement. It is family owned and known for its friendly service and charming ambiance. It continues to provide a perfect setting for a relaxing stay.
My expectations for the Park City Peaks Hotel were definitely exceeded. My room was very nice, spacious, and made me feel right at home. In addition to a great room, the accommodations were also wonderful, including an excellent breakfast! The hotel is also just minutes away from Park City Main Street, as well as the ski resorts. The prime location was just one of many things I enjoyed about my stay.
Overall, the service was great, as were the amenities. Some of the amenities included: a heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, restaurants, bar, and a lot of in-room extras such as Wi-Fi, an in-room safe, and a coffeemaker. I would definitely recommend this hotel to people that want a location away from the hustle and bustle of the city life at an affordable cost.
- Tyler Teran