- Mammoth Brewing Company94 Berner St, Unit B, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546recommended Mammoth Brewing CompanyIf you love great beer and don't care too much about atmosphere-this is the place to go! Last time I went they offered free beer tastings and were extremely helpful and knowledgable. They guy that ... read morehelped us chatted about how they brewed the different beers and was always willing to pour an extra sample... the 395 IPA is the best IPA I've ever had (and I don't always dig IPAs) If you want something rich and wintery go for the Double Nut! It is fantastic! I always buy a case when I go...It might be different now, but last time I checked thier beer is only sold in Mammoth. YUM!.Comment.over 2 years ago. Report
recommended Tioga PassTioga Pass is named after Tioga Mine, whose name originated in New York: "Tioga" is named for an Iroquois and Mohawk term meaning "where it forks". It is the highest highway pass in California and in ... read morethe Sierra Nevada. The pass is subject to winter closure, due to high snowfall, normally from around the end of October until the end of May the following year, though these dates are subject to considerable variation. Driving East on Highway 120 down the Tioga Pass is gorgeous and scary. It was white knuckle time most of the way down and I would have loved to go back up and do it again! But then there's Mono Lake to the Left and June Lake/Mammoth to the Right, and a whole new set of stunning scenery to explore.Eric Brink
Come in through Yosemite!
- Manzanar National Historic Site5001 Highway 395, Independence, CA 93526recommended Manzanar National Historic SiteManzanar is a must stop if you're within a hundred miles (or so) of this place. My stepdaughter and I stopped here a while back on the way from Death Valley, the picture book by Ansel Adams is usually ... read moreclose at hand, and the image of the cemetery monument still sticks in my head. We also know Japanese families who were forced to live in this political concentration camp during WWII because of who they were. And Once you've been here, you won't and shouldn't forget this Constitutional travesty that our society allowed to happen. Like my previous visit to Dachau, the interpretive center is nice, but not critical for the experience. Most of the structures are gone, but there's something about this barren, windswept, and scenic air that helps you still hear, smell, and feel what happened here. We enjoyed quietly walking around, breathing their air, and imagining what was......Eric Brink
It's over an hour away from where you're staying, but I'm big on History and mistakes when people are treated as "The Other"
- Bodie State Historic ParkUS 395, Bridgeport, CA 93517recommended Bodie State Historic ParkAs a Bay Area resident, a trip to the Eastern Sierra is long and difficult, especially in the winter when the mountain passes are closed. My favourite summer route is through Yosemite to Lee Vining ... read morefor Mono Lake (and the Committee) and then up to Bodie to see one of the best ghost towns ever. The road to Bodie is rough, the wind and dust may guide or impede your path, be prepared for both hot and cold, and you're on your own for food. However, it's so worth the trip to see this sort of history preserved and presented in real life. And as far as the California State Parks go, Bodie is sort of the Ying to Hearst Castle's Yang. My favourite memory is taking my parent there and taking their picture in front of the Bodie church while they're holding hands. And even after 50+ years of marriage, they still look like a lovely couple!Eric Brink
Neat Ghost Town
recommended Mono Lake Tufa State ReserveMono Lake is surreal and gorgeous, and every time I'm in Nevada or anywhere near Yosemite I plot my future return. The tufas draws me in like Kubrick's Obelisk, and I swear that I hear whispers that ... read morethe Lake's Island isn't done with me yet.....Eric Brink
I love this place!
recommended June LakeMy parents and I stayed in June Lake and enjoyed the cool scenery of the Loop Road. It's only about 12 miles from Lee Vining and some consider it to be a bedroom community for Mammoth workers and many ... read moresecond homes. It's also known as a quaint resort community with an authentic hometown atmosphere. Since the community is built on hills and meadows in this sub alpine valley surrounded by high mountain peaks, it has been dubbed the "Switzerland of California." This is also a great place for fishing, camping, hiking, and backpacking. Bring your Camera!Eric Brink
Pretty loop drive.
- Devil's Postpile National MonumentMammoth Lakes, CArecommended Devil's Postpile National MonumentWhen you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, seeing the Eastern Sierra sometimes seems unattainable. That's especially so in the Winter when all the passes are usually closed and the best and longest ... read moreway is sometimes to go to Reno and then drive South. In the Summer or at least after the snow clears, driving access is easier, albeit long. Some time ago, my parents came to town and we did one of our "famous" driving trips. We went to Yosemite, continued on through the Tioga Pass, and began our exploration of the Eastern Sierra from a motel at June Lake. We eventually continued onto Mono Lake, Bodie and points North, but before we did we went to Mammoth and explored Devil's Postpile National Monument. Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry. Please note that you have to take the Reds Meadow Shuttle into the park and then walk in further. This reduces the number of vehicles entering the Valley and helps keep the area more pristine. The formation is gorgeous, but you can get yourself killed if you're inclined to climb where you shouldn't. And for some odd reason, there's a little microclimate here that makes this place a little chilly, considering how hot it was when we started out. The added hike to Rainbow Falls is also worth your effort.Eric Brink
Hop the bus at Mammoth. Really cool site.
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Thanks David, I just booked there
- Mammoth Mountain1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546recommended Mammoth Mountain
- Westin Monache Resort Mammoth50 Hillside Drive, PO Box 388, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
- Tioga Gas Mart (The Whoa Nellie Deli)22 Vista Point Dr, Lee Vining, CA 93541recommended Tioga Gas Mart (The Whoa Nellie Deli)A five-star review of a gas station? Oh, yes. Yes, I did. If you are heading to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite or anywhere in Nevada that leads you up Highway 395 near Lee Vining/Mono Lake, save up your ... read moreappetite for lunch or dinner. Near the back entrance of Yosemite is this non-descript-looking Chevron station that most unaware visitors simply pass, or stop for gas. But inside (and on the back patio) is the world's greatest gas station restaurant. I had some of the best fish tacos in my life here, and their buffalo meatloaf has spawned ten thousand fans. During the summer, local bands play during the day on the back patio and diners enjoy the high altitude sun.Alex
If you're anywhere near here, you must stop!
- Vino Piazza12470 Locke Road, Lockeford, CA 95237recommended Vino PiazzaCalifornia has more wine regions that just Napa and Sonoma, but perhaps none are more surprising than Lodi. Between Sacramento and Tahoe is this Mediterranean take on a winery mini-mall. The beautiful ... read moreoranges, reds and earth tones blend well with the wrought iron and giant wood doors of this 1940s distillery-turned-wine plaza. About two miles from Highway 99 and five miles from I-5, follow the signs to Highway 12/88 and Lockewood. There are a handful of wineries here that do tastings, but the architecture alone is worth a visit.Alex
It's a bit north of Highway 4, but if you like wine, it's well worth it!
- Angel's Restaurant20 Sierra Blvd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546