Mammoth Food and Wine Experience 2013

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Each year the Mammoth Lakes Foundation throws a party to celebrate food and wine from the foodies point of view. Labeled a “seminar” but really a very big tasting of foods paired with wine, this annual event raises funds for the Foundation which supports the local schools among other charitable causes. This year it is very exciting as the event has grown in size and through dedication has become one of the most respected events in Mammoth. This year it also coincides with the week long Mammoth 4th of July activities making a 7 day spectacular vacation.

The event is Friday, July 5 -Sunday, July 7, 2013. The famous chefs giving their seminars all know each other as many have all done time with Wolfgang Pucks “Eureka” restaurant. In this year’s lineup are Jennifer Black Dea, Jody Denton, Neal Fraser, Richard Haake, Jennifer Jasinski, and now local Dan Molnar.

More importantly, 30 wineries and 120 wines make up the grand tasting. This is one event where you need an iPhone app to keep track of all this deliciousness. You’ll want to compare notes as you sip through the pinot, chardonnays, cabernets and merlots. The growing number of vintners coming to Mammoth for the event shows their commitment to making Mammoth a real center for the art, education and enjoyment of fine cuisine and wine. You can read all about the Grand Tasting Event.

Lodging & Tickets Special for Food and Wine Experience
With the help of the Foundation, City Concierge is happy to announce that we have special tickets and lodging packages for Mammoth Food and Wine when attending the festival. You will get a 5% ticket discount and a 20% discount on our lodging for those of who attend the event and get their package from us. We’ve also got specially priced tickets for the Sunday festivities in The Village on July 7. You can find out more about the discounts and even get set up to Win Tickets to Mammoth Food and Wine Experience by entering our Facebook Contest.

It is going to be a great weekend filled with fireworks, wine, parades, really good food.. with really good wine all set in the Sierra Mountains. We’ll help you with your lodging and set you up with tickets to the events for a vacation that sparkles. Give us a call 866-864-6444 today for best choices.

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EASTERN SIERRA EARNS LONELY PLANET’S 2013 TOP TEN US VACATIONS – Explore and Experience “California’s Secret Dream”

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Described as “California’s Secret Dream” by Lonely Planet travel author, Robert Reid, the Eastern Sierra made the cut for the 2013 top ten US travel destinations. Vacationers who have already experienced this unique, breathtaking part of California fully know that there is no other place like it on the planet, and why it won this coveted distinction. Those yet to explore the Eastern Sierra can trust the well-known Lonely Planet’s recommendation to deliver a travel destination guaranteed to delight with lifetime memories.

Reid writes in his recent December Lonely Planet article that the Highway 395 National Scenic Byway, running along the Eastern Sierra escarpment, is “the overlooked flank of the Sierra Nevada range, with other-worldly natural attractions and surprises (Basque culture?), not to mention far fewer visitors.”

The Lonely Planet, world-known travel experts, editors and publishers of hundreds of articles and guidebooks, annually review US travel destinations and then select that year’s top-ten winners for “travelers to add to their wish lists.” This year, the number six spot deservedly belongs to the quieter and wilder side of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Just a few of the reasons why are:

−        Over 200 miles of scenic byway threading through one-of-a-kind geological wonders

−        Towering 14,000’ granite peaks

−        Unbroken wilderness vistas with azure cloud-accented skies

−        Unique flora, fauna and landscapes – a photographer’s dream

−        Natural hot springs, cascading waterfalls, pristine fishing lakes and crystal-clear streams

−        A world-renowned ski resort with year-round activities and adventures for all ages

−        Rich cultural heritage: Gold Rush ghost towns, Native American, Basque and Japanese

−        Infinite camping, hiking, and biking opportunities, as well as famous Pacific Crest Trails

−        Great restaurants, relaxed and friendly mountain towns and even friendlier locals

Fortunately, for everyone chomping at the bit to add the Eastern Sierra to their travel itinerary, there is a vast amount of quality lodging available in Mammoth Lakes and especially the Eastern Sierra, one of the more popular year-round destinations with ample day-trip options. Campgrounds, hotels, condos, cabins and even luxury vacation homes are in abundance. Although, the Eastern Sierra still has fewer visitors than some California destinations, lodging can fill up during holidays and school vacations.

Local Mammoth Lakes lodging reservation and concierge company, City Concierge, states that “spur-of-the-moment vacation reservations are often possible in the Mammoth Sierra; however, planning and booking in advance are the best ways to ensure more and better lodging choices and available dates. That way you get to truly experience the marvels of the Eastern Sierra when and how you want to.”

The Lonely Planet is right – 2013 is the year to begin a first-hand exploration of “California’s Secret Dream.” It’s a vacation destination that draws many return visits, always offering something new to experience. No matter what the varied tastes of each traveler and with more generous choices of sights to see and activities to do than is possible in a single visit, boredom will never be an issue on the “wilder side of California.”

Soaking in a Hot Spring

Hot Creek in Mammoth

Overview before descending down to Hot Creek

How comforting is it to sit outside in the cold and soak in a hot tub!  We’re not talking about a traditional “jacuzzi” kind of hot tub, but a hot spring .  Close to Mammoth you will find pockets of waters bubbling to the surface. You can usually see the steam rising on a cold night.   One of the more famous locations is  Hot Creek near Mammoth over by the airport.

Hot Creek in Mammoth  is home to a large amount of geothermal activity and Hot Creek is actually a cold creek that is warmed as it mixes with water that is heated by the lava / earth that is under the Eastern Sierra. Boiling hot springs, fumaroles and geysers are found here.  Some of these pump hot water into the water flowing down from Mammoth Creek warming the water into what is called Hot Creek. Swimming is officially not advised but the many soakers will tell you, “come on in, the waters fine”,  and it is. What makes Hot Creek so spectacular is the view, and the way the water mixes. Melted snow and ice fall into cracks which is heated by the earth. It bubbles up boiling hot in the ponds and mixes with  melted snow somehow making the temperature just right for a soak.  Now don’t get too excited and grab your bathing suit and start driving.  Hot Creek isn’t always open.  It was shut down when the water starting mixing at the wrong amounts and the hot water was just too hot.  It also started “geyser” like flowing and shooting straight into the air like “old faithful”.  The forest service controls this so you should check with them before you go to soak. There are signs telling you not to swim, and especially not to suck down the water as it is full of sulphur.  Even the smell may be a bit overwhelming, but the locals will all tell you, it is one beautiful place.

Located, three miles south of Mammoth Junction on US 395 and three miles east of the airport (the last 1.5 miles is unpaved). You take the Airport Road and drive past the Hot Creek Fish Hatchery. Hot Creek is a phenomenon of live hot springs and fumaroles (gas vents) that heat a cold mountain stream. Parking lot and restrooms. Open sunrise to sunset; no charge.

My 2 cents. – If it is open, you have to go for a soak.  Bring your own everything especially towels, bathrobe, shoes. Please leave glass bottles  and cans at home.  When the glass breaks it ruins the party for everyone as everyone is walking barefoot. It is really disgusting to see people chuck their beer cans into this beautiful environment.

Rolling in the snow!  Somehow soaking in a jacuzzi or hot tub and hoping out and rolling in the snow seems to be a phenomenon that everyone has to try once.  It won’t kill you, but be advised it burns like hell!  It is almost laughable when people come to visit  and they hop out of their Mammoth lodging jacuzzi and roll around or make a snow angel.  It stings.  On the other hand, some people like it.  Go figure.

Tell us what your experience has been like and where you like to go soak.

Welcome to Mammoth Lakes California

Mining is what started it all. Deep in the Eastern Sierra the mountains had kept away many until 1858 when gold and silver were discovered in the Comstock Lode. Soon minters from Lake Tahoe had invaded the area searching for their lucky strike. The Mammoth Mining Company was born and for ten years Mammoth was a boom town. It stayed pretty much the same until 1937 when a real highway was built and Dave McCoy discovered something about Mammoth that only the previous residents knew. It had great water.

Today Mammoth Lakes California is a thriving resort town filled with fishing, hiking and mountain biking in summer and world class skiing and snowboarding in winter.  Boasting the longest ski season of any United States resort, Mammoth Mountain is generally open from mid November through May and often till 4th of July.  It is a great place to visit, better place live and one of the most beautiful on earth.