Colorado’s National Parks | Part 2

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is not just a national park; it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Colorado’s southwestern corner, the park encompasses about 5,000 archeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings. The dwellings, built by Pueblo Indians and dating from 600 to 1300 AD, offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. You can tour four cliff dwellings on foot, or take the Mesa Top Loop Road, a six-mile route with multiple overlooks.

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Where to stay: Far View Lodge, located inside the park. Book the Cities of Sandstone Package to enhance your Mesa Verde visit. In addition to a two-night stay, you’ll get two tickets for the 700 Years tour, a 4-hour guided outing that explores archaeological sites and Cliff Palace.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Travel north for the last stop on your national park tour, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The canyon, which features steep, black cliffs upwards of 2,700 feet high, was formed over two million years by the Gunnison River. The park has hiking options that vary in length and difficulty – we like the Cedar Point Natural Trail, a short, easy route that has two overlooks of the river from 2,000 feet up and a view of the Painted Wall, Colorado’s tallest cliff.

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Where to stay: Stay Wise Inns Montrose, just a short drive from the park. In addition to comfortable rooms and complimentary breakfast, the hotel is hosting a “Warm Welcome” this summer with free create-your-own Italian sodas. Book their Mid-Week ‘Hookey’ Special for a special rate Monday through Thursday.

Colorado’s National Parks | Part 1

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Colorado’s four national parks showcase the state’s natural beauty and history in their own unique way. Experience them all on a national park tour through the state!

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado’s most well-known, has 415 square miles of forests, meadows, lakes, and streams that afford endless opportunities for outdoor activities. More than 300 miles of trails make the park great for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, while pristine waters are perfect for fishing, kayaking, and river rafting. You can also take a few scenic drives – the 48-mile Trail Ridge Road has views of the Rockies and the Great Plains.

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Where to stay: The Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King got his inspiration for The Shining. The historic hotel, only a short distance from the park, is stately and charming. With the Rocky Mountain National Park Package, you’ll get a weeklong pass to the park.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Head south to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, where you’ll see the tallest sand dunes in North America. By day, you can sand sled or sandboard down the dunes, then cool off in Medano Creek. By night, the area is great for stargazing. After you experience the park itself, drive a short distance to Zapata Falls for incredible views of the dunes as well as a 20-ft waterfall.

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Where to stay: Zapata Ranch offers ranch vacations that allow guests to truly experience the surrounding natural area. Enjoy gourmet food, comfortable accommodations, and adventures like horseback riding, overnight trips, geology tours, and wildlife watching. Their All-Inclusive package includes lodging, meals, and activities.

 

 

 

 

See the Sights in Colorado Springs | Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado Springs and its surrounding area are full of breathtaking sights – waterfalls, summit views, and gorgeous red rock towers are just some of the things you’ll want to explore. Here’s how to craft a Colorado Springs getaway full of adventure, beauty, and relaxation.

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The Broadmoor

Stay at The Broadmoor, a luxury resort just outside of Colorado Springs with endless activities and amenities. You can relax in a traditional room or suite, or splurge on a cottage or brownstone with extra features like gourmet kitchens, outdoor fireplaces and verandas, and even wine cellars. At The Broadmoor, you can play tennis and golf, book a spa service, shop at boutique stores, indulge in fine dining, and explore the natural beauty around the resort. For a special stay, book their Romantic Getaway package and receive accommodations, sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, dinner for two, and discounted suite rates.

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Seven Falls

Just minutes from The Broadmoor you’ll find Seven Falls, a series of waterfalls that fall a combined 181 feet. Surrounding the falls are the steep walls of the South Cheyenne Canyon and the 900-ft tall Pillars of Hercules that frame the canyon. At Seven Falls, you can climb 224 steps adjacent to the falls to reach the top, where you’ll find a viewing platform and the beginning of a few trails. You can also see the falls and the canyon from the air – the Broadmoor Soaring Adventure has zip line courses, a 180-ft rappel, hiking, and rope bridges.

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Climb to the top of Pikes Peak by train on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The route, which takes just over three hours, takes you up over 14,000 feet with incredible views from beginning to end. First you’ll see giant boulders, Minnehaha Falls, and forested hillsides. As the train ventures higher up, the views include Alpine tundra, the Great Plains, multiple mountain ranges, downtown Denver, and of course Pikes Peak. You’ll spend about a half hour at the top, and then head back down.

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Garden of the Gods

At Garden of the Gods, towers of red rocks jut into the sky. Visit the park, a National Natural Landmark, to learn the history behind these amazing vertical formations and explore the area. Walk or hike through the rocks on 15 miles of trails, or take a guided trolley, Jeep, or Segway tour. On Thursday nights, you can take part in “Gallop in the Garden,” a free 5K that meanders through the park.

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Odyssey Gastropub

Head back into Colorado Springs for dinner at Odyssey Gastropub, a trendy eatery with expertly crafted food and drinks. You’ll want to start off with an appetizer and some craft beer – we like the Bison Poutine, fries smothered with braised bison tips, bison-rosemary gravy, and cheese curds. Odyssey’s main menu is full of inventive sandwiches and burgers like the Best Friends Burger, with pulled pork, crispy onions, cheddar, slaw, and peach BBQ sauce.

Discovering Sedona | Sedona, Arizona

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With gorgeous red rock formations and rugged natural beauty, Sedona is perfect for hiking, biking, and exploring. However, the city’s spas, art scene, and gourmet food options also make it a great place to relax and recharge. Experience both adventure and culture on your next getaway.

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Enchantment Resort

At Enchantment Resort, Sedona’s breathtaking red rocks will surround you. Their cozy Southwestern-styled casitas are the perfect place to relax after a day of hiking through Sedona’s natural beauty. The 70-acre resort gives you access to the world-class Mii amo spa, the beautifully designed Seven Canyons golf course, multiple fine dining experiences, and more. With special guest experiences like stargazing, guided meditation, and lectures, you definitely won’t run out of things to do.

The Tennis at Enchantment Package is a good chance to up your game in the unforgettable setting. You’ll enjoy a full breakfast each morning at any of their restaurants or in bed, an hour-long private lesson each day, an hour-long ball machine rental each day, and access to multiple tennis clinics.

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Tamaliza Café

Tamaliza means “Tamale Feast,” which is exactly what you’ll get at Sedona’s Tamaliza Café. The authentic Mexican recipes are made with natural, organic, non-GMO ingredients. Choose from vegan, vegetarian, chicken, pork, or beef dishes with a variety of different sauces. Our favorite is the chicken supreme tamale, made with organic corn flour masa and topped with black beans, spinach, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

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Explore Sedona’s Art Scene

Spend an afternoon browsing a few of Sedona’s 40+ art galleries and studios. You’ll find painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, and more, much of which is created by Native American artists from tribes such as the Apache, Hopi, and Navajo. If you happen to be in town on the first Friday of the month, check out 1st Friday in the Galleries, a monthly event in which art galleries stay open late. From 5:00 to 8:00 pm, you can meet the artists, enjoy snacks and drinks, and see the best art Sedona has to offer.

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Hike Sedona’s Best Trails

There’s no better way to experience Sedona’s amazing scenery than on a couple of hikes! The area has a lot of routes to choose from, but these three are sure to impress. Beat the crowds and intense Arizona heat by starting early in the morning, and don’t forget sunscreen and plenty of water.

Cathedral Rock, a cluster of tall red rock formations, is one of Sedona’s most iconic sights. See it up close on the Cathedral Rock Trail, a mile-long hike that will take you up into the saddles, or gaps, between the rocks for incredible views both around and above you. You can also check out the Templeton Trail to Oak Creek, a 2.2-mile route. Start out at the Cathedral Rock trailhead, then veer right to follow Templeton Trail, which descends about a mile to Oak Creek, where you can stop for swim and cool off. You’ll also want to get up early one morning to do the Brewer Trail at sunrise – the two-mile trail rewards hikers with an incredible lookout.

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Brunch at L’Auberge de Sedona

Exquisite food and beautiful scenery come together at L’Auberge de Sedona’s Sunday Brunch. The outdoor patio, surrounded by a flowing creek and lush greenery, creates a relaxing and intimate atmosphere perfect for a leisurely meal. Their plentiful buffet includes an omelet station, cold seafood, hot entrees, desserts, and much more. Don’t forget to try the Bloody Marys and mimosas as well!

Your Guide to the Oregon Coast

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Rugged coastline, deserted beaches, and lush greenery are just some of the amazing things you’ll find on the Oregon Coast. The entire coast is packed full of amazing sights, but the northern half in particular has a lot worthy of exploration. Not sure what to see? Our guide begins in Astoria and moves south through Cannon Beach and Tillamook, stopping at plenty of gorgeous attractions along the way.

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Astoria & Fort Stevens State Park

Astoria was the first permanent United States settlement on the West Coast, founded by and named after John Jacob Astor as part of his fur trading company. Today, Astoria has retained a historic charm while simultaneously making room for trendy restaurants and stores. Walk along the water and check out the iconic Astoria-Megler Bridge, then stop for a bite to eat at Frite & Scoop, a shop specializing in creative flavors of ice cream and fries. We like the savory-sweet “London Fog” ice cream, flavored with earl grey and vanilla.

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Less than a half hour from Astoria, you’ll find Fort Stevens State Park. The park has multiple pristine beaches and a jetty that will take your breath away, but its must-see feature is the shipwreck of the Peter Iredale, which rises right up out of the sand.

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Cannon Beach & Ecola State Park

Your next stop is Cannon Beach, a quaint town with an impressive collection of gorgeous beaches. Check out the art galleries and boutique shops in town, then head down to the beach to see Haystack Rock, a 235-foot rock that adorns the shoreline.

For great views and hiking opportunities, drive up into Ecola State Park. When you enter, turn left for Ecola Point, where you’ll find an unbelievable view of the coastline and beaches below. Ecola Point is also the starting point for multiple hikes through the park, including a few that go down to Crescent Beach and Indian Beach.

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Stephanie Inn

Stay at the Stephanie Inn, a boutique Cannon Beach hotel that’s a mere 28 steps to the beach. The Stephanie Inn has incredible guest experiences – you’ll enjoy a wine and beer gathering, an evening nightcap, and gourmet breakfast. You can also sign up for complimentary classes on mixology, ice cream making, and more. For some evening fun, choose the Beach Bonfire package. It comes with firewood, fire starter, a “fire butler” to help start you off, your choice of wine, cider, or beer, s’mores ingredients, and a beach mat and tote.

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Tillamook

While you drive down the coast to Tillamook from Cannon Beach, keep an eye out for the scenic pullouts, where you can catch sweeping views of the ocean. Once you hit Tillamook, you’ll understand why it’s called the “Land of Cheese, Trees, and Ocean Breeze.” Tillamook has beautiful scenery like the rest of Oregon’s coast, but it also has the Tillamook Cheese Factory, where they make 170,000 pounds of cheese every day (that comes out to 60 million pounds a year!). At the Visitors Center you can sample cheese for free, browse merchandise, and grab some of their freshly-made ice cream – they have over 30 flavors to choose from.

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3 Capes Scenic Drive

Next, take the 3 Capes Scenic Drive, a 40-mile route that includes Cape Meares, Cape Lookout, and Cape Kiwanda. Cape Meares features a restored lighthouse from the 1800s and the aptly-named “Octopus Tree,” while Cape Lookout offers beautiful stretches of beach and hiking trails. At Cape Kiwanda, you’ll find a huge sand dune that you can clamber up for an amazing view of the beach below. In between capes, you’ll get to experience one of the coast’s prettiest drives.

Find Adventure in Catalina

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As soon as Catalina Island comes into view, you’ll notice the unbelievably clear blue water, rugged cliffs, and colorful houses stacked on the hillside. Catalina is equal parts relaxation and adventure – you can sip a cocktail and read a good book on the beach, or dive into activities like snorkeling and parasailing. No trip to Catalina is complete without a least a few thrills, so pack in as much adventure as you can during your time on the island.

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Hotel Vista Del Mar

Hotel Vista Del Mar is just steps away from the beautiful waters of Catalina Island. Their Mediterranean-inspired rooms are elegantly decorated and feature stunning views of the ocean and the harbor. Hotel Vista Del Mar is centrally located close to many activities, and they offer fun amenities like nighttime milk and cookies. Go on an adventure with the Zip Line Adventure Package, which includes round-trip boat transportation to Catalina Island, a mid-week stay, and a Zip Line Eco Tour.

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Zip Line Eco Tour

Glide over treetops while admiring an ocean view on Catalina’s Zip Line Eco Tour. You’ll zip down 5 separate lines of all different lengths above a canyon in the hills of Catalina. Some lines are short and steep while others are long and linear, covering about 3/4ths of a mile total. In between lines, guides will teach you about the history and wildlife of the island.

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The Pancake Cottage

With an itinerary so full of adventures, you’ll need a few hearty meals. There’s no better place than The Pancake Cottage, a casual diner with a well-rounded menu that goes well beyond pancakes. Start your day off with some banana and chocolate chip pancakes, or stop in for lunch to refuel with their “Monte Cristo,” a French toast sandwich with melted jack cheese, ham, and turkey.

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Explore Catalina By Golf Cart

Most of Catalina’s restaurants and shops are clustered around the shore. To see more of the island, rent a golf cart for a few hours! Cars are restricted on the island, so many people use golf carts to get around. When you rent a cart, you’ll be able to venture up into the hills and see panoramic views of the town and the ocean. On your loop, you’ll drive out along the cliffs and ascend into the hills where you can choose to check out the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Stop to watch the zip liners along the way, head down to the pristine Descanso Beach Club, and then circle back into the main part of town. The golf carts are really the best way to see Catalina, not to mention they’re fun to drive!

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Catalina Casino

The Catalina Casino was built in glamorous Art Deco style in 1929. It’s remained an iconic landmark on Catalina, reflecting the island’s Old Hollywood past. On the lower level, the Avalon Theatre shows movies each night, but you’ll need to take a tour to see the entire casino. The Casino Walking Tour will show you Art Deco murals, the original pipe organ, a film on the building’s history, the famous Casino Ballroom and the Romance Promenade, where you’ll get incredible views of the ocean. For an even more intimate experience, choose the Behind the Scenes Tour, and you’ll see dressing rooms, green rooms, and editing rooms that were used by famous entertainers and Hollywood greats such as Errol Flynn and Cary Grant.

Go Green in LA | Los Angeles, California

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There’s more to Los Angeles than Hollywood! With an eco-friendly culture, health-conscious restaurants, and plenty of ways to enjoy the city without a car, Los Angeles has a lot to offer for environmental enthusiasts. Here are the best Earth Day activities and events in L.A. to help you celebrate Mother Nature this month.

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Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Experience a seaside getaway at Oceana, a beautifully decorated Santa Monica hotel.

Oceana offers numerous complimentary amenities and activities to help you make the most of your Los Angeles vacation, starting with a welcome gift and glass of champagne. Take a surfing lesson, borrow a bike for a ride at the pier, go on a guided hike through the Santa Monica mountains, or attend their yoga classes. With daily organic breakfast and cold pressed juice, a private fitness class on the beach, and a souvenir Oceana exercise shirt, the Fitness Package will make your stay even more special.

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Experience Earth Day in L.A.

With multiple events across the city dedicated to educating and entertaining the public, Los Angeles is one of the best places to celebrate Earth Day. On April 15th in Pacific Park, the City of Glendale’s Earth Day 2017 will feature information on California gardening and zero waste, as well as a climbing wall, egg hunt, and carnival games. For seed planting and free food and drinks, head to LA Sanitation’s Earth Day LA 2017, happening April 22nd at Exposition Park. Manhattan Beach’s 25th Annual Earth Day, April 22nd at Polliwog Park, will have live entertainment and an Earth Day Exchange, where you can swap or donate clothing.

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Hike L.A.

What better way to celebrate Earth than spending some time in nature? Check out this list of L.A.’s best hikes and choose a few to take on. We like Escondido Canyon, a 4.2-mile round-trip hike that takes you to Escondido Falls, a 50-ft waterfall that cascades over mossy rocks. You can climb up to see more of the falls or take a dip in the pool below.

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Bike L.A.

Swap your car for a more environmentally friendly bike! Strike out on your own on one of these bike paths, or do the LA in a Day bike tour. It’s a 32-mile tour that takes you on Route 66 in West Hollywood and continues through Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, and Culver City. The tour includes all your gear, some snacks, and a souvenir water bottle. The tour lasts for about six hours, which includes multiple breaks and time for lunch.

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Coral Tree Café

Coral Tree Café serves amazing salads and sandwiches as well as a variety of coffees, teas, and juices. Because their Brentwood and Encino locations are Certified Green Restaurants® and they use organic and fair trade coffee, you’ll feel good about stopping by. Go for lunch and try the Curried Chicken Salad, a mix of grilled chicken, golden raisins, red onions, and carrots in a curry mayo served on organic greens with balsamic vinaigrette. You’ll want to pair it with a Moroccan Mint Latte, a mix of Moroccan Mint tea and honey steamed milk.

Finding California’s Redwoods | Northern California

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Redwoods are some of the most impressive trees in the world – they can live up to 2,000 years and reach heights of over 350 feet! Northern California offers a chance to see these magnificent trees as well as miles of beautiful coastline.

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Victorian Inn

Located between Redwood National and State Parks and Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the Victorian Inn is the perfect place to call home while you’re seeing the redwoods. Built in 1890, the hotel retains its Victorian style inside and out. Their elegant yet quaint rooms are the ideal setting for a romantic getaway. Book the “Suite” Romance Package and enjoy a two night stay in a King second floor room or suite, fresh flowers, chilled champagne and truffles, breakfast each morning, and a $125 voucher for the VI Restaurant.

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Avenue of the Giants & Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Head south to the Avenue of the Giants, a 32-mile stretch of Highway 101 with incredible views of the redwoods. It’s one of Northern California’s best scenic drives. Drive your car through the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree, marvel at the 950+ year-old Immortal Tree, and see the Tree House, a house that’s partially built in a redwood. Avenue of the Giants runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which has campsites, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and swimming.

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Loleta Cheese Factory

On your way up to Redwood National and State Parks, stop in the small town of Loleta to visit the Loleta Cheese Factory. They produce artisan cheeses with all-natural ingredients, and are especially known for their flavored Cheddar and Jack varieties. At the factory, you can take a tour to learn about cheese making and taste samples. Be sure to stop at their Grilled Cheese Bar, which offers gourmet grilled cheeses ranging from savory to sweet. Grab one and enjoy a picnic in their onsite garden.

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Eureka

Continue north on Highway 101, which hugs the coast and offers amazing views. Stop at Eureka, a Victorian-era coastal city with plenty of activities to fill an afternoon. Explore the Sequoia Park Zoo, or visit Old Town Eureka and stroll through antique shops, cafes, and coffee shops. Make sure you see the Carson Mansion, a stunning three-story, eighteen-room Victorian home built in the 1880s. It isn’t open to the public, but you can snap some photos of the impressive exterior and take a virtual tour online.

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Redwood National and State Parks

See redwoods more than 350 feet tall and up to 2,000 years old at Redwood National and State Parks. The 130,000-acre area encompasses Redwood National Park, established in 1968, and three state parks (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast State Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park) established in the 1920s. Take a hike through their 170-mile trail system to see the trees up close.

Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Mammoth | Mammoth Lakes, California

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There has never been a better time for a winter getaway to Mammoth Lakes – January 2017 was the snowiest month in Mammoth’s history. Take advantage of the 20+ feet of snow that has blanketed the mountains with a few days of skiing and snowboarding. Between outdoor fun, the exhilarating fresh air, and scenic views that come with 11,000 feet of elevation, your trip to Mammoth will be one to remember.

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Mammoth Mountain Inn

You can’t get much closer to the action than Mammoth Mountain Inn, just steps away from the gondola at Main Lodge. The convenient location, comfortable amenities, and variety of rooms make this hotel ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. The hotel also has great dining, including The Yodler, an outdoor restaurant where you can relax on a sunny deck and admire the scenery in between runs. With the Lift + Lodging Package, you can get lodging and a lift ticket starting at $175 per person, per night.

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Mammoth Tavern

Get a bite to eat and enjoy the friendly atmosphere at Mammoth Tavern. Go for dinner, check out happy hour from 3:30-5:30pm each day, or stop by for a midnight snack from 9:30 to close. The Tavern Burger, with white cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled red onions, Dijon-Mayo sauce, and sweet potato fries, is just the kind of meal you’ll be craving after a day on the slopes. Pair it with one of their craft cocktails like the Winter Cup, made with bourbon, honey, and raspberry sage lemon shrub.

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Snowcat Tours

A Snowcat Tour allows you to take a day off from skiing and snowboarding while still enjoying a snowy adventure. A comfortable and heated snowcat will take you around the mountain while you sit back, relax, and admire incredible views of the landscape. It’s the perfect way to see the jagged peaks of the Minarets in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Tours run at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm, and include gourmet snacks including wine, fruit, cheese, and charcuterie.

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Electric Tubing

Mammoth Mountain offers after-dark Electric Tubing Sessions on select dates throughout the season. Experience night tubing while colorful lights illuminate the snow and a DJ blasts energetic music. If you get cold, head to the fire pit for food and beverage specials.

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Black Velvet Coffee

No matter your drink of choice, Black Velvet Coffee is worth a stop. Visit their Espresso Bar to try coffee from all over the world, all of which is roasted fresh in Mammoth. The Espresso Bar also features craft beer, with four rotating beers on tap and over 20 bottled beers available. Upstairs, The Wine Bar serves over 30 wines from small boutique wineries. If you like the coffee, sign up for a subscription and receive a bag or two mailed to you every two weeks.

Exploring Lake Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe, California

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Lake Tahoe is a truly beautiful setting for a number of outdoor adventures. In the winter, an average of 300-500 inches of snow a year makes Lake Tahoe one of the best places to go skiing and snowboarding in California. South Lake Tahoe in particular combines exciting dining and nightlife with exhilarating outdoor activities, providing visitors with the ski trip of a lifetime.

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Basecamp South Lake Tahoe

A unique experience awaits you at Basecamp South Lake Tahoe. Basecamp hotels are committed to providing guests with the modern features and décor of an upscale hotel at affordable rates. The outdoorsy style of the hotel will make you feel like you’re staying at an elegant campsite. Basecamp has a Beer Garden and multiple decks to relax on, including a Spa Deck with a fire pit and breathtaking views. The hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the lake, and a 4 minute walk to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Relax with the Apres-Ski Package, which includes s’mores and two drink tokens each night of your stay, a fitting for equipment at Black Tie Skis, and up to 20% off of gear rental.

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Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly has some of the best views of any resort in Lake Tahoe. The popular ski resort is conveniently located right in South Lake Tahoe, unlike other resorts that can be up to an hour’s drive away. Heavenly has great skiing and snowboarding, as well as a tubing hill and a mountain coaster, a thrilling 3,400-foot long ride down the mountain. The resort is so large that it stretches into Nevada, so you can ski in two states in just one day. Enjoy a day on the slopes, and then be sure to stick around for Heavenly’s exciting nightlife.

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Scenic Gondola Ride

See Lake Tahoe on a scenic gondola ride. For 2.4 miles, admire expansive views of the lake, snow-covered mountains, and beautiful blue sky. During the ride, you’ll stop at The Observation Deck, a great photo opportunity offering views from over 9,000 feet up. When you reach the top of the mountain, spend some time exploring, grab a bite at one of the restaurants, and do happy hour at Tamarack Lodge.

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Snowmobile Tour

Embrace your sense of adventure on a snowmobile tour. Lake Tahoe Adventures offers five different snowmobile excursions through Hope Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Start off with a short instruction period where you’ll be briefed on safety and how to drive your snowmobile, and then follow a guide through breathtaking terrain. Tours last from 1-2 hours, and Lake Tahoe Adventures provides helmets, boots, and gloves, as well as a free shuttle from most major hotels and resorts in South Lake Tahoe.

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Sprouts Café

One of the most popular restaurants in South Lake Tahoe, Sprout’s Natural Foods Café serves organic and vegan foods that are both healthy and delicious. Their extensive menu includes sandwiches, salads, soups, bowls, bagels, burritos, smoothies, and juices. Try the Cous-cous Hummus Burro, a spinach tortilla with cous-cous, homemade hummus, cucumber, tomato, red onion, black olives, tahini, and green onions. Pair it with their “Whole Damn Garden” juice, a blend of carrot, beet, celery, parsley, garlic, and wheatgrass, and you’ll be ready for a day of Tahoe fun.