Colleen Kelly at Shelter Distilling, featured in Where to Dine and Stay in Mammoth Lakes, California

If you didn’t already read The Ultimate Family Ski Trip: Mammoth Lakes, California, you’ll need to know that Mammoth Lakes, California, is THE destination for California skiing and snowboarding. Plus, it has a plethora of other winter and summer outdoor activities that will keep you busy for days on end during your next active family vacation. But what about the lodging and dining experiences in the Village at Mammoth Lakes? After a Family Travel with Colleen Kelly filming trip to the area, we’ve got the lowdown below.

And, if you want to listen to an overview of activities from some local experts, you can head over to the Round Trip with Colleen Kelly® podcast for a 2-part series on Mammoth Lakes.

Mammoth Lakes Lodging

The Village Lodge featured in Where to Dine and Stay in Mammoth Lakes, California

Hotels and Resorts

We’re going to begin with the lodge that the Family Travel with Colleen Kelly crew stayed during our filming for PBS television: The Village Lodge was super convenient, as the location couldn’t be more centrally located in the Village itself. What’s nice about this lodge is that the condominiums offer bigger groups to stay together, and even cook together for a night in. 


The newest in town, the Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth is a luxury hotel for those who really want to be pampered for their stay. Just like The Village Lodge, it is within walking distance from all the shops, restaurants, and convenience stores. 


They both offer hot tubs that will keep you warm all winter long and close access to a lift that takes you up to Mammoth Mountain to begin your action-packed day! There are plenty of other options too, so do your research before booking your preferred resort.

Cabins, Condominiums, and More

Perhaps you want something a bit more remote? Away from the crowds? Big enough for extended family? Separate lodges, chalets, and cabins can be rented.


Another choice would be to go the condominium route. While not a totally separate accommodation like a cabin, it allows you some more space to spread out with your family.


Of course, if you’re looking for a more adventurous way to stay in Mammoth Lakes, then hop over to the RV and campground information. We recommend doing this as a summertime vacation option.


Mammoth Lakes Dining

While there are an incredible number of diverse dining options, we’re going to highlight a few that the Family Travel with Colleen Kelly crew was able to enjoy and would recommend themselves. Buckle in–there are a lot to choose from! And this isn’t even an exhaustive list.

Shelter Distilling

Craving something other than a beer or glass of wine during your aprés ski time? Shelter Distilling houses their own spirits, as well as uses natural ingredients, to create one-of-a-kind cocktails. They also serve nonalcoholic drinks for the kids and delicious food to pair! We were thrilled to have interviewed the co-owner for our Family Travel with Colleen Kelly Mammoth Lakes episode.


Gomez’s Mexican Restaurant

Gomez’s is the highest tequileria in the world, and it’s home of the Mammoth Margarita™. (It’s huge–perfect for sipping with a friend!) Surrounded by hundreds of bottles of tequila, you can enjoy a lively night out with some of your favorite Mexican foods, such as fajitas, tacos, ceviche, asada…

Shelter Distilling featured in Where to Dine and Stay in Mammoth Lakes, California

Dos Alas CubaRican Café & Lounge

This one is just a slight drive out of town, but so worth the small trip. You may not see Dos Alas right away, but inside a small building surrounded by snow is a restaurant with incredible Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Spanish cuisine. This one is great for sharing plates together as a big group! Don’t forget to at least order one cubano for the road…


Smokeyard Bbq and Chop Shop

For a laid-back night with comfort food, Smokeyard is the place to go. Happy hour is from 4-6 pm, so start with some drinks and stay for the food! You’ll be able to try a range of bold flavors with South African influence.

German pretzel from the Yodler featured in Where to Dine and Stay in Mammoth Lakes, California


What’s just above Mammoth Rock ‘N’ Bowl? It’s the Brasserie! After knocking down some pins, head upstairs for fine French dining. And if you look out the window, there’s a quiet and magnificent view of the mountains.


Yodler Restaurant & Bar

A perfect lunch spot while you are spending a day on Mammoth Mountain, The Yodler has Bavarian-inspired cuisine with bratwurst, pretzels, schnitzel, and more. It provides a warm and cozy escape from the outdoors at the foot of the slopes.

Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar

Upscale American dining just across the street from the Village Gondola and located in the Alpenhof Lodge, Petra’s Bistro & Wine Bar has handcrafted cocktails, plenty of wine, and a menu featuring sustainable ingredients. Grab your place at the bar after your adventurous day!

Plus, a quick shoutout to the delicious Old New York Deli & Bakery Co. for breakfast and Hugs Ice Cream for dessert! Quick, easy, and satisfying for the entire family.

Read the previous article in this series: The Ultimate Family Ski Trip: Mammoth Lakes, California


A WLS-AM 890 Chicago radio podcast about Mammoth Lakes, California, is available on all podcast platforms and at


Coming in 2024: You can watch the accompanying Mammoth Lakes episode of “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly” on PBS, the PBS Anywhere app, YouTube, and Amazon Prime.

We would like to provide our sincere thanks to Visit Mammoth, for their guidance, accommodation, and warm hospitality!


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