Lara Kaylor is a 30-something adventure seeker, writer and director of a communications company.
What do you love about Mammoth Lakes?
I think it’s the lifestyle and the outdoor activities that has kept me here for 12 years. My favorite places in particular are the views from the top of Duck Pass and Crystal Lake.
Is the town busy all year round or is there a quiet time?
Traditionally, May and October are quiet and are known as the “shoulder seasons” but each year they seem to get a little busier.
Where serves the best breakfast?
Good Life Café or The Stove do the best sit down breakfast, but when I need to ‘grab and go’ it’s Stellar Brew. For the top coffee in town I always go to Black Velvet, and I really recommend Whitebark restaurant for cocktails. But my favorite place to eat overall is Mammoth Tavern.
If we had only one day in Mammoth Lakes, what should we see?
The Lakes Basin is a must, and you should definitely rock climb Crystal Crag if you’re a little more adventurous. Other popular activities include hiking, biking and fishing.
Where can you go for a picturesque walk?
The loop around Convict Lake has some lovely trails, but if you don’t like hiking you can enjoy the views on the free public trolley. Not far from here is June and Mono lake, they are also beautiful neighboring areas.
Where to you recommend for a bit of pampering?
Double Eagle Spa at Snowcreek or InTouch Microspa are both great spas you can visit in Mammoth.
Why is Mammoth Lakes such a unique part of California to visit?
Although Mammoth Lakes is in the heart of California, it feels like a hidden gem. The scenery here is second to none. If you like outdoor activities this will be your mecca, plus all everyone here is so laid back and friendly.