When your eyes finally tire of taking in all of Mammoth Mountain's dramatic beauty and by proxy, your body is beat, it's time to replenish! Head to the base and/or into Mammoth Lakes, and don't forget your ID; you'll get carded for the face the bartender doesn't recognize but fully intends to get to know. This small town charm isn't the kind that's lost on the locals, rather, it's enhanced by those who greet each other warmly without a trace of obligation.
Among the many sips and eats options between the base, the village and in town, we wound up at...
1. Mammoth Tavern: A cozy, yurt-style restaurant with a better-than-bar-food menu and a must-try bourbony twist on a Moscow Mule.
2. Clocktower Cellar: Speaking of whiskey, if 160 different kinds to pick from sounds appealing, head on down to this fine watering hole. You're in good hands even if you don't know what kind of brown water brand or flavors you've previously appreciated in those well-whiskey-gingers. They've got beer and grub, too.
3. The Mill Café: Situated in its own little base area, this BBQ eatery is a great ski day pit stop that serves up covet-worthy chili in a bread bowl quick-like so you can get back after it.
4. Mammoth Rock N Bowl: If you thought bowling and fine dining were mutually exclusive, think again. This relatively new establishment has 'em both with some virtual golf on the side.
5. Stellar Brew: This funky little coffee shop is open early and makes a mean breakfast burrito you can eat there while you wait for your tasty sandwich for later.
6. Dry Creek Bar at Mammoth Mountain Inn: For unbeatable mountain views and well-crafted cocktails at the main base, stop in for a quick après or opt to stay here and indulge into the evening. Belly up to the bar or sit outside and try the Bourbon Renewal (notice a trend?) and Brie appetizer.
7. Mammoth Brewing Company: At Mammoth Lakes' quintessential watering hole, delicious craft beer meets casual yet decadent dining in this rustic tasting room and eatery... fingers crossed the Epic IPA isn't only offered in a short pour when you go.