Labor Day’s “Trout” Fesitval in Mammoth, California
Haven’t made plans for your long Labor Day weekend yet? Well, are you a fisherman (or woman) and want to win a million dollars?
Consider this year’s Mammoth Festival of the Arts. It will run from Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4th at Sam’s WoodSite, located on Minaret Road between Main and Meridian Streets. Sam’s Wood Site is a four and half acre site of forested land so it will be fairly cool.
It’s the 37th year for this annual event and the theme is “trout” so expect recipes and cooking demonstrations featuring trout and booths selling fishing products. There will also be wine tasting and food booth from local area restaurants. There will 100+ fine arts and crafts booths and a special kid’s area with trout related games and skills contests. Live entertainment will be available – country, folk and bluegrass.
This year’s event is put on through a joint venture between the Mammoth Art Guild and the Town of Mammoth Lakes MillionDollar Troutstock. The Troutstock headquarters is at Sam’s Wood Site. Both admission and parking are free. There is a tagged trout competition with the grand prize of one MILLION dollars. You can pre-register online or register at the event itself. (Visit troutstock.com for more details.)
Mammoth is in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains nestled in a lovely valley surrounded by magnificent snow capped peaks and green alpine meadows. In winter, it’s a popular and crowded ski resort boasting 27 lifts, over 3000 feet of ski terrain and 31,000 vertical feet. The ski season here runs from November to June and there have been years when they were still skiing on the 4th of July. From all directions, a scenic drive on interstate 395 takes you into the area.
Weather over the Labor Day weekend should be sunny or partly cloudy with highs in the low to mid 70’s and a drop to the high 30’s at night. Layering and taking a jacket would be the best attire for the holiday weekend
Dining is varied with about 50 restaurants and shopping is even more prolific. You’ll find gourmet eateries where advance reservations are required along with burger joints, pizza parlors and a Starbucks for your jolt of caffeine. There are two taverns that serve food – the Hennessey Tavern and Dublin’s Irish Pub and Fever. Perry’s Italian Café has been serving up delicious pizza since 1971 when it started out as a small pizza shack. Now, it’s a full service restaurant with lounge and an excellent beer and wine list. In summertime, you can enjoy eating al fresco on their patio. The Perry family still offers guests a choice of its Sicilian pizza crust or their own sweet crust pizza crust.
There are factory stores located in the area – Bass Shoes, Van Heusen and Ralph Lauren all have outlets here. Of course, there are many ski shops and a few mountain/hiking shops but you might enjoy Bear Crossing with their mountain art gift items. There are also several art galleries to enjoy.
There are many options for lodging in the area, from budget motels to full service resorts. The Snowcreek Resort is the ultimate high sierra experience, conveniently located in a quiet meadow just one mile from town. Both condos and town homes are available for rental. Most units include a kitchen, washer/dryer, VCR, data port and internet access. Amenities include a daily maid service, gym, hot tub, game room, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and all guests receive complimentary passes to the Snowcreek Athletic Club and special rates for the golf course. Your pet is welcome here. (For more details visit them at www.snowcreekresort.com.)
The Alpenhof Lodge offers a European style of lodging with its cottages and standard to deluxe rooms with fireplaces. Units with just a refrigerator or a complete kitchen are available. In summer there is an outdoor pool and in winter you can use their indoor therapy pool and dry sauna. Laundry facilities are available. There is also a restaurant, bar, and game room on the property. Although the lodge is nestled amongst tall pine trees, it’s within walking distance to shops, a market, eateries and nightclubs. (Check them out at alpenhof-lodge.com.)
There are also places to rent cabins, plus other hotels and motels in the area. You can choose to camp at any one of several campgrounds, or stay at the Mammoth Mountain RV Park.
Have a great time and good luck winning that million dollar prize!