Mammoth Lakes is about a 3 hour drive from South Lake Tahoe and was one of our surprise stops since we didn’t plan on going here. The drive is quite beautiful and scenic. We took the NV highway 207 and then the 395 south which is pretty much a straight shot south from Tahoe. I was able to find a decent rate on a hotel room at the Empeiria High Sierra and there was a great little BBQ spot down the street that my dad and I ate at called Uncle Jimmy’s. After checking into our hotel we went for a drive into the mountains and discovered a plethora of activities that people were enjoying including horse back riding, mountain biking, fishing, camping & taking photos. Mammoth Lakes turned out to be one of my favorite spots on the trip to take pictures which I have included below. After our drive I took off on foot for a walk around town to check out the local shops & Golf Course called Sierra Star. As I was walking I ran into some people that spotted a bear which made me quite nervous so I decided to cut through the golf course to get back to the hotel. All in all Mammoth Lakes is a nice quaint sleeper town and I would love to go back and engage in more outdoor activities.
After being locked in the home for months due to Covid 19, my dad and I decided it was time to hit the open road. Our destination was Lake Tahoe for it’s pristine waters, golf courses, and historic nature drive. We had no idea what we were getting into so I hit the net to plan out a route. After a few articles, trip advisories and YouTube videos, I decided we would drive from Las Vegas to Tonopah, NV. Tonopah is home of the Stealth Bomber and about a four hour drive from Sin City. The town is known for its star gazing and a few iconic hotels, one in which is haunted by ghosts! The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah has a century’s worth of history and some supposed paranormal activity. I thought it would be cool to run into a ghost and have a story so here is what happened. I wanted to see what the vibe was like before committing to a room for the night, and upon questioning the front desk attendant I decided I would give it a green light. After all we were only staying for a night, and right next door there is a casino, dining available in the lobby restaurant, and a few shops and restaurants all within walking distance. Tonopah, is a really cute small town and is basically all on one street so think of it as a perfect place to stretch out half way between Vegas and Lake Tahoe. We checked into our room and had 3 hours of relax time before the restaurant opened. This would be our first dining experience since Covid took over our lives, and we were happy to see only one other couple in the restaurant and the staff wearing masks. My dad is 77 and has a compromised immune system, so this hotel and restaurant passed all of our tests. We had a few drinks before eating so we were all giggly and ordered way too much food. My dad had a massive burger with fries, and I ordered the chicken fajitas with a appetizer portion of buffalo wings. WAY TOO MUCH FOOD! Hah! After that it was nighty night for the both of us. We headed back up to the room and crashed, no ghost sightings, no casino, just about a 30 minute get up session to pee and I walked outside to see what the stars looked like, but we were in too much light and I wasn’t about to walk to the star gazing spot by myself in a small town. I went back to the room thinking I might see one of the small children or the lady in red dress spirits the receptionist and Mizpah paper told me about, but nada. I crashed and the next morning dad and I had coffee, checked out and stopped at the Clown Hotel, the other iconic hotel, and snapped some photos by the enormous Clowns outside of the reception area. Then it was on to Tahoe… Tonopah, Nevada can be reached very easily from Las Vegas by taking the 95 North highway. Both the Mizpah, & Clown Hotels are on the 95 North as well.
I would give the Mizpah a solid 3 stars for it’s history, country club vibe, and on-sight museum. Although very small, basically just a room, the hotel has a nice collection of artifacts from the surrounding area, a cool bar, and lovely little restaurant called The Pittman Cafe, named after Key Pittman a former Senator from Nevada. You can find out more information about the Mizpah here.
To be continued… In my next post I will cover our route to Tahoe, our stay at the Harrahs South Lake Tahoe, and the golf experience at Edgewood Golf Course.