Best Mammoth Lakes Restaurants – 2TravelDads

Best Mammoth Lakes Restaurants - 2TravelDads

Our List of the Best Mammoth Lakes Restaurants

We were very surprised by all the great places to eat in Mammoth Lakes, California. Often times it seems like winter destinations don’t have stand-our restaurants for summer dining, but this four season destination proved that theory wrong. From standard American to fancy French cuisine, we found it all there.

Mammoth is a great place if you’re into good food and hiking, so just add it to your California travel list now. Also, we don’t often write about food when we’re reviewing our travels, but this great town had so many great eats that it required its own article. I hope you enjoy (and get some meal inspiration too) i=our list of the best Mammoth Lakes restaurants!

Whether you’re wondering where to eat before heading out skiing or you’re visiting in summer and need hiking nourishment, there are quite a few great places to eat around town. Grab breakfast before you immerse yourself in the cool geologic sites in Mammoth Lakes!

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

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Andiron Seaside Inn & Spa – Gay Friendly Mendocino Coast Inn

Andiron Inn - Gay Friendly Mendocino Coast Inn

Gay Friendly Mendocino Coast Inn in Little River

You know how sometimes you want a special getaway that isn’t like any place you’ve ever stayed before? That’s what our gay friendly Mendocino Coast inn is – The Andiron. Totally unique, very special, and welcoming to everyone (including pets!).

Every single one of the inn’s 11 cabins and rooms is different and furnished by the creative owners, lifelong collectors of salvage, vintage, and nostalgic childhood memories, yet modernized to be truly inclusive. 

Like: the “Write” cabin, with a working typewriter, chalkboard wall, and the writings of Lorca, Hurston, Austen, and more. Then there’s the cabin called “Nurture,” with a costume chest, fifties beauty salon mural, and a feature wall of trans heroes and beauties. Or, the enchanting and spacious one-bedroom Suite, with two bathrooms (one with a jacuzzi tub), an incredible 40s lounge complete with record player, records, and sweet camel bar (!!), kitchenette and dining area – and filled with authentic 1940’s love letters and memorabilia. Swoon!

See the Andiron Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Exploring the Mammoth Lakes for Gay Families – 2TravelDads

Mammoth Lakes for Gay Families - 2TravelDads

Things to Do in Mammoth Lakes for Gay Families

If you didn’t grow up in California, you may not have heard of Mammoth Lakes before. Known to San Francisco Bay Area residents as the place to go for winter skiing, in the summertime it’s a quiet mountain getaway. There are so many things to do at Mammoth Lakes for gay families in the summer, and it’s the perfect addition to a Yosemite National Park Vacation.

Most people think of it as a skiing destination like Vail, CO or Big Ski, MT, as it is one of the closest ski areas to Los Angeles, so we wanted to find the best things to do in Mammoth Lakes for a summer visit. There are fewer people visiting in summer and the destination takes on a very different feel. Outdoor activities and sightseeing are plentiful and you get an ideal combination of beautiful views and bizarre science. I love it!

Since we travel as a family of four our time in Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite is a combination of really active mornings and relaxing afternoons. We like to mix hiking and sightseeing with more chill tours and enjoying the actual townsite or resort space we’re staying at

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

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El Mirasol Villas – Gay Palm Springs Resort

El Mirasol Villas - Palm Springs gay resort / Gay Palm Springs Resort

Clothing Optional Gay Palm Springs Resort

Looking for a gay Palm Springs resort? Stay with us at the El Mirasol Villas – the original resort catering to gay men since 1975.

Our sunny getaway was originally built by Howard Hughes in 1947. We have worked hard to preserve the hotel’s charm and privacy while providing the style and comfort desired by today’s traveler.

Walled and gated, our private PS escape is in the Warm Sands area, just blocks away from downtown Palm Springs, nightlife, hiking, shopping, casino gambling and gourmet dining.

Meandering garden paths lead to bungalows, one or two bedroom suites and studios on the property. You’ll also find two beautiful clothing optional pools and a ten man Jacuzzi/Spa with an outdoor shower.

The hotel even features a eucalyptus steam room.

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Visiting Yosemite Country – 2TravelDads

Yosemite Country - 2TravelDads

Five Truly Unique Yosemite Country Activities

As you plan your visit to Yosemite National Park, consider these suggestions for ways to see Yosemite Country from a different perspective. Whether it’s the history of the area or getting into nature with nobody else around, I think you’ll find these picks great additions to a totally unique getaway. Yosemite Country is more than what’s within the National Park, and it’s a lot of fun to explore. From great restaurants in Oakhurst to unique fishing and kayaking opportunities.

EBiking and Hiking Adventure

We love getting out into the forest, and especially in California’s Sierras. Renting E-bikes with off-road tires, we were able to cover a lot of ground really quickly as we headed out from the Tenaya Lodge. E-Bikes are unique in that you can pedal yourself just like a normal bike, but then you also have a small electric motor to boost you on your way.

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California Coast Road Trip From Mexico to the Oregon Border – 2TravelDads

California Coast road trip - 2TravelDads

There is nothing like a California Coast road trip. That California life is so awesome with all that nature and sunshine. What better way to experience it than by doing a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway? This Golden State itinerary begins at the northern border, but reverse this travel plan and you’ll have just as amazing of a time by starting in San Diego.

Planning Your California Coast Road Trip

These are our best ideas for a CA coastal road trip. Lots of things to do along the coastal drive including California lighthouses, hikes in state parks, beach stops along Highway 1 and even awesome foodie finds along the coast.

So you’ve just crossed the border from OR into CA on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), aka Highway 1 (and sometimes 101). Get ready because your coastal road trip is going to be totally different than what you experienced in Washington and Oregon. This itinerary visits Big Sur and Monterey as you drive from San Francisco to LA. You’ll visit the Redwoods, missions and more along the PCH.

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My Palm Springs Friend – Gay Palm Springs B&B

My Palm Springs Friend - Gay Palm Springs B&B

BIG, CLEAN, QUIET ROOM IN GAY PALM SPRINGS B&B

Why stay at an impersonal hotel when you can enjoy attentive care from a local host at our gay Palm Springs B&B? Here, you’re more than a guest, you’re a friend.

Ideally located in a quiet and safe neighborhood at East Mesquite and South Farrell Drives, My Palm Springs Friend allows you to relax within a gated condo community surrounded by a swaying palms, beautiful desertscaping, cool refreshing lawns and colorful, fragrant flowers.

Our property is located less than 1/2 mile from Smoketree Commons and Smoketree Village shopping plazas where you’ll find casual dining and fast food restaurants, two supermarkets, a Walgreens pharmacy, several banks, post office, gas station and a Coldstone Creamery when you get the urge for a refreshing ice cream dessert.

Downtown PS shopping and entertainment are less than five minutes away from our Palm Springs gay B&B. We’re three minutes from the International Airport and are happy to offer free airport pick-up/drop-off.

Start each day of your visit with freshly made coffee/tea and homemade muffins baked by your host. At the end of the day your queen size Sleep Number (TM) bed, fitted with 1600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, awaits your peaceful night’s slumber.

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The Best of Hiking Palm Springs – 2TravelDads

The Best of Hiking Palm Springs - 2TravelDads

We love to find places that everybody talks about but nobody knows the cool stuff you can do there. One such place is Palm Springs, California. I mean, everybody goes there for a nice weekend or a relaxing vacation, but besides golf, gay bars and swimming pools, what is there? The ACTUAL Palm Springs!! Agua Caliente Indian Canyons is the reason for the name, and hiking Palm Springs is awesome!

Have you been to the area and done the oasis hikes at Indian Canyons or out at the Coachella Preserve and know what we’re talking about? Been thinking about a visit maybe but didn’t know what to do beyond golf and shopping? Well, let us give you some motivation to make a weekend trip out of it or at least get you away from the pool for a few hours.

Hiking Palm Springs – Getting There

A two hour drive from Los Angeles, Orange County or San Diego, PS lies to the east of the coastal cities. You’ll have to pass through Riverside or Ontario, so plan for city traffic on your drive… or you can just take a short flight from any of the Southern California airports. Actually, most West Coast airports have direct flights into Palm Springs (search for flight tickets with Omio).

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Visiting Cabrillo National Monument – 2TravelDads

Cabrillo National Monument - 2TravelDads

San Diego, California is such a popular west coast destination. We all love to head to SoCal for the nearly guaranteed sunshine and beaches where you can actually swim. And the coastal vibe is so different, with bare feet everywhere and flowers blooming on the bluffs year round. Cabrillo National Monument is a great place to experience that great SoCal feeling.

Cabrillo National Monument is part of the National Parks system and it’s perfectly located for an awesome afternoon during a San Diego visit. Planning a day out at Cabrillo includes everything from lighthouses to tide pools, picnics to National Park Passport stamps. Yep, our family has favorite activities and Southern California is the perfect spot to do all of them!

Where is Cabrillo National Monument

A lot of people visiting San Diego are going to be playing tourist in the Gaslamp District or being fancy and lounging on Coronado Island, but there’s so much more to San Diego. The beach neighborhoods are awesome! Starting at the north is La Jolla (it’s own city) with its cove full of seals, then working the way down is Hermosa and the bluffs, and then it’s the beaches!

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Andiron Seaside Inn & Spa – Mendocino Coast Gay Friendly Inn

Andiron Seaside Inn & Spa - Mendocino Coast Gay Friendly Inn

Mendocino Coast Gay Friendly Inn in Little River

You know how sometimes you want a special getaway that isn’t like any place you’ve ever stayed before? That’s what our Mendocino Coast gay friendly inn is – The Andiron. Totally unique, very special, and welcoming to everyone (including pets!).

Every single one of the inn’s 11 cabins and rooms is different and furnished by the creative owners, lifelong collectors of salvage, vintage, and nostalgic childhood memories, yet modernized to be truly inclusive. 

Like: the “Write” cabin, with a working typewriter, chalkboard wall, and the writings of Lorca, Hurston, Austen, and more. Then there’s the cabin called “Nurture,” with a costume chest, fifties beauty salon mural, and a feature wall of trans heroes and beauties. Or, the enchanting and spacious one-bedroom Suite, with two bathrooms (one with a jacuzzi tub), an incredible 40s lounge complete with record player, records, and sweet camel bar (!!), kitchenette and dining area – and filled with authentic 1940’s love letters and memorabilia. Swoon!

See the Andiron Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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