What a wild ride this has been! But you, our guests, have been so kind, so understanding, so patient as we have all muddled our way through the chaos that Covid19 brought to your spring plans and our bookings.
Truth is, we had emergency plans in place. We'd managed avalanches, wildfires, medical emergencies with our guests. We'd helped many with travel troubles and dramatic personal issues. But nothing. Nothing. had prepared us for the sudden upheaval that Covid19 brought to our business, our guests, and our staff.
Hearing you share your disappointment of weddings cancelled, family reunions postponed, long-dreamt-of trips delayed was an important part of our journey through the last months, and we are grateful that you shared your troubles with us.
Despite our usual cancelation policy, we were able to work with guests to find resolutions to most of the booking delimmas. Thank you, guests, for taking time to understand the needs of our home owners who have contractual cancelation policies in place to protect themselves from loss. And for recognizing that this pandemic is devastating to guests and owners alike.
Moving forward, we appreciate that making plans is still difficult when there continues to be so much uncertainty. As of today, Mammoth and Mono County are now open and we are committed to operating as safely as possible.
Flexible policies to assist guests:
Things are changing minute by minute, but over the next few weeks we will keep updating this current list of restaurants that are open. If you find that the info is incorrect or needs updating, please let me know.
Thank you for creating and updating this list, Mammoth Restaurants Open for Take Out & Delivery Facebook Group! You've made it easy for us to support small business in Mammoth!
I know. You can't wait to get back to the Eastern Sierra. You've been cooped up so long, and you want to make the most of your trip. But you're not sure what's safe, and what's not. You don't want to call a stranger out of the blue and schedule an activity not knowing if that person takes risk seriously.
That's why we've teamed up with local partners who we know and trust -- and who have had their re-opening plans vetted by the Mono County health department -- to offer you a curated menu of exclusive activities that you can book without worry.
We'll admit it, so far our list is pretty short -- fishing, and rock climbing. But as more and more activities open, we'll be adding to our list.
One of the biggest fears of the local community is that once we reopen, there will be a spike in Covid cases from guests traveling to Mammoth from Covid-19 concentrated areas.
A case spike could lead to pressure on Mammoth's very small health care resources, loss of health in the community, and a second shutdown of tourism until the spike can, again, be controlled.
In order to mitigate that risk to our community, we will be offering grocery shopping services for guests. The less often guests are in the market, the less likely we are to experience community spread of disease from local to guests, or from guests to locals.
It is always a good idea for guests to bring as many of their own supplies as possible but we are happy to help if you would like for us to shop and stock your fridge prior to arrival. There will be a small fee for this service to compensate our staff for their time.
Please note that as a part of our Covid Protocol, we will not be personally interacting with guests except in an emergency. For that reason, it is important that you notify us at least 3 days prior to check in with your complete shopping list so that we can purchase your items and stock the kitchen prior to your check in.
Because of the governor's stay-at-home order, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mono County have restricted rentals at homes, hotels and campgrounds to non-essential persons through June 30.
But 395 traffic data and traffic around town make it clear that many guests are choosing to visit the Eastern Sierra despite the lack of accommodation. And why wouldn't you want to? Its a breathtaking escape and distant by nature.
If you do choose to visit the Eastern Sierra during this time, either as an essential traveler, a day-tripper, or a dispersed camper, it is important that you reduce risk of Covid exposure to yourself and others, follow local norms, and protect the land by following a few simple guidelines::
Check out our tips based on the 7 principles of Leave No Trace:
1. Be considerate of others by respecting the community vibe and ordinances for social distancing and mask wearing.
2. Plan ahead and prepare to follow Covid-19 ordinances and community norms.
3. Travel and camp on durable surfaces and avoid crowded areas where physical distancing may be difficult.
4. Dispose of waste properly.
Times are tough. Work and other essential travel keeps the 395 busy with traffic but when you gotta 'go,' where do you go in the Covid-19 era?
I'll admit that as a mom of 4 boys, I've had to stop the car *many* times to let them do what all boys (that I've raised, anyway) love to do -- pee behind a bush. We've been forced to do this more recently, when we were unable to find a developed bathroom because of Covid closures.
Its also obvious from the bottles filled with urine that line the roadside that some travelers are irresponsibly tossing their plastic-covered waste onto the land. Please be respectful of our Eastern Sierra home. If you pee in a bottle, please dispose of it in a rubbish bin, not on the land. And particularly if you have to do 'big business' in the wild, be responsible and pack it out or handle it responsibly using a (very deep) cat hole.
To solve these issues as much as possible, here's our list of where you can 'go' along the 395. Have an update for me? Please contact me using the chat button at the bottom right of your screen. I'll keep updating this list!
Coso Junction Rest Area
Crestview Rest Area
Division Creek Rest Area
Carl's Jr in Bishop
Bishop park next to Amigo's restaurant
Fort Independence Gas Station & Casino
Pearsonville Shell & Subway
Bathrooms NOT Open
McDonald's in Lone Pine
Subway in Lone Pine
Dang. What day is it? For that matter, what month is it?
The struggle is real to come up with ways to describe our current situation because I have a long list of sayings that I would never like to hear -- much less use -- again:
So rather than blather on, I'll just leave this here: despite a frightening early peak of cases, Mammoth and Mono County stayed strong and they have crushed the curve.
Early on, Mammoth Mountain shut down operations and Mono County and Mammoth Lakes activated a Emergency Operations Center. They actively discouraged visitors (and even second home owners) from traveling in. Largely because of the adoption of fairly extreme distancing measures, the EOC had time to manage the local Covid-19 situation and increase healthcare capacity.
As of today, no one is hospitalized for Covid 19 in Mono County. There have been 29 positive Covid-19 tests of 313 tests given.
Mammoth is now working toward a June 30 opening to visitors and we are also hoping to be allowed to host visitors soon.
For the most up-to-date info about the situation in Mammoth, visit the Mono County Covid-19 portal.
Our guests have always rated us exceptionally well for our cleaning. In fact, we have a 5-star rating for cleanliness, and "Sparkling Clean" is one of our most often heard Airbnb review compliments. To read all our reviews, click here.
But based on guidelines from the California Hotel & Lodging Association, Vacation Rental Manager's Association, and Mono County Health Department recommendations, we have instituted the following increased protocols (subject to change as research and recommendations are updated) to benefit both guests and staff.
Have we missed something? Please feel free to send us a message (use the chat function on the bottom right of the screen) if we've left anything out that you feel is important.
Wondering about town restrictions for masks and distancing? Check out our Trips for Travel article.
I know. None of us can wait for Eastern Sierra hikes, bikes, trails and local ales (Did someone say Distant Brewing? or was it JLB? or Mammoth Brewing? either way, I'm totally down!).
I've spent my downtime building family memories and improving relationships but also updating our homes and making improvements. We simply cannot wait to welcome you back to our homes. We have also evaluated our cleaning protocol and made important strategic changes to limit risk to our guests and increase Covid-compliant practices.
But I also have a responsibility to my staff and my community to mitigate risk when I can. So in an attempt to 'rent responsibly' we are asking that you self-assess before you book. This is the same assessment we will be using for myself and for each member of my team.
This self-assessment is based on USDA guidance that was implemented with all forest service visitors -- including those in the Eastern Sierra -- before travel was shut down due to Covid.
Please read through the self-assessment and if your answer is YES to any of these questions, please delay your travel.
For an update on the Covid situation in the Eastern Sierra, check out our Covid Portal Page.
As you may know, the Governor of CA has issued a 'Stay at Home' order, asking "all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sector."
We are able to rent our homes for emergency service workers, essential service works, for displaced residents needing shelter, for traveler safety, and other response and mitigation efforts related to COVID-19." We are happy to host you if your travel falls into the CA guidance for Stay at Home and if you can answer to all the following questions.
Otherwise, Adventure Can Wait.
We get it. Really, we do. The LA Basin (and SoCal in general) are total crazyville. You're stuck in your house, there's nothing to do, the stores are wiped out, and you're all going stir crazy. Spending time on social media is just making you paranoid and depressed.
So, of course, Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra seem like the perfect escape for solitude and social distancing. Sledding, fireside drinks, snowball fights, game nights -- this isolation thing could be so magical.
As a host, I have a responsibility to you, but I also have a responsibility to my staff and my community to mitigate risk when I can. So in an attempt to 'rent responsibly' we are asking that you self-assess before you book.
This self-assessment is based on USDA guidance that is being implemented with all forest service visitors -- including those in the Eastern Sierra.
Please read through the self-assessment and if your answer is YES to any of these questions, please delay your trip to the Eastern Sierra.
For an update on the Covid situation in the Eastern Sierra, check out our Covid Portal Page.