We were in Mammoth Lakes a couple of years ago in September for 4 nights (checked in for 1, then extended to 4) and had an amazing time, horseriding, hiking down mammoth mountain, downhill mountain biking (slowly in my case), devils postpile etc.
We had such an amazing time in Mammoth Lakes last time we'd like to go again, however I'm not sure if a re-visit would tarnish a perfect memory based on my following concerns:
- last time we arrived in September, you could drive down to the devils postpile as it was quiet
- hiking and mountain biking was really quiet (e.g. we only ever had a couple of people in the queue for the gondolas with our bikes)
- we stayed in the Westin Monache in a one bedroom, however our budget this time won't stretch that far (it was our first wedding anniversary last time). We really loved this resort and actually spent a couple of evenings in our room after our day time activities (after sitting in the jacuzzi until our fingers were wrinkled)
- we'll only stay a maximum of 2 nights this time
Should we be concerned about the second visit being disappointing in comparison to our last visit? Is there a hotel that will give us an equally special experience on a more limited budget?
If not, is there somewhere else we could stop on route as an alternative?