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From The Fiery Depths, A Geothermal Hotel Rises In Mammoth Lakes

August 16, 2011 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Drive six hours north of LA and you'll find Mammoth Lakes, a destination for both skiers and hot spring soakers. Surrounded by mountains on all sides (Mammoth Mountain and the Sherwin Range), the scenic town is worthy of a few postcards, to say the least. But in terms of hotels? Only the Westin Monache Resort had managed to create a presence here. But that's all set to change now.

According to a new press release, the Handmade Hotel Mammoth View will be a 5.5 acre, eco-friendly project consisting of 54 hotel rooms, 28 eco residence cabins, and 24 eco residence lofts. What's more, the entire property will be heated using natural groundwater from below. That's right: underground water pumped to the surface to warm your very hotel room!

Britannia Pacific Properties, who is developing the project, took inspiration from the town's well-known hot springs. Once they began drilling underground, they discovered to their surprise that the water temperatures were perfectly suited to an eco-friendly method of property heating. According to the press release:

"The project will feature other 'green' design elements and eco-friendly components including meeting 50% of its irrigation water demand from reclaimed snowmelt and rain runoff, saving 50% of the mature trees on-site and utilizing reclaimed timber harvested from the site."

Hmm, almost makes us nostalgic for those cozy winter evenings by the fire. Almost.

[Photo: California Fishing Online]

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