That is the average temperature in Claremont. It can get pretty hot in the summer time. In the Winter it rains some, but not all that much. Most of the time the weather is very nice. Southern California weather is really great, the only drawback, especially if you are near LA is the smog.
Nearby Mountains....and skiing!!!
Only a 15 minute drive from Claremont gets you to Mt. Baldy. Mt. Baldy, actually are the San Antonio Mt.s, but no one really knows that. In the winter there is snow. There is a very nice small skiing area that is very cheap and uncrowded in comparison to other nearby places like Snow Summit and Big Bear. The only problem with Mt. Baldy ski slopes is you should go after it snows or in the height of the season or else the snow will not be that great. I personally hate icy slopes.
There is also a nice hiking trail that leads to a waterfall. On a cloudy day, the mountains lie above the cloud level, creating a beautilful view. To get to the trail go up Mountain Rd. When you are almost to the Ski resort, there will be a sign on the left that says Mt. San Antonio Falls with a dirt parking area. Just park there and go up the road. The hike to the falls is less than a mile. After winter or after some good rain is the best time to visit the falls.
College Town with Lots of Charm!
You can't find a city in SoCal that is more quaint than Claremont! It's like a warm cup of hot cocoa, you feel welcomed. Discovering shops and places to eat is wonderful because they are different than what you typically find.
Claremont is considered a college town because of all the colleges in the area. The streets are even named after famous colleges in the USA ie. Yale and Harvard.
Moving to the city of Glendora, we wanted to find enjoyable places to eat nearby. The city is located about 30 minutes east of Los Angeles. Claremont has many very nice restaurants and I hope to post tips and reviews soon.
"Where I am for the moment..."
Claremont is a very nice town to live in. It is located on the very edge of Los Angeles County. The most major thing here in Claremont are the Claremont Colleges. It is also a very beautiful city, located directly at the foothills of the San Antonio Mountains. It is known for its trees, sometimes called the City of Trees. There are also many parks throughout the city which are very nice.
"What to do in Claremont"
Great pains were taken in the mid 1990's to refurbish the shop-lined streets; something for which I have yet to forgive the City planners. But it is still a great place to hang out, if you know where to go. There are some great boutique shops such as the Glass Onion (though I think they have changed their name) which sells glass objects 'd art, beads, and allows you to make your own jewelry in the shop, and Walter's restaurant provides fabulous eats.But for me, what I look forward to whenever I go home to visit my family, is perhaps the last bohemian coffee shop on the west coast. Nick's cafe is tucked away in the parking lot behind Hero's restaurant and bar. I have known the place for 13 years now and I am constantly amazed whenever I run into a Claremonter who has never heard of the place. It's changed a bit over the years. I remember when Nick got rid of the rickety old folding wooden chairs that populated the inside seating area. It was sort of like playing Russian Roulette whenever you sat down because you had no way of knowing whether the chair would collapse beneath you. Okay, so it made the place safer, but it heralded an indefinable change. With the chairs went some of the character of the place. The cafe even went through a Rasta phase when Nick had some 'artist' come in to paint the exterior seating patio. But lately, Nick's seems to have reverted to type. It is a great, mellow, unpretentiously arty (is that possible?), somewhat -on-the-seedy-side, coffee house. And if you go to Claremont, you have to go to Nick's. And say hello to the mermaid for me, will you?
For those of you who love old houses, especially those constructed during the Arts and Crafts period, this is a great place to take a leisurely stroll. The heart of Claremont (where I used to live) is centered a round the Claremont Colleges, to the southeast of Indian Hill and Foothill boulevards. The streets are lined with towerng trees that meet overhead, creating an enchanting tunnel effect over many of the roads. The overall size of the neighborhood is conducive to seeing it all on foot, which I highly recommend. Be sure to plan your walk so that you wind up at Nick's for a refreshing Iced coffee!