La Piccoletta - I'll write a proper restaurant review but you seriously need to find this place. It's the best Italian restaurant you may never find. A whole in the wall pasta place that generally has 4 sauces per week on a featured pasta. They have salad, a couple of appetizers, and desserts to die for flown in from Italy. The place is very small and can only accomodate 35 people so make a reservation or show up and hope they have room for you. Enough people do know where this place is that you will have to wait in a Friday or Saturday night.
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.
In downtown Claremont village, the Folk Music Center is the center of music, culture and rhythm. It has the greatest collection of instruments including authentic African pieces. It's a unique experience you don't get to see very often.
Tucked away in the parking lot behind Hero's Restaurant is Nick's Cafe. Many people who live in Claremont don't even know it's there. It isn't anything fancy and they only make your standard coffee and espresso drinks, but for those of you who are tired of the Starbucks format, you might just appreciate it. There is an indoor seating area that is non-smoking and an outdoor, covered seating area that allows smoking. Occasionally there are evenings that feature live entertainment, but don't expect a polished performance. Be sure to bring something to read, or you can play some of the games they have, such as backgammon or chess. Whatever you do, go there with the intention to stay for a while to really soak up the atmosphere and realax.