Claremont Travel Guide

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Claremont Things to Do

  • Farmers Market

    Every Sunday there is a Farmers Market in the heart of Claremont. You will find lots of produce, breads, honey, plants, cut flowers and some entertainment.

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  • The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

    This garden is pretty much a showcase of natural/native plantlife in southern california. Part of their goal is to help educate people on what is native to california and how to conserve water. It is also part of the Claremont Colleges and is used by students and Faculty. It is open everyday of the week from 8-5. It is really a nice quiet place to...

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  • Hammocks in the trees...

    This is really more of a must see for people who are coming to Claremont to tour the colleges. Or if you are in Claremont and you are bored, then you can take a look. Maybe I didnt go to a nice college or one with a good close community, but if someone tied hammocks in the trees at my college, they would have been stolen. But at Pitzer college, one...

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  • Get Back to Nature at the Botanical...

    The Botanical Gardens in Claremont are a rare treat. I have fond memories of going to the gardens my freshman year of high school with my environmental science class. Now, I take walks there with my big sister. The gardens are a beautiful collection of diverse natural habitats, complete with gorgeous trees, flowers, and little critters. There are...

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  • Hiking

    Great little park at the base of the San Gabriel mountains. Well maintained trails suit reasonably fit people. Great views of the Pomona Valley . Approx 5 mile round trip according to sources. A lot of bikers, hikers and runners use this wilderness. Two parking lots available. Beware- mountain lions have been seen in the area. Due to the extensive...

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  • Get some exercise Get close with nature

    The Claremont Wilderness park is quite popular with locals. In the early AM, afterwork and on weekends people, their dogs and bikes fill the trails. You can enter the trail/park from the top of Mills Ave. or you can enter from the West. Go to the top of Mountain Ave. and park on the last Street, Santa Catalina. This is Johnson's pasture--a 100 acre...

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  • Go to the Theatre!

    Have a good meal and see good theatre! Take a trip to Ben Bollinger's Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre! This place is not to be missed while you're in town and it's a great deal for a very nice meal and a show combination plus as I mentioned in another post, you can get a deal for the dinner and show PLUS a night a the Doubletree for what it...

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  • Claremont Colleges

    Just about the only thing in this tiny town. Probably the only reason anyone would visit Claremont.The Claremont Colleges are beautiful and very East Coast style. Unlike most other Southern Cali colleges.

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  • Have an Adventure at the Village Venture

    Once a year, usually the week before Halloween, the Claremont village has a street fair with artists, craftsman, and delicious food. When I was little, I used to get my face painted like a cat adn eat caramel apples. It is a fun, wholesome day!

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Claremont Hotels

  • Doubletree Hotel Claremont

    My mother and daughter stayed here and I frequently attend events here in the conference rooms. I...

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  • HOTEL CASA 425

    425 West First Street, Claremont, CA, 91711

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Claremont Lodge

    736 S Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, California, 91711, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

Claremont Restaurants

  • Asian Fusion - European Cuisine

    Asian Fusion, European Cuisine. That's hard to follow but it is exactly what they have and it works. We found it quite delicious and priced reasonably. It's not a fancy restaurant but it's nice enough to feel comfortable. The pot stickers were great. Served quite differently than I'm used to. You have to pull them apart. Goulash was tasty served...

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  • Everyone is Waiting to Get In!

    This is an amazing restaurant! Spanish food, unique and authentic. Tapas is more than affordable. We will definitely go back. They do not take reservations, it's first come first serve and you are more than likely going to have to wait for a table. This place is packed!

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  • Afghan Cuisine and then some

    Very nice patio setting dining areas and live 3 piece jazz band providing entertainment makes this restaurant very inviting. The wait staff service could be more attentive initially when taking drink orders and your dinner order. The food, I thought, was pretty good. The restaurant offers non ethic cuisine along with a big selection of Afghan...

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  • Very Good Food with Good Prices!

    Claremont is known as a college town and for having an upscale residential area for retirees. The city has undergone some wonderful growth having added a movie theater, nice wine store, cheese store and many other interesting shops. The Press Restaurant is part of the older area close to the colleges and they provide good food with great prices. I...

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  • Unforgettable dining experience!

    My husband and I went here for Valentine's Day with a group. The restaurant was serving a 7-course menu, which our entire group ordered. The menu consisted of abalone appetizer, oysters, filet mignon with black truffle oil, and a delicious home-made dessert creation. Three Forks also offered a wine pairing to go along with the menu. It was probably...

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  • Seek this place out, you won't be sorry!

    The best place you may never find... Situated literally in the middle of a block behind other businesses is a real hidden gem. La Piccoletta is not your typical place. They choose a diferent pasta and about 4 sauces each week (to compliment the texture of the pasta). You can choose more than one sauce and included in your meal price is salad and a...

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Claremont Nightlife

  • Cool new place

    If you like live jazz and the fondue of yesteryear, this is the place to go. It's really a hip new place bringing back fondue (believe it or not) in a cool new setting. There is a 2 drink minimum though I haven't seen that enforced. Usually there's no cover charge, but for some bands there is so check the website before you go. They also have the...

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  • Good Live Music

    The Press has great atmosphere. They have live music usually every Thursday, Fri., Sat. The are not only a bar, they also serve lunch and dinner. They have a lot of vegetarian dishes. There are usually a good number of people here at night becuase it is right next to the colleges. Also, a lot of people come here becuase there is not much else going...

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  • Claremont Hotels

    7 Hotels in Claremont

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Claremont Transportation

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    by meeshelmybelle Written Dec 3, 2004

    Metrolink is not a very comprehensive transportation system but its really all we got. There are several different line for Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. There are not many stops, but there are connecting busses at each station to get you where you need to go. So if you are coming from LA, you would get on at Union Station. From there you could get directly to Claremont. And in Claremont, the Metrolink station in located right across the street from the Village and the Claremont Colleges. Roundtrip cost for LA to Claremont is $12. For more info on where the metrolink goes and its prices, take a look at their website. It is really easy to use.

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Claremont Shopping

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    by Dundooni Updated Oct 17, 2003

    Barbara Cheatley's is a quaint antique and knick knack shop full of beautiful things for the home. The entire place smells like a gorgeous floral arrangement. There are great items for your kitchen, bathroom, as well as lovely unique estate jewelry. The best thing is - there really is a Barbara Cheatley and she is usually there!

    What to buy: This is a great place to buy unique and thoughtful gifts for the home.

    What to pay: A little pricey but you are purchasing rare and creative items.

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Claremont Local Customs

  • Experience Village Venture!

    Every year the Saturday or two before Halloween the streets of the Village are shut down to auto traffic for the day. Tons of vendors of all kinds come out to sell and share their wares. Lots of artists (many local), lots of store owners, and food vendors line the streets from early morning until about 4:00pm. There's usually a costume parade in...

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  • 4th of July Festivities

    Every 4th July there is a parade and festival in the city park. There is a talent competition and lots of booths for various organizations. You have to do it at least once to get that old hometown feel that is missing from modern life. The last time I went there was an Uncle Sam on stilts and 7-year old ballerinas dancing through the park. To top...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Claremont Tourist Traps

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    by meeshelmybelle Written Dec 3, 2004

    As far as I know, I dont think there are any tourist traps in Claremont. I dont think many people come to Claremont as tourists, that is unless the are College tourists, coming to see the Campuses. So in that case, if you are a tourist to see the schools, there is no trap, the schools are very well known for being a great education and the campuses are very beautiful. If I could afford it, or I had wanted to take out some major loans I would have gone to one of the Claremont colleges.

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Claremont What to Pack

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    by meeshelmybelle Updated Dec 3, 2004

    Luggage and bags: 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.

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Claremont Off The Beaten Path

  • Worth finding!

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Visit the Folk Music Center

    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.

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