• slide_3
  • slide_4
  • slide_2
  • slide_1
  • slide_5
  • slide_6
  • slide_7

Claremont Traveler Reviews



Discovering Claremont means enjoying great meals, sipping on craft beers and California wines, walking through beautiful gardens and historic college campuses, shopping in locally owned boutiques filled with hand-selected merchandise, and sleeping in inviting guest rooms. Here are some recent editorial reviews that highlight some of our region’s charm and let you in on some of the great tastes of Claremont and other surprises.


From Sunset Magazine: “A Perfect Day in Claremont, CA” (January 2014)

news_Sunset“This college town gets extra credit for its epic backyard, accessible art collections, and happening music scene.”

“Set at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, Claremont is 16 miles from the old-school, no-frills Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts, home to some of SoCal’s most accessible (and steepest) downhill runs.  You can spend the morning skiing fresh powder, then head back to town to explore the 86-acre Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, which is dedicated to California flora.  Paths meander through coast live oaks, Joshua trees and coast redwoods-all within the city limits”




From Los Angeles Times: “Get a Schooling in Relaxation in Claremont” (March 28, 2014)

0314-LAtimes-sh-2“You might know Claremont as that town with five liberal arts colleges and two graduate schools within its city limits. What you might not know is that it boasts a vibrant downtown, called Claremont Village, where more than 150 mom-and-pop restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and music venues create a relaxed atmosphere for all ages. If that weren’t enticing enough, the Metrolink/Transit Center drops off passengers just a baseball toss away. The tab: A king bed at Casa 425 begins at $195. Breakfast or lunch for two can be had for less than $20 at Some Crust Bakery, while dinner for two at the Press Restaurant costs about $35. Plenty of free parking is available on 1st Street between Oberlin Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard.”




From KABC-TV (July 18, 2014)


From Daily Bulletin: “Claremont’s Restaurant Week: It’s what’s for dinner – or lunch” (July 13, 2014)

news_daily_bulletin“Tourism has really grown, people are starting to view Claremont as a destination and events like restaurant week help. There are great shops, places to stay, places to eat, and you can get there by train. People who may be just two or three hours away and are looking for a day trip are starting to think Claremont.”








From Westways Magazine (July, 2014)

news_westwaysClaremont Village’s venerable Harvard Square Cafe has been transformed into Bardot, a much trendier spot with a hip back patio. The menu reflects inspirations from around the globe, including refreshing Peruvian-style ceviche, and a duck taco a l’orange, a creative fusion of French and Mexican concepts. “








From Meetings Focus: “The Inland Empire holds numerous outdoor adventures” (June, 2014)

news_meeting_focus“In Claremont, avid cycling groups will find dozens of bicycle-friendly routes with pastoral scenery and varying degrees of challenges. The League of American Bicyclists has hailed the community for being cyclist-supportive, noting the city’s funding of bike lanes, intersection improvement and “road diets,” which reduce the number of vehicle lanes.”

Elsewhere in Claremont, two natural oases stand ready for exploration: the 1,620-acre Claremont Hills Wilderness Park and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The garden’s Butterfly Pavilion (open May 10-July 27 in 2014) is the area’s lone assemblage of native California butterflies, with hundreds of them fluttering about the enclosure.”


From hoopLA: “Discover Claremont” (February 2014)

news_hoopLAClaremont reminded me of a modern day Pleasantville. People out and about, eating, drinking, shopping, and enjoying the downtown area with smiles on their faces. We dropped our stuff off at the Double Tree that was just a mile from downtown. Downtown is filled with day spas, shops, and restaurants that are mostly independently owned. (Plus, there is always parking…and it’s free)!”






From: LALAScoop “Escape from Los Angeles” (February 2014)

news_lalascopeMy restlessness inspired me to find a new cozy retreat and to write this piece, sharing three of my favorite secret and unconventional SoCal get-aways.”

“Casa 425 is very different from a homey B&B, with its modern art and hipster bar in the lobby, but I immediately felt that I was on a retreat somewhere cool. The rooms are spacious, beds delicious and the centerpiece japanese-style sunken tub is a dream. The town of Claremont is adorable. Imagine West 3rd Street or Abbott Kinney before they were taken over by uber-chic “acceptable” chain stores.



From: Red Tricycle: “An Hour Away, A World Away: Claremont” (February 2014)

news_red_tricycle“Sometimes you just need to get out of the city. Explore someplace new, someplace pretty, someplace where you neither work, nor live. A day get away to discover some tucked away little town. Santa Barbara up the coast, La Jolla down and Palm Springs in the desert all fit the bill – and you’ve been to each, several times. How about a pretty little college town, with shopping & eating, hiking & biking, art & more? Throw in the fact that it’s a mere hour out of town and there’s plenty of fun for kids, you’re probably already heading to the car. Destination: Claremont.”




From: Marpop “Out & About: City of Claremont” (February 2014)

news_marpop“Have you been to the cute little town of Claremont??? It seems so far away … and it IS if you get stuck in traffic … but I was meeting a friend for a little work/lunch at this cute Asian fusion place called 50-Fifty, so I had a chance to take a quick walk along the tree-lined streets filled with independently owned shops, charming sidewalk cafes and historic buildings, not to mention the Claremont Colleges. No wonder it’s called “The City of Trees and PhDs.””






From Los Angeles News Group: “Fall in Love with California’s Gardens” (September 7, 2014)


Claremont’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden: “In autumn, after the first rains of the season, the plants on Indian Hill Mesa are in full foliage. Toyon berries are ripening for winter, salvia flowers have turned into pom-poms of seeds, and California fuschia are in full bloom,”








From Traveling Mom.com: “Claremont: A West Coast Town with a New England Feel” (November 2013)

news_traveling_mom“My son has started the process of visiting colleges, and Harvey Mudd College is one of top three on his list. With a fall break on the horizon, it was the perfect time to hop in the car and drive to Claremont for a visit. One does not expect to drive along Interstate 10 toward Los Angeles, get off Exit 47, and find themselves in a quaint little New England college town, but that is exactly what I found in Claremont. At 13.4 square miles, Claremont is packed with everything one would want in a great college community: good transportation to, from, and within town; great lodging options; plenty of leisure activities; and an abundance of dining and shopping options.”




From Traveling Boy.com: “Eclectic Charm, Culture and Cuisine in Claremont” (August 2013)

news_traveling_boy“Claremont, California is more than a sleepy college town with tree-lined streets, craftsmen homes and sweeping mountain views. It is also an exciting and eclectic place with great restaurants, pubs, boutique shops, museums, an awesome botanical garden, hiking, biking and more. A friend and I snuck away to Claremont recently and had so much fun we are already planning a return.”





From LA WEEKLY: “5 Reasons to Drive to Claremont for Its First-Ever Restaurant Week” (July 2013)

news_laweekly“One week before our own dineLA launches on July 15, Claremont kicks off its first-ever Restaurant Week from today through July 16th. Home to the seven Claremont Colleges, a botanic garden covering 86 acres, a bustling Sunday farmers market and Ben Harper’s Folk Music Center, Claremont is looking to expand its reputation beyond being labeled the city of trees and PhDs. For the next eight days, 20 restaurants are offering prix fixe menus for $20, $30 and $40. From Portuguese favorites like bacalhau de natas at Euro Café to traditional Afghan dishes like kabuli pilaf at Walter’s, it’s a good time to taste what’s cooking 30 miles east of downtown L.A.”




From Huffington Post: “Claremont Restaurant Week” (June 2013)

news_huff_post_restaurant_weekThe hidden gem, a mere 30 minutes from downtown L.A., is unlike any other city in the area. It’s renowned for its colleges, and features a historic downtown village and native botanical gardens.

“The night life in Claremont is best found at Hip Kitty, where a diverse crowd gathers for dinner and a show, highlighted by live jazz, drink good cocktails and fondue.”




From L.A. Biz: Scott Bridges reviewed four leading Claremont restaurants, Tutti Mangia, Walter’s, Union on Yale and La Paraloccia (May 2013)

news_la_biz“But the truth is, with its historic downtown village, cadre of colleges and native botanical gardens, Claremont is highly distinguishable from the many other towns between the 10 and 210 freeways. For anyone headed to Vegas this summer or just looking for a quick getaway, this hidden gem is home to some of the best restaurants in this part of the county.






From Trekaroo.com, Kid-Friendly Activities in Claremont – On the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (September 2012)

news_trekaroo“Once inside the garden, our family felt like we were on a very well designed hike, walking through manicured trails and seeing cacti, wildflowers, and trees such as Joshua, Manzanita, and Oak. Depending on the ages of your children, you could choose to make your ‘hike’ more or less strenuous. We didn’t have a stroller, but the trails were stroller friendly.”






From Huffington Post: “Whiskeying the Night Away in Claremont Village” (August 2012)

news_huff_post“What I discovered, however, after a 40-mile drive east on the 10 Freeway was a historic downtown village with charm and character, and filled with parks and wilderness areas. The city and the surrounding communities are home to the Claremont Colleges, and nestled here among the old brick buildings, artisan shops and shady trees, you’ll find all the culture you’d expect from a college town.

On the west end of town is a quaint district that includes antique shops, a wine store, family-owned restaurants and the Hotel Casa 425, a stylish boutique hotel combining old world charm with modern luxury.”




From Westways Magazine “Bon Appetit” column (March-April 2012)

news_aaa“Hotel Casa 425’s Lounge & Bar – Some of the best dining bargains don’t even feel like bargains, such as Hotel Casa 425’s Lounge & Bar. At this chic boutique hotel, you can hang like an L.A. hipster without spending like one. A trio of juicy Kobe sliders ($15) topped with caramelized onions begs for a big bowl of thin garlic fries, while a Manchego cheese–chicken-mango quesadilla ($10) gets its spicy kick from jalapeño. And what’s better between sips of a raspberry mojito than fried calamari with lemon aioli? Another form of sliders—ice cream sandwiched between delicate cookies—reappears for dessert. 425 W. First Street, Claremont; 1-909-624-2272.”




From Sunset Magazine

news_sunset_folk_music_centerFolk Music Center: Dulcimers, banjos, sitars, tablas, harps and hundreds of other acoustic noisemakers can be found here. Don’t be shy, sign up for a harmonica workshop, ukulele class, or slide guitar lessons. Antique and vintage instruments from all over the world are displayed throughout the store.”









From Los Angeles Magazine

news_la_magWith its distinctive brick buildings, graceful cupolas, and shady colon-nades, Claremont brings to mind an East Coast hamlet set in the foothills of Angeles National Forest. Home to seven renowned colleges — the first, Pomona College, was built in 1887 — the town began as a hub of the citrus industry before developing a strong arts identity. These days painters and musicians join students and professors at the cafés, galleries, and boutiques that line the quiet streets.”




From JohnnyJet.com

news_johnny_jet“When most people think of Claremont, the Colleges come quick to mind, as they are some of the nation’s most highly respected educational and cultural institutions. But the town’s character still exudes much of its Spanish heritage, and there’s a sense of appreciation for independence, creativity, and an overall slower pace of life.”







From Sunset Magazine

news_sunset_schools“With its stately lawns, Pomona College feels like the East Coast, while at liberally green Pitzer, you could be in the Bay Area. And Mediterranean-style Scripps lets you pretend you’re an exchange student in Italy.”








From California Travel Expert

news_ca_travel_expert“This historic tree-lined village, flanked by blooming pink tabebuia trees, charming cafes and more than 150 boutiques, is one of my favorite places to spend the day. … Tidy manicured lawns, immaculate sidewalks and historic Craftsman mansions surround this New England-style village, which was created in 1887 when the Santa Fe railroad came to town. Today, you can easily take the Metrolink here from most major cities, then walk from Claremont Depot to the village for a weekend of shopping and dining. … This is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Southern California — thanks to the large population of college students who attend the nearby Claremont Colleges.”


From Traveling Diva

news_travel_diva“Downtown streets have a charm of their own. Reminiscent of middle America, with the advantages of LA’s technology-driven stores, downtown offers select stores, products and services, sure to satisfy the most eclectic of tastes. … La-la land getting too crowded for you? Come relax in Claremont. This is a place you will want to go back to time and time again.






From SightseeingSam.com

news_sightseeing_samClaremont is a true village more so than a than town, and if brings to vision a pleasant European community, then that’s exactly what was intended. In a way, it’s like a piece of Switzerland, a compact and upscale area surrounded by towering mountains, close enough to reach within minutes.”

 “Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, which is actually in Claremont, is a locals’ and tourist sightseeing activity of the state’s natural habitat.





From PubClub.com

news_pubclubThink of (Claremont) as a one-day or weekend vacation escape an hour from home. Some people in Los Angeles can even reach it by Metro, which means leaving the car in the garage. That’s a true European experience, a rarity in Southern California. … This is an area worth exploring. It has a rockin’ jazz club, a dueling piano bar, beer joints, cantinas and a cozy lounge in an upscale hotel. Most of the bars are within easy walking distance of one another in downtown – known as Claremont Village – and the area is filled with college professors and students from the seven high-end liberal arts colleges in the area, plus other friendly locals.”