Claremont CA Travel Reviews

Travel writers and reviewers love staying in Claremont! Read what they have to say about some of Claremont’s visitor amenities, including restaurant choices, ideas for shopping, and special sites to visit in the Claremont area.


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Westways – Day Trip: Claremont Village, Stroll Worthy College ‘Burb - June 2020

“Claremont, home to the seven private campuses known collectively as the Claremont Colleges, both embraces tradition and exudes youthful energy.”

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Los Angeles Times — This college town, less than an hour’s drive from L.A., makes for a perfect day trip - August 2022

“‘So much more’ includes its famous Packing House … as well as fossils, folk music and a very photogenic train station.”


Trip Advisor — How to spend a weekend in Claremont, California - April 13, 2023

“Even if your student days are long behind you, there’s something super energizing about being in this campus town.”

Transiting Los Angeles — Walking Tour of Claremont - April 2023

“The real draw—for those in the know—is simply the charming atmosphere of its various college campuses and its active town center, situated next to a convenient train station. “

Carful of Kids — Top Things to do in Claremont California with Teens - January 2023

“To get a real feel for Claremont, we headed to Claremont Village, a charming shopping and dining district in the center of town. I found lots of parking along the streets so we strolled by foot.”  

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Locale Magazine — 5 Socal Summer Destinations You Can Reach by Train - June 2023

“Sometimes, you just have to get away, and just outside of LA lies one of SoCal’s hidden gems—Claremont.”

Traveling Lens Photography — Experience the City of Claremont - December 2022

“The city has charming tree-lined streets filled with magnificent historic architecture, endless pubs and restaurants to enjoy, and several places to hike and bike.”

Travel Lens — 20 Best Things to Do in Claremont, CA - August 2022

“A visit here will give you a glimpse of what a utopia can look like.”

She Buys Travel — No Car Necessary: A Weekend in Claremont, California - March 2022

“No need for a car during a weekend in Claremont, California, because everything is within walking distance in this upscale village. Restaurants, shops, art galleries, day spas, and the beautiful campus of the Claremont Colleges are all within a few blocks of each other.”

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World Atlas — Best College Towns In Southern California - June 2023

“It’s pretty hard to beat the City of Trees, some 45 minutes east of downtown LA, particularly for creative minds, with the colleges’ exceptional liberal arts education in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere.”

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Los Angeles Times — What to do, see and eat in California’s nine best college towns - August 2022

“Options for visitors include the 28-room boutique hotel Casa 425; the art-house movie theaters at the Laemmle Claremont 5; and A Shop Called Quest, an Indian Hill Boulevard business devoted to comic books, graphic novels, gaming and such.”

Run The Atlas — Touring California’s Best College Town - September 2021

“Claremont has a charming walkable college town with an East Coast vibe. There are tree-lined streets, natural gardens, artisan bakeries, restaurants serving cuisines from around the world, and vintage stores.”

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As Seen in Macaroni Kid — Claremont: The Ultimate Weekend Getaway + Awesome Family Vacation - October 2021

Claremont is a Favorite Hidden Gem with Angelenos: One of the Most Quintessentially California Places to Visit By Chanin Victor – Publisher Santa Monica Macaroni Kid October 1, 2021     Claremont is a favorite hidden gem with Angelenos and one of the most quintessentially California places to visit,…

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Travel Guide to California – Urban Activity and Small-Town Vibe Earn College Town an A - Spring 2020

“It’s an easy day trip from LA, but Claremont’s diverse attractions and ideal balance of urban savvy and village atmosphere make lingering worthwhile.”

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SFGate – The 12 best college towns in California - October 2019

“Claremont’s dining scene is quite strong… with standouts like Some Crust Bakery, Viva Madrid! and Union on Yale. But it’s the beer where Claremont really shines, thanks to a Belgian beer-centric gastropub, the Back Abbey, and Claremont Craft Ales brewery. Claremont students aren’t lying when they…

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LA Parenting – The LA getaway that Gets An “A” - October 2019

For a weekend retreat, Claremont offers a far-away from LA feeling, though it’s only 30 miles from the metropolis. It’s a perfect getaway to enjoy a spa day or shopping day, with several day spas and salons and adorable boutique shops featuring unique jewelry, home décor, art, and antiques.

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Westside Parent – Claremont: A City of Collegiate Proportions - October 2019

“It’s easy to see why this small town is often called the quintessential college town.  There are, after all, seven colleges within its boundaries, and it’s clear the town’s commerce district, called “the village” — chock full of coffeehouses, cafes, bars serving a plethora of craft brews, movie the…

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TheWhisp – 10 College Towns That Are Too Good To Be True - May 2019

“A darkhorse contender for best college town, Sunset Magazine named Claremont, California as one of the greatest college towns in the west, and we’re inclined to agree. “

Sunset – 10 Best College Towns in the West - August 2019

Claremont may be part of SoCal—L.A., to be specific—but it’s worlds away on its own down-home, charming plane with cozy bungalows, Victorian houses, and sustainable-living communities stretching out from a walkable downtown known as The Village. Though there are seven different schools in the distri…

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Chicago Tribune – The college search can be a great excuse for a family vacation - July 2019

“… we cruised the streets lined with dreamy purple jacaranda trees. Our hotel, Hotel Casa 425, was another excellent walk-to-campus find.”

Los Angeles Magazine – Spending a Day in Claremont - October 2018

“Leafy enclaves around L.A. don’t get any leafier than Claremont, the college town and onetime citrus community beneath Mount Baldy. An island of academia surrounded by a sea of sprawl that extends through the Inland Empire, Claremont brings town and gown together in its walkable village.” – Our Weekend in Claremont, The City of Trees - August 2018

Even with the more modern development as LA has grown so big, the city of Claremont has managed to retain the sleepy nostalgic feel to a remarkable degree…It’s a great city to bike around, for sure, and the downtown, the area they call Claremont Village? It’s oh, so darn cute! We stayed at the Dou…

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