Along Foothill Blvd. find original buildings from “the mother road’s” heyday, including Wolfe’s Market (now shared with The Meat Cellar), the Old School House (home to Candlelight Pavilion), the former Griswold’s Stone Cellar and Inn (now Buca di Beppo and DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Claremont), and the former Tugboat Annie’s boat-shaped restaurant (now Sushi Maru).
Claremont Village is a historic downtown area in the heart of Claremont. This European-style village has over 150 shops, restaurants, bakeries, art galleries, day spas, boutiques, entertainment venues, hotels, lounges, and more. Notable stops include shopping at Rhino Records, Heirloom and Amelie; snacking at Cheese Cave, I Like Pie, Some Crust Bakery and Bert and Rocky’s; and dining at Bardot, Espiau’s, Tutti Mangia, Viva Madrid and Walter’s. Walking these picturesque streets will make you swear you’re no longer in Southern California.
Built in 1909, the Claremont Packing House is the last-standing of four Claremont packing houses built along the Santa Fe rail corridor during the height of the citrus industry. Today a century of architecture comes alive with fine dining, live music, hip boutiques, wine tastings, art classes, art walks and festivals. In addition to being home to Packing House Wines, Gus’s BBQ, and other great eateries, it features the Aerial Circus Studio, where students learn to fly through the air, a cooking academy, and Thoreau’s Bookshop, a nationally famous bookstore that provides donated books to prisoners.