For the next 100 days, Claremont, California, hotels will be sharing at least 100 reasons that tourists seeking relaxing getaways filled with dining, shopping, craft beers, arts and music, and outdoor activities should come discover Claremont.

The special #Claremont100Reasons promotion shared on Discover Claremont’s social media channels will highlight the many visitor amenities the “City of Trees” has to offer, including inviting guest rooms, more than 80 pubs and eateries, bicycle-friendly streets and trails, and locally owned boutiques featuring Fair Trade and hand-curated merchandise.Double Tree_Exterior2_2011

For guests seeking overnight stays, special #Claremont100Reasons packages at participating Claremont hotels will include a comfortable guest room and $100 in Discover Claremont gift cards, redeemable for hotel dining or at more than 140 Claremont restaurants, boutiques, day spas and entertainment venues. A limited number of #Claremont100Reasons getaway packages are available through May 31, 2015, to guests who book directly through participating Claremont hotels, including DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (909-626-2411), Hotel Casa 425 (909-624-2272), Motel 6 Claremont (909-621-4831) and Claremont Lodge (909-626-5654). The hotel package, underwritten by the Claremont tourism board, is subject to availability at each hotel.Casa with bikes

Claremont’s visitor attractions include the Folk Music Center, owned by musician Ben Harper and family; the 86-acre Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the largest botanic garden dedicated to California’s native plants; galleries and libraries at the Claremont Colleges; and the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at the Webb Schools. Visitors will also find a “food neighborhood” of more than 80 eateries, and regional craft beers at Claremont Craft Ales and local restaurants. Nighttime entertainment options include lively dueling pianos at PianoPiano; musicals at Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater; stand-up at Flappers Comedy Club; and live music at The Press Restaurant and other venues.

Claremont offers free parking throughout the city, or visitors can take Metrolink directly to the Claremont Village for an eco-friendly or bicycle getaway.

Follow Discover Claremont’s social media channels on Facebook (DiscoverClaremont), Twitter (@visitclaremont), Instagram (visitclaremont), Pinterest (visitclaremont), FourSquare (visitclaremont) and YouTube (DiscoverClaremont). A list of Claremont merchants participating in the gift card promotion can be found at http://discoverclaremont.com/giftcards.

About Discover Claremont

Discover Claremont is the official destination marketing organization for the city of Claremont, California. Known for its seven nationally renowned colleges, Claremont is a hidden gem in greater Los Angeles – an ideal destination for intimate, relaxing days and nights. Visitors will discover inviting guest rooms, relaxing day spas, more than 80 restaurants and pubs, dozens of locally owned boutiques, and bicycle-friendly streets and trails, all under Claremont’s beautiful urban canopy. The nearby San Gabriel Mountains offer outdoor activities including hiking, road cycling, skiing and golf. Claremont is also the first Fair Trade Town in Southern California, reflecting the community’s commitment to using ethically sourced products; many businesses carry Fair Trade Certified™ merchandise and foods. Whether by car or Metrolink, come find out why Claremont is “the best-kept secret in L.A.”

The Sixteenth Annual Taste of Claremont sponsored by the Claremont Rotary Foundation is scheduled for April 25, 2015.  The prior year’s event, attended by over 800 participants, raised $50,000 for the Foundation which directly benefits charitable organizations in our community.

The Foundation expects the 2015 Taste of Claremont will surpass last year, and they are continually amazed and appreciative of the overwhelming support of businesses and community members.  The event will have food, wine and beer provided by over 50 local merchants and will feature live music and dancing, a raffle and an art exhibition.

For more information, please visit the following sites.

Website: http://tasteofclaremont.org

Taste of Claremont Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027751460584717/

Rotary of Claremont on Facebook, where you can also hit “book now” for ticket purchase: https://www.facebook.com/RotaryofClaremont

The following is a list of organizations receiving support from the Foundation this year:

  • Ability First
  • CLASP
  • Uncommon Good
  • Rotary Peace Conference
  • Shelter Box Project
  • Best B.E.T.T. Teacher Grants
  • International Place
  • Yellow Bus Program
  • Rotary Rotoplast Project
  • Youth Team Leadership Camp
  • Bikes for Kids
  • No Limits for the Deaf
  • Literacy/Reading by 9
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
  • Youth Student Exchange Program

Join the Claremont Chamber of Commerce for a day of motivation, inspiration and fun at their Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 9 a.m.Claremont-women– 3 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont, 555 W. Foothill Blvd. Claremont.

Presented by Claremont Lincoln University, this day-long conference will explore significant topics including the hidden rules of success, personal branding and the history of women. The attendees will also have the opportunity to have a panel discussion with current and former women elected officials.

Featured speakers will include: Lori Giovannoni, a nationally recognized speaker, author and businesswomen; JuliAnn Stitick, nationally-known personal brand and image consultant; and Dr. Peg Lamphier, author and IGE Professor at Cal Poly Pomona. All are welcome and encouraged to attend – as it will be an empowering day filled with practical information for everyone.

Cost per person is $100, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is available online at www.claremontchamber.org by Friday, February 27th. For information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor call (909) 624-1681.

About the Speakers:

  • Lori Giovannoni is an award-winning speaker, author and businesswoman. Her clients include small businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies and departments within federal, state and city governments. Lori’s contributions as a volunteer in her community have earned her many awards, including the Athena Award. As the Dean of Executive Women International’s Academy of Leadership, Lori has designed and developed all the courses that comprise the Academy of Leadership.
  • JuliAnn Stitick, a nationally-known personal brand and image consultant, will speak on personal branding, encompassing communication skills, body language, presentation, wardrobe, client experience, organization and followup. JuliAnn is a trusted image advisor for top level entrepreneurs globally and organizations crossing every industry, including the Oscars, the Golden Globes, Disney, Nordstrom and Lexus.
  • Dr. Peg Lamphier is an author and Professor at Cal Poly Pomona. Peg attended Arizona State University and the Claremont Graduate School. Her first book was published in 2003 about politics and gender during the Civil War. Peg is currently under contract with Blackwell-Wiley as co-author for a Civil War and Reconstruction text book and is an editor of a four volume Encyclopedia of American Women with ABC-Clio.

Claremont, California, hotels are getting into the holiday spirit this fall with a unique “Shop and Stay in Claremont” getaway package that will provide visitors with opportunities to shop in the city’s unique boutiques, dine in one of its fabulous restaurants and enjoy a night away in one of its great little hotels.

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Holiday shopping in Claremont includes visits to locally owned boutiques filled with hand-selected merchandise.

Claremont is home to dozens of locally owned boutiques filled with merchandise hand selected by their owners. From fashion and furnishings to unique, upcycled home décor items, Claremont offers visitors Fair Trade Shopping and thousands of inspired holiday gift choices.

Southern California visitors who Discover Claremont through December 31, 2014, may choose a hotel package that includes a comfortable guest room and $100 in Discover Claremont gift cards redeemable at hotels or more than 140 boutiques, restaurants, day spas and entertainment venues in the city.

A limited number of “Shop and Stay in Claremont” getaway packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis to guests who book directly through participating Claremont hotels, including DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (909-626-2411), Hotel Casa 425 (909-624-2272), and Hotel Claremont and Tennis Club (909-621-4831).

Claremont’s popular gift card program is managed by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. The gift cards are accepted at the hotels listed above as well as popular Claremont eateries like The Back Abbey, Bardot, Cheese Cave, Eureka Burger, Euro Café and Packing House Wines; live entertainment venues including PianoPiano, Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater, and The Press Restaurant; and local boutiques including Heirloom, Bath Workshop, The Green Gypsie, Barbara Cheatley Antiques, and many more.

Claremont’s visitor attractions include the Folk Music Center, owned by musician Ben Harper; the 86-acre Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants; the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at the Webb Schools; and galleries and libraries at the Claremont Colleges. Claremont visitors will also find a “food neighborhood” of more than 80 eateries, and craft beers at Claremont Craft Ales and many pubs and restaurants.

Claremont offers free parking throughout the city, or visitors can take Metrolink directly to the Claremont Village for an eco-friendly or bicycle getaway.

The hotel package is being underwritten by Discover Claremont, the Claremont tourism board. A complete list of Claremont merchants participating in the gift card promotion can be found at http://discoverclaremont.com/giftcards.

About Discover Claremont

Discover Claremont is the official destination marketing organization for the city of Claremont, California. Known for its seven nationally renowned colleges, Claremont is a hidden gem in greater Los Angeles – an ideal destination for intimate, relaxing days and nights. Visitors who “Take Time to Exhale” under Claremont’s urban canopy will discover inviting guest rooms, relaxing day spas, more than 80 restaurants and pubs, dozens of locally owned boutiques, bicycle-friendly streets and trails, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Claremont is also the first Fair Trade Town in Southern California, reflecting the community’s commitment to using ethically sourced products; many local retailers and eateries carry Fair Trade Certified™ merchandise and foods. Whether by car or Metrolink, Claremont is “the getaway that’s only a few miles away.”

The Claremont Chamber of Commerce presents their 33rd Village Venture Arts and Crafts Faire on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. sponsored by Claremont Toyota and Claremont Volkswagen.

VV photo #1With an estimated 15,000 people in attendance each year, the streets of the Claremont Village will be filled with 450+ booths selling unique art, original crafts, apparel, business and organization information, international food and entertainment.

Festivities will include a children’s pre-carved pumpkin competition sponsored
by Claremont Sunrise Rotary. Pre-carved pumpkins should be dropped off between 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. at Shelton Park located at the corner of Harvard Ave. and Bonita Ave. Judging will take place at 2 p.m.

A traditional children’s Halloween costume parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. All participants must assemble at the corner of Harvard Ave. and Bonita Ave. by 9:15 a.m. (No motorized vehicles will be allowed in the parade.) All participants will receive a goodie bag at the end of the parade, sponsored by Moultrie Academy of Music Voice and Dance.

VV photo #2No need to worry about parking. A complementary off-site shuttle service will be provided  by Pomona Valley Transit Authority. Shuttle locations: Claremont University Facilities on First St. and Mills Ave. Cahuilla Park parking lot on Scripps Ave. and Indian Hill Blvd. and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church on Bonita Ave. and Mountain Ave.

Don’t miss out on this fun-filled family event. For more information contact the Claremont Chamber of Commerce at (909) 624-1681 or visit www.claremontchamber.org

With weather in the Greater Los Angeles area heating up, hotels in Claremont, California, are offering a unique “Beat The Southern California Heat” getaway package that will provide visitors with a relaxing break.

Travelers who Discover Claremont between August 1 and October 31, 2014, may choose a hotel package that includes a comfortable guest room, two welcoming cocktails or non-DiscoverClaremont -cheersalcoholic beverages, a pair of Laemmle Theater movie tickets — which can be used at Laemmle’s Claremont 5 in the Claremont Village Square — and $20 in Discover Claremont gift cards for post-movie desserts.

A limited number of “Beat The Southern California Heat” getaway packages are available on a first-come, first-served basis to guests who book directly through participating Claremont hotels, including DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (909-626-2411), Hotel Casa 425 (909-624-2272), and Hotel Claremont and Tennis Club (909-621-4831). The Discover Claremont gift cards are redeemable for food at the hotels or at more than 40 other local eateries.

Summer is a great season to explore Claremont’s visitor attractions, such as the Folk Music Center, owned by musician Ben Harper; and the 86-acre Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants. Claremont visitors will also find a “food neighborhood” of more than 80 eateries; Fair Trade Shopping and hand-selected merchandise at locally owned boutiques; live entertainment at PianoPiano, Hip Kitty Jazz, Flappers Comedy Club, Candlelight Pavilion and other spots; and craft beers at Claremont Craft Ales and many other pubs and restaurants. The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at the Webb Schools and galleries and libraries at the Claremont Colleges resume their normal visitor hours in September.

Visitors will find free parking throughout the city, or can take Metrolink directly to the Claremont Village for an eco-friendly getaway.

The hotel package is being underwritten by Discover Claremont, the Claremont tourism board. A complete list of Claremont merchants participating in the gift card promotion can be found at http://discoverclaremont.com/giftcards.

About Discover Claremont

Discover Claremont is the official destination marketing organization for the city of Claremont, California. Known for its seven nationally renowned colleges, Claremont is a hidden gem in greater Los Angeles – an ideal destination for intimate, relaxing days and nights. Visitors who “Take Time to Exhale” under Claremont’s urban canopy will discover inviting guest rooms, relaxing day spas, more than 80 restaurants and pubs, dozens of locally owned boutiques, bicycle-friendly streets and trails, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Claremont is also the first Fair Trade Town in Southern California, reflecting the community’s commitment to using ethically sourced products; many local retailers and eateries carry Fair Trade Certified™ merchandise and foods. Whether by car or Metrolink, Claremont is “the getaway that’s only a few miles away.”

WHAT: Claremont’s tourism board, Discover Claremont, is filming a promotional video in the streets of Claremont Village this Friday night. The video will promote many of Claremont’s amenities, including its hotels, restaurants and boutiques.

WHO: Claremont residents and visitors are encouraged to join with the Claremont High School Marching Band to participate as extras for the video’s “grand finale” scene in the Claremont Village. Please wear solid-colored tops (no patterns) without logos.

WHERE: Meet at the corner of Yale and Bonita Avenues.

WHEN: Friday, July 18, 2014. Call time is 4:30 PM, and the shoot will be completed by 7:00 PM.

QUESTIONS: Please email Discover Claremont at info@discoverclaremont.com

 

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claremont_restaurant_week_2013Claremont is hosting its second annual Claremont Restaurant Week from July 14-20, 2014. The seven-day “Midsummer Night’s Dine” event showcases the City of Tree’s many grills, sandwich shops, bakeries, and fine dining restaurants. With a growing number of regionally acclaimed restaurants and dozens of locally owned eateries keeping the food scene fresh, it’s no wonder that critics have declared Claremont a “food neighborhood” that’s “worth the drive” for foodies and tourists. Many of Claremont’s more than 75 eateries and hotel restaurants will participate by offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, ranging from $10-$40, that highlight their chef’s specialty cuisines. Restaurants confirmed to participate include the following:

  • Aruffo’s Italian Cuisine
  • Bardot
  • Casa de Salsa
  • Casa Moreno
  • Euro Café
  • La Parolaccia Osteria
  • Lounge 425 at Hotel Casa 425
  • The Last Drop Café
  • The Loving Hut Claremont
  • The Orchard at DoubleTree by Hilton Claremont
  • Packing House Wines
  • Pappas Artisanal (La Verne)
  • Pizza n’ Such
  • Podge’s Claremont Juice Co.
  • The Press Restaurant
  • Rounds Burgers
  • Saca’s Mediterranean Cuisine
  • Salad Farm
  • Tutti Mangia
  • Viva Madrid
  • Walter’s Restaurant
  • Zpizza Claremont

“Claremont Restaurant Week will showcase our growing, local culinary scene that is comprised of some terrific young chefs, experienced and daring proprietors, menus filled with locally sourced ingredients, and restaurants serving craft beers and ales that complement their meals,” said Maureen Aldridge, CEO, Claremont Chamber of Commerce. More details and a growing list of participating restaurants can be found at www.ClaremontRestaurant.com. claremontcoc_728x90rev

The 31st Claremont Folk Festival takes place on Saturday, May 31st, 2014, with gates opening at 10:00am. The festival features a wide range of music, art and learning experiences, housed within the natural beauty of The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

General Admission and VIP Seating tickets are available.  Children 12 and under are admitted free, except in the VIP section. VIP tickets are limited and the price includes prime reserved seating and VIP lanyard. VIP tickets must be purchased for children.  For more information and tickets, visit http://folkmusiccenter.com/folk-festival/

Musical Performers:
Ben Harper and his mother Ellen, Very Special Musical Guests (to be announced May 5), Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, The Coals, The Chapin Sisters, The Ooks of Hazzard, Blue Highway, Steve James, Rick Shea, Ross Altman, Peter Harper, Phoebe Bridgers, and Old Brown Shoe

Storytellers:
Angela Lloyd
Karen Rae-Kraut

Music and Art Teachers:
Ukulele Bartt, Jason Arimoto, John Rockwell, Homero Chavez, Rick Shea, Kevin Marin, Steve James, Leigh Adams, Ray McNamara, Gonzalo Bergara, Ross Altman, Kent Besocke, Chris Wahl, Bob Hurton, Sue Geeting, Phoebe Millerwhite, and Sue Bush

Workshops:
Cajon Drumming, Songwriting, Bottleneck Slide Guitar, Gypsy Guitar , Banjo, Beginning Ukulele, Reggae Style Ukulele, Fancy Fingers on the Ukulele: Right Hand Stuff, Mosaic Making Studio, Drum Circle, Fine Art with the dA Center for the Arts, Body Percussion & Boomwhackers, Harmonica, Protest Songs, Open Jam/Song Circle

Kids Passport Activities:
Song Quilt, Face Painting, Butterfly Pavilion, Zen Painting, Sunflower Planting

Local artists will be selling a variety of art, musical instruments and more.  Gourmet food trucks and local micro-breweries will provide food service in designated areas during the Festival. 

Festival attendees will have exclusive access to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for the day.  The entire 86 acres will be open for self-guided tours and exploration.  RSABG members can receive a discount code by contacting The Garden development office @ development@rsabg.org or (909) 625-8767 ext 221 (4 ticket max).

The Garden is a living museum, much different from a park or other recreation area, so personal food, glass bottles, and animals (with the exception of identified service animals) are not allowed.  We do encourage bringing refillable bottles of water for personal hydration.

This is a Rain or Shine Event.  No refunds.

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