Travel Reviews

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

“It’s calm, it’s unassuming, it’s graceful.”

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

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

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

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.

Locale Magazine — 4 Southern California Destinations You Can Reach by Rail

For a proper sit-down dinner, make your way over to Aruffo’s Italian Cuisine, a Claremont staple since 1985. Named after the owners, Tom and Valerie Aruffo, this authentic establishment is known by locals for their welcoming ambiance and family feel. Have a glass of fine California wine or imported Italian wine to accompany the grass-fed veal or housemade fresh pasta.

Run The Atlas — Touring California’s Best College Town

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.

Travelife — California’s Claremont Gets Passing Grades

Underneath the canopy of an urban forest, the town’s history is preserved in its walkable neighbourhoods filled with arts and crafts, eclectic revival and Victorian architecture.

Macaroni Kid — Claremont: The Ultimate Weekend Getaway + Awesome Family Vacation

A Favorite Hidden Gem with Angelenos: One of the Most Quintessentially California Places to Visit


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

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

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

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.

Los Angeles Times – Four Hours: Claremont is vintage, delicious and delightfully smart

What is it that makes college towns so vibrant?

Whatever the magic qualities, Claremont, home to the highly respected Claremont Colleges, seems to have them in abundance, especially around its inviting tree-lined core known as the Village, a blend of interesting shops, historic buildings and diverse eateries.

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