Looking for a romantic getaway in Southern California? With charming old-style buildings at every turn and an abundance of peaceful tree-lined streets, Claremont is an ideal destination for couples looking to ramp up the romance.
Where to Stay
With stylish rooms, replete with soaking tubs, overlooking a gorgeous courtyard filled with fountains and fire pits, Hotel Casa 425, a boutique hotel and lounge in the Claremont Village, definitely inspires romance.
Plus, it’s within steps of fine restaurants, cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and the Claremont Colleges.
The Best Way to Begin
After having a continental breakfast together in the courtyard, you can stop at Iron & Kin Coffee Co. across the street in the Packing House—where lattes are often embellished with a foam heart—and then amble down the street to Aromatique for a massage.
Activities for Couples
For a lovey-dovey lunch, you can pick up gourmet fare at Cheese Cave and have a picnic at the Margaret Fowler Garden at Scripps College. But really, with gorgeous stately architecture and large lawns, most spots at the Claremont Colleges will do.
After that, peruse the latest art exhibit at the new Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College or the Claremont Museum of Art at the Claremont Depot, admire the native plants at California Botanic Garden, or go for a hike or bike ride at Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
With jaw-dropping views and outdoor activities year-round, Mount Baldy, about 30 minutes away, also makes for a great day trip.
Romantic weekend getaways call for good wine. Packing House Wines, a Wine Spectator award winner, offers an array of wonderful wines by the glass and a delectable selection of gourmet nibbles. And on the weekends, special wine tastings are offered.
You can stay at Packing House Wines for dinner and enjoy the Duck Mole or Short Rib Bolognese, or you can opt for the Filet Mignon or the Osso Bucco served with truffle and Parmesan polenta at yet another establishment with a Wine Spectator award: Tutti Mangia Italian Grill (yep, it’s down the street, too). Tutti Mangia has a pre-theater menu, so you can fuel up before enjoying an independent, foreign, or art film at Laemmle’s Claremont 5.
Or you can go just go back to your hotel and have a craft cocktail or a non-alcoholic beverage on the patio next to a fire pit. Creating romance is pretty effortless in Claremont.