Claremont Village

Claremont Pie Festival Coming March 18, Author Kate McDermott to be Guest Speaker

The 5th Annual Claremont Pie Festival event will take place Saturday, March 18, 2017, throughout the historic Claremont Village. Event hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The event features pie-baking and pie-eating contests, makers’ stage and bakers’ stage demonstrations, a classic car display, vintage aprons, handcrafted merchandise, great food, great pie and live music. Stroll around the Claremont Village collecting recipe cards from participating stores, wear your favorite apron, learn pie making tips and eat pie! Don’t forget to stick around for the pie tasting buffet after the baking contest winners are announced!

Famed baker Kate McDermott will be a guest speaker at this year’s festival. For years, the world’s culinary superstars have travelled to
Kate’s legendary workshops and Pie Camps in Port Angeles, Washington, to learn pie-baking secrets from the master. Here is your chance to meet her right here in southern California. 

From a self-taught home baker who learned the magic of pie from her grandmother, Kate became a nationally recognized expert on the subject and,since then, thousands have traveled to her famous Pie Cottage to get a taste. In her publishing debut, ART OF THE PIE: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, Kate McDermott presents the definitive guide to that simplest and yet most intimidating of pastries—the pie.  McDermott explains why the time had come to share her wisdom. “I want to pass on the craft of pie making to as many as I possibly can,” she says. “Since not everyone can join me at my Pie Cottage baking counter, I wrote Art of the Pie so I could ‘join’others at theirs.” Readers expecting a technical pastry manual will be surprised and delighted at ART OF THE PIE. McDermott is an advocate for confidence, flexibility, and fun in piemaking. Her recipes encourage readers to feel the dough, taste the fruit, and develop the intuition that turns a baker from good to great. Her recipes and detailed instructions—as sensible as they are whimsical—will make home cooks feel like they have a helpful grandmother at their elbow offering advice, just as Kate did when just as Kate did when she learned pie baking years ago.


Kate will give a brief talk about her life and her book Art of the Pie, followed by a book signing.   Books will be available for purchase (while supplies last).

Cost:  Free!

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: Noon, Saturday, March 18, 2017 

Location: Hotel Casa 425 in the Claremont Village, 425 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711. 


Kate’s 90-minute Pie Making Demo

Cost to attend: $55

Date:  Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time: 1:45 PM, Saturday, March 18, 2017 

Location: Hotel Casa 425 in the Claremont Village,  425 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711. 


For event details, like how to enter the pie baking contest or become a vendor, go to

Claremont Weekend Getaway Itinerary Ideas

Last Drop Cafe menu sign in Claremont CALooking to escape all the hubbub with a weekend getaway in Southern California? Claremont, a city with an overabundance of trees – and nationally renowned colleges – that just oozes charm, will make you think you got teleported to a college town back East.

Fuel Up

To kick-start your restorative weekend trip in Claremont, enjoy a cup of joe and a freshly baked croissant on the patio at Last Drop Café, located in the quaint Claremont Village. From here you can admire the historical architecture, gaze at the San Gabriel mountains and gear up for some boutique shopping in the neighboring stores.

Head Outdoors

Mount Baldy, just minutes away, makes for an excellent day-trip. Depending on the season, you can hike, mountain bike, zip-line, or partake in a wide variety of fun snow activities. Afterwards, you can take a ski lift up to Top of the Notch Restaurant & Bar, which offers a unique dining experience with amazing vistas.

Another option for nature lovers is Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the largest botanic garden dedicated to California native plants. If you’re at the Garden during late spring or summer, the Butterfly Pavilion is a must-see.

Claremont Village Awaits

Once you’ve perused an amazing variety of plants, or walked among beautiful butterflies, you can stop at The Back Abbey for a gourmet burger and an artisan crafted beer on the patio. Or you can head over to Claremont Craft Ales (opens at 1 p.m. on weekends), where various gourmet food trucks land daily. Rhino Records in Claremont CA

After lunch, you may want to check out the captivating assortment of musical instruments at Folk Music Center, expand your record collection at Rhino Records, do some vintage shopping at The Grove Vintage, or check out some of the art galleries in the Claremont Village or at the Claremont Colleges.

If you’re a serious art lover, you’ll want to plan your weekend trip around the Claremont Art Walk, which is held on the first Saturday of the month and showcases local artists at galleries throughout the Claremont Village.

Claremont Packing HouseClaremont Packing House at sunset

Come sundown, the Packing House offers a profusion of exciting evening activities. You can catch a live stand-up comedy show at Flappers Comedy Club, do a wine tasting at Packing House Wine Merchants, have dinner and hookah at Casablanca Bar and Grill, or enjoy hand-crafted cocktails at The Whisper House, Claremont’s first speakeasy. On Friday nights, you can shop one-of-a-kind arts and crafts at Art Mart, held inside the Packing House.   

Whatever place you decide to go to or activity you choose to partake in while in town, we trust you’ll leave Claremont with shoulders softened, a smile, and effortless breath. 

Claremont Chamber Hosts 35th Annual Village Venture Faire, October 22

The Claremont Chamber of Commerce is excited to present the 35th Annual Village Venture Arts and Crafts Faire located in the Claremont Village on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Claremont Village is located in downtown Claremont off of Indian Hill Blvd. between First St. and Fourth St. 

Get your holiday shopping done early as you walk the streets of the Claremont Village lined with 450 booths selling unique art, original crafts and apparel. Get to know all the local businesses and nonprofits in the business and organization block located on First Street. Be sure to also stop by the food court for an array of international foods and entertainment.

No 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!

Other 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 the Sunrise Rotary Booth located at the corner of Bonita Ave. and Harvard 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.

For more information contact the Claremont Chamber of Commerce at (909) 624-1681 or visit

CBS Los Angeles: Spend A Day With The Arts in Claremont

Freelance writer Danielle Farve takes a good look at some of the arts options here in Claremont, including Hip Kitty Jazz, Candlelight Pavilion, and the Honnold Mudd Library.

She writes:

The city of Claremont offers the unique contrast of being both a quiet, quaint, antique-friendly community as well as a Bohemian college town. Home to the Claremont Colleges, Los Angeles day-trippers will find no shortage of fun, exciting entertainment here with everything from botanic gardens to independent theater to fill up a one-tank trip here.

Check it out at Claremont: Spend A Day With The Arts « CBS Los Angeles.

Huffington Post:Whiskying the Night Away in Claremont Village

Great look at a night in Claremont that starts with a whisky tasting at Hotel Casa 425 and ends the next morning with a great meal at Some Crust Bakery. Make your plans to come visit!

On the west end of town is a quaint district that includes antique shops, a wine store, family-owned restaurants and the Hotel Casa 425, a stylish boutique hotel combining old world charm with modern luxury. The three-story white building with red-tiled roof surrounds a tree-lined courtyard, where the tasting would take place.

via Scott Bridges: Whiskying the Night Away in Claremont Village.

Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge Introduces New Summer ‘Farmers Market’ Cocktails, Small Plates Menu, Live Music

June 27, 2012 — Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge will introduce a new summer menu this weekend, featuring innovative small plates and cocktails emphasizing local ingredients found at the Claremont Farmers Market.

Three new drinks on the summer menu — the Berry Spicy Margarita, La Coquette and the Kentucky Rose — use house-made infused liquor as a key ingredient. “I’ve been infusing liquor with local, farmers market herbs and fruits, and it’s generated a lot of interest amongst our patrons, “ said Lounge mixologist Will Van Leuven. “Our new summer menu drinks play up our most popular infusions, like the jalapeno-cucumber tequila found in the Berry Spicy Margarita or the rosemary-orange bourbon in the Kentucky Rose.”

Small plate items added to the summer menu include Cajun Calamari and Pulled Pork Sliders. The new summer-inspired Champagne Chevre salad is large enough to enjoy as an entrée or share with two. The La Frieda Croissant, an eight-ounce chuck and short rib patty, topped with jalapeno bacon, tomato jam and marbled blue cheese sandwiched by a croissant bun, is expected to quickly become a favorite.

Along with the new cocktails and menu items, patrons will soon enjoy live music at Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge. Upcoming performers include the Brandon Bernstein trio on June 30, Lorenzo Grassi trio July 14, the Brandon Bernstein trio July 28, Joe LoPiccolo trio August 11 and Sarkis Turgutyan trio onAugust 25, 2012. All are classic guitarists with styles ranging from smooth jazz to Spanish Flamenco.

Hotel Casa 425 + Lounge is located in downtown Claremont at 425 W.First Street, in historic Claremont Village. The lounge offers a casually sophisticated venue for mingling with friends, along with signature drinks, an extensive wine and beer list and gourmet small plates. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, with select small plates and drinks ranging from $5 to $10. 

Indoor seating is available, but regulars prefer to relax in the hotel’s central courtyard, which feels more like an outdoor living room with its canopy of trees, lounge furniture, fountains, and fire pits.

For more information, visit

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