Gorgeous Claremont is located 30 miles to the east of downtown Los Angeles, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. There is always something to do in this lively college town.
The History of Claremont
The earliest settlements have been traced back to the Serrano Indian tribe. They inhabited this area for many years, even after Spanish settlement began. In the late 1700’s,Mission San Gabriel was established, and here several Serranos were employed to handle the livestock. The Serranos remained in the region until smallpox had wiped out their tribe in the 1870’s.
Claremont wasn’t officially an incorporated city until 1907. By this time the area was flourishing in the citrus orchard business, which attracted workers from Mexico. This brought a whole new culture to the region. It was also during this time that the Claremont colleges began to develop and expand.
The city of Claremont is always buzzing with activity. This has a lot to do with the seven college campuses that are all located within walking distance of each other. Despite the fact that the city is brimming with young adults, it has remained a rather laid back community. Residential areas and locally-owned small businesses dot the outer perimeter of town.
You can still find plenty of unspoiled nature to enjoy. Well-kept biking & hiking trails, along with wilderness parks are found throughout the area.
Near the west end of the Claremont Colleges, you will find The Village, an area of hundreds of shops, boutiques, restaurants, specialty bakeries, pubs, spas and much more!
There is something for everyone in Claremont. There are more than 80 restaurants, bars and pubs alone. It is impossible to list all the exciting things going on throughout town, but here are a few of our favorites.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardenis the largest native botanical in California, and a sight to behold! If you want to experience the natural beauty of Southern California, you must visit this 86-acre gem.
Ben D. Bollinger’s Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theateris popular with the locals when they have the urge to partake in an elegant dinner and show. Once a high school gymnasium, the beautiful banquet hall is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening.
Folk Music Center attracts music lovers from all over. They have a wonderful collection of rare and eclectic instruments. If you are looking for something different, this place is worth a visit.
Claremont Hills Wilderness Parkoffers the perfect setting for an afternoon hike while exploring the historic homeland of the Serrano Indians.
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontologycan be found on the campus of Webb School. It is a very interesting attraction that gives an intriguing look into the earth’s past. Perfect for families looking for an educational outing.
Why People Love Claremont
People adore the small town feel of Claremont, while having the conveniences of a big city. Bike-friendly streets and cozy cafes, surrounded by top-ranked college campuses make it appealing to generations of all ages, from young to old. Sometimes this quaint little town can be overshadowed by its larger urban neighbors – what a shame! Claremont represents some of the best SoCal has to offer.