Simply College Visits: The Claremont Colleges

For our third, and final (for now), installment of Simply College Visit Guides, we’re heading to the West Coast. Just north of Los Angeles are the Claremont Colleges: Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, & Pitzer.  

All 5 campuses are within 1 square mile and each college has a unique mission. Students are able to take classes at any of the colleges and have access to most of the other campuses’ facilities, creating a unified atmosphere.  Here are Lindsay’s personal recommendations on where to eat, stay, & play in Claremont, CA.


  • I Like Pie (175 N Indian Hill Blvd #102b, Claremont, CA 91711): Located right in Claremont Village, this is a “must stop” with seasonal savory and sweet pies.  They also host an annual pie festival in March!

  • Bert & Rocky’s Cream Co. (242 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711): If ice cream is your dessert of choice, you’ll love Bert & Rocky’s. This old-fashioned style shop handmakes all of their 200+ flavors.

  • Tutti Mangia (102 Harvard Ave N, Claremont, CA 91711): When you’re ready for a full meal, make a reservation at Tutti Mangia. They also have an amazing brunch every Sunday.


  • Hotel Casa 45 (425 W 1st St, Claremont, CA 91711): As part of the Claremont Village, Hotel Casa 45 allows easy access to the campuses, as well as the restaurants and shops the area has to offer.

  • DoubleTree by Hilton (555 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711): Just over a 1 mile from campus, the DoubleTree is another convenient choice.

  • Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center (601 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768): About 5 miles from campus, this hotel offers a beautiful location with a great patio.


  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (1500 N College Ave, Claremont, CA 91711): Stroll around the gorgeous gardens, which focuses on native California plants.

  • Mt. Baldy Ski Resort (8401 Mt Baldy Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759):  You may not automatically put California and skiing together, but this resort is less than 16 miles from the Claremont Colleges.

  • Explore Los Angeles: If you would like to take a little drive (about 40 minutes), head south and take in everything Los Angeles has to offer.