Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Slice of...Claremont, CA!

My name is Katie. I'm *almost* 21 and an art education major at California State University San Bernardino, and I work as a barista at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. I love owls, vintage Pyrex, and nail polish :). You can check out my blog at: http://katieebeee.blogspot.com/


I'm from the city of Claremont, California! This town is wonderful and it's a true treasure among all the smog and traffic congested cities of Southern California. Claremont is home to lots of tree-lined streets and the Claremont Colleges, which are often considered ivy-league colleges of the West Coast. The Colleges (there are 5) have such beautiful campuses. They consist of large green lawns, beautiful historic buildings where classes are held, and lovely gardens. Scripps College is definitely the most notable, as far as beauty goes. One of my favorite buildings at Scripps is the Garrison Theatre. Then I'll take a walk down to the elm tree lawn. People are always out taking pictures and doing their own photoshoots here, like me! Many weddings are done here too.


My favorite place in Claremont is the Village. The Village is an area with many restaurants and boutiques. The awesome thing about Claremont is that it doesn't have any fast food restaurants, and almost all of the businesses and restaurants are run by small business owners. I love supporting small business owners because I feel like they deserve business so much more than the big boys! Anyway, my favorite store is The Grove Vintage. Its tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of Claremont, and totally worth the visit! Everything is vintage, of course. But whats even more awesome is the fact that the lady who owns is collects owls, too!


Just two blocks away from The Grove Vintage is where I work- Coffee Bean! I cannot even express how much I love my job. The location, my co-workers, the customers (usually) - everything about it is rad. This is also where I spend 3/4 of my life. :)


I know this sounds weird, but we have a pretty cool parking structure in the Village. Its pretty average as far as parking structures go. But the cool part about it is that it has a "plaza" that over looks the entire village! Not only that, but its also got this beautiful tile mosaic, along with chairs and a shelter kind of thing.


Next is Claremont's coolest park! Its known as Memorial Park, and its right off the main street of the city. Its got this really pretty historic building called the Garner House, where you can take a tour if you are lucky. Besides that, the park is just an average park. I just really like it because you can get a glimpse of all the pretty houses that surround it.


Lastly is Indian Hill. The prettiest street ever! Just like every street in Claremont, this street is lined with trees. Even though it is out of the way for me, I still will make an extra few minutes just to take this "scenic route". See for yourself :)


I wish I could communicate via internet how much I love this city, but I think it's impossible! I hope if you ever come to southern California that you will make a special trip to see this city. Trust me, its worth it!

15 comments:

  1. I live in West Covina, not that far from Claremont. It's one of my favorite cities in southern california too! Really green and tons of little mom and pop shops. Love going here on sunny afternoons : ]

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  2. i LOVE claremont, & it was so exciting to see a city so close to home featured on this big time blog!

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  3. Looks beautiful! I'm more than a thousand miles away from California...but this looks worth the visit!

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  4. Aww my cousin grew up there! Its gorgeous and its about 15 minutes from me. I love the little shops they have downtown.

    The Sweetest Life

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  5. I lived in Claremont for two years, I miss it so much! it was the cutest town ever!

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  6. Awesome feature, Katie! Claremont looks absolutely picture perfect :)

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  7. Love the feature Katie! That street seriously does look AMAZING. I will most definitely visit.

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  8. I LOVE Claremont! It is one of the cutest, quirkiest little cities in So Cal. I live about 30 minutes East of Claremont, in Redlands. There has been a time or two where we considered moving just a tad closer to Los Angeles and Claremont has always been the top city on the list to move to. Thanks for featuring it!

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  9. I grew up in Ontario and dreamed of attending the Claremont Colleges (I decided to have kids and move to AZ instead. lol). My inlaws live in Upland (Benson & Baseline) so everytime I visit (which is quite often) I go down to the Village. I usually eat at the Village Grille, but I'll have to stop into the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and say hi!
    PS. The Grove Vintage is one of my favorite shops too!!!

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  10. It was so wonderful to see a post about Claremont! I lived there with Jenny, who commented earlier, for two years! This makes me miss living there! I especially miss all the town events, like the car show and family nights. Claremont is such a special place!

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  11. I've been there a few times :) My friends actually lived there a while and one of them (my girlfiend's husband) actually still goes to school at the art school there. What's funny is i make sure I visit the Coffee Bean every time we'd go!! I LOVE that place! :)

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  12. ahh its so wonderful to see how many people have been to or lived in claremont! they can relate to the joy it brings me :)

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  13. Aww Claremont is just about 45 minutes from me, I am in LA right next to Monterey Park :)

    I think I just been to the mall there. but it is a beautiful city♥

    xo


    kristin

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  14. I've lived in Claremont since age 7, and I go to Pomona College (one of the Claremont Colleges, which you probably know) now! It's such an absolutely beautiful city. City of Trees and PhDs indeed! I've been looking for a vintage shop nearby so I'll definitely have to check out The Grove Vintage!

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  15. Oh this was wonderful to read as I am attending CGU in the Fall :) You make it sound so magical!

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