The seven Claremont Colleges are among the most prestigious in the nation, lending the town an ambitious and creative energy. The campuses are all laid out cheek-by-jowl; as you wander from one leafy street to the next, you won't be able to tell where one college ends and the next begins.
Claremont was originally the home of the Sunkist citrus growers cooperative movement. Today Claremont Village, home to descendants of those early farmers, is bright and lively—a beautifully restored lemon-packing house, built in 1922, now hosts numerous shops and cafés in College Heights. The business district village, with streets named for prestigious eastern colleges, is walkable and appealing with a collection of boutiques, fancy food emporiums, cafés, and lounges. The downtown district is a beautiful place to visit, with Victorian, Craftsman, and Spanish Colonial buildings.