A Valentine's Getaway Right in Southern California? Try a Village: Claremont Offers the Complete Package for Romance

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Looking for last-minute ideas for a romantic moment in Southern California? Consider the range of choices at Claremont, CA. Although a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, couples will feel they are in another country with this European-like village setting, great restaurants and thriving night life.

Southern California couples considering a romantic weekend getaway for Valentine's Day 2011 will find Claremont, California, a very inviting choice with a range of creative and relaxing options. Now is the time to begin booking rooms and making reservations for restaurants and entertainment in this secret, Los Angeles County oasis.

There are many reasons to consider Claremont for THE romantic getaway weekend of 2011.

First, this lush, European village-like "city" in the middle of urban Southern California quickly transports couples into an idyllic, romantic setting where they can stroll tree-lined streets adorned with charming shops, outdoor cafés, historic neighborhoods and nearby college campuses.

Next, consider the range of lodging options. Local hotels, such as Hotel Claremont and Tennis Club, Hotel Casa 425, the Doubletree Hotel Claremont, Claremont Lodge and Howard Johnson Express Inn Claremont, provide a full range of amenities and price levels.

Finally, Claremont abounds with highly rated restaurants and offers unique Valentine's Weekend activities - including a rare stage production of "Phantom" - to let couples design their own custom getaways that will provide lasting, loving memories.

An Abundance of Romantic Experiences

For Valentine's Day, the Doubletree Hotel Claremont is offering a "Sweet Romance Getaway" special. The package includes deluxe accommodations for two, sparkling wine in room upon arrival, and a full breakfast. In advance of the holiday, the hotel's on site spa, Essentials Day Spa & Salon, is offering an "Amore Package for the One You Love," a professional hair style, make-up application and photo shoot.

After selecting the right hotel, Valentine's Day planning usually involves finding the perfect dining experience. There are plenty of restaurants in Claremont to provide a memorable meal for a variety of palettes. Top choices include La Piccoletta (Italian fare at 114 N. Indian Hill Blvd.), The Back Abbey (Bistro, 128 N. Oberlin Ave.), Arrufo's (Italian, 126 Yale Ave.), Harvard Square Café (French, 206 W. Bonita Ave.), La Parolaccia Osteria Italiana (201 N. Indian Hill), Tutti Mangia (Italian, 102 Harvard Ave.) and Viva Madrid (Spanish, 225-B Yale Ave.).

With a restaurant reservation, it's time to enjoy the rest of those special moments.

Couples may find inviting a quiet morning or midday walk among the many shops of the Claremont Village. Start the day with the warmth of a special brew of coffee, homemade pastries or crafted breakfasts at one of the local cafés, such as the Last Drop Café (119 Harvard Ave.) or Some Crust Bakery (119 Yale St.). From there, consider a tour of the internationally famous Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, or visits to the many local museums and art galleries.

If nighttime entertainment is part of your romantic retreat, consider musical choices at the Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue (502 W. First Street), the PianoPiano dueling piano bar at the Doubletree Hotel (555 W. Foothill Blvd.) or The Press restaurant (129 Harvard Ave.). And what says Valentine's Day better than romantic theater? The Candlelight Pavilion will be presenting the original stage production of "Phantom" by Kopit and Yeston. Make reservations at http://www.candlelightpavilion.com. There will be a special performance on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.

To start or end an evening with drinks, appetizers and/or dessert, consider the intimate settings found at the Lounge of Hotel Casa 425, walk across the street to the Packing House Wine Merchants, or enjoy the selections at Walter's (310 Yale St.).

A complete listing of shops, hotels, events and more can be found at http://www.thevillageclaremont.com and http://www.claremontchamber.org.

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