In Part 1 of this report, we did a little exploration of the area in the neighborhood of Ontario International Aiport (ONT). Now, we're going to explore beyond and see what the rest of the Inland Empire has to offer...
As complete and busy as Ontario is, I think I’d still prefer to stay somewhere else. Just to the west of Ontario is the college town of Claremont. A shady, tree lined and beautiful suburb nestled at the junction of superb transit connections surrounded by great shops, restaurants, and campuses that’ll make you think you’re in the Ivy League. My choice here would be to stay at the DoubleTree Hotel on the corner of Foothill and Indian Hill Boulevards.
This large hotel with expansive grounds sits right on Route 66. The adjacent shopping center has a Trader Joe’s, a Buca de Beppo, and a nice Mexican restaurant with a patio to sip margaritas on.
If you need to work off those calories, the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden offers miles of trails through beautiful gardens that are planted with 100% California native plant. Those trails are also wheelchair accessible and the entrance is located at an easy-to-get-to spot on Foothill Bl., just east of Indian Hill Bl.