A rare fall day in Claremont

Growing up in a small town in New England, I grew accustomed to colorful trees, pumpkin picking, Dunkaccino’s, and cozy sweaters for the months of September and October. However, when I moved to Claremont, these months were defined by endless sunshine and temperatures that hovered around eighty or ninety degrees. I’m not complaining about afternoons spent at the Scripps pool, but sometimes I can’t help but miss the cool autumn days. Here’s how to find a little bit of fall in Claremont.

Wake up early

Do you miss the fall air? Wake up early and get outside before you rush to your morning class. The air feels particularly crisp before 9 a.m in Claremont, and sometimes temperatures even remain below seventy degrees (gasp). Grab a light sweater, take a walk through the quiet campuses and enjoy the calm of a morning that could almost pass for fall.

Go to Mount Baldy

Just twenty to thirty minutes away from campus, Mount Baldy provides countless hiking trails for exploring. CMC’s Outdoor Initiative (OI) organizes trips to Baldy throughout the semester. One of the closest trails, Mount Baldy Trail, is already covered in crunchy brown and orange leaves. For a longer hike, check out the Mount Baldy Loop or the Devil’s Backbone Trail and eat at the Top of the Notch Restaurant before taking the Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts down. The ski lodge-style restaurant and the mountain views will make you forget about the scorching weather in Claremont. It’s a bit cooler in the mountains and you’ll be sure to return to campus feeling refreshed!

Order a Drink at the Motley

Don’t have time to go off campus but still want to experience a little bit of autumn? Head to the Motley and try their hot apple cider. For a caffeinated drink to power you through midterms, consider adding cinnamon, hazelnut or the classic pumpkin spice to your iced coffee or latte. They Motley also offers various cookies and treats that can help get you in the spirit of things.

Attend the Village Venture Arts and Crafts Fair

If you’ve wandered into to the Village recently, you’ve probably seen signs with pumpkins on them—everywhere. On Saturday, October 24, the Village will host the 34th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair, which includes a Halloween costume parade and booths for food and arts. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the event will continue until 5 p.m. Stop by and experience the festivities.

Go to Trader Joe’s

You probably need groceries anyway, so head to Trader Joe’s for all things pumpkin. The grocery store sells a ridiculous amount of fall items, including pumpkin bread mix, pumpkin instant oatmeal, pumpkin spice granola cereal and pumpkin body butter. If you don’t feel like buying anything, you can browse outside the store for a collection of pumpkins, squash and fall flowers that will remind you of those childhood hayrides.