“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Close to Oakland, the turreted white Claremont hotel stands out among the green Berkeley hills. This quaint and quiet residential side of the college town has mom-and-pop shops, restaurants and cafes for a mellow change of pace. College Avenue connects Elmwood and Rockridge, and looks a movie version of an American Main Street. The clean, pretty street has a mix of restaurants and novelty stores, minus the downtown Berkeley bar hopping scene.