A Magical Holiday Staycation at Berkeley’s Claremont Club & Spa

December 2, 2022

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A couple of standouts on the menu at Limewood Bar & Restaurant, located at the Fairmont Hotel-owned Claremont Club and Spa: their Blood Moon is Casamigos mezcal, Cointreau, blood orange puree and lime juice, and is a great counterpoint to most rich brunch foods.

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“The dishes that executive chef Joseph Paire III creates for the Claremont Club and Spa, a Fairmont Hotel seem to be a reflection of the man himself: smart, sophisticated—and playful.”

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“Expect exquisite interior design, top-notch in-suite amenities, and the feeling of luxury in the air. This lodging is ideal as a California wellness retreat. The spa is rich and includes a plethora of luxurious treatments. The pool area, set among the redwoods, is enormous, picture-perfect, and unapologetically relaxing. There’s also a farm-to-table on-site restaurant with a magnificent panoramic terrace for scenic dining.”

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“The drive from San Jose will only take about 56 minutes during normal traffic. Visit the gorgeous and magnificent Botanical Garden at the University of California. This garden features more than 10,000 plants worldwide and is even more stunning during the fall season. Enjoy panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, and Angel Island from the Berkeley Marina.”

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“Once you make it to Berkeley, you’ll have access to all that the surrounding cities have to offer. I spent a morning wandering around Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue, where you can stop by Sleepy Cat Books (to meet Lyla), check out the original Amoeba Music store (to pick up some records) and shop at plenty of thrift stores (to pick up some new old clothing). Stay at Claremont Club & Spa, where there are three outdoor heated pools and Le Labo products in your hotel bathroom.”

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“Home to UC Berkeley, the slow food movement and a vibrant arts and culture scene, this Bay Area college town is worthy of a long weekend… Go for the splurge and book your stay at the iconic Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, which has been hosting visitors for more than a century. This historic and luxurious property offers gorgeous bay views, an excellent culinary program and all the amenities you’d want in a five-star California resort. “