Whether you’re driving down from San Francisco or up from San Jose, the final six miles to The Mountain Terrace are sensational. They ascend a mountainside on State Route 84, one of California’s most magnificent sections of highway. The winding road is flanked by sturdy old oaks, dense, fragrant redwood groves, and huge chateau-like mansions. There are spectacular bay and ridge views at several spots along the way and, in a couple of places, imposing trees thrust their branches out across the road to form living archways. If the last leg of the trip is a revelation, a second surprise awaits at the top. Where Highway 84 meets up with redwood-edged Skyline Boulevard, there’s a small crossroads settlement. The Mountain Terrace is an unassuming wooden building at the far end of this little village. However, as they say, appearances can be deceiving: our prosaic exterior conceals glories inside. Once you cross the parking lot and pass through the gate, what you see takes your breath away: three brilliant green acres of lawn, shimmering in the sunlight, rimmed by oaks and dozens of soaring redwoods. At its far boundary, where the mountain begins to slope to the lowlands, it draws your eyes to a sweeping view of the southern part of San Francisco Bay all the way down to the Fremont hills. By itself, the lawn makes a perfect spot for an outdoor event and reception.
Mountain TerraceWoodside, CA, 94062
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