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Montalvo Arts Center

Address: 15400 Montalvo Rd, (near Lira Dr), Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone Number: 408-961-5800
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Saratoga
Type: Gardens, Theaters, Nature & Parks, Theater & Concerts
Activities: Drinking, Hiking
Owner description: A Tuscan-style villa with intricate gardens and grounds, which also includes an outdoor Greek-style...
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Type: Gardens, Theaters, Nature & Parks, Theater & Concerts
Activities: Drinking, Hiking
Hours:
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A Tuscan-style villa with intricate gardens and grounds, which also includes an outdoor Greek-style amphitheater for music concerts.

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San Jose, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Lovely gardens, with several short, easy trails accessible from the four parking lots. There is one scene out scenic Lookout point on the top of the hill but you can access by hiking a mile or two from parking lot three. Admission is free, and the location is pretty convenient for folks who live or are visiting the South San... More 

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los gatos, california
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

this beautiful majestic estate was built as a summer/country house by Sen. J. Phelan in 1913. its open to the public but also as several concert venues, art gallery, arboretum, and is temp.home to 12 artists at all times. One of the best places to visit in saratoga.

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San Jose, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The smallest venue at Montalvo is the Carriage House. I have gone three times this past year and loved the intimacy of the theater. The stage is so close it feels connected to the audience. There is not a bad seat in this place. Recommending this place to all. Looked accessible for mobility and the setting, ie. the trees and... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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224 reviews 224 reviews
58 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Fun experience...Beautiful location and all seats are good. Like that they shuttled up all of us to the event from the West Valley college parking lot for free! Jimmy cliff was fun, albeit...alittle old now...but it was still a fun experience.

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Stockton, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Montalvo is beautiful, intimate...a wonderous venue to enjoy top notch performers. The convenience of shuttles from the community college is an added plus.

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Los Osos, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

After being introduced to Lila Downs' music in Oaxaca, Mexico, I was thrilled to discover she was touring in the Bay Area. Saratoga and the Montalvo Arts Center are green and gorgeous--a pocket of calm in Silicon Valley. We liked the free parking and shuttle bus to the outdoor Garden Theater. Our seats were close to the stage and comfortable!... More 

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San Jose, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I went for a hike with a group of people over the weekend and stayed to visti the gardens and have a picnic. It was a wonderful Sunday mid day activity. If you don't know the area, pick up a free map before you begin. The trails are well marked, but the loop around and it is easy to get... More 

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Fremont, California
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1,137 helpful votes 1,137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Montalvo Arts is a good place for hiking with its beautiful botanical gardens; the villa is also quite nice. For a perfect summer evening we enjoy a picnic lunch on the grass followed by a concert in the outdoor theater. Every seat has a great view. At intermission there is refreshments you can buy. Although we have not been in... More 

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San Jose, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is place hidden and embedded into Santa Cruz mountains and great historical buildings and great for music concerts goers to enjoy the beauty of the nature and the beauty of music.

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Saratoga, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very nice setting, beautiful botanical garden and walking trails. We have attended very good Open Air concerts in the Amphitheater. The villa is also quite nice to walk around. There are indoor programs as well (for about 100 people).

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