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Montalvo Arts Center

15400 Montalvo Rd, (near Lira Dr), Saratoga, CA 95070
408-961-5800
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Ranked #3 of 12 attractions in Saratoga
Type: Gardens, Theaters
Activities: Drinking, Hiking
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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Saratoga, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Emeryville, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The wedding parties were everywhere getting pictures so it was a little noisy and at times difficult to really enjoy the formal garden. Little early for the roses but they are probably wonderful when full in bloom

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San Jose, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

The carriage house is a wonderful place to hear music. Smaller than most movie theaters, not a bad seat in the house. Great acoustics. Nice seats. Parking is sketchy. If there is a shuttle use it.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We had never heard of this place, but were taken there by our hostess. It is a magnificent site, a beautiful house and wonderful gardens and all free to the public. We are not able to go inside the house, but feel sure it would be a superb setting for concerts and receptions/parties. There are far more hiking trails than... More

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San Jose, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Last night went to see our favorite comedian, Brian Regan. I haven't been there for years when we used to park, walk up the "big" hill to see a concert. This time we used the shuttle service, the best, picked up within minutes. Great venue and we will be back.

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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Montalvo is a lovely arts center. The forest trails and gardens are beautiful, and the villa is an architectural gem. I've been to outdoor concerts at many different venues, but the garden theatre at Montalvo is by far the best. Situated just in front of the forest, with a good view of the stage from every seat, the audience size... More

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Saratoga, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've been there twice -- once for a play, and another time for a concert. Both times, it was a pleasant experience. The outdoor venue is great for bringing some picnic food items, and the acoustics were good. If you get there early, or want to stay late, touring the grounds and gardens is recommended. There are even hiking trails... More

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Saratoga, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our family normally goes to Montalvo for walks and concerts. The venue is located within walking distance of my home so it is easy for us. If you have to drive, you should be patient as you make your way to the parking lots via a narrow driveway. The mansion is pretty by California architecture and the grounds have lovely... More

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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is an elegant country house once belonging to the Governor of California. It is surrounded by gardens and forest with walking trails and outdoor sculptures. There is something to be enjoyed by everyone year round. My family enjoys many concerts and gourmet restaurant tastings. We celebrate Mothers' Day with their brunch each year.

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Saratoga, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Montalvo Arts Center is so much more than an Arts Center. Montalvo is a fabulous place to take a hike on hillside trails ending in a fabulous view. There are 175 acres of forest and gardens. You can picnic on the huge front lawn any day of the week or just have your small kids play. Yes, there are wonderful... More

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