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The Mountain Terrace

Woodside Wedding Venue
17285 Skyline Boulevard
Woodside, California 94062
Contact: Terri Shearer
Phone: 650/851-1606

Why We Like This Place

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 Blvd., 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: The Mountain Terrace’s prosaic exterior conceals glories inside. Once you cross the parking lot and pass through a redwood arbor, what you see takes your breath away: a brilliant green acre 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 wedding and reception. But there’s more—once you’ve taken in the lawn, you turn to see a large two-level redwood deck. Right away you know it would make a superb setting for a stand-up reception, sit-down dinner or any kind of function in between. On its upper level, a trellis shelters half the deck. The lower deck, only a couple of steps down from the upper, has a deftly crafted octagonal-shaped extension that’s perfect for cocktails or a dinner buffet. Just beyond the deck there are more oaks (one with a tree swing) shading chairs beneath them. The little grove makes a perfect nook partygoers can use to take a break from the main festivities while not losing touch.

There’s still more: Glass doors connect the deck to a substantial indoor space, divided into a dining room and a bar/dance area by a large stone fireplace. The antique bar, made of solid oak, has hefty Doric columns carved into it and is backed by a massive three-part mirror. The room’s hardwood floor invites carefree dancing (there’s an area where a band or DJ can set up). The dining area looks out through picture windows onto the deck and lawn. In winter, with a roaring fire inside and mist-shrouded redwoods outside, it makes a cozy wedding and reception site by itself.

As a facility, The Mountain Terrace is a “three-fer”: stunning lawn and view, inviting interior and grand redwood deck. Then there’s the drive up, which will put your guests in such a good mood, by the time they arrive they’ll be ready to fully enjoy the charms of this very special place.

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  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 400

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 130
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 250
  • Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 400


  • Max. Seated: 160

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The meadow accommodates up to 400 seated guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the site holds 130 seated. Outdoors, the patio holds up to 200 seated; the decks and lawn seat up to 300. When combined, the indoor and outdoor spaces accommodate a maximum of 350 seated guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces seat up to 160 guests.

Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.

A refundable $500 security deposit plus the rental fee is required to secure your date, and the balance is payable prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $2,000–8,000 depending on the date and time reserved. Meals start at $65/person. Tax, alcohol and service charge are additional.

Meeting packages for up to 100 include: an 8-hour facility rental, tables, chairs, LCD projector with screen, flip charts, accessories, WiFi, continental breakfast, lunch and refresh breaks.

Corporate event packages may include: a cocktail reception; picnic, lunch or dinner; wine tasting party; cooking challenge or team building events.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners


Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided for up to 150 guests
Linens, Silver, etc.: china, glassware and flatware provided for up to 200; linens arranged by venue, extra fee
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: indoor area
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: provided
Parking: on-site lot or shuttle
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: CBA, extra fee
Cleanup: provided
View: redwoods, partial bay view

Venue Views

Forest/Wooded Area
Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility


Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: designated areas
Music: amplified OK indoors only, outdoors acoustic only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required

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