The Mountain Terrace 17285 Skyline Boulevard • Woodside • CA 94062


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

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 scenic 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 elegant 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 with market lights overhead. 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. Just beyond the deck there are more oaks (one with a tree swing) shading chairs beneath them along with a fire pit. 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, which can also be used for dancing, 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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PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $2,000–9,000/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Time of year
    • Holiday days

  • The rental fee includes:

    • Exclusive use of The Mountain Terrace property during the event day for your ceremony and reception
    • 8-hour block of time for your event, 2 hours for setup, and 1 hour for cleanup
    • Tables and chairs for up to 150 guests
    • China, glassware, and flatware for up to 200
Ceremony Fee
  • A ceremony-only option is also available for $2,500–4,000 depending on the number of guests. Rental includes the ceremony space for 5 hours (9am–2pm), 150 natural wood garden chairs, 1 arbor, and 15 dining tables.

Meals (when priced separately)
  • $70/person and up
Additional Info
  • Meeting packages 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; or team building events.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 0 600
Cocktails, etc. Standing 250 400
Reception Seated 120 250
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 120.

CEREMONY CAPACITY: The meadow accommodates up to 600 seated guests.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the site seats 120. Outdoors, the patio seats 250 with additional space on the lawn for up to 400 guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces seat up to 120 guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Garden
  • Mountain
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Restaurant

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Cityscape
  • Forest / Woods
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Meadow / Fields
  • Mountains
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

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
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, bay view


But take note of the following limitations!

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


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