Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park is located on a ten-‐acre site that wasoriginally the home of E.W. Hopkins, the nephew of Mark Hopkins. The Hopkins home, known as the Old Mansion, was built during the Civil War period.
Originally a simple wooden structure, it was later expanded and decorated with its distinctive Italianate touches. Vallombrosa is graced by trees from all over the world. The gingko tree of Chinese origin, located in front of the Old Mansion, is the largest of its kind in the area. The trees, and the interplay of the sun and shadow throughout the grounds, undoubtedly influenced Mr. Hopkins in naming his estate.
The name “Vallombrosa” means “shady glen,” and refers to a beautiful forested area southeast of Florence, Italy. It was there in 1095 that St. John Gualbert established a monastery of Benedictine monks that survives to this day. At one point in his life, John Milton visited that monastery, and he wrote of the “shady glens of Vallombrosa” in his Paradise Lost.
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To learn more about this beautiful center, visit their website.
From San Francisco
From San Jose
Transportation From Nearby Airports:
San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Super Shuttle: From the upper level, use the crosswalk to the center travel island. Look for the blue Super Shuttle sign. Call 1-800-258-3826 (outside CA) for fares and reservations. Local calls 415-558-8500.
Bayporter Express: Call 415-467-1800 for fares and reservations.
BART SFO, BART Station is located in the International Terminal, Level 3. Board the Pittsburg/Bay Point-bound train, transfer at San Bruno station to Millbrae-bound train, then take Caltrain to the Menlo Park station, depart train and go right to Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave. (.3 mile). For more information visit www.bart.gov.
San Jose Airport (SJC)
Otto Express: Call 408-234-2078 for fares and reservations.
South & East Bay Airport Shuttle: Call 1-800-548-4664 for fares and reservations.
Public Transportation from the San Jose Airport: take the VTA SJC Airport Flyer (Route 10) to the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. The Airport Flyer is free and operates seven days a week from 5:30 am until midnight. Buses operate every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends.
For more information visit the airport website www.sjc.org.
Oakland Airport (OAK)
BART: Board the Daly City train, when you arrive at Balboa Park transfer to Millbrae train, when arrive in Millbrae depart BART and take Caltrain to the Menlo Park station, depart train, go right to Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave. (.3 mile)
From Santa Clara Train Station
From the Santa Clara station take the train to the Menlo Park Station. Vallombrosa will be two blocks from the train station, going East, at 250 Oak Grove Ave. (.3 mile)
BART from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK)
San Jose International Airport (Mineta Airport)
Please note that if you choose to stay at a local hotel, you still must pay Vallombrosa’s commuter fee of $120.00, in addition to your tuition. You can’t beat Vallombrosa for cost and convenience, and we do not have special rates with any local hotels, but below are a few other options, if you need it. (Some local hotels were sold out as of June.)
Keep in mind that public transportation to and from a hotel may be tricky and time-consuming.