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Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672-5233
+1 949-498-2139
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Lovely Piece of History

This was home of the founder of San Clemente, Ole Hanson. He had visited the area, fell in love... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Janis I
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Beautiful!

I've been to a wedding and a show here. Scenic and soooo California. A friend was recently proposed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Brandee L
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Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente, CA is south Orange County's major cultural institution. We are enhanced by our location in a 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival registered historic landmark, the home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson. Casa Romantica has developed a reputation for wide-ranging cultural programming, including music, art, dance, theater, horticulture, and a lecture series that bring international talent to south Orange County. Casa Romantica's estate, gardens, and exhibition galleries are open to the public daily during our normal hours. Onsite parking is FREE. No outside food and beverages are permitted. Sandwiches, salads, snacks, pastries, and hot and cold beverages are available for purchase at the Casa Cafe.
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415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672-5233
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was home of the founder of San Clemente, Ole Hanson. He had visited the area, fell in love with it and moved from the Scandinavian settlement of Norway, Wisconsin to develop lots to sell and build his own family home there. Lots of wonderful...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to a wedding and a show here. Scenic and soooo California. A friend was recently proposed to here. Yes, great for any occasion. Beautiful, colorful, ocean view.

Thank Brandee L
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CasaRomanticaSC, Public Relations Manager at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your glowing response, Brandee! We look forward to having you back here for one of our programs soon.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Lots of great history here; the first baptism in California took place near here (see the plaque), the builder (Ole Hanson) planned this to be a Spanish Village by the Sea, the property was hit by the Great Depression and was foreclosed upon in 1934,...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We were visiting cousins in San Clemente for the weekend and they took us for a tour of the Casa Romantica. What an interesting piece of California history! A volunteer met us at the entrance and guided us through the house. The view of the...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

We happened upon Casa Romantica quite by accident having come off the highway to see downtown San Celemente for first time. Were drawn here by the name -- it was Valentine's Day when my husband and I visited -- and were completely charmed. A volunteer...More

Thank Pam188
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CasaRomanticaSC, Public Relations Manager at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Pam, Thank you for your glowing review! We are delighted that serendipity brought you to Casa Romantica on Valentine's Day, and glad to hear that you had an excellent experience with our volunteer team and our cultural center. Please visit again when you next pass...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

So glad we discovered this place after parking for free near the San Clemente Community Center. Beautiful, relaxed gardens facing the ocean. Interesting historical building which Ole Hanson built and lived with his large family.

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

While on vacation we decided to stop at Casa Romantica and were not disappointed. It was only $5 for adults to get in and it was fun for our young kids to explore the rooms in the house and run on the paths outside. They...More

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CasaRomanticaSC, Public Relations Manager at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Strolson, Thank you for your excellent review! We strive to be a welcoming destination for visitors of all ages, and we are so glad that you, your children, and their grandparents all enjoyed our cultural center and botanical gardens.

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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful setting and quite a historical place. It gives one a real feel for the history of San Clemente and is not to be missed. The location is wonderful and the ocean views are fantastic!!More

Thank Richard S
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CasaRomanticaSC, Public Relations Manager at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Dear Richard, Thank you for your excellent review. We are so glad that you were present for one of our Casa Classic series concerts! We hope you will take a look at our Events Calendar the next time you are planning a visit here, as...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

The grounds are well manicured and the view of the pier and the pacific ocean is breathtaking. Great picture taking. Call for hours.More

Thank Cindy B
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CasaRomanticaSC, Public Relations Manager at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2018

Cindy, Thank you so much for visiting Casa Romantica! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. For future visits, you can see our regularly scheduled hours on our Plan Your Visit website page. To schedule a wedding venue tour (must be scheduled 1-2 weeks...More

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

I have been there a few times and appreciate some different each time as I pay my $5.00 donation and get a few answers to my questions from a doceant. The location is perfect to view the San Clemente pier and all the trains that...More

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Richard W
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Response from Jim L | Reviewed this property |
It's $5.00 unless you're a member somewhere else with affiliation in the American Horticultural Society, in which case it's free. The website lists all the gardens in the program.
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