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The Inn at Mt. Ada, Santa Catalina Island, Los Angeles County( Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times )
Call it the Hearst Castle alternative. Unlike the rich man's digs at San Simeon, the late William Wrigley Jr'.s hilltop hideaway on Santa Catalina Island welcomes you to stay overnight, savoring the splendor enjoyed by the late chewing-gum magnate and Cubs team owner. Why is this 1921 house, now the Inn on Mt. Ada bed-and-breakfast, quintessentially Californian? Because it marries breathtaking beauty with private power and wealth. Surveying Avalon's sapphire-hued harbor hundreds of feet below, you can pretend Catalina is your personal playground. OK, so the inn is about one-ninth the size of Hearst's Casa Grande. It offers other perks. Each of its six guest rooms comes with a golf cart, breakfast and lunch, evening wine and appetizers. Rates start at $350 per night.
Info: (800) 608-7669, visit online
-- Jane Engle