Visit California: December Events in California

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Excerpt: Explore the decorated—and fascinating—house and gardens of this 1917 country estate in San Mateo County, 30 miles south of San Francisco. See the colors of its 16-acre garden by daylight and settle in by the firepits with a warm drink. Next, check out the interior of the 56-room home—like its grand dining room, decorated in the style of the original owners, who were heirs of the Empire Gold Mine. Don’t miss the family room that reflects the family that lived here in the mid-20th century; note the sounds of Christmas hits and vintage commercials playing on the 1960s Zenith TV.

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