Palo Alto Online: Filoli estate’s holiday decor lands a top spot in national poll

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At first glance, it’s easy to assume that Elvis Presley’s mansion and Woodside’s Filoli estate wouldn’t have much in common, but according to a USA Today readers’ poll, both historic dwellings are among the best in the nation at decking the halls to welcome holiday visitors.

Filoli Historic House & Garden and Presley’s former home, Graceland, in Memphis were both recently announced as winners on USA Today’s list of top 10 historic holiday home tours, part of the 2020 edition of the publication’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

At number nine on USA Today’s list, Filoli is the only winner west of the Mississippi River — and at just over a century old, one of the “newer” homes featured, relatively speaking, along with Graceland. Elvis’ former digs topped the list, which also included such historic residences as George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, in Virginia.

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