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Filoli was once among the finest local country estates, built as a private residence in 1917 on 650 acres in what is now Woodside, Calif.

It’s been a non-profit since the 1970s, and the staff has kept the mansion and grounds frozen in time, allowing Bay Area residents to live their “Dynasty” (or “Succession”) fantasies for a $15 to $25 fee.

The 16-acre English Renaissance garden is a draw year-round, but check the Filoli site for special events.