Westlake Village, California
Why not build a Mediterranean-style resort a half-hour up the 101 from Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley? Hey, it’s Southern California where an Alpine-style mansion can sit cheek-by-jowl with a home right out of “Gone with the Wind” or a Frank Lloyd Wright number. The Westlake Village Inn is a little pocket of Tuscany, 17 acres that include a lake and grounds sprinkled with bougainvillea, formal gardens and all manner of ducks, swans and geese -- ideal for weddings or getting away for a weekend in the Italian countryside without the jetlag.
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