In Maine, Portland's Victoria Mansion is a treat at any time, but at Christmas it goes beyond spectacular to stunning. The Italianate mansion drips with lavish ornamentation, architectural embellishments, and opulent decoration even before area florists and designers individually decorate rooms on the first two floors for the holidays. This year, Christmas at the Victoria Mansion, Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2010, celebrates the theme "We Three Kings of Orient Are," and visitors can view the newly restored Turkish Smoking Room.
Self-guided tours available Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $15 adults, $5 ages 6-17, under 6 free, or $35 for a family comprising a maximum of two adults and five children from the same household. 207-772-4841; www.victoriamansion.org.