Britt Scripps Manor 406 Maple St./4th Ave., a few blks. from Balboa Park, (888) 881-1991, (619) 230-1991. 9 rooms; $205 to $515. Evening wine; full breakfast.
This multi-gabled 1887 Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion is a historic landmark. It features a striking turret, wrap-around porch, and a two-story original stained glass wall depicting morning, noon, and night in changing colors throughout the day—also an opulent parlor, hand-carved oak staircase, and music alcove with 1883 Steinway Art Case piano signed by Henry Steinway, great grandson of the founder. Exquisite attention is paid to details. Each individually decorated room represents a different design genre from the Victorian period, and each is equipped with a flat screen TV, bathrobes, and cashmere throws. Some bathrooms have claw-foot bathtubs. The exterior is painted in the original Victorian colors of yellow and red with green trim. Out front, the oldest Camphor Tree in North America--planted in 1865—is fragrant with menthol.
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