Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Majestic Harbor View

What's a sundae without the nuts and cherry on top? A hotel's appeal and value, too, can lie in little things that add up.

Consider the Inn on Mt. Ada on Catalina Island. This imposing 1921 mansion, former home of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., is perched on a hilltop with breathtaking views of Avalon harbor -- and rates to match, starting at $360 plus taxes per night.

But besides your room, the rate includes 24-hour rental of a golf cart to tool around town; breakfast and lunch for two with wine or beer; and nearly round-the-clock snacks. These extras are easily worth more than $100 ???

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