The renovated and restored Gilded Age-era winter home of architect Franklin Smith features a sizable collection of antiques, including custom-made bone china, Oriental rugs, and exquisite Egyptian artifacts. The latter is highlighted by the Sacred Cat Rug, a 2,400-year-old tapestry made from the hairs of ancient cats that roamed the Nile. Rumor has it there's a curse waiting for anyone who walks on it. Luckily, you won't be at risk, as the rug is hanging safely on a wall. A 45 to 60 minute guided tour provides an in-depth look at the historical significance of Villa Zorayda, which is a scale copy of a Moorish castle and has, over the years, been everything from a home and a nightclub to a casino and a speakeasy. The docent-led tours are great, but the self-guided audio tour is ideal for those who want to go it alone, with recordings explaining everything in detail. December holiday season is particularly majestic here, as the home is lit up with over 100 candles.