I recently went to the Huntington Library, which I haven't been to in years now, and it was still just as beautiful as I remembered. The Chinese and Japanese gardens are the most impressive with all the stones imported from China and the design elements copied from various famous gardens in Asia. In the Chinese garden, you can grab lunch and tea on the lake, but be warned, it's fairly expensive. (Here I am, wearing a Calvin Klein blouse, Bullhead shorts, Cole Haan oxfords, and a vintage Dooney and Burke purse.)
Another one of my favorites at Huntington Library is the green house, which houses many tropical plants. It's exactly like how I imagine Uncle Monty's home to look like in Lemony Snicket's The Reptile Room.
It's funny to take a look around the house because the gardens gradually become more European and despite the classic European decorations like marble statures and perfectly trimmed bushes, there are still palm trees everywhere. You guys have probably had enough of me saying this place and that place would be perfect for a ball, but seriously, this would be another perfect place for a summer party, preferably a Gatsby party.
If you walk down the hill away from the home, it gets less organized and starts to look like a jungle. They even have several ponds down there, one of which inspired me to create my own koi pond in my yard. Huntington Library is worth visiting, if you are in Southern California. It has an art museum and various gardens, so it'll keep you busy all day. Also, if you grew up watching Ned's Declassified School Survivor Guide, you may recognize this place from the movie.