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Address: 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone Number: 760 328 2829
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Description: Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for...
Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for high-level retreats of leaders seeking solutions. Left by Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the estate will continue to welcome U.S. Presidents, bipartisan political leaders, & others.The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to building international understanding, advancing world peace, improving the functioning of government and other purposes through high-level retreats for global leaders from a spectrum of fields.The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands welcomes national and international leaders for high-level retreats and meetings that address and seek solutions to serious issues facing the nation and world. Sunnylands, the former winter residence of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg, is available also for limited public tours. The adjacent Sunnylands Center & Gardens features exhibitions, films, and educational programs; and visitors can enjoy a nine-acre art garden. The historic house and Sunnylands Center & Gardens opened March 1, 2012.Sunnylands Center & GardensHours: 9am - 4pm, Thursdays through Sundays7am - 2pm, Thursdays through Sundays in June & JulyClosed in AugustCafe open until one hour before closing.
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Beautiful Gardens

I did not know about Sunnylands but was very happy to have stopped there. The gardens were beautiful and the movie was very interesting. My disappointment was you had to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I did not know about Sunnylands but was very happy to have stopped there. The gardens were beautiful and the movie was very interesting. My disappointment was you had to purchase a ticket a head of time to tour the house. When they said they were sold out I asked when I would be able to tour and they said... More 

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Minneapolis, Mn
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Sunnyland Center is a modern and beautifully designed building which houses the history of the Annenbergs and their home and their contributions. The entry into the center was just beautiful this March as the yellow flowered trees that line the driveway glow like gold and the driveway is long...or it seemed that way. Once inside the building you can look... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We visited at the end of our stay in the Palm Springs area. Perhaps we came a little too late, nevertheless the gardens are breathtaking. The Palo Verde were in full bloom, absolutely incredible. The amount of cacti is incredible with many in bloom this time of year. Not only that, admission is free.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We were lucky enough to be able to do a guided tour of the gardens led by an expert. The grounds are amazing. The variety of cacti, aloe and other succulents, the low desert trees and shrubs were impressive as well as beautiful (got to see barrel cactus in bloom!). The Center is midcentury type architecture with amazing views of... More 

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Fort Bragg, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My friend got me a ticket by stopping by the estate in person. I had tried to get a ticket online when they went on sale, but within seconds of opening, all were sold out...The tour groups are small - 6 visitors - and leave every 15 minutes. A pleasant ride across the golf course takes the cart to the... More 

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Wenatchee, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We did not get to the Anneberg estate as advanced reservations are a must. We did enjoy the gardens and especially the excellent movie that gives the history of the Annebergs and what some refer to as the western Camp David where so many U.S. presidents and dignitaries have gathered over the years. This was time well spent.

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Swift Current
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

It is very difficult to get tickets to the guided tour of the house and gardens but the effort will be worth it. The Annenberg's were indeed one of the richest families in the states and they created a home and retreat worthy of their means. The architecture, art work and gardens are beautiful in their design and construction. You... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

All the previous comments made by others have valid points; the big living room in their home looked more like a furniture showroom. Sunnyland is another interesting sight with its connection to recent American history. Seeing the video is worthwhile. Seeing the copies of their art collection is interestng. Seeing their pictures with others is interesting. Riding the grounds in... More 

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Moab, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The tour of the Sunnylands house is worth the entrance fee and all the planning required to get a reservation. At long last you can see what much too money, bad taste and a desperate need to show-off will lead to. The building itself is ridiculously large (a 25,000 foot one bedroom house) and the furnishings totally inappropriate to the... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

After visiting the Sunnylands Visitor Center and Gardens, open freely to the public (see my separate review), we decided to take the guided tour on the property. It is well organized: a 12 seater golf card drives you through the property, most acreage used for the golf course and stops at the main Historic House. It is is of course... More 

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