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Sunnylands

37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760 328 2829
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for high-level retreats of leaders seeking solutions. Left by Walter and Leonore... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
15 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Didn't think to review this when it happened, but what a joy it was touring the old Annenberg Estate. I was right there where presidents had met major figures. I saw their dining rooms and bedrooms. It was luxury throughout yet somehow retained a casual feel. I felt like I was standing next to Obama in the small room where... More

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

How lovely to walk through this fine estate where the Annenbergs so graciously entertained Presidents and many other famous people. The grounds and views are amazing.

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Pioneertown, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a place! It is absolutely magnificent. This place is a must see. The manicured gardens are a sight to behold. Do not miss watching the video. The restrooms are spotless and beautifully designed.

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Stuart, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

You must plan ahead if you want to see the house itself. But it is worthwhile. If you don't have a reservation you are still able to get a feel by visiting the administration building with a small display of the history of Sunnylands. The home is beautiful with the art work, furnishings and priceless pieces from around the world... More

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Rancho Mirage, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Well worth booking on line for a tour of the Annenberg winter estate which hosted Kings, Queens, Princes, Prime Ministers and of course Presidents. The rooms are fabulous and the photos and paintinngs are a wonder to behold. Wow! what must have been like to be part of those New Year celebrations when Ronnie and Nancy were there

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Kansas City, Missouri
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

After reading the reviews here, we consider ourselves very lucky to get tickets to tour Sunnylands! We just happened by on a Friday morning looking for a break from the Palm Springs heat, and as luck would have it, there were 2 tickets available for an afternoon tour. This is late june so it was probably a lucky low-season break,... More

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Tucson, AZ
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134 reviews 134 reviews
24 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Six of us had a wonderful time on the house tour. Tickets are hard to get, but if you don't have them you'll be limited to the gardens and the visitor center. Both are very interesting, but the house itself is the gem of the experience, a two hundred acre estate located on a private nine hole golf course. When... More

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Rancho Mirage, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We live within 2 miles of Sunnylands and I love driving past the property. When the property finally became available for viewing it was wonderful news. However, it took several months to get tickets. I really enjoyed the tour. I have also enjoyed the free Yoga on the lawn held every Friday at noon Jan-April. I really hope that at... More

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Palm Desert, CA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Gardens tour at Sunnylands is always available (and, I believe, always free) but the House Tour is well worth the cost of a ticket. You are escorted via golf cart from the ticket entrance and steeped in recent American history as your guide walks you through much of the former home of Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Friends to Presidents... More

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Kamloops, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

While the driveway leading up to the manor house was encouraging, we were somewhat underwhelmed with the gardens - both the size (very small) and the variety of plants showcased. While they actually did have dozens of cacti varieties on display - truthfully, to the naked eye/lay person it appeared as if there were only about 8-10 different varieties. We... More

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