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Sunnylands

37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760 328 2829
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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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San Marcos, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The world has changed in a number of ways because of meetings held here at Sunnylands. You can't help but to feel part of it as you stroll through the house. It was awe inspiring and such a beautiful setting.

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Vicksburg, Michigan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Took me a few years to finally get reservations to tour the Sunny-lands home. Was well worth it. Lots of history and famous people passed and still pass throughout those portals. Most recently O bama spent sometime in meetings there. Lots of history. You need reservations to tour the actual house and grounds but the gardens are open to the... More

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La Quinta, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Worth seeing. Beautiful and interesting. The grounds are gorgeous and the house is full of amazing art, architectural style and unusual decor. The tour must be booked in advance, online, with very strict rules for when you can book. Recommend it for everyone (except young children who would not likely find it too interesting).

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Encinitas, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Sunnylands exceeded our already high expectations. The history, architecture, interior design, art work and grounds are all spectacular. The visitor’s center fits the property perfectly and the gardens are beautiful. Take the time to watch the movie about the Annenbergs and history of the estate. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Tickets for the house tour sell out quickly... More

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New York, NY
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72 reviews 72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

A visit to Sunnylands is a must when visiting Palm Desert. The visitor center is free and offers guided tours of the extensive gardens. These are desert, not botanical gardens and we got to see plants and trees that are native to the desert landscape. The visitor center offers an excellent cafe with views of the gardens and the mountains... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This estate is beautiful and the visitor's center has an interesting film and exhibits. Unfortunately we were unable to get tickets to see the house. Apparently they release tickets online the 1st and 15th of each month and they are snapped up within 5 minutes but double check this info. Well worth visiting even if you don't get to see... More

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Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Sunnylands has 2 ways to visit. One is a free admission visitor center and garden. The second is a house tour. We were unable to take the house tour becuase the tickets are very limited and sold by phone weeks in advance. The visitor center and gardens, however, are easy to visit and lovely. We watched the film which shows... More

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Bremerton, Washington
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96 reviews 96 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We were unable to take the home tour because two-week advance reservation was required so we toured the visitor center. We were not disappointed. Many audio visual opportunities and the gardens were peaceful and lovely. We even had a lunch there. The food was excellent, expensive and served in a cardboard container which was a disappointment. The outdoor seating made... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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77 reviews 77 reviews
9 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Check the calendar to visit the Annenberg Estate's Sunnylands Center and Gardens. It's beautiful, free and open to the public! The video describing the vision, the historic visits, et al, is quite educational. The grounds are beautiful. Well worth our time!

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Menifee, CA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

You might think that a fee of $35 for a home tour is too much, but you would be wrong. Sunnylands, the Annenberg Estate built in the 1960's, in truly a gem. This 25,000 sf home is the perfect embodiment of mid-century modern architecture, and it is filled with wonderful art and memorabilia. Called the Camp David of the West,... More

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