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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, Cultural
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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.

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

The only way to see Sunnylands is to book a tour. A tour of the gardens doesn't allow you to view the main house. Book a tour within a 2 week open-window - it's well worth the trouble. The tour is excellent and the tour guide well informed, the cost well worth the price.

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Vernon, Canada
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34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

we went to Sunnylands and enjoyed walking around the gardens. The movie about the history of Sunnylands was very interesting. The problem was the interesting part to see is the house, pools and golf course where the celebrities, royalty, and movie stars stay and you can only see this on a pre-booked tour for $40, the grounds and centre are... More

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Riverside, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I was disappointed, being an architecture buff, at not being able to see even a glimpse of the house. It was a laid back weekend. We were staying in Indian Wells, which is definitely close enough for a visit to Sunnylands. I normally would have done more research and would have known that the house is off-limits - bummer! Having... More

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Menlo Park, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The gardens at Sunnylands are beautiful, and the plants are native, which is fascinating for the desert environment. The visitor's center is fine, and we didn't see the house, but the gardens are reason enough to visit.

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West Vancouver, Canada
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

My wife managed to get a couple tickets (rare) ($40 each) to the Sunnylands tour on Saturday. At first, the thought of spending our last morning in the desert on a tour (following much wine at La Spiga the night before) didn't appeal to me but my mind changed quickly after arriving. The main building (not the Annenberg's home) is... More

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Orlando, Florida
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17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

My brother set up our tour of the Walter Annenberg estate, think he got the tickets well in advance as there were only a couple of days we were in Palm Springs. Could not believe the house and what was inside. Just wish I could have taken some pictures. The memorabilia is awesome and when you go inside the front... More

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Portland, Oregon
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

A tour of Sunnylands, the 200-acre Walter Annenberg estate, is a glimpse of how the very wealthy and famous live in their summer home. The 90-minute tour takes you through the 20,000 foot main house and the 5,000 foot guest house, as well as all around the grounds and 9-hole golf course. The tour is thoroughly enjoyable, made more so... More

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Palm Desert, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a unique opportunity to take a look at where history has been made. the way that Sunnylands is set up is a very intimate tour. Only a few people in each group. TO GET A TICKET, MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE ON THEIR WEBSITE WHEN THEY OPEN THE DATES THAT YOU WANT TO VISIT. They sell out FAST.

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Tickets are sold out way in advance. I learned this, unfortunately, after I found myself in Palm Springs for a business conference with a free afternoon. I thought I would call up and get tickets easy peasy. When I said I needed tickets for "tomorrow" the ticket salesman almost laughed. But after much pleading by me and typing by him... More

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Riverside, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

An amazing place which I knew nothing about until I went on a tour. Because we were with a tour group we had reservations and tickets to tour the house. Evidently they are hard to get. I recommend seeing the video first. Our tour guide, Alicia, was so good the video was redundant when we saw it after the tour.... More

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