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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
Owner description: Sunnylands, a 200-acre midcentury modern estate, opened March 2012 for high-level retreats of...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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Lewisville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I visited the Sunnylands Gardens in November. I was hoping to tour the house but the tours were sold out. The gardens contained some well tended plantings of desert species. There were some very unusual items that I had never seen before. We watched a video that gave the history of the Annenberg family as well as the house and... More 

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Mountainair, New Mexico
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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I spent nearly 2 hours there roaming the gardens, watching people enjoy themselves, and taking photographs. Its amazing how attractive the geometric layout and spacing of the plants is. Entry to the gardens is free, so you can't beat the value. Highly recommended.

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Bellevue, Washington
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49 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

It took us several trips to the desert before we were able to get reservations, but it is well-worth planning ahead and securing your spot on the house tour. We put it on our calendar to go online the moment tickets were available for the time period we would be in the desert. Since Sunnylands is only open four days... More 

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Lake Villa, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Sunnylands has an outside ticketing agency whose policy is flawed in my opinion. Only 13 tickets for a given time slot for the house tour are sold. Recently we were only able to get 1 ticket, instead of two for my wife and me. I waited with my wife at the appointed location and only 5 people showed up. I... More 

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Susan D, Manager at Sunnylands, responded to this review

We understand the frustrations some visitors experience when purchasing tickets for tours of the historic house and grounds. In part, it’s because we offer only seven seats per tour (15 tours a day) so guests can enjoy an intimate experience. At the same time, Sunnylands has proven to be a top destination for Coachella Valley visitors. Unfortunately, we are legally... More 

Port Moody, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have longed to tour Sunnylands, the Annenberg Estate, since it opened to the public a few years ago. Finally this September I managed to snag a ticket online early on the morning they were released. This 90 minute tour of the estate is done in a golf cart with only seven passengers and a well-schooled guide. We started outside... More 

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Foster City, California
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203 reviews 203 reviews
54 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

I only saw the garden but will definitely work to see the house on a future visit. This was one of the most well maintained gardens that I have seen. Nice to receive a plant list rather than looking around for labels, plus it lets you take the list to the garden center. The gardens that are open for free... More 

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Our first trip to Sunnylands we couldn't get house tickets. During our recent trip I went on line the morning the tickets became available and they were almost sold out! So do your homework, go online FIRST THING on the morning they become available. Each tour is a small group ... only 7 people max. They drive you over from... More 

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Kingston,Ontario
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The house tour was booked but the garden tour was great as well as the film explaining the history of the property.

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Calverton, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Friends who live locally took us here and despite my lack of awareness this place was pretty neat. There is history, memorabilia and neat desert gardens.

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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

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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