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Address: 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone Number: +1 760-202-2222
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Thu - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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. 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 with purchase of a ticket. The adjacent Sunnylands Center & Gardens, open free to the public, features exhibitions, films, and educational programs; and visitors can enjoy a nine-acre garden. The historic house and Sunnylands Center & Gardens opened March 1, 2012. Sunnylands Center & Gardens Hours: 9am - 4pm, Thursdays through Sundays. Cafe open until one-half hour before closing. Closed June 15 - September 24, 2015.

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What an unexpected treat in the middle of the desert

Although getting tickets on short notice is difficult, it was well worth it. Make sure to visit the gardens; it is free. Our thanks goes to Wendy at the reception desk who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although getting tickets on short notice is difficult, it was well worth it. Make sure to visit the gardens; it is free. Our thanks goes to Wendy at the reception desk who was so pleasant, helpful and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

met friends for coffee at Sunnylands. It is a very beautiful estate originally built by the former ambassador, mr. Annenberg. Several presidents of the United States have stayed there. The house is open for tours once a month and advance r serrations are required. The public coffee shop is situated in the garden area which the public is allowed to... More 

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Susan D, Public Relations Manager at Sunnylands, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice mention of our cafe and the great coffee it serves. Many people visit Sunnylands for lunch or coffee and to enjoy the grounds. Just want you to know that tours of the house are offered every day that we are open--unless there is a retreat going on. That means there are usually as many as 60... More 

Los Altos
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many people don't know the history of Sunnylands and it is well worth it to find out. Great stories of famous people and meetings but we did find the tour guide needing more knowledge. He was new but his inexperienced showed.

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Bowling Green, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan early and buy tickets online to tour the house. The gardens are free, but it is well worth the money to be able to go inside the residence. Absolutely amazing property!

Thank findlay
Sechelt, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just learned about Sunnylands this morning while in the Palm Springs area. Upon locating the facility and then understanding who had been here, what diplomacy had occurred here and the philanthropy of Mr and Mrs Annaberg. It was truly a stop well worth the visit. 15 acres is open free to the public, but a tour of the house... More 

Thank Robert M
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing and beautiful estate and home in a compound carved right out of the desert sand landscape and converted into a tranquil bit of paradise. A long term desert icon only open to limited public touring since about 2012, so pre book your tickets to see this gem of the Annenbergs. It's that special, Yes. ...

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I went to the area for an anniversary get-away and this tour was my favorite!! The house is stunning and it was just the best that we got to walk around the house and look at all of the original furnishings in the original location. My favorite room was the memory room. The shelves and furniture lined... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Sunnylands for the free garden tour on Thursdays. It was wonderful. A tour guide takes all attendees on a 90 minute walk through the gardens at the Sunnylands estate. The guide explains the history of the property and the gardens. If you plan ahead, you can reserve tickets for a tour of the estate mansion. The week we... More 

Thank Brooksider100
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit and learn about this properties history,along with its beautiful gardens and gorgeous views! They even offer a nice little cafe where you can grab a snack and light lunch. The garden is open daily and free to wander,the house itself you will need a reservation to view.

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The estate tour has timed admissions for which you may reserve entry on-line. It's a must as they take reservations 2 weeks in advance and they fill up very quickly. I saw many disappointed walk-ins who could not take the 90 minute tour. Groups consisted of 6 people and a docent. Ours was very informative and you could sense his... More 

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