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Address: 37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone Number: 760 328 2829
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Description: 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. 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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Beautiful Gardens

Conservation of water and to use less is expressed in this garden with desert plants and cactus. It can give you new ideas, as you walk about and see how it was planned. We all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Vernon Rockville, Connecticut
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Vernon Rockville, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Conservation of water and to use less is expressed in this garden with desert plants and cactus. It can give you new ideas, as you walk about and see how it was planned. We all enjoyed and have told many of our friends to go and visit. There is a movie inside the building which explains about Sunnylands and you... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We attended a radio broadcast in the three year old conference center. We snuck outside to look at the gardens and were astounded by their tasteful elegance. They have tours and free times and we will be back to learn more about the presidents and notables who visited and see more of the gardens.

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Let me first say that this tour is one of the best I have ever taken. I liked it so much (lucky to get a ticket!) I wanted to take my husband on our next trip to Palm Desert. Ready and alert at the special 9am to purchase for 2 weeks following, I leaped right away at a time that... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Friends visited Sunnylands and shared their experience with us. They ranted and raved about their visit, so we went online and got tickets for five of us. What a place to see. The tour guide did an excellent job of describing what A. Quincy Jones's vision was when he designed certain portions of the main house. She had us view... More 

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Rice MN
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The gardens are free to public, and are very impressive. There are many varieties of desert plants, and many of each variety as well. A few were in bloom while we were there which was a treat.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Sunnylands is the high desert retreat of the Walter Annenberg family who prospered from owning the Philadelphia Inquirer, Seventeen, the Racing Form and TV Guide. In return they funded the Annenberg Schools of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and USC. Their CA home has served as a "winter White House" for every US President since Eisenhower and sports magnificent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We hit upon Sunnylands by accident. It is the estate of Walter Annenberg that has hosted many Presidents and distinguished foreign visitors. But to see the main mansion one has to reserve a tour on-line in advance. Nevertheless, main entrance building has many interesting exhibits and you can walk through part of the grounds. There is very nice café, but... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Tickets are hard to come by for the tour of the mansion at Sunnylands. Only on line on the 1st and 15th of the month. I was right on at 9:00 am and clicked on numerous time and they all said "sold out". I am only in the area for a short time so will not be able to go.

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Naples, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

It took us over a year to get in but it was well worth the wait! The history, the art, the grounds left us speechless. I am telling everyone that when they are in the area to try to get tickets they will not be disappointed. We could have spent the whole day there as there is so much to... More 

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This was the residence of the Annenberg Family built in the early 60's. Modernism interiors and architecture. Every President since Eisenhower has stayed here. It includes an 18 hole golf course and the Eisenhower was the first President to play on it. Reservations are hard to get and tours include only 7 people.

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