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Address: 37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-2008
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+1 760-202-2222
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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The Most Beautiful Home and grounds in North America

A treasure to behold, even if you're unable to secure a (rare-as-hen's-teeth) ticket to tour the home, because the Visitors Centre and the Landscaped grounds are exquisite... read more

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you go to the Sunnylands garden you get to see a beautiful new building, a very immature garden (not the house and grounds), and a movie. I would only go on days where you have access to the estate (special tickets or tours).

Thank Jim1118
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A treasure to behold, even if you're unable to secure a (rare-as-hen's-teeth) ticket to tour the home, because the Visitors Centre and the Landscaped grounds are exquisite examples of great taste and simplicity.

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Ventura, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Back in l974 I oohed and aahed along with Prince Charles, the young heir to the British throne, when we went along to Walter and Lee Annenberg's "little" desert oasis (200 acres) in the middle of the Southern California desert. Charles was a naval officer and Annenberg the outgoing British ambassador to Britain. Charles played golf on the private 9... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must for first timers. Take the guided tour if possible but sometimes hard to schedule on short notice.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Proud of having hosted many Presidents for retreats and diplomatic conferences over the years, it's hard to imagine the incoming POTUS landing here instead of his tacky Mar-a-Lago. Entrance to this tasteful 200+ acre garden, vacation home and conference centre is free although you would have to pay for some of the more elaborate tours. The tour of the house... More 

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Ely, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful garden and house however the house requires advance tickets which are difficult to obtain. The gardens and walks are fantastic. There is a wonderful Labyrinth too. Not open every day so check in advance.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our 3rd visit to Sunnylands, but the first time we've been on the 45 minute open air tour. There is one tour per hour and the large golf cart only seats 8. The cost is $20. We were lucky to get same day tickets. The tour travels on a path all the way around the estate. You only... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the vacation home of Walter and Leanore Annenberg, wealthy philanthropists, art collectors, ambassadors, and friends of the rich and famous. It is a stunning, spacious, sprawling place located on 1,000 acres and surrounded by its own private golf course. The views of the mountains from every window are spectacular. The furnishings are all original, an exquisite blend of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose not to do the guided garden tour and instead stayed in the modernist visitors centre and desert garden. The architecture is stunning, the gardens beautiful. There are very good videos about local modernist architecture. Well with a visit. It's free unless you want a tour

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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is really the Annenberg estate, he was a famous publisher and this is where President Nixon often visited/vacationed-- its a stunning estate, the gardens are open to all and are worth the short walk as is the description of the property, the architect and the history that occurred here, but if you plan ahead you need to book online... More 

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KenChavez, Public Relations Manager at Sunnylands, responded to this review

Sunnylands deeply appreciates Michael's review. We would like to note, however, that our ticketing process has changed. Tour tickets now go on sale at 9 a.m. Pacific time on the 15th of each month for all tours occurring the following month. So, for example, tickets for tours occurring in February will go on sale at 9 a.m. Pacific on January... More 

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