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Address: 37977 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-2008
Phone Number: +1 760-202-2222
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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We toured the gardens and outside property. Tours inside the house are a little more difficult to get. Really enjoyed learning about the history and development of the property... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We toured the gardens and outside property. Tours inside the house are a little more difficult to get. Really enjoyed learning about the history and development of the property and the Annenbergs. Worthwhile to see and enjoy.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was told that it was difficult to get tickets to see Sunnylands. Not so. Able to get them on the first try. Love seeing how the Annenbergs decorated their home and also the separate guest rooms. Enjoyed hearing about the various Presidents staying in the guest rooms. Like hearing how the guest rooms were color coordinated including jelly beans... More 

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a guided tour thru the Annenberg Estate- Wonderful tour, the guide was extremely knowledgeable about the compound. I had always been fascinated as a child to see what was behind the large pink wall. Lots of details about all of the guests of the past. Remarkable history, so many Presidents past and present. You feel like you are... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sunnylands is the former winter residence of Lenore and Walter Annaneberg, now ran by the Annenberg Foundation. It is a Mid Century Modern palatial home situated on some 200 manicured and desert themed acres in Rancho Mirage, CA. This is where the Annenbergs spend their winters hosting royalty, presidents and other government dignitaries and all the important stars of the... More 

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Thank Cornell T
Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

It's so wonderful that Sunnylands is open to the public. It is definitely worth it to attend one of their events, or just stop by for a stroll through the gardens. There is a small cafe with French Press coffee and a variety of salads and sandwiches. They often have family days with crafts and activities for kids.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Even if you decide not to take in the house tour(about $25; reserve in advance; not open every day), the Visitor Center and Gardens are free to the public due to the generosity of the late TV Guide founder, Walter Annenberg and his wife Leonore. This place is historic and has been visited by many U.S. Presidents, World leaders, the... More 

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Rancho Mirage, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Grounds and house are beautiful. Movie gives a great insight into the family and the Palm Springs experience of the 1960's era. Don't worry if you cannot get reservations for the 'house' tour -- the grounds tour is great too. We are locals and like to go there for lunch, just to sit in the restaurant patio in the beautiful... More 

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Rancho Mirage, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

For a relaxing morning sitting in the beauty of nature and reading the paper or coffee at the resturant, this is always a favorite place. The beautiful collections of Sunnylands are wonderful to see and change every month.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is a 200 acre estate designed for meetings (possibly high end government) but is available for leisurely strolls. Not a lot to do or see here except for desert landscaping, flowers and "reflection" fountain.

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We would highly recommend touring Sunnylands, get on-line and buy tickets prior to your visit. Well worth it!

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