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“a must if you love history”
Review of Sunnylands

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 is closed June 5 through September 13, 2017. Reopens September 14, 2017.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

hard to get tickets but if you are a history buff this is a must see.... beautiful grounds and architecture .

Thank RanchoMirage
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

What an oasis in the desert.
This facility is the information centre showing two of the great benefactors of our society, the Annenberg's. The grounds and information centre are exquisite and very much unlike anything we have seen in the Palm Springs area. Their mission is serious and and an incredibly valuable contribution to our society. Even though I am not an American, I feel honored to be able to attend and see what they have done to create a place of beauty, tranquility and world importance in a place to discuss points of agreement and discord amongst world leaders.
All I can say is thank you.
This is a must see and if you can get into the house tour, take advantage of it.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

A visit to the Palm Springs area must include a walk through the gardens at the Annenberg Estate, called SUNNYLANDS. The gardens are free and open Thursday - Sunday. Visitor Center and (great!) Gift Shop too.

It's open, expansive, well maintained, interesting and a wonderful experience of desert foliage. Changes with each season….. This is a good stop for a 20 minute visit or longer (I think we stayed about an hour). It's easy to visit the garden and gift shop. Plan ahead for the house tour (next time we will!).

Really worthwhile, local, natural, interesting, educational, outdoors fun!!

Thank aloha25
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We had not reserved space to visit the house at the Annenberg estate but did tour the gardens and new visitor center, which anyone can visit free and without reservations Thursday through Sunday. Visitors can walk through the gardens (primarily cactus) at leisure. A video film in the visitor center introduces the Annenbergs who in their lifetime entertained presidents and prominent world leaders at the estate. We will try to reserve space to visit the house in the future that you can only do online and at a cost of $35 per person. It is fun to wander though the gardens although we got sated with cactus after a while. Very worth while visit.

Thank reneeimc
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Very beautiful desert garden and for free. There is a 20 minute video of the Annenbergs's estate. Wasn't able to make reservations as you do have to book in advance. They have free yoga on Fridays at noon in their center lawn area.

Thank foodandwine28
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