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The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

Updated 05/05/2014

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The stunning 25,000-square-foot winter home and retreat of the late Ambassador Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg opened to the public in 2012. You can spend a whole day enjoying the 9 glorious acres of gardens, or take a guided 90-minute tour of the residence (reservations essential), a striking mid-century modern edifice designed by A. Quincy Jones. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the gardens and Mount San Jacinto, and the expansive rooms hold furnishings from the

1960s and later, along with impressionist art (some original, some replicas). The history made here is as captivating as the surroundings. Eight U.S. presidents—from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama—and their First Ladies have visited Sunnylands; Ronald and Nancy Reagan were frequent guests. Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip also relaxed here, as did Princess Grace of Monaco and Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu. Photos, art, letters, journals, and mementos provide insights into some of the history that unfolded here.

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Sight Information

Address:

37-977 Bob Hope Dr., south of Gerald Ford Dr., Rancho Mirage, California, 92270, USA

Phone:

760-202–2260

Sight Details:

  • Tours $35, tickets available online 2 wks in advance; visitor center and gardens free
  • Thurs.–Sun. 9-4
  • Closed July–Aug. and during retreats

Updated 05/05/2014

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