Sunnylands Lawn

Sunnylands—the former winter estate of media mogul/philanthropist Walter Annenberg and his wife, Leonore (which, upon their deaths, was bequeathed for the benefit of all people)—takes a well-deserved break and shutters its doors over the summer months. And while it’s not set to re-open until September 22nd, August 15th marks the day tickets to the famous Historic House Tour will go on sale for all September tours. (Yes, this is a change from years past. Henceforth, all tickets for any given month will be made available on the 15th of the preceding month.)

If you want to take advantage of the fact that there are fewer people clamoring for a spot on this people-pleasing attraction in September, get ready to pounce on your keyboard and go to www.sunnylands.org the minute the clocks strikes 9:00 a.m. Pacific time on August 15th.

I’ve personally taken this outing more than a half-dozen times over the years, and every time I do, I see or learn something new. For a delicious 90 minutes, an experienced docent packs his or her golf cart with no more than seven guests before making the short trip from the Sunnylands Center and Gardens to the notable—and quite architecturally significant—pink house. Once there, participants disembark and are led through almost every room of the gargantuan residence. The décor—art, furniture, and personal mementos, as well as the physical structure itself—are all eye-popping. This is an excursion you will not soon forget, and one you will be ready to repeat the minute it ends.

As you envision your trek, please be reminded that visits to the Sunnylands Center and Gardens—with its many exhibits, lush landscapes, and café—are always free and available to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

See you all within the pink walls soon!