After taking a short summer respite, Sunnylands—the super estate of the late Walter and Leonore Annenberg, located in Rancho Mirage—reopened on September 1st for what is sure to be another sold-out season of visits from the public. If you haven’t had a chance to make your way to this beautiful home—and to the newly constructed 17,000-square-foot visitor center and public gardens—you owe it to yourself to check it out. As usual, many events are planned for the 2012-2013 Sunnylands season, starting off with a day of earthquake preparedness that will help all members of the family when and if a major earthquake occurs. Check the website for details on this happening (taking place on September 16, 2012) and many others, including garden tours, bird-watching walks, and a host of other activities planned throughout the year.
While the 25,000-square-foot main house is now available as a secure location for high-level conferences and retreats by world leaders, when it’s not being occupied, the Annenberg Foundation offers guided tours of this midcentury modern masterpiece to the general public for a relatively small fee of $35.00. Opportunities to visit residences such as this early ’60s A. Quincy Jones-designed home built on more than 200 acres are a true rarity and shouldn’t be missed. Advance reservations are a must, naturellement.
The visitor center and gardens are open gratis, and offers a wonderful way to while away some time meandering through the ever-changing gardens, browsing the beautiful gift shop, having a light lunch or a coffee and sweet treat in the cafe, or just quietly sitting and taking in the view of the San Jacinto Mountains. www.sunnylands.org