The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

Posted By: Marissa Willman Monday, February 20, 2012
Please contact Sunnylands for all tour and ticket inquiries - 760.328.2829. They will have all the info you need regarding waiting lists, cancellations and new tours. 

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands has hosted some of the biggest names in politics and entertainment—President Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II and Frank Sinatra, to name a few—and for the first time, the public is invited behind the property’s famous pink walls.

Completed in 1966, the estate was the winter home to ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Passionate philanthropists, the Annenbergs who envisioned their estate as a place where world leaders could discuss pressing issues facing the nation and the world. Sunnylands continues to hosts high-level retreats for world leaders in politics, education and the arts. Because of the estate’s historical significance, tours will now be available to the public.

The estate consists of the Sunnylands Center & Gardens, where visitors can learn more about the center through films, exhibitions and interactive media stations, the historic Annenberg residence, guest cottages and 200 acres of lush turf.

This tour is a must-see for any architecture buff. You’ll depart from the Center and Garden and cross the greens by golf cart, where you’ll be stunned by the views, wildlife and landscape that surrounds the historic Annenberg residence. The stunning mid-century modern home was designed by A. Quincy Jones and has been perfectly restored to its mid-century roots. Touches of pink—Leonore Annenberg’s favorite color—can be found around every corner. The house tour includes viewing the historical photos of high-profile friends of the Annenbergs in the Memory Room, the original casting of "Eve" by Auguste Rodin in the foyer, and the Annenbergs’ canary yellow bedroom, now permanently reserved for the President should he decide to retreat to the desert’s Camp David.

Art lovers will also be delighted with the collection on display, such as Rodin’s "Eternal Spring". While the estate will offer its first public tours of the estate and house during Modernism Week, this highly-anticipated reveal has been sold out since December. You’ll get your chance in March, though, when the estate opens to the public for guided tours. The first tour tickets will go on sale on Feb. 15th, and visitors are welcome to enjoy the Center and Gardens free of charge.

Please contact Sunnylands for all tour and ticket inquiries - 760.328.2829. They will have all the info you need regarding waiting lists, cancellations and new tours.

If you go:
The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA
Tour tickets - $35

Tickets are available on the 1st and 15th of each month for the following two-week period. While children under the age of 10 are not allowed on estate or house tours, they are welcome to enjoy the Center and Gardens.


  • Nancy stuart Monday, February 27, 2012 6:58 AM

    Where do I call to get tickets for touring.

  • VisitPalmSprings Monday, February 27, 2012 6:59 AM

    for tours and tickets go to

  • Kay Hoffman Tuesday, February 28, 2012 6:47 AM

    I wish to purchase two tickets to tour the Estate on Friday March 16, 2012 in late morning. When can I call...March 1??? Please advise. Thank you.

  • VisitPalmSprings Tuesday, February 28, 2012 16:10 PM

    Tickets for March 1 - 15 tours of the historic house are sold out. Tickets for March 16 - 31 will be released at 9 a.m. March 1. for details.

  • Terry Tuesday, March 6, 2012 13:57 PM

    Do you have a wait list for any cancellations you might receive? I'm interested in the dates of 3/14-17.

  • VisitPalmSprings Tuesday, March 6, 2012 14:00 PM

    Please contact Sunnylands for all tour and ticket inquiries - 760.328.2829. They will have all the info you need regarding waiting lists, cancellations and new tours.

  • tried to get April tickets, Couldn't get through! Thursday, March 15, 2012 13:24 PM

    No way to get info

  • Earl Lobley Wednesday, December 5, 2012 11:14 AM

    Where do you buy tickets? We would like to go tomorrow on 12/5/12.

  • Monday, December 10, 2012 6:55 AM

    Could I purchase 2 tickets for either December 24 or December 26?

  • VPS Monday, December 10, 2012 8:57 AM

    Go to their website Tour tickets - $35

  • CarolAnderson Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:35 AM

    Hello We will be visiting the desert area from March 15 to April 15, 2013. When should we purchase tickets? Visited the centre last spring, it was wonderful.

  • Joel and Ann Markss Wednesday, December 19, 2012 14:58 PM

    We would like to purchase 4 tickets for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013

  • enid portnoy Friday, December 28, 2012 15:51 PM

    are tickets available for Feb.2013? please reply to:

  • Eileen Wade Monday, December 31, 2012 10:27 AM

    May we come in March?

  • Lee Stanley Wednesday, January 2, 2013 15:31 PM

    Will the Estate be open for touring during months of May/June 2013? Thank you

  • Carolyn Davenport, Travel Agent, Naples FL Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:21 PM

    I would like to purchase 3 tickets for Touring the Annenberg Estate on Thursday, January 24th. Do I purchase through you? I have a credit card for purchase. Thank You

  • Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:27 PM

    Please contact Sunnylands for all tour and ticket inquiries - 760.328.2829. They will have all the info you need regarding waiting lists, cancellations and new tours.

  • Leda Medearis Sunday, February 10, 2013 7:13 AM

    I would like two tickets for Feb 28,2013

  • Phyllis Detmer Tuesday, September 3, 2013 11:12 AM

    I would like to buy 4 tickets on March 18, 2013 anytime after ll:00 o'clock am. Please advise.

  • Joyce torrey Monday, October 28, 2013 7:42 AM

    Very difficult to find phone number.

  • Pamela Crawley Friday, November 15, 2013 8:16 AM

    I would like to buy 2 tickets for December 10, 11, 12, 13 114, or 15, Any day during that period.

  • Jenefer Lass Thursday, December 12, 2013 14:49 PM

    Would like to buy 3 tickets for January 3rd 2014

  • grace cox Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:18 AM

    would like two tickets for 2/6/2014

  • Victoria Sveda Thursday, January 16, 2014 6:51 AM

    We would like to purchase two tickets 1-29-14. Please. advise.

  • Rita kinney Sunday, February 23, 2014 17:40 PM

    Are there any cancellations for the tour on March 6?

  • Paul Friesen Wednesday, March 12, 2014 20:48 PM

    I would to purchase one ticket for march 13or 14 Please advise

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:44 AM

    Please contact Sunnylands for all tour and ticket inquiries - 760.328.2829.

  • Shelley Parker Sunday, March 30, 2014 20:38 PM

    I would like 2 tickets within the next 2 weeks please.

  • Guest Sunday, February 1, 2015 9:48 AM

    Tickets are sold a few weeks in advance on a service called OvationTix, and every day sells out as soon as they come available. Seems they only make a few available for any given day. My guess is that there is a ticket broker somewhere that buys the tickets up and resells them to tour companies.

  • Spare Tickets Monday, February 9, 2015 9:34 AM

    Hi, Have waited for over 2 years to get tix to tour this estate. Now that I have them, I can not go. Willing to sell them off to the best offer. These are part of the Modernism tour happening in Palm Springs this February. Tickets are for the tour on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 11:15 with transportation to the estate. Great winter Sunday in P.S. Please contact me via email ( for information.

  • Teri Elliott Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:03 AM

    We have tickets for tomorrow's tour at 10. How long does it last?

  • Judi McKune Sunday, March 1, 2015 7:24 AM

    Would like to purchase tickets for the week of March 13, 2015.

  • Carolyn Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:20 PM

    We are seeking 4 tickets for April 16 or 17, 2015. The moment the tickets went on sale at 9 AM, each time slot said "sold out"!!!! If anyone changes their mind or over- purchased and wants to sell, please contact me at

  • Sally Farwell Monday, February 15, 2016 9:55 AM

    I was planning a trip for the house tour with my sisters. Had the computer ready to pounce at 9:00 a.m. this morning, and they were ALL sold out before I could get any. I need three tickets For March 13th. Our sisters weekend has been planned around getting this tour, airline tickets already bought. Anyplace to get on a wait list?

  • Mrs Marie-André Pilon Sunday, May 22, 2016 19:19 PM

    I want to buy my tickets now for July 16th or 17th 2016. I am coming from Montréal. Is it possible?

  • Laurie Friday, February 17, 2017 15:06 PM

    Currently visiting Palm Springs. Any chance anyone would like to sell their Sunnyland tickets for February 18, 19 or 20th?

  • Ann Bock Sunday, April 16, 2017 10:44 AM

    How far in advance do you need to purchase tickets for a tour?

  • Stephen Tuesday, April 25, 2017 15:05 PM

    I am interested in touring Sunnylands in December, the week of Christmas. Is there a time, in that time slot, when the tours are not given?

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