The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
A 200-acre estate in Rancho Mirage, California, the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands was established by the late Ambassador Walter and Leonore Annenberg to host small high-level retreats for the president of the United States and the secretary of state to bring world leaders together to advance international peace and increase global understanding.
The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, which opened to the public on March 1, 2012, presents and hosts conferences, retreats and seminars on issues of national and international importance. Working with global leaders from fields including government, philanthropy, education and the arts, staff will develop programs designed to have an impact on society.
Sharing the grounds is the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens, which is open to the public as an education center. Also available to the public are tours of the estate studying the art collection, interior design and architecture of the home. Visitors learn more about the history of the property, informally referred to as "Camp David West," where U.S. presidents, heads of state and U.S. Supreme Court justices often convened.
Designed by architect A. Quincy Jones, with interiors by William Haines and Ted Graber, the 25,000-square-foot midcentury modern home is located in the middle of landscaped grounds including a private golf course designed by the legendary Dick Wilson. The Annenbergs lived in the desert for approximately five months each year following Sunnylands' completion in 1966. It is here that they entertained U.S. presidents, royalty, international political figures and cultural and entertainment icons.