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December 31, 2012 | By Scarlet Cheng
The wealthy and well-connected lives of the late Walter and Leonore Annenberg have drawn capacity crowds to Sunnylands , their estate in Rancho Mirage. Since we covered Sunnylands' opening to the public in March, more tours have been added thanks to high demand: An estimated 50,000 have come to the visitor center so far. Interest has been so strong for the guided tour through the vast, 1960s-Modern home designed by A. Quincy Jones and filled with custom furnishings by decorator William Haines, that the number of daily tours has been raised to 15 from 10. "Haines was known for pairing chinoiserie and classical lines with a Modernist sensibility," said Anne Rowe, director of collections and exhibitions.  "When Patrick Dragonette [the Los Angeles decorator and furniture dealer]
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April 11, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Michaeleen Gallagher captured this image of two nestling hummingbirds at the  Sunnyland Gardens in Rancho Mirage. The garden is a 9-acre, arid yet colorful landscape on the grounds of the Annenberg Retreat by Sunnylands . It's a peaceful sanctuary often used as a backdrop for meetings among national and global political leaders, most recently by President Obama and King Abdullah II of Jordan in February .  Perhaps these baby...
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Even when it was just an architectural glimmer in the eye of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the desert estate where President Barack Obama will greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday was never in danger of being confused with a mere vacation house. Designed by the prolific Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones and the decorator William Haines and finished in 1966, Sunnylands was inspired by Maya ruins even as it accommodated elements of Midcentury Modernism and the Annenbergs' own Asian antiquities and lacquered furniture.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Obama squeezed in one last round of golf on Monday before wrapping up his secluded Presidents Day weekend and heading back to Washington. Obama made no public appearances for three full days while hosting his three closest high school buddies at a sun-splashed private estate that has become one of his favorite getaway destinations. The president also spent part of the weekend consulting with National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who was along on the trip to attend the president's Friday night meeting with the king of Jordan concerning the crisis in Syria and Middle East peace negotiations.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - They'll meet at a discreet compound in Southern California on Friday, dining with a view of the mountains before a long talk and, if the mood strikes, a walk around the grounds in the balmy night. It's hardly a storybook Valentine's Day, with President Obama as the host and Jordanian King Abdullah II the guest at Rancho Mirage's luxurious Sunnylands estate, which is becoming the Camp David of the West. But the setting holds a special allure for world leaders looking to work out nettlesome problems, far from the media glare and diplomatic protocols that come with an official visit to the White House.
WORLD
February 15, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Patrick J. McDonnell
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Obama is weighing a "wide range of policy tools and options" for stepping up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to end his government's attacks on civilians and rebel forces, a senior White House official said Saturday. Obama is also looking at ways to counter the rising threat of Islamist extremists in Syria, said the senior advisor, who asked not to be identified while discussing internal deliberations. In his last planned public remarks of the weekend, Obama told reporters Friday that he was looking at options other than military ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
By around 6 on Friday evening, it became clear that neither the Obama nor the Xi motorcades would be passing by the hundreds of demonstrators near the Sunnylands estate who had waited for hours in 110-degree heat. President Obama and China's Xi Jinping would not see the signs protesting China's treatment of Vietnamese fishermen or the pleas for justice from Falun Gong followers. They would not see the man who wore fake chains and had “Free Tibet” inked in Chinese characters on his bare torso.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- As a member of Congress, the ever polite House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-San Dimas) helped promote the idea of  a bipartisan retreat to teach lawmakers how to be more civil to one another.      Though congressional civility retreats are a thing of the past, Dreier, who retired from the House in January, is once again promoting the idea of retreats. In his new role, he will lead a commission to organize gatherings at Sunnylands, the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, and other places to contemplate big issues, beginning with seeking ways to promote trade in the Pacific Rim.      The former congressman joined the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands on Wednesday in announcing the creation of the Annenberg-Dreier Commission to organize events at Walter and Leonore Annenberg's former estate.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Michaeleen Gallagher captured this image of two nestling hummingbirds at the  Sunnyland Gardens in Rancho Mirage. The garden is a 9-acre, arid yet colorful landscape on the grounds of the Annenberg Retreat by Sunnylands . It's a peaceful sanctuary often used as a backdrop for meetings among national and global political leaders, most recently by President Obama and King Abdullah II of Jordan in February .  Perhaps these baby...
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
The small group of reporters covering the president at particular events to report them back to the larger group of White House reporters is called the pool. The Times' Diana Marcum was in the pool covering part of President Obama's drought-related visit to California. Great liberties have been taken by me to edit a number of pool reports into … a Beat poem. "POTUS - THE O-MAN, MAN" 25 miles west of Firebaugh, Marine One lands in a huge cloud of dust. Costa, POTUS, Feinstein, Boxer, walking -- a posse from a cowboy movie.
WORLD
February 15, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Patrick J. McDonnell
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Obama is weighing a "wide range of policy tools and options" for stepping up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to end his government's attacks on civilians and rebel forces, a senior White House official said Saturday. Obama is also looking at ways to counter the rising threat of Islamist extremists in Syria, said the senior advisor, who asked not to be identified while discussing internal deliberations. In his last planned public remarks of the weekend, Obama told reporters Friday that he was looking at options other than military ones.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
The small group of reporters covering the president at particular events to report them back to the larger group of White House reporters is called the pool. The Times' Diana Marcum was in the pool covering part of President Obama's drought-related visit to California. Great liberties have been taken by me to edit a number of pool reports into … a Beat poem. "POTUS - THE O-MAN, MAN" 25 miles west of Firebaugh, Marine One lands in a huge cloud of dust. Costa, POTUS, Feinstein, Boxer, walking -- a posse from a cowboy movie.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Obama flew across the country seeking to soothe the jangled nerves of allies Friday, meeting in the morning with House Democrats worried about reelection and at day's end with a key Middle Eastern leader who sits precariously close to regional conflicts. The day's tour took the president from the eastern shore of Maryland to the drought-stricken Central Valley to a desert compound in Rancho Mirage - an aberrant schedule for a White House usually regimented in its commitment to generating just one message a day. In his evening meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Sunnylands retreat, Obama spoke about the civil war in Syria, the resurgent violence of Al Qaeda and a proposed framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
While you're sitting on the couch watching TV this weekend and feeling like you should be doing something more with your life, take comfort in the fact that the leader of the free world might be doing the exact same thing! President Obama is scheduled to be at Sunnylands, the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for a three-day trip this weekend that includes a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan. But when he's not doing that, apparently he's going to be spending part of the time sitting on the couch, powering through his new favorite HBO shows, "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - They'll meet at a discreet compound in Southern California on Friday, dining with a view of the mountains before a long talk and, if the mood strikes, a walk around the grounds in the balmy night. It's hardly a storybook Valentine's Day, with President Obama as the host and Jordanian King Abdullah II the guest at Rancho Mirage's luxurious Sunnylands estate, which is becoming the Camp David of the West. But the setting holds a special allure for world leaders looking to work out nettlesome problems, far from the media glare and diplomatic protocols that come with an official visit to the White House.
OPINION
June 12, 2013 | By Joseph S. Nye Jr
China will almost certainly pass the United States in the total size of its economy within a decade or so. But if one looks also at military and "soft power" resources, the U.S. is likely to remain more powerful than China for at least the next few decades. Does it matter? When nations worry too much about power transitions, their leaders may overreact or follow strategies that are dangerous. As Thucydides described it, the Peloponnesian War - in which the Greek city-state system tore itself apart - was caused by the rise in the power of Athens and the fear that created in Sparta.
NEWS
February 2, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
The Palm Springs Modernism Show may not begin until Feb. 14, but tickets are selling fast for many of the architecture tours during the related 11-day celebration of desert design. Already bought your tour tickets to Sunnylands and the William Cody glass house? Consider yourself lucky. Those events have sold out. But tickets are still available for selected tours as well as lectures and films , and the modern living, vintage car and vintage trailer expos . Limited tickets were released Friday for tours of the Frey House II, above, architect Albert Frey's home built high in the San Jacinto Mountains overlooking Palm Springs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1986 | PATT MORRISON, Times Staff Writer
After spending four days among backslapping Texans, Prince Charles of England got to do a little hitting of his own Saturday, scoring two goals in a gentlemanly polo match--in Indio. He celebrated his team's 6-4 victory with a brief "walkabout" in the mobbing crowd, offering sweaty royal handshakes and receiving a few kisses before sharing a victory drink with his teammates. In a 32-hour California sojourn ending his five-day U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Even when it was just an architectural glimmer in the eye of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the desert estate where President Barack Obama will greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday was never in danger of being confused with a mere vacation house. Designed by the prolific Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones and the decorator William Haines and finished in 1966, Sunnylands was inspired by Maya ruins even as it accommodated elements of Midcentury Modernism and the Annenbergs' own Asian antiquities and lacquered furniture.
TRAVEL
June 7, 2013 | By Christopher Smith
President Obama and China's President Xi Jinping will meet this weekend at Sunnylands, the 200-acre Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage. It has hosted five decades of political and Hollywood luminaries behind its pink walls. It opened to the public in March 2012. Consider this 20,000-square-foot dwelling, set in a far-as-the-eye-can-see expanse of golf course green, as a latter-day incarnation of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, R.I. Inside the house, digital reproductions of the Annenbergs' $1-billion-plus Impressionist art collection compete for space on the few walls not made of glass.
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