A Perfect Afternoon or Morning
You can’t do it all in half a day but you can try. Whether you have tickets for a tour of the house or not, there is plenty to keep you busy at Sunnylands Center & Gardens. The award-wining A Place Called Sunnylands, a 20-minute film, is the perfect complement to a tour and a way to learn about the Annenbergs and the history that has taken place in their beloved winter home. Before or after the film, enjoy fine French press coffee and a snack or light lunch in the Café, which has the best view in the Valley. A special blend of iced tea similar to the one Mrs. Annenberg served her guests is available all day long. Don’t go home without a visit to the wildflower field on the east side of Sunnylands Center. These gardens are home to pollinators and other desert wildlife. They are less formal than those around the Great Lawn. The walks around both parts of the Gardens total 1.25 miles. You can see the replica of the bench that President Barack Obama gave President Xi Jinping of China when the two met at Sunnylands in 2013 for what has been termed a “shirtsleeve summit.” Explore Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by the brothers who designed the bronze Mexican fountain that welcomes visitors to the historic house. The exhibition is part of the Getty’s PST: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Prior to heading to your car, stop at the Sunnylands Gift Shop for a bottle of Sunnylands Olive Oil, a book, or the perfect holiday gift.