I learned of a place called Sunnylands, the estate of the late Walter and Leonore Annenberg, and the fact that it can be toured. Unfortunately, I also learned that tours of the home or grounds are sold out through March. Tickets for any month go on sale the 15th of the previous month and usually sell out that morning (at $48 per person). However, there is a visitor center and garden next door that can be visited at no charge, so I did that.
The visitor center is done in a very modern style and the garden consists primarily of desert plants, including several types of cacti and several types of agave. Trees and water features are used to add texture and cool the area for comfort. A movie tells all about the fabulous life of the Annenbergs and shows much of their 23,000 square foot home (with 22 guest rooms). Rather than try to summarize their story here, I invite you to read about them at Walter Annenberg and about their estate at Sunnylands.
I found some beautiful and interesting churches in this area and will share just a couple. First, the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church. After photographing outside, I found the door unlocked to the Priest's office and got his permission to photograph inside. He was very gracious in allowing me to do so.