|Image from Palm Springs Life|
Probably the biggest 2012 event in the desert is the opening of the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage.
This is the former estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg (you know the the man who started TV Guide). Their name is ubiquitous, appearing on many buildings because of the couple's well-known philanthropy efforts in the 20th Century.
The cost of visiting won't be free--it's $35. My guess is it's well worth it. The big hoopla is on March 1st when it opens its doors to the public. Everybody who's anybody will be there.
It's unclear as to how you get tickets. I'll know more after I get an answer to my email sent to the organization that runs the estate.