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  • Established

    1804. Guest ranch since 1946
  • Manager

    Kathleen Cochran
  • Tel

    (800) 4-ALISAL
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $550 - $800
    Winter: $515 - $695
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    Summer: $60 - $115
    Winter: $55 - $85
  • Minimum Stay

    Summer: 2 days
    Winter: 2 days
  • Maximum Guests

    200
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Diverse scenery

There are few places in the world where time seems reluctant to move forward. The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, nestled in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley in the renowned Santa Barbara County wine country, is one such rare retreat.

The Alisal has been a hideaway for generations of families, couples and groups since first welcoming guests in 1946. Today, the romance and majesty of the ‘Old West’ remains in the ranch’s wide-open spaces and unspoiled natural beauty.

As California's premier guest ranch, the Alisal transports guests back to a bygone era. Set on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch, this one-of-a-kind resort blends the best of nature with exceptional golf, horseback riding, tennis, fishing, first-class accommodations, spa services and fine dining.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 3 and over

Alisal Barn Yard - Come by and meet all the little critters. See what special things we have planned for the day. Egg gathering available daily at 1:15pm.

Other activities include grooming, steer head roping lessons, chicken feeding and more. All ages welcome, however, we ask that adults accompany children during their visit to the Barn Yard.

Family Resort for Kids Lead Around - Parents lead small children on horseback around the corral.

Youth Programs and Activities - Arts and Crafts are available year round in the Laurel Room. We offer a variety of crafts that will please a wide range of ages. Please remember, we are not a babysitting service and ask that children under the age of six be accompanied by an adult.

Additional summer youth and teen programs include:

* Kiddie Korral (ages 3-6) * MAC Club (ages 11-12) * Teen Times (ages 13-17)

Minimum age children can ride

7 and over

Arts & Crafts

play-doh, coloring, sketching, Please see our summer activities guide on our website for daily activities.

Activities

hiking, biking, outdoor play area, cookouts, petting zoo

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, pool table

Riding based activities

animal care, horse care, pony rides, trail riding

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 17. Hourly cost $15.

Baby Sitting Provided By

Baby sitting preferred list is provided by Alisal and all arrangements must be made by guests.

Ranch History

Alisal has a rich ranch history dating back to 1810 where this land was originally used for hunting and gathering. Original inhabitants called this land "Nojoqui." To new arrivals it became known as "Alisal"(meaning grove of sycamores). Please make sure to visit our website(alisal.com) to view our in-depth ranch history.

Socially, the Alisal has consistently ranked as the top of the country's resorts. Clark Gable married Lady Silvia in Alisal's old library. A prominent Hollywood magazine featured a large front page story on Doris Day while on one of her regular visits to Alisal.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together, children dine separately, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (formal attire), bar & grille, lounge, private dinners
  • You'll definitely love

    farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

When staying at Alisal you will enjoy our Modified American plan with breakfast and dinner included in the room rate.

Breakfast buffets are lavish, brimming with fresh fruit, homemade cinnamon rolls and your favorite morning entrees. A wide array of á la carte selections are also available. Enjoy lunch throughout the day at our poolside snack bar and two golf course grills. Dinners are a time to dress up and enjoy menus that change daily and include at least 10 entrees nightly.

Guest Favourites

  • Saturday Night BBQ's poolside
  • Wednesday Night Rodeo and BBQ
  • Monday Night Lake Side Seafood Fest

Your Chef, Executive Chef Anthony Endy

Chef Endy started his career in 2001 wehre he spent two years at Chrf Rick's Ultimately Fine Foods, then a year at Historic Santa Maria Inn, before he joined Wine Cask restarant jin Los Olivos under chef Julie Robles. In 2005 Anthony returned to Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe. A fews year later Anthony signed on as chef partner and manager of culinary development for the Paul Martin's American Grill brand in 2012. Here, he rose to be Director of Culinary and Corporate Chef.

Lowdown

  • Address

    1054 Alisal Road
    Solvang
    California
    93463
    USA
  • Remote Location

    No
  • Elevation

    505 ft
  • Private Land

    5000-10000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k

Nearest Town - Solvang

Solvang has a population of 5332 (approx), and is situated 3 miles from the Ranch.

Facilities in Solvang include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Solvang offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, malls, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

Complimentary

Nearest Airports

Santa Barbara Airport, Santa Barbara

Distance

30 miles / 45 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Skywest, Allegiant, Alaska, United Express, American Airlines


Santa Maria Municipal, Santa Maria

Distance

30 miles / 30 mins

Airlines

Allegiant

Lowdown

  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Rides tailored to guest requests, Families ride together
  • Max riders per ride

    30+
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

    100
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Draft Cross, Geldings
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (5000-10000 acres)

The land is nestled in the Western passage through a temperate coastal valley, bound by a river on the northeast and a coastal mountain range on the southwest. The range barricades the coastal flow, producing warmer valley days and cooler valley nights. The adjacent river and seasonal streams that cross this land abound with annual runs of 10 pound steel head trout. The rolling hills are dotted with valley and coast live oaks. The moist glens and river banks, shadowed by the mountain backdrop, support healthy groves of western sycamores. Deer graze cautiously, fearing mountain lion, grizzly bear and coyote.

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

Our ranch is nestled against the Los Padres National Forest, which includes most of the mountainous land along the California coast from Ventura to Monterey, extending inland. Elevations range from sea level to 8,831 feet. At times, we will venture into the forest for a trail ride.


Our Riding

Scheduled rides

Departure times are set each day, staggered by ability levels - i.e. 9am beg. ride takes off; 9:15 intermediate ride; 9:30 experienced ride

Guided rides

Fully guided, we offer riding lessons, children's rides, and adult-oriented fun at specified times throughout the summer each week.

Program rides

Our signature breakfast ride - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Wagon ride to breakfast is available for non-riders! Intimate evening ride - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday - Max of 15 riders

Good to know

We conduct an orientation where riders must demonstrate proficiency before going out on the trail. We offer faster rides for the more proficient rider - you will also be steering around obstacles at a faster pace.

Weight limit for riding

Up to 225 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

Our rides generally last approximately 1 1/2 hours.


Why our riding stands out

  • Nice, gentle horses for all abilities and string of younger horses for advanced riders
  • Riding on 10,500 private acres in sunny California - rolling hills and oak trees, 100 acre lake, amazing vistas
  • Wranglers are chosen on their ability to entertain diverse age groups and interests

Sample Riding Itinerary

Breakfast ride on Tuesday

Rodeo Ride on Wednesday

Breakfast Ride on Thursday

Evening Ride on Friday

Private Ride on Saturday

Riding Lessons

Daily, one-hour private riding lessons are offered and are available between 12:30 and 1:30pm. Lessons are recommended for infrequent riders who wish to join a higher level group ride and those who want to assess their riding ability in a safer setting. Lessons may be scheduled at the Barn 8:00-11:30am and 12:30-3:00pm. We ask that you please schedule your lessons at least one hour in advance.

Details

lessons are additional, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons

Given by

wrangler

Location

in the arena

Natural Horsemanship Clinic

Details

Included in package, Additionally charged, Clinics occur in the arena

Cattle work - pasture gathers

We do have around 1500-1800 head of steers on our property. On your scenic rides, you may be riding through our pastures and bump into a number of these animals. Although we don't offer cattle work per se, we do offer a few times where guests can directly interact with the cattle in an arena setting: During our Cowgirl Boot Camps and Couples Boot Camp, we offer team sorting once a week in the arena.

When

All year

Frequency

On Request

No. of yearlings

1800

No. of cow/calf pairs

15

Interaction

Guests participate

Arena Work

Join us for a Country Fair and Rodeo extravaganza every Wednesday during the Summer at 5:30pm. The Alisal wranglers demonstrate rodeo events including roping, barrel racing, team sorting and quick draw. We are offer a lesson from 12:30-1:30pm on rodeo day for those adults who wish to participate in the team sorting competition. We pair 2 guests with 2 wranglers for the competition. Throughout the summer, we keep track of this timed event and the group who has the best time at the end of the summer wins a Signature Alisal Belt Buckle! During the event, wranglers are in the arena holding herd to help the participants. You may be loping your horse at certain times during this event. We will have groups coming finishing the event in 30 seconds to a minute! After the rodeo, enjoy our Western-style BBQ at the arena complete with live country music and dancing.

Type

outdoor arena

Activities

penning, sorting, barrels, rodeo

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    Summer: $550 - $800
    Winter: $515 - $695
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    Summer: $60 - $115
    Winter: $55 - $85
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $550 - $800
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Sun
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Fri
  • Packages available

    2 night, 3 night, 1 week

Alisal Ranch can cater for up to 200 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

Lodge | Large Studio Room

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $460 - $550
Winter: $460 - $550

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

Large studio room with king or twin beds. Items Included: full breakfast and dinner for two people per night. Additional amenities: iron and board, clock radio, coffee maker and coffee.

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace, washer / dryer, Handicapped Accessible

Lodge | Deluxe Studio with Patio

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $560 - $650
Winter: $560 - $650

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

Large studio room with king and outside patio. Items Included: full breakfast and dinner for two people per night. Additional amenities: iron and board, clock radio, coffee maker and coffee.

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace, washer / dryer

Lodge | One Bedroom Suite

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $585 - $675
Winter: $585 - $675

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

Large bedroom with king bed, spacious sitting room with studio beds. Items Included: full breakfast and dinner for two people per night. Additional amenities: iron and board, clock radio, coffee maker and coffee. Enjoy spacious, high-beamed ceilings.

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, mini-bar, fridge, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace

Lodge | Deluxe Suite

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $660 - $750
Winter: $660 - $750

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

Large bedroom with king bed, spacious sitting room, two full baths and wet bar. Items Included: full breakfast and dinner for two people per night. Additional amenities: iron and board, clock radio, coffee maker and coffee. Enjoy open, high-beamed ceilings.

Rooms

1

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, fridge, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace

Lodge | Accommodations Overview

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $495 - $650
Winter: $495 - $650

Minimum Stay

3 nights

Description

Seventy-three Guest units decorated in classic California ranch design are configured in either comfortable studios or spacious one bedroom suites. There are no in-room TVs or telephones. If you need to make a phone call, just stop by or call the front desk from any house phone. Cellular reception is limited at the Alisal. Verizon is the only carrier that provides good coverage in the immediate vicinity of the Ranch. Public telephones and televisions are located throughout the property. Wireless high-speed Internet access is available.

Rooms

73

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

fridge, hair dryer, seating area, wood fireplace


Booking Policy

Rates are based on double occupancy, two-night minimum is required, Saturday check-ins or check-outs are not permitted, rates are subject to change without notice. Advance Deposits are fully refundable up to 30 days prior to your date of arrival. Any cancellations, deletion of nights, and/or date changes, within 60 days, may result in a forfeiture of your deposit. All group reservations are subject to a six-month cancellation policy.

Included in your stay

meals, lodging, full breakfast and dinners

Extras

Other

horseback riding

Lowdown

  • You can borrow

    Riding helmets
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Cell Networks

    verizon. other cell service can be sporadic.
  • Business Services

    Executive business center , Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers, common computer.

Onsite

Shopping

Our Fitness Center and Spa offers a delightful selection of Western amenities along with our full line of skin care and home decorations.

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, tennis, Yoga, Golf - 18 hole course, wagon rides, bird watching, Archery, Air-Rifle, Nature Walks

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub, lake water sports

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments, couples massage, scrubs, manicures, facials, pedicures, Exclusive Therapeutic Mud and Herb Wraps


Fishing & Wildlife

The Alisal lake is teeming with bass and bluegill ready to be landed by rod and reel or fly. We offer private guided excursions during early morning or late evening hours, since feeding habits of different fish vary. If you wish to hone your angling skills, our lake staff is glad to provide traditional fishing and fly fishing pointers or lessons Fishing

Fishing on Alisal Lake is reserved for guests of the Ranch exclusively. All bass are natural spawn wild fish and fishing is "catch and release." This combination keeps the lake and the fish unstressed and provides some of the best bass fishing in the state.

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, lake, equipment available, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available, BYO equipment

Wildlife

Deer roam the hillsides and golf courses throughout the Ranch. A family of bald eagles have called Alisal Lake their home for over 10 years. Our wranglers once in a while will spot bear tracks down by our lake and mountain lion have been seen during drought times.


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 100 & over.

Alisal is among the West’s most sought-after destinations for group meetings and corporate retreats. Our secluded locale and excellent facilities make meeting here both a relaxing and productive experience.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of 100 & over.

Please contact our Conference Service Director directly for wedding guidelines.


Local Attractions

City of Solvang

The quaint village of Solvang is just three miles away dotted with building straight from Denmark and authentic Danish Food and Collectables. Solvang is the home to the Old Mission Santa Inez. Visiting Solvang is like taking a vacation to Denmark with no passport required. It has been named one of the 10 best Historic Small Towns in America by USA Today and was named by Trivago as one of the best "Hidden European Towns in America.

Solvang means "sunny field" in Danish; and was founded in 1911 by three Danish-American educators who discoved a place in the central coast jof California where land was plentiful and their culture could prosper.

Festivals are traditional parts of Solvang's charm. Danish Days annual celebration emerged in 1936 and continues to commemorate Solvang's heritage every September with artisans, folk dancing, three parades, aebleskiver breakfasts and free entertainment for the whole family.

Distance

3 miles miles / 15 mins

Ranch shuttle

yes

Top50 says

Highs

  • 10,000 acres of privately-owned land in the beautiful California countryside
  • Wide range of package offerings, from mother/daughter getaways, to wine tasting weekends
  • Good-sized facility to accommodate large corporate retreats, with a variety of outdoor activities in an ideal climate
  • Family-oriented with a petting zoo for the children

Lows

  • There are plenty of activities included in the price you can get involved in, however some aren't included in the basic cost, so please be sure to double-check with the accommodating staff - they'll be happy to advise you
  • The rooms are basic, however they are very clean, comfortable and relaxing

Visitor Reviews

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Hated to leave

Went here for a retreat with about 20 women friends. I knew we were in for a good time but staying here couldn't have been more delightful. The accommodations were clean and comfortable, the bed just right and the grounds picturesque. And one couldn't be bored if they tried!. So much to do! Hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, wine tasting, swimming etc etc. And adorable little Solvang to walk around in. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food sooo yummy. And did I mention the cowboy poetry? Highly recommended!

5 stars

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