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The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort



Santa Ynez Valley north of Santa Barbara, CA


A World Away in the Heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country



Overview

10,000 Acres
Sleeps 250

Unique Features

Luxury working guest ranch
Horseback riding
Two golf courses and spa
Winery tours and tastings

Guest Ranch Resort

Offers upscale accommodations along with traditional ranch and resort activities.

About the Ranch

The Experience

A secluded 10,000-acre jewel tucked into California’s famed Santa Ynez Valley, Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort melds the spirit of the Old West with the seductive charms of today’s most relaxing resorts. Drive 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara and you’ll find Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort’s 50 miles of riding trails, 100-acre spring-fed lake, two 18-hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, pool, spa, western-themed accommodations, fine dining, and endless ways to unplug and unwind. Just minutes away from the Ranch are more than 75 renowned vineyards and wineries and the charming Danish village of Solvang. Whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway for two, a family reunion, or a corporate retreat, come discover the magic of Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. This is far more than just a dude ranch. With a temperate climate year-round and ever-changing seasonal activities, any time of year is the perfect time to visit us.

New Experiences Create Lifelong Memories

Experience the thrill of riding horses along 50 miles of trails, fishing in a spring-fed lake, or hiking through Deer Canyon, where you may sight deer, eagles, hawks, and even the occasional bobcat. Add access to two championship golf courses, cycling, tennis, as well as archery, boating, and wine tasting at world-class vineyards throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, and you will see that Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort truly offers something for everyone.

The Ranch Concierge team is ready to answer any questions you may have about how to enjoy your time at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort and help you plan a memorable stay.

The Accommodations

A ranch that blends the charm of a gracious, bygone era with 73 pastoral suites and studios await your arrival. All of the Ranch's accommodations are outfitted with authentic Western décor, exquisite linens, wood-burning fireplaces, coffee makers, and refrigerators. Adjoining studios or suites are available for families and large parties. This is an authentic California ranch experience, complete with nearly every outdoor activity you can imagine, warm and helpful service, and the kind of brilliant, starry skies that only 10,000 acres can offer.

The timeless ambiance of the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is partially achieved by not offering televisions and telephones in the Ranch's guest rooms. For your convenience, house telephones and wireless high-speed internet access are available.

The History

The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort provides a window into the history of the Santa Ynez Valley. Cattle ranching, thoroughbred horse breeding, and beginning in 1946, hospitality, are all part of the Ranch's lore. The original inhabitants called this land “Nojoqui.” The new arrivals know it by the name “Alisal” (meaning “grove of sycamores”).


The Land

Nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley bound by a river on the northeast and a coastal mountain range on the southwest. The adjacent river and seasonal streams abound with ten pound steelhead trout. Rolling hills are dotted with valley oaks and coastal live oaks. Verdant glens and riverbanks support healthy groves of western sycamores.

The Lodging

Seventy-three king suites offers plenty of room for large gatherings including family reunions, corporate retreats, and weddings. You're also welcome to book just one or two for your family and enjoy a weekend away.
37 King Studios
450 sq. ft.
1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 2
31 Two-Room Suites
550 sq. ft.
2 bedrooms
1.5 bathrooms
sleeps 5
2 Two-Room Suites
650 sq. ft.
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 5
3 Executive Two-Room Suites
750 sq. ft.
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 5
Seventy-three king suites offers plenty of room for large gatherings including family reunions, corporate retreats, and weddings. You're also welcome to book just one or two for your family and enjoy a weekend away.
37 King Studios
450 sq. ft.
1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
sleeps 2
31 Two-Room Suites
550 sq. ft.
2 bedrooms
1.5 bathrooms
sleeps 5
2 Two-Room Suites
650 sq. ft.
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 5
3 Executive Two-Room Suites
750 sq. ft.
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
sleeps 5

amenities

Billiards Room
Wifi
Washer & Dryer
Fireplace
Coffee maker
Pool
Hot tub
Iron
Hair dryer
Linens
Fitness room
Towels
Kid-Friendly
Non-Smoking
No pets allowed
Handicapped accessible
Activities
Ten Thousand Acres and Hundreds of Ways to Enjoy Them
Biking
Bird watching
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Stargazing
Swimming
Trail running
Water sports
Wildlife Viewing

Equipment Available

Fishing Equipment - 40
Horseback Riding Tack - 60
Kayaks/Canoes - 8
Road Bikes - 20
Standup Paddle Boards - 5

Available Activities

Let us know what you're interested in when you request to book.

Winery Tour and Tastings

At Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, you are in the heart of Santa Barbara County – one of the best wine-producing regions in the country, with over 100 different wineries and tasting rooms. The county’s varied microclimates and soils as well as it’s unique geography, provide ideal growing conditions for many types of grapes. Alisal Guest Ranch & Retis perfectly situated so that the Ranch's guests can visit a wide variety of nearby wineries. The Ranch Concierge team is happy to help you plan picnic and a day spent wine tasting at some of the Ranch's favorite vineyards.

Golf

The ancient oaks, manicured fairways and greens, and spectacular panoramic views of the Santa Ynez River and nearby Santa Ynez Mountains make the two 18-hole championship courses a favorite among golf aficionados. Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort offers some fantastic golf vacation packages that offer unlimited golf at the Ranch's two championship 18-hole golf courses..

Guided Fishing Trips

Learn more about Alisal Lake's unique fish habitat with an experienced guide to help track bass using traditional spinning tackle or fly tackle. Beginner anglers will learn to tie knots, cast, choose tackle, as well as be instructed in fish identification, handling, and the proper release method. Advance reservations recommended. Fly Fishing Trip (maximum 3 people) 3 hours 1-2 people $250 Each additional person $50 Spin Fishing Trip (maximum 4 people) 3 hours 1-2 people $250 Each additional person $50

Fly Fishing Lessons

If you want to learn to fly fish or fly cast, or improve your present skills, fly fishing lessons include instruction on and off the water. Advance reservations recommended. 1 person $200 each additional $50

Archery

Pick up a bow and arrow for the first time or hone your marksmanship at the Ranch's unique archery range along the shores of Alisal Lake. The range includes paper targets and foam animals, located at three different distances. Open to guests eight years of age and older. Rate: $50/per person

Air Rifle

Enjoy a fully-supervised air rifle class, with experienced instructors to demonstrate the fun and safe way to handle, sight, and shoot. The course includes paper and silhouette targets. Open to guests eight years of age and older. Rate: $50/per person

Tennis

With six full-size tennis courts, Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort provides players of all skill levels a beautiful setting in which to serve and volley. The tennis pros are on hand to arrange for group or individual lessons, to match players up with other guests or members for practice or competition, and to schedule the occasional friendly tournament. Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort offers special summer adult group classes starting in June, as well as introductory classes for children ages 6-14. The Ranch has a full-service tennis shop adjacent to the courts, featuring HEAD racquets for sale or rent, clothing and shoes, racquet stringing and gripping, tennis balls and accessories. Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and visors are also available. Court Fee: $25 Ball Machine: $20 per hour on a reservation basis Racquet Rentals: $15 per day for adults ATTIRE - Proper tennis attire is required. No dark-soled shoes unless specifically designed for tennis courts (non-marking).

Biking

With miles of undulating trails that wind through the mountains and along streams, the Santa Ynez Valley is a biking paradise. The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort offers bike rentals by the day, as well as guided cycling tours. Whether with a group or solo, your guide will take you through challenging yet scenic routes. If you like, we can pack lunches so you can explore the lush beauty of these routes on your own. Stop by the Ranch Concierge to pick up maps of recommended biking routes for beginner through advanced cyclists. Examples of routes include a 32-mile trip up Figueroa Mountain Road that climbs to an elevation of 3,200 feet—the same route a few world-renowned cyclists have taken while doing Tour de France training. Or follow the route of one of the Amgen Tour’s time trials—a 13-mile loop with lots of rolling hills along the way.

Barnyard

Drop by and meet all the critters at the Barnyard! We ask that an adult accompany children during their visit to the Barnyard. All ages are welcome.

Lead Around

Parents can lead small children on horseback around the corral.

Arts & Crafts

Available year round in the Laurel Room. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult.

Request to stay at The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

Santa Ynez Valley north of Santa Barbara, CA

In order for us to ensure you have the best experience, we take your requested date and party size and confirm with the ranch owner before you finish and pay for your booking. You will not be charged to request to book.

512-230-3345
info@exploreranches.com

$710

Per Night
2 night minimum
Max number of people: 250
Completely personalized stays. Nightly Rate includes breakfast & dinner daily. Activities available for additional cost.
Arrival
 
Departure

Adults

Kids

512-230-3345
info@exploreranches.com

Cancellation Policy

Guarantee Policy 2 night deposit required at time of booking. Cancel Policy $150 cancel fee per room up to 30 days prior to arrival. Forfeit full deposit cancel within 30 days of arrival.

Access

Less than one hour from Santa Barbara
2.5 hours from Los Angeles
3 hours from Bakersfield

Ranch Rules

Two night minimum is required
Saturday check-ins or check outs are not permitted
Please check cancellation policy
Gentlemen (16 and older) are required to wear jackets for dinner when dining in the main dining room