The Alisal Guest Ranch Something for Everyone

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A small cabin among the trees on a ranch.
Curator’s statement

More than words can describe what Alisal has to offer, it is the feeling you get when you drive through the canopy of Oak Trees as you enter the property. It is the way the staff greets you, the live music that plays as you enjoy local wine and cuisine, the giggles from your children as they run through the grass in their cowboy boots and the way the sunsets over the mountains each evening. It truly is a feeling that is hard to describe but one I really hope you’ll discover for yourselves.

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Things to do in Alisal Guest Ranch

Rolling California hills.

Alisal Guest Ranch

Nestled among the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley in Solvang, California, Alisal offers a variety of activities and amenities for families, couples and groups. It is a 10,000-acre playground with recently renovated accommodations that honor the property's history and surroundings. Here are some reasons to consider staying at this spectacular property:

Authentic Ranch Experience

The Alisal Guest Ranch offers a true ranch experience. Activities galore, including archery, air-rifles, horseback riding for all levels, hog-washing, barnyard crafts and the Alisal Rodeo, which happens on Wednesday evenings during the Summer months. Room rates include most Food & Beverage (including alcohol). The only meal not included in your stay is lunch. But fear not, the Chuck Wagon onsite has great options as do the surrounding towns of Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Los Alamos.

Multiple Accommodation Options

Whether you're visiting Alisal for a family reunion, work retreat or couples getaway, there is a perfect room type for your needs. Several different types of cottages and suites are spacious and comfortable, with rustic décor and modern amenities. Many accommodations feature private patios or decks and fireplaces.

Farm-to-Table Dining

The Alisal Guest Ranch is known for its farm-to-table cuisine, featuring fresh and locally sourced ingredients. The ranch offers a variety of dining options, including a formal dining room, a casual grill and a private wine cellar. Guests can enjoy a variety of dishes, including grass-fed beef, fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables, all prepared by the ranch's talented chefs. Alisal often has pop-up events featuring local chefs and wine.

Activities, activities and more activities

In addition to the above, there is also tennis, pickleball, bike rides (guided or not), hikes and more. The Alisal Guest Ranch also offers a variety of family-friendly activities, including pony rides, scavenger hunts, and arts and crafts. The ranch also offers a kids' program that includes supervised activities such as horseback riding, fishing, and nature walks. These activities are perfect for kids of all ages, ensuring that everyone in the family has something fun and exciting to do.

Beautiful Scenery

The Alisal Guest Ranch is located on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, surrounded by picturesque mountains and rolling hills. The landscape features oak-studded meadows, lush green pastures and scenic lakes, providing a tranquil setting for outdoor activities and dining.


The Alisal Guest Ranch offers a peaceful and tranquil setting, with plenty of opportunities to let it all go. Guests can indulge in a variety of spa treatments, take a yoga class or simply unwind by the pool or in the hot tub.

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