Family Time: Great Outdoor Adventure Awaits at The Alisal Guest Ranch Since 1946, guests have enjoyed the outdoor activities of this working cattle ranch. BY TOURING & TASTING
Photo courtesy of The Alisal Guest Ranch
The entire family can get on a horse and go on a gorgeous ride.
“ Guided horseback riding at all skill levels is offered on trails winding through the scenic ranch.”
Located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch, the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort gives wine tourists enough outdoor activities to be considered a real vacation. Established as a cattle ranch more than 150 years ago, the Alisal started welcoming summer guests in 1946.
The Alisal hearkens back to early California living at its finest. The tidy yet spacious grounds contain 73 guest units decorated in classic California ranch design with studio or one-bedroom suite floor plans. Each cozy room provides complimentary firewood to burn in the working fireplace, a refrigerator, and many creature comforts. To maintain a quiet atmosphere and remind guests that they are in a world apart, there are no in-room televisions or telephones.
Hearty breakfasts and dinners, included in the room rate, are served in the Alisal’s convivial dining room. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Pascal Godé, a distinguished culinary style has emerged at The Alisal. On the dinner menu, which changes daily, at least 10 entrees are offered.
Guided horseback riding at all skill levels is offered on trails winding through the scenic ranch. The par-72 Ranch Golf Course, designed by Billy Bell Jr., stretches for 6,500 yards and has tight fairways. The River Course measures 6,830 yards and promises beautiful views of the Santa Ynez Mountains. For those who prefer tennis, six courts are available for games, lessons, and practice sessions. It’s just a short van ride from all this to the ranch’s secluded 100-acre lake teeming with bass and bluegill.
The Alisal Fitness Center and Spa offers spa treatments, men’s and women’s locker rooms with steam saunas, a spacious lobby with a roaring fireplace for lounging, and a cardio room with state-of-the-art equipment.
The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort gives guests so many ways to explore and unwind. It’s a great way for families to fully appreciate Santa Barbara wine country—and each other.
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