Autumn 2016 BBQ Bootcamp Dates Announced

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Legendary Service Just Doesn’t “Happen”

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Director of Catering and Events Christina Oliver

Legendary service doesn’t just “happen”. It is the results of years of practice- and listening to the feedback of our guests.

When you arrive at your favorite vacation spot, how well do they know you?  Do they call you by name?  Have a note of your preferences ? Anticipate your needs before you request them?

Does it feel like you are going home – or perhaps better than home? Legendary service and hospitality is the result of years of experience and investing deeply in our individual guests and also anticipating the needs of new ones to invest in long term relationships.

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Top Benefits to Playing Golf

Ranch-Course-web-298x300Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is renowned for its golf.  If you are a novice, amateur, or even a seasoned pro, you probably do not need to be reminded of how great golf can be for you. But just in case, here are some top reasons to validate the next time you need to take time off of work for golf (just don’t tell your boss we told you so):

Golf Provides:

Socialization and gets you out with other human beings in nature for some fresh air and sunlight.

Exercise:  if you choose to walk, you can walk up to 6 miles and burn up to 1400 calories. Continue reading Top Benefits to Playing Golf

Enhancing Your Stay With In-Room Delivery Amenity Options

picnic-basketWhether it is a special personal occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding,  you are thanking a client, or simply want to add something memorable for a group stay to each of your attendee’s overnight rooms, Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort welcomes the opportunity to provide that extra special touch to make their arrival and stay extra memorable.

Gift baskets

Family Picnic Baskets

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Favorite Wine Country Visits (Part 1)

Photo Courtesy Gainey Vineyard

While most guests who come to Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort end up staying on property almost the entire time because so many of our memory-making activities are right here, we would be negligent if we did not mention some of our favorite places to visit here in The Santa Ynez Valley during a visit here.

Wine Tasting:

Gainey Winery

Sunstone Winery

Firestone Winery

Micro Breweries

Figueroa Mountain Brewery

Firestone Walker Brewery

Lavender Farm:  Continue reading Favorite Wine Country Visits (Part 1)

Giddyup! The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding

20140804-130412-47052174.jpgWhile most guests enjoy the leisurely, relaxing pace of Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort‘s  trail rides- including our famous morning breakfast ride- and some guests choose to go at a faster pace, there is now scientific evidence to support that horseback riding is good health for the rider,  no matter what your pace.

So for those of you who prefer to lounge on your room’s front porch and snooze all day, you can take comfort that if you get in one – even mild and gentle- horseback ride, you are getting some legitimate exercise in.  Here are some of the findings: Continue reading Giddyup! The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding

Benefits of Renting the Ranch Exclusively

Photo Credit: Guest Craig Townsend

Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort can be bought out for corporate events, reunions and much more (Alisal River Terrace does not require a buy-out) to assure not just privacy and exclusivity, but also that the legendary service guests receive on a normal basis is actually personalized for each guest, based on the group’s goals and wishes.  Here are just some highlights of what buying out 10,000 sprawling acres provides: Continue reading Benefits of Renting the Ranch Exclusively

Wedding Menus at The Ranch : A Look at One Couple’s Delicious Buffet

Photo Credit:  Kacie Jean Photography

Chef Pascal Godé and his team possess the talent to create virtually any menu that one can create and welcome the opportunity to customize special touches for Alisal wedding couples.  That said, most choose to take advantage of the ranch’s already-famous specialties, including menus with succulent BBQ, farm-fresh vegetable dishes and salads, and homemade ranch-goodness comfort food items.  The fact that Chef Pascal and/or his team personally man the grill on site to provide heavenly scents for the evening’s special event menu is always a huge plus, too. Continue reading Wedding Menus at The Ranch : A Look at One Couple’s Delicious Buffet

Special Event Rental Prop & Decor Inspiration

At Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, we are privileged to see all sorts of event styles and decor and work with the finest event professionals from all over.  This year, we’ve seen a few things we especially love and wanted to share them with you here.  These are specialty items that can be ordered with the service provider mentioned below the photo and whose specialty includes these items, as well as many others.  Below is our “inspiration board” for a few rental items (please see service providers mentioned for all proper photo credit and sources).


Above Photos all from Ventura Rental Party Center blogs and social media (see their pages for details on photo credits) (Top):  Dark Cherry Wood Chairs are a wonderful option at the ranch for our outdoor events | Bottom Left Photo: Chivari Chairs paired with Ranchero Tables (that don’t even need linens – just a gorgeous runner and placesettings with colors that pop) |  Bottom right photo: Whether a cake stand or unique table for items at the ceremony altar or at a lounge seating area, this matte gold antler side table is sure to spark conversation! Continue reading Special Event Rental Prop & Decor Inspiration