Jessica and Vince’s Alisal Wedding Story

jessica vince7Alisal guests may know Alisal bartender Vince and his fiancée, jessica vince3Jessica, who recently tied the knot at the ranch.   While the rain came down just moments before the bride was to walk down the aisle, that didn’t dampen the spirits of the guests or the bride and groom, who quickly shifted to a cozy and romantic fireside wedding ceremony in the Sycamore Room with legendary local pianist Bill Powell providing some lovely ambiance as well as ceremony music. Continue reading Jessica and Vince’s Alisal Wedding Story

Real Guest Stories | Meet the Bucks

buck2How Long Have you Been Coming to Alisal Guest Ranch?  8 years. My husband & I come every year for our anniversary

What Is Your Happiest Memory (so far) at the Ranch?  I think  we were there the year it rained like 10 inches. Maybe March 2011? We couldn’t really do any of the outdoor activities on the ranch, so we stayed in with a fire, and enjoyed the solitude. The morning the rain started myself and 2 other women that come at the same time we do went riding. We were soaked when we got back, but it was great fun. Continue reading Real Guest Stories | Meet the Bucks

The Alisal Experience | Spa Indulgence

AlisalSpaTreatmentRoomUnwind or Energize: The Choice Is Yours

Nestled among ancient oaks and majestic sycamores at the heart of the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, our 6,000-square-foot Fitness Center & Spa offers guests a refuge of relaxation, as well as access to wide variety of invigorating workouts. With state-of-the-art cardio and fitness equipment and the latest yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and ab-sculpting classes (both group and private), you can renew and rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. Indulge in a signature spa treatment with botanical elements that aims to balance your body’s chi. Soothing facials, massages, body wraps, and more are designed by our expert therapists for deeper relaxation and healing. Couples massage rooms allow couples to relax side-by-side in a peaceful and private sanctuary. No matter what your choice, we keep your health and well-being top of mind. The Alisal Fitness Center & Spa is open to guests 16 years and older.

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The Alisal Experience | Dining at Alisal

p_dining2Dining At Alisal

Modern is good, but at Alisal we believe there are some things that just shouldn’t change—like including breakfast and dinner in your room rate. We call it a Modified American Plan. You’ll call it delicious.

As guests at Alisal, you are assigned a particular dining room table at the beginning of your stay. (In many cases, this is the same table guests have occupied during their previous visit.) Since Alisal does not “turn” its tables during meal periods, guests are free to come in any time within the published hours of service.


Breakfast is served in the Ranch Room 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. daily

We offer guests an extensive à la carte menu, as well as a full breakfast buffet, brimming with fresh fruit, homemade cinnamon rolls, and your favorite morning entrées. Continue reading The Alisal Experience | Dining at Alisal

The Alisal Experience | Exploring Santa Barbara’s Wine Country

Sip and Savor Santa Barbara Wine Country

At Alisal, you are in the heart of Santa Barbara Country–one of the

Melville Winery
Melville Winery

best wine-producing regions in the country, with over 100 different wineries. The county’s varied microclimates and soils, as well as its unique geography, provide ideal growing conditions for many types of grapes—from the beloved Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and Syrahs to unique varietals like Albariño and Grenache Blanc. Alisal is perfectly situated so that our guests can visit a wide variety of nearby wineries. We also offer an extensive wine list that focuses primarily on wines from Santa Barbara County and Central California, so you can have a taste at the Alisal before you venture out. We’re happy to help you plan a picnic and a day spent wine tasting at some of our favorite vineyards, including: Continue reading The Alisal Experience | Exploring Santa Barbara’s Wine Country

The Alisal Experience | Cycling

trek travel cycle photoSee the Beauty of Santa Barbara County on Two Wheels

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 our challenging yet scenic routes. If you like, we can pack lunches so you can explore the lush beauty of these routes on your own.

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The Alisal Experience | Tennis


With six full-size tennis courts, Alisal provides players of all skill levels a beautiful setting in which to serve and volley. Our 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.

We offer special summer adult group classes starting in June, as well as introductory classes for children ages 6-14.

We have 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 logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and visors are also available.

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The Alisal Experience | The Lake

boat on waterExplore Alisal’s Hidden Oasis

If you like a day spent on or near the water, the shimmering 100-acre Alisal Lake is for you. A spring-fed oasis tucked into the Santa Ynez Mountains, Alisal Lake is the perfect setting for fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, or simply a picnic and some leisurely time in the sun. Brimming with bass, trout, and bluegill, the lake is Continue reading The Alisal Experience | The Lake

The Alisal Experience | World Class Golf

alisal golfChampionship Play for All Skill Levels

The ancient oaks, impeccably manicured fairways and greens, and spectacular panoramic views of the Santa Ynez River and nearby Santa Ynez Mountains make our two 18-hole championship courses a favorite among golf aficionados. With both open year-round, choose from the classic par 72, 6,500-yard Ranch Course or the par 72, 6,800-yard River Course.

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The Alisal Experience | Horseback Riding

alisal guest ranch horseback ridingTake a Ride Through the Heart of California

Explore Alisal from an unforgettable vantage point. Ride horses through canyons, shaded hillsides, past grazing cattle and babbling brooks. Our string of 100 horses can accommodate first-time to advanced riders. Small groups are provided personal attention by our experienced wranglers. See below for the variety of rides we offer. Continue reading The Alisal Experience | Horseback Riding