Category Archives: Alisal History

Traditions at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

alisal guest ranch horseback ridingLet’s face it, in our fast-paced world full of technology and hectic schedules, finding time to create family traditions can be a challenge. That’s where Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort comes in! One thing that sets us apart from other resorts is that we value certain traditions–many which are rooted in decades-old practices. It is these traditions, along with the one-of-a-kind feel of Alisal, that keep our guests coming back year after year.

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Centuries Old Sycamore Shakes Things Up At Alisal

alisal sycamore treeIf only trees could talk.  Can you imagine the stories Alisal trees could tell about the history and happenings at our ranch?  Just this last week, the beloved sycamore that had been growing for centuries at our front office split and the arborist determined it was not safe and had to be slowly taken down over the period of several days.  According to Alisal Director of Sales Sherrie Fitzgerald, when the trunk landed on the ground, the entire front office shook.

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Alisal Legacy & Lore: A Portal to California History, Starting 1810

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The land is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley bound by a river on the northeast and a coastal mountain range on the southwest. The range barricades the coastal flow, producing warmer valley days and cooler valley nights. The adjacent river and seasonal streams that cross this land abound with annual runs of 10-pound steelhead trout. The rolling hills are dotted with valley oaks and coast live oaks, many of which will live up to 300 years. The verdant glens and riverbanks, shadowed by the mountain backdrop, support healthy groves of western sycamores. Deer graze cautiously, fearing mountain lions, bears, and coyotes. Original inhabitants used this land for Continue reading Alisal Legacy & Lore: A Portal to California History, Starting 1810