Category Archives: Private Events

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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Benefits of Renting the Ranch Exclusively

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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

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).

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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

Thinking Ahead: Holiday Private Parties At the Ranch

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Alisal River Terrace by Chelsea Elizabeth Photography

While most folks right now are in the throws of lazy, hot summer days, delicious BBQ, and sipping a lemonade in the shade of a Sycamore by a lazy river, savvy event planners are busy at work thinking ahead to the holiday season and special dinners and parties they need to plan for their company or clients.  They know that prime event days during the holidays get sold out earlier in the year, and when an event is routinely held at the same traditional location annually, it can make it even more challenging to find an alternative date the closer December comes. Continue reading Thinking Ahead: Holiday Private Parties At the Ranch

Staying Connected With Alisal: Get Social!

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort‘s legendary reputation did not happen overnight.  Building family memories that last for several lifetimes takes generations to build.  And now with social media, it’s even easier to share the Alisal legacy of relaxed adventure, as well as seek inspiration for your own next trip to the ranch.  Continue reading Staying Connected With Alisal: Get Social!

Looking Back With Appreciation

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Ms. Kamashian & Family

Our Alisal family is not just the staff -many of whom have been with us for several generations.  It is also made up of the guests who stay and make lifetime memories as well as the supply partners who help make events and the ranch as a whole roll.  All of these make up Continue reading Looking Back With Appreciation

Holiday Party Trends 2015: Fresh Twists on Ranch Traditional Favorites

Alisal Christmas Tree in SycamoreIt is Autumn officially.  And while we at the ranch are still in the middle of weddings, corporate events and beautiful warm weather here in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley, it’s especially hard to imagine cold weather, warm fires, cozy food , family and holiday celebration.  Yet, our emails and phones are buzzing with Continue reading Holiday Party Trends 2015: Fresh Twists on Ranch Traditional Favorites