Category Archives: Ranch Activities

Autumn 2016 BBQ Bootcamp Dates Announced

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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.

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Family Picnic Baskets

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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

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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

The Healing Effect of Nature Vacations

boat on waterPlenty has been written about the benefits of taking a vacation/break (even if short): from lower stress and anxiety, less risk of heart disease, the ability to accomplish goals better, and an overall better outlook on life.  Regular guests of Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort know this well, which is why so many return – some a few times a year- to renew and restore.

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The Power of the Night Sky: Top 5 Benefits to Stargazing

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Star Gazing Inspiration & Photo from Ben Casnocha

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is nestled in Santa Barbara’s own wine country:  the Santa Ynez Valley.  One of the benefits of this valley is that it is relatively removed from major city lights and provides the opportunity for beautiful night skies.  The exact positioning of the ranch is tucked away in an area protected by surrounding hills and peace and even greater chances of beautiful star-gazing than in some of the neighboring quiet valley towns.

While star-gazing may be considered by some to be a romantic activity of the past, there are some  benefits to gazing at the heavens and we are proud to say, one of the loveliest – and complimentary – most memorable experiences Alisal guests can have while visiting: Continue reading The Power of the Night Sky: Top 5 Benefits to Stargazing

The Alisal Experience: More Than Just an Overnight Accommodation

12301461_10154357637457137_3362536187649845215_nIf you are looking for a place to “spend the night” while on a road trip, don’t bother with a reservation at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort.  Whoa!  Did we actually suggest that we may not be the place for a potential guest?  Yes, we did.  The reality is this:  if one is looking for a hotel room for a night, Alisal’s rooms (which generally have a 2 night minimum year-round, may not even be available and are often sold-out year round because they are booked for weeks on end for returning guests), may seem outrageously pricey at first glance.  Continue reading The Alisal Experience: More Than Just an Overnight Accommodation

The Art of Mindfulness: Wellness Retreats

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Attendees Enjoyed Poolside Lunch between Yoga & Activities | Photo Credit:  Cori Lassahn

It is no secret that businesses and companies seek out Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort to host inspirational planning retreats, reward hard-working employees, or provide team-building retreats to rev up the engines for better productivity and teamwork back at the office.  While the ranch’s staple core activities delight guests from all over: from horseback riding, archery, fishing, hiking, bike riding, tennis, golf, and more, we take pride in customizing a retreat that accomplishes the meeting planner’s goals.  From a ropes course to yoga, to dance fitness classes to a new class we just introduced for a group visiting the ranch:  a Wellness Retreat that included a Mindfulness Class.  This type of class is enjoying increasing popularity in a society that needs a time-out to regroup and re-focus, and the ranch is the perfect setting just for that.

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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!