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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

Meet Alisal Staff: River Course at the Alisal| Head Golf Pro Brook Bell

River Course at the Alisal Head Golf Professional Brook Bell

When was the last time you were down at the River Course Grill (also known as Alisal River Terrace for weddings and private events)?  Besides being a fabulous place to eat, the River Course of The Alisal offers fantastic golf opportunities and a great pro shop overseen by new employee Golf Professional Brook Bell.

Besides getting to know Brook in person the next time you are at the River Course at the Alisal, here is a brief interview we conducted with him to help get the waters warm for your next visit and conversation with him:

Continue reading Meet Alisal Staff: River Course at the Alisal| Head Golf Pro Brook Bell

Alisal River Terrace Offers Exceptional Value for the Wine Country Private Event

by Chelsea Elizabeth Photography
by Chelsea Elizabeth Photography

One of the biggest mistakes clients make when booking a wedding or private event venue is to  fall in love with the venue so deeply they are not paying attention to the site fee, according to local wedding and event planner Kerry Lee Dickey of Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events.   “What ends up happening later on in the planning process is that suddenly the event client realizes that due to the amount they spent on the site fee (which is often just the rental fee alone and does not include many other necessary items), they don’t have the proper budget for other essentials for the event,” Dickey says.  Items such as proper amount of heaters, in some remote locations, portable VIP restrooms, proper shading on hot days and much more, get neglected because there aren’t enough funds left after spending so much of the budget on the site fee.  Continue reading Alisal River Terrace Offers Exceptional Value for the Wine Country Private Event

2016 Spring Specials: Golf & Horseback Riding

These specials offer the legendary Alisal experience and some of their most popular activities at incredible value.

Whether it’s a horseback riding experience or our nationally-famed golfing, make sure you see the details below (photos are links- click on them and be taken to more detail).

And here’s a helpful planning tip:  if you choose a midweek date (subject to availability) in April or May, there is even more value to enjoy! Continue reading 2016 Spring Specials: Golf & Horseback Riding

The New Networking: “Sweatworking”

The traditional way of networking has always been rather formal in

Photo from Victoria Freile
Photo from Victoria Freile

nature.  Entertain through hosting a meal, attending a community event, exchanging a business card .  While the traditional way still applies in many instances, a new trend has been emerging and Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is the prime destination spot for this new trend called  “sweatworking”. 

The idea is that groups do not gather for passive get-togethers such as drinks, but that they will bond and build relationships better over workouts, followed by snacks, which fosters more conversation post-workout.

2556500_origNo one knows this better than Certified Yoga Instructor Cori Lassahn of Vineyard Yoga Santa Ynez Valley, who began a concept of teaching yoga in beautiful, epic settings where attendees could relax, renew and reconnect with yoga and delicious wine and food samplings after.  Vineyard Yoga has become one of our area’s hottest activities and Lassahn has also brought this concept to Alisal.

team-buildingAlisal Guest Ranch and Resort provides prime networking and “sweatworking” opportunities: from the traditional (lunch or dinner at Alisal River Grill), to golfing, tennis, the ropes course and team workout games, to horseback riding for guests and group workouts that include yoga, the beautiful weight room or even a specially- designed dance fitness session custom-designed for your group.  Alisal specializes in maximizing the networking experience to provide you and your attendees maximum benefits through unique activities designed to inspire and build long-lasting relationships.



National Wedding BLOG features Alisal River Terrace Wedding

unnamed-29The nationally-renowned Carats and Cake wedding blog recently featured a wedding held at Alisal River Terrace, one of our most popular event sites.  With a charming, intimate lake for the ceremony, Caitlin and Tyler chose to host their nuptials here and then enjoyed a lovely reception at a family private home immediately following.   The BLOG for their wedding on Carats and Cake can be seen here.   Continue reading National Wedding BLOG features Alisal River Terrace Wedding

The Art of Doing “Nothing”: 4 Benefits Found at Alisal


While technology helps us and can bring critical information for progress, health and innovation at lightning speed, it also has another side.  Reports all over the media show how society is attached to their mobile devices and technology more than ever. And more than ever there appears to be a growing correlation between this technological attachment and stress, disease and ironically “detachment” from core values, which are what sustain us as a species to not just survive, but thrive.

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort has provided an environment that allows guests to unplug and thrive for generations.  While this was not its original intent, the gift is that what started off as a natural way of life at Alisal, has evolved into Continue reading The Art of Doing “Nothing”: 4 Benefits Found at Alisal

Looking Back With Appreciation

Guest Photo For BLOG
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

The New Way to “Corporate Event”, Alisal Style

Beautiful weather year-round make for the perfect backdrop for all events
Beautiful weather year-round makes for the perfect backdrop for all types of events at the ranch

Throughout the years, Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort has played host to nation and world-wide leading companies, providing an ambiance  that is truly unique.  Whether it is an executive retreat, incentive program, team-building, or introduction of a new product to your own potential VIP customers, Alisal supports the efforts of corporate event planners with accommodations, events, food and beverage service, hospitality and unique, fun activities while helping to make sure all is on point with the spending plan. Continue reading The New Way to “Corporate Event”, Alisal Style

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