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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.



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

BBQ Bootcamp 2016 Dates

You’ve heard the rumors and they are true.  Every year we tell our followers that BBQ Bootcamp will sell out, and is true to our word, 2015 dates sold out- twice over!  We created additional spaces, and even additional 2015 dates and the reservations exploded (that’s a good “problem” to have)! So here are our 2016 dates . And , as we always say, don’t delay – these are sure to sell out, too! Continue reading BBQ Bootcamp 2016 Dates

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.

We offer packages that include Continue reading The Alisal Experience | World Class Golf

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

Alisal Fall and Winter Packages Offer Something For Everyone


20140722-142318-51798793.jpgAlisal’s New Cycling Package Joins Other Great Fall & Winter Package Offerings

A visit to Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort between Labor Day and Memorial Day means great value offerings, unique experiences, and some of the most idyllic weather Santa Ynez Valley ever sees. This year, the Alisal Guided Cycling Package can be booked just after Labor Day, along with Alisal’s annual Round-Up Vacation Package, where a two-night stay includes all activities, such as golf, horseback riding and lake activities. Other packages include BBQ Bootcamp and more. See below for details: Continue reading Alisal Fall and Winter Packages Offer Something For Everyone

Interview with Alisal Guest Ranch Head Wrangler Tony Thompson

20140625-152420-55460744.jpgThere are those individuals in life who don’t really need an introduction.  Further, and more rare still, are those whose life is a legacy and living testament to a way of living, not just a creed.  Tony Thompson is just such an individual.  Tony is one of the “landmarks” at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort and has Continue reading Interview with Alisal Guest Ranch Head Wrangler Tony Thompson

Alisal River Terrace Hosts Swanky Private Launch Party

blue martiniThings are hopping around here at Alisal Guest Ranch as we prepare for a very exciting event this Thursday, May 8th! We are christening our latest wedding & special event venue: Alisal River Terrace (Alisal River Grill)  with a private, VIP showcase to media and event professionals.  A custom-designed signature cocktail will greet guests as well as Continue reading Alisal River Terrace Hosts Swanky Private Launch Party

Real Alisal Wedding Couples | An Interview with Jackie and Brian

20140402-155311.jpgHow did you two meet? We met through our church group in 2008. We were friends for 3 years prior to dating. Continue reading Real Alisal Wedding Couples | An Interview with Jackie and Brian

Pin It to Win It | Win 2 Nights at the Alisal, Y’all

alisal guest ranch horseback ridingThere are few places in the world where time seems reluctant to move forward. The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort, nestled in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and the renowned Santa Barbara County wine country, is one such rare retreat. The Alisal has been a hideaway for generations of Continue reading Pin It to Win It | Win 2 Nights at the Alisal, Y’all