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Welcome to the Alisal

Luxury California Dude Ranch

A World Away in the Heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country

A secluded jewel tucked into California’s famed Santa Ynez Valley, our 10,500-acre luxury dude ranch melds the spirit of the Old West with the seductive charms of today’s most relaxing resorts.

Drive 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara and you’ll find Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort’s 50 miles of riding trails, 100-acre spring-fed lake, two 18-hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, pool, spa, authentic Western-style accommodations, fine dining, and endless ways to unplug and unwind.

Just minutes away from our dude ranch are more than 120 renowned vineyards and wineries and the charming Danish village of Solvang. Whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway for two, a family reunion, or a corporate retreat, come discover the magic of Alisal. This is far more than just a dude ranch. With a temperate climate year-round and ever-changing seasonal activities, any time of year is the perfect time to visit us.

Please visit our health and safety plan for updates on policies, as well as actions we are taking to ensure your health and safety during your next visit to The Alisal.

 

California Ranch Cookouts

CALIFORNIA’S CELEBRITY CHEFS ARE COMING TO THE ALISAL

California Ranch Cookouts are back! The Alisal is excited to welcome Chef Brooke Williamson, Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 14 winner, Chef Govind Armstrong, television personality, cookbook author, and restaurateur, Chef David Lentz, owner of the critically acclaimed Hungry Cat restaurant in Los Angeles, and Chef Suzanne Goin, a four-time James Beard Foundation award-winner.  Director of Culinary Operations, Anthony Endy, will cook up a feast with each guest chef creating a memorable outdoor dining experience that will leave you full, yet hungry for more! Keep checking back as more guest chefs will be added throughout the year. Don’t miss a chance for a delicious evening surrounded by the beauty and California ranch heritage of The Alisal.

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BBQ Bootcamp

Learn how to slice grilled beef ribs at Alisal's BBQ Bootcamp 2018 Three chefs holding tomahawk steaks fresh of the Santa Maria style red oak barbecue at BBQ Bootcamp at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in Solvang, CA

Join us This Spring

In the grand tradition of the Wild West, the Alisal has for decades treated grilling as a fine art, and with the help of our guest grill masters including Andy Husbands, Burt Bakman, Paula Disbrowe and Valerie Gordon, we are mighty excited to help you take your grilling skills to the next level.

Add to all the grilling, and ranch activities, some complimentary wine tastings at nearby wineries and tasteful BBQ Bootcamp mementos, and you have all the fixin’s for an unforgettable getaway. If you’re interested in participating, we suggest you sign up soon, spots are filling quickly.

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Giddy Up & Grill Video Recipe Series

Enjoy the recipes in our Giddy Up & Grill video series featuring Alisal’s Executive Chef Anthony Endy, and friend of the Alisal, Chef Valerie Gordon.

Black & Blue Bread Pudding

Chef Gordon was recently at The Alisal and demonstrated how outdoor Big Green Egg cookers can be used to make mouthwatering baked goods. Her recipe blends plump blackberries and blueberries into a scrumptious jam, then combines freshly made custard with bits of torn brioche bread to create her Black & Blue Bread Pudding.

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Featured Vacation Packages

Be sure to browse all of our vacation packages at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort

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Catch up on the latest Alisal News

California Ranch Cookouts Cover of the Riders of the Alisal Newsletter for Fall 2020 Riders of the Alisal - Fall 2020 Alicia Lund enjoying the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort during her family ranch vacation Dreaming of The Alisal - Alicia Lund Kelly Cahoon sitting on the corral fence at the Alisal before her horseback ride Dreaming of The Alisal - Kelly Cahoon California Ranch Cookouts with Chef Anthony & Friends at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort California Ranch Cookouts Unbridled-Retreats-Devon-with-horse Dreaming of The Alisal - Devon Combs Bill Powell, the Alisal Dreaming of The Alisal - Bill Powell The Firestone Sisters, Mary & Lucy, standing on a walkway overlooking the Pacific Ocean Dreaming of The Alisal - Firestone Sisters Dreaming of The Alisal - Abe Aguilar Alisal Head Wrangler - Meghan Taylor Dreaming of The Alisal - Meghan Taylor Dreaming of The Alisal - Nathan Turner Tabasco the horse out grazing on spring grasses at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort Dreaming of The Alisal - The Barnyard Chef Anthony Endy at the grill Dreaming of The Alisal - Chef Anthony Endy Kathleen Cochran, General Manager, Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort Dreaming of The Alisal - Kathleen Cochran Wine Women and Wranglers package The Benefits of Women’s Retreats & Adventure Travel Chef Hugh Mangum Grilling Superstar, Hugh Mangum, Adds Extra Sizzle to BBQ Bootcamp Bride and groom kissing on a bridge at the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort 2020 is the Perfect Year for an Alisal Wedding A quilted, red star Christmas tree ornament hanging on a tree at Alisal Guest Ranch Happy Holidays from The Alisal Devon Combs from Unbridled Retreats - Equine Gestalt Coach Coming Soon: The Unbridled Retreat Plush, stuffed horse riding on the back of a trophy bass mounted to the wall Why is that horse on a bass?

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Service Charges

The Alisal's 20% service charge is intended to eliminate the need for our guests to tip individual employees, as well as cover the cost of a variety of amenities provided to our guests. These include two water canteens and a bottle of Alisal wine at check-in, daily newspapers, complimentary WiFi internet access, fitness center, complimentary shuttles to and from Solvang village center, nightly hors d'oeuvres in the Oak Room bar, complimentary bicycles, wine tasting with Alisal wine partners, scheduled and seasonal entertainment and a variety of children's activities including barnyard and Kid's arts and crafts room.