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Horseback Riding near Alisal Lake

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Welcome to timeless California

A legendary hideaway set in the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley, Alisal Ranch features every exceptional comfort. 10,500 acres of pure inspiration, a short 30-minute drive north of Santa Barbara and a world away. Where nature welcomes you to explore, adventure, unwind and renew.

Horseback Riding at Alisal Ranch

CA Ranch Cookouts

A Feast You'll Never Forget

Our 2022 season of California Ranch Cookouts began this April! To say we’re excited is an understatement. Join us on the Rodeo Arena and the Oval Lawn, two spacious and unique al fresco dining spaces at the Ranch amidst the beautiful rolling hills that provide stunning wide-open backdrops for these cookout experiences. Our guest chefs will cook up a feast, creating a memorable outdoor dining experience that will leave you full, yet hungry for more! Focusing on barbecued favorites, each meal will feature savory meats, seafood, delicious roasted veggie dishes, and grilled decadent desserts. If you already will be staying at Alisal Ranch when these events occur, there will be no extra charge for your attendance. If you don’t yet have an accommodation reserved, this is a great excuse for a getaway. The Cookouts are only open to guests and Signature Members.

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Exquisite Dining at Alisal Ranch

The essence of California cuisine with the depth and heartiness of Western ranch cooking. Our culinary team brings a reverence for the region’s bounty alongside a commitment to timeless, seasonal food. Harvested from locally sourced ingredients, Ranch meals capture the remarkable flavors of nature. Enjoy specials dinners featuring guest chefs and alfresco barbecues in the property’s rolling hills.


The Lake at Alisal Ranch

The spring-fed, 100-acre lake at Alisal Ranch is perfect for activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, air rifle, archery, or a quiet lunch picnic. Lake staff are on hand to ensure guest safety at all times. Try fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill (catch-and-release only; a California fishing license is not required) with fishing gear and traditional tackle available for rent.


A Child’s Paradise

A perfect setting for every children’s adventure of the “Old West.” From our trail rides to our friendly Barnyard, discover countless ways to make family memories on the ranch. Participate in the daily egg gathering, make Old Western arts and crafts, or ride around the corral on horseback. A memorable family ranch vacation, set for generations.

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Exploring the Ranch by Horseback

Alisal’s horseback rides begin with our herd of 120 horses. Wranglers will pair you with a horse suited to your skill level, from first-time riders to advanced equestrians. Once paired with a horse, you’ll take off through the rambling Santa Ynez Valley through a variety of specialty horseback rides from breakfast to sunset.

Horseback Riding near Alisal Lake


Our Awards

We are honored to be voted the 8th Best Resort in Southern California by the Condé Nast Traveler 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards, as well as the Best Destination Resort from USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. A heartfelt thanks goes to our community of past and present guests who voted in support of Alisal Ranch.

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Vacationing here is a family tradition, now being passed down to our girls. We cannot wait to come back to the ranch!
- Chrissy


Alisal is the perfect getaway to unplug, read and let go. Cozy rooms with fireplace and cozy beds. The Staff has the BEST customer service of any hotel we have been to in many years!
- Karen


Alisal Ranch is the best place to disconnect, unwind, relax and rejuvenate! It is my happy place for recharging batteries. Do not be fooled by "ranch" - the Chef at Alisal conjures up the finest of dining for all meals and every single staff member is genuinely happy to see you and be of assistance! We will definitely keep coming back!
- Inga


I felt as if I was in a different state on the country side and it was only a 2hr drive from L.A. 100% recommend for anyone who can do it. Great food and all you can drink.
- Cesar

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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.