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Alisal Guest Ranch Blog & News

Welcome to the Alisal Guest Ranch Blog. We love posting stories about the happenings around the Alisal and keeping you updated with the latest tidbits and tales. You’ll find a little bit of everything here and then some. We love hearing about stories from guests so if you’ve got something to say, just let us know by sending us a message.

Looking for photos or videos that we post? We don’t always add those to the Ranch Blog but we do add them to our Alisal Photos & Videos Gallery.

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Why is that horse on a bass?

We’re celebrating National Day of the Horse with our cheerful toy horses playing their part in our “Horse on the Shelf” contest that we introduced last year and have brought back again this winter, thanks to their tremendous popularity.

At The Barn

These days The Alisal barnyard is alive with new snorts, squeals and squawks, as we welcome in a passel of new critters just waiting to meet you.

Bistro Chocolate Cake

With The Alisal’s 10,000-acre working cattle ranch and world-class resort as a backdrop, celebrity dessert expert, author and chocolatier, Valerie Gordon, offers up a simple recipe for creating a luscious Bistro Chocolate Cake.

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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.