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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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FarmHouse Fresh Blackberry Lip Kit

The Alisal is excited to announce the introduction of the FarmHouse Fresh skincare line to the spa. The award-winning, natural skincare company focuses on high nutrition skincare by using sustainable methods including hydroponic, aquaponic and organic farming with zero pesticide use and very little water. FarmHouse Fresh even uses the leftover pulp of their crops and feeds it back to the farm’s resident chickens; resulting in zero-waste.

Kimberly Zimmerman

Nurture your body and soul in the beautiful surroundings of The Alisal on the last Sunday of every month. Enjoy an outdoor yoga experience under the shade of a giant oak tree on “golf row” followed by a flight of seasonal, local and organic fresh-pressed juices. Guests may check in at the spa and fitness center before the event. Yoga mats are available. The event begins with one hour of restorative yoga, customized for all levels to meet the group’s expectations. It is all about slowing down, finding stillness and opening up your body through passive stretching and gentle poses.

Riders of the Alisal – Summer 2021

Summer vacations are back! We invite you to enjoy a summer-to-remember with us at The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. In the latest edition of Riders of the Alisal, you will find more information about our California Ranch Cookouts—now featuring Iron Chef Cat Cora on August 15—where celebrity chefs join us to ‘cue up some delicious recipes, learn about our new historic and preferred status and discover new updates from the Ranch. Read our summer issue to help plan your next adventure The Alisal.

California Ranch Cookouts
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California Ranch Cookouts are back! The Alisal is excited to welcome Brooke Williamson, Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 14 winner and Chef Govind Armstrong, television personality, cookbook author, and restaurateur.  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!

Modern Infection Protection

We want you to feel as safe and comfortable in your guest room as you do out in our property’s wide-open spaces. When the pandemic closed hotels and businesses one year ago this month, our GM Kathleen Cochran did her research to find new and innovative ways for The Alisal to bring our guests #saferspaces and the highest quality protection possible.

Cover of the Riders of the Alisal Newsletter for Fall 2020

In this fall 2020 edition of the Riders of The Alisal, you will discover some great special events like our BBQ Bootcamp and Healing Power of Horses Retreat. You will get the inside scoop on new members of our four-legged family, as well as updates related to valued two-legged Alisal family members.

Plush, stuffed horse riding on the back of a trophy bass mounted to the wall

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.

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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.