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Rich in History & Tradition Meet the Riders of the Alisal Ranch Life in the Santa Ynez Valley

Stories from a Luxury Dude Ranch

The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is rich in history and tradition. We invite you to learn all about the Alisal.

The Alisal’s ranching roots reach all the way back to 1810. At that time, the land was inhabited by the Chumash people, who called the land “Nojoqui,” or “Honeymoon Place.” Even then, the Santa Ynez Valley was associated with romance for its rolling hills and peaceful yet abundant wildlife. Settlers later moved into the valley to raise cattle for the Mission Santa Inés and the Mexican Government. They renamed the region “Alisal,” meaning “grove of sycamores.”

More than 200 years later, The Alisal has evolved into a luxury dude ranch that celebrates the ranching culture of the Western U.S. As much as The Alisal embraces horseback riding and ranch-style cooking, it also pays homage to the gentle foothills that gave the area its original “Honeymoon Place” name.

These are the stories of our luxury dude ranch. Though there are countless Alisal lores and traditions already in place, so many of our ranch’s stories have yet to be written. Maybe the next one is yours.

A horse running through the brush at Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort in Solvang, CA

Dreaming Of The Alisal

We invite you to explore our “Dreaming Of The Alisal” stories containing interviews, musings, and memories, about the people and personalities of The Alisal.

Enjoy our “Dreaming of The Alisal” Stories


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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.