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.
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.